The Soy Decoy: Why Soy is Not a Health Food

This post was originally published in June of 2010, but the topic is still pertinent today! Soy is one of the most commonly mistaken modern “health foods”, and unfortunately, can be found in just about everything in the form of soy lecithin. This article covers why this plant is not at all what we should be putting in our bodies and explains why soy is not a health food! Guest Post by Katie Fox I know it goes against everything we hear these days about healthy […]

Do You Ever Feel Alone in Your Natural Living Journey?

You read blogs, you follows all sorts of healthy websites on Facebook, you see all the new recipes and natural living tips on Pinterest… you’re genuinely working at making changes and following through on living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle. But it’s hard. Especially when you’re new to this, and you have so. many. questions.  Do you ever feel alone in your natural living journey? Do you wish you could just pick someone’s brain or listen to other women talk about what works for them, how […]

The Fake Food You Don’t Know You’re Eating (Part 1)

  By Kresha, Contributing Writer Good morning! Have you eaten your wood pulp today? Now, I know I’m kind of weird in that I do make sure my kids eat dirt (as does Stephanie) and I try to fill them with as much offal as possible, but… wood pulp? While clay and liver may be excellent for our children’s diets, processed wood pulp most certainly is not. Yet it’s found in everything from packaged hamburgers and shredded cheese to ice cream and breakfast cereal. (source) […]

What’s Wrong with Hydrogenated Oil (and How to Avoid It)

By Stacy, Contributing Writer While many oils are healthy and nourishing to the body and brain, hydrogenated oil is not one of them. You’ve probably heard that hydrogenated oil isn’t good for you, but perhaps you are not sure why. I always find it easier to stay away from foods that are unhealthy when I understand why they are bad for me. It also helps to know suitable replacements. Today we will examine hydrogenated oil to get a better understanding of why it is unhealthy […]

What is Fair Trade Coffee, and Should You Buy It?

By Jessica, Contributing Writer  This month Stephanie challenged us to think deeply about a “tough” food issue. Fair trade coffee stuck out to me, not because I’m an expert – but precisely because I am not. I love coffee, I buy coffee… And I always feel a twinge of guilt when I bypass the “fair trade” section for something more affordable. I decided it was time to get to the bottom of the issue. What exactly is fair trade coffee? Does it really matter if I buy it? This is not an […]

Time Saving Tips for Natural Cleaning

By Stacy, Contributing Writer Do you want to clean your home naturally, but feel overwhelmed by the idea of making the cleaners yourself? If you are anything like me, you might get carried away and think you need a new cleaner for every task. Eventually this becomes a burden that is just too much to handle. It might seem a little silly to allow the desire to clean your home naturally drive you crazy, but when added to the mountain of tasks a wife and mom […]

Three Household Products That Have Changed Our Lives (and 50 ways we use them)

By Jessica, Contributing Writer When I was younger, I would get excited about normal things. Going out with friends, a new outfit, an upcoming trip. Now, domestic life overcomes me. I’m a grown-up. A woman. Oh, I still get excited, but my passions have…shifted. You know what I really think is amazing these days? The three magical ingredients! Give me any household dilemma, and I’m almost positive I could solve it using vinegar, baking soda, or coconut oil! Except tantrums. I haven’t quite figured out […]

Nourishing Soups for Cold and Flu Season

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Fall finally arrived in North Carolina this week, and instead of short sleeved shirts and flip flops, we’re finally donning the comfortable hoodies and fur-lined slippers. And now it’s time to break out the soup recipes. I’m the type that could eat soup all year round, but my husband is a different story. So we make a compromise and eat soup about once per week from about October through March. We’ve been talking about a lot of home remedies this […]