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Bone Broth-How to Make Beef Broth

Bone Broth-How to Make Beef Broth

If you haven’t heard about bone broth yet, you probably will soon.  It is one of those very old nutritional ideas that is enjoying fresh attention. The terms broth and stock are often used interchangeably and you can find different definitions depending on where you […]

Should I Donate Unhealthy Food to a Food Drive?

Should I Donate Unhealthy Food to a Food Drive?

I stopped at a rack of large empty paper sacks with lists of food items stapled to them in the church lobby.  I reached for one, I hesitated.  “Do you want to donate to the food drive?” my husband asked.  “I do, but I feel […]

Homemade Hand Warmers

Homemade Hand Warmers

I’ve been walking outside this winter for the first time, well, ever.  Along the way I’ve been experimenting with clothing combinations and ways to keep warm.  Last year I made everyone a homemade rice wrap (anti-stress microwaveable neck pillow) for Christmas. These are simple and […]

Become a Winter Walker-New Strategies

Become a Winter Walker-New Strategies

Walking is a great form of exercise.  It’s easy and pretty much free. But when winter rolls around in the Midwest my walking goes from an enjoyable outdoor activity to a dreaded, “barely get the minimum number of minutes on the treadmill”,  indoor activity.  I […]

Convenience Rules

Convenience Rules

My local grocery store has undergone a major remodel that is just about completed.  I had all but stopped shopping there because they offered almost no organic choices and those they do offer are overpriced compared with other stores.  On a recent visit I made […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part-3)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part-3)

I have good news for you.  You can make great strides in eating “healthier” food without buying everything labeled “Certified Organic”.   I need to take a moment to define what I mean by “healthier food” outside the definition of making the good choices of what […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2.5)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2.5)

This weekend we went and picked up the front quarter of grass fed beef that we ordered a week ago.  Read more about why we want to eat grass fed beef and the process of making the purchase here. We loaded up every cooler that […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Grass Fed Beef (part-2)

I realized that when I wanted to eat organic I would be prioritizing.  When it comes to beef, the issue isn’t so much one of organics but one of feed.  Grain fed cattle produce beef with different nutritional profile than grass fed cattle.  If I […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?  Maybe You! (part 1)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part 1)

I used to say, “I think organic food is great, but who can afford it?”  That was several years ago and based on an occasional trip to the local Whole Foods grocery store.  Now, we buy more organic food than non-organic.  There are more choices […]

What I Would Tell Supplement Manufacturers if They Would Listen

What I Would Tell Supplement Manufacturers if They Would Listen

This is the time of year when supplements are on sale to coincide with our desires to get healthy for the new year.  I don’t like to swallow supplements or pills of any kind.  I do believe that some supplements are very beneficial so I […]