What To Feed Kids With Asthma: An Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan for Kids

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer Looking for an anti-inflammatory meal plan? Today, Jessica has you covered! A few times a year, my husband and I go to bed with a lump in our throats. We listen over the monitor for one of the coughing spells to hit and then crouch by our son’s bed to administer albuterol in the darkness of night. My husband and I both had asthma as children, and our united genes produced an unlucky jackpot of sorts for our little son […]

Conversation: Balancing Healthy Food and Real Life

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer When I first started eating real food, I was pretty strict. I would not buy any white sugar or white flour.  I would not use wheat (spelt, then grain-free).  I was convinced all that stuff was “poison” and I was pretty proud of my high standards. Fast forward four years. Yes, I buy white flour and white sugar (although I try not to use it too often).  Yes, I use wheat.  Yes, I buy the occasional packaged item (but I do […]

Why Are So Many Women Suffering with Thyroid Problems?

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This summer we are taking some time to discuss some current issues that are on our minds–issues that we do not know how to answer. We are relying on you, the Keeper of the Home readers, to weigh in as we wrestle with these often complex subjects. By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Up until a couple years ago, I had never heard of thyroid problems. I don’t even think I knew where the thyroid was located in our bodies. Perhaps I didn’t even know this […]

How to Begin and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routine

How to Begin and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routine

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer At the beginning of this year, I signed up to run a half marathon on June 1 with my sister. I was six months post-partum after my third baby, still at least 20+ lbs above my pre-pregnancy goal weight, and besides a brief stint with the Insanity DVD program, I hadn’t done much in the way of consistent exercise, especially running, since the birth of my daughter. But, I committed to the race, and to the training it would take […]

7 Homemade Recipes I Always Make (and 7 I Don’t)

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There are homemade recipes out there for just about anything.  I have tried many of them over the last few years. I consider myself a big “DIY-er” and I love to try anything I run across, or create my own recipe for anything I can.  Sometimes, it doesn’t last past that initial experiment — I really only do it that one time.  Other times, it becomes part of my normal routine and I do it over and over again. Some […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

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By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Serving My Family Real Food in Imperfect Situations

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Did you know that eating real food isn’t dependent on eating a set menu, based on particular “health” foods that you have to be able to find or afford? (did I just hear a collective sigh of relief?) This winter we’ve talked a lot about real food made simple– what it is (and isn’t), how to take baby steps towards eating better, how to afford it, and even how to buy it in a regular grocery store. I feel like I’m on the ultimate real food […]

Review of Trim Healthy Mama

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Sporting a hefty 619 pages, Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett is one of the newer healthy eating reads on the block, having been released in August of 2012. You might benefit from reading this book IF you: Struggle with your weight Have a hard time sticking to a diet Lack energy Are still learning about healthy eating and nutrition Want to learn a bit about the science behind food – in an easy-to-understand format Want to find […]