What’s in That “Healthy” Convenience Food?

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!}

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

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

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is the Pomegranate Worth the Price? {5 Reasons + 3 Recipes to prove that it is!}

Guest Post by Dena Norton Pomegranates are everywhere lately – food blogs, Pinterest boards, clothing lines and magazine covers. Pomegranates have been on the scene for a while now (some say since the Garden of Eden), and it doesn’t look like they’re giving up the spotlight any time soon. They hit peak production worldwide in 2013, but some are projecting new records in the coming year. Pomegranates are definitely popular, but they’re also pricey! My (usually affordable) grocer charges $5.00 for a 5-ounce package of […]

Tired of Feeling Sick? Try Alternating Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy

By Andrea, Contributing Writer It’s the time of year when its common for most people to start feeling run down and sick. Regularly detoxing our bodies can help boost our immune systems, warding off illness and contributing to our feelings of well being. For the last two years, I’ve been practicing alternating hot and cold hydrotherapy daily. This is really just a fancy way of saying that I alternate between hot and cold water in the shower each morning. If the thought of a cold […]