Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure {+ A Roundup of 5 Homemade Sunscreens}

Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure Keeper of the Home

By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer As a redhead with fair skin, sunscreen has always been a staple in my summertime skincare regimen. The few blistering sunburns and sun poisoning that inflicted me when my parents forgot to slather it on me as a kid left a lasting impression: Going without sunscreen hurts! But over the course of the past few years I’ve started to change my tune on sunscreen and sun exposure. When I became aware that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, which […]

Nourish Before You Drain

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Somewhere during the past year or two, my enjoyable morning cup of coffee turned into just the start of that day’s addiction. Round one, to pump me up for the day ahead. By just after lunchtime, I would find myself looking for round two, another hit of caffeine to keep me going. My husband lovingly pointed out that if I didn’t get it by mid-afternoon, I was on-the-edge and irritable (and I will confess that I did not respond well to his observations at first). […]

How to Deal with Sugar Cravings

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By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It’s 4 p.m. and you find yourself in the kitchen pantry, rummaging through the baking supplies, trying to find that half used bag of chocolate chips. You know they must be somewhere. And you must find them right now! Is this you? It’s certainly been me on more occasions than I care to admit. Sugar cravings are well known to most of us. For some they come here and there, for others it is a daily occurrence. Why do we […]

Feeling SAD? How to Beat the Wintertime Blues …

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By Kelly, Contributing Writer With all this extreme weather, it’s no wonder that some are feeling a little blue. But even mild winters can cause a legitimate condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a.k.a. the Wintertime Blues. In fact, as many as 20 percent of Americans are affected by SAD each winter. The condition is most often characterized by moodiness, depression, cravings for simple carbohydrates, weight gain, fatigue and melancholy. SAD can range from simple “wintertime blues” to full blown incapacitation. Interestingly, this condition […]

What’s in That “Healthy” Convenience Food?

What's in healthy convenience food? This post is an eye opener!

By Michele of Frugal Granola, Contributing Writer Whether you’re traveling, eating out with a friend, or picking up some convenience food for lunch boxes, do you know if you’ve made a healthy choice? At first glance, many meal options appear healthy, but some added ingredients may be a surprise. Convenience food or restaurant developers have deliberately designed scientifically-adjusted fast food flavors and textures of their foods to appeal to customers and to remain memorable and desirable. Fast food restaurants and packaged food companies typically serve foods which […]

How Does Coffee Affect Your Health? {plus 6 Coffee Alternatives!}

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Guest Post by Leigh Ann Dutton at Intentional By Grace I love coffee. It’s not so much the actual cup of coffee that I love as the experience of coffee. I grew up sharing Saturday morning conversations with my grandmother over coffee. Coffee is cozy, comforting, and carries such wonderful memories for me. A couple of years ago I began to experience extreme fatigue. I tried everything I knew to try. I started taking more cod liver oil and increased my intake of B vitamins. […]

The Unhealthy Truth Behind the Coca-Cola Label

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Guest Post by Elsie Callender Why do healthy people eat unhealthy things? Why do I? I drink raw milk, eat pastured meat and write real food cookbooks. And yet…and yet sometimes when I go to a restaurant I order my meal based on how well it will taste with a tall glass of Coke! I know Coke is unhealthy, but I like the taste. My appreciation for Coke goes deeper than that, though, and I suspect this is the case for many of you as well (whether with Coke or […]

Childhood Obesity: 4 Supersized Facts the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

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By Andrea, Contributing Writer When we were given the task of tackling tough topics, I immediately thought of childhood obesity. The facts on childhood obesity cannot be disputed. One third of American children are currently obese according to the CDC. This is a monumental crisis when you consider that obesity leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems and fatty liver disease. (source) Have you ever tried to lose weight? You know it is hard. […]