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Grain-Free French Bread Worth Sharing

I think every one would agree the best time to eat bread is fresh from the oven. So I generally double this recipe for grain-free french bread.  The first loaf we slather with butter and enjoy as soon as it… Continue Reading →

Fall Favorite: Healthy To Die For Apple Pie

Tis the season to indulge oneself and what better way than with a healthy, easy, to die for apple pie.

Book: EAT DIRT by Josh Axe

Reading EAT DIRT : Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It  by Josh Axe was a necessity for me as someone who has struggled with off-the-charts inflammatory markers and… Continue Reading →

Roasted Vegetables — Bring On The Flavor!

Crisp autumn days have us looking forward to soups, pot pies, roasts and casseroles. Pick from any number of fall ingredients to add flavor and color to your main dishes.  In August, I wrote about how to grill vegetables. However,… Continue Reading →

Is It Time For A Three Pyramid Food Chart?

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On a very basic level, choosing what foods we eat in a day are some of the most import decisions we make.  Too often, though, these decisions fall prey to other priorities — time, energy, availability, mood. . .  So we wind up making… Continue Reading →

Cooking With Winter Produce

Just because the farmers’ markets are closed for winter doesn’t mean we have to retreat from fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh winter produce is abundant, nutritious, and tasty. From hearty root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus, winter produce delivers a… Continue Reading →

Lost and Found News: Probiotic Beer, Gut Checks, Toxin Heroes, Team Gut

A round-up of recent, ponder worthy gut health (yes, gut as in part of our digestive tract) news you may have missed: Probiotic Beer may become the new yogurt If you have never gotten on the probiotic (healthy bacteria for your… Continue Reading →

Working Too Hard May Be Hurting the Economy

The long-term dangers of over-demanding jobs aren’t just to employees.  Working too hard maybe hurting the employers too. Americans are working longer hours with fewer vacations and greater stress, but employees are not the only ones who may suffer from… Continue Reading →

The Pain And Glory Of Being A Nature Nerd

Back in October, I experienced a bit of a surprise as I was weeding our rock-wall shelves. Perhaps more surprising to some may be my reaction to what happened – a true indication of just what a nature nerd I am. Bending… Continue Reading →

Even The FDA Doesn’t Know What’s In Our Food

Eating and drinking is about as basic to our survival as it gets. While we might debate whether various manufactured foods are the healthiest choices we can make in a day, we assume the FDA has approved their ingredients before we eat them.  We… Continue Reading →

The American Nurse Project — Insight Into A Beloved Profession

THE AMERICAN NURSE PROJECT, which includes a book, documentary film and ongoing blog interviews, tells the story of the life and professional commitment of nurses across the United States. The creator, photographer Carolyn Jones along with her team, wanted to raise awareness of… Continue Reading →

Book: COMMITTED by Patrick Ross

Believe it or not, I am a first-time memoir reader and might have missed out on COMMITTED: A MEMOIR OF THE ARTIST’S ROAD, if not for getting to know Patrick Ross through his Artist’s Road blog over the past few years. I’m… Continue Reading →

Recipe: Paleo Non-Wheat Thins To Tempt Even Non-Paleo Eaters

It’s winter.  It’s cold.  Another record arctic blast is predicted.  Time to fire up the oven and distract everyone with the delicious aromas of something warm and wonderful wafting from the kitchen. Last year, my husband and I made a 3-month commitment to tackle some… Continue Reading →

A Paleo Year of Change

Last year, 2014, became our paleo year of change. Our New Year’s resolution was to change our lifestyle, live healthier, and make significant headway fighting my husband’s type two diabetes.  Paleo was the result of months of research.  Starting in October… Continue Reading →

Will We Ever Bring An End To Domestic Violence?

When Football executive and former NFL player Troy Vincent appeared before a Senate committee examining the NFL’s handling of domestic violence and sexual assault, he became the unexpected face of domestic abuse, if only for a moment. While looking to… Continue Reading →

What if Fresh Produce Had A Mascot?

When we think of fresh fruits and vegetables, we immediately think “healthy.”  And not about actually feeling better. We think more about all the work — storing, cleaning, chopping, slicing, cooking that it takes to prepare them, and less about the wonderful… Continue Reading →

Does Hollywood Reflect Our Struggle With Aging?

I recently asked if we are now a Botox Nation, preferring Barbie and Ken’s wrinkle-free faces, boobs of steel that say Hi! to the ceiling and six pack abs to a less glamorous reality. It was both surprising and encouraging that so… Continue Reading →

Freezing Eggs, A Perk For Female Employees?

When I read the headline that Apple and Facebook are now offering to freeze female employees’ eggs as a perk of employment, I thought I had entered the Twilight Zone! Is that taking progress a bit too far?  Is this move a way… Continue Reading →

The Art of The Virtual “Smudgy Hug”

Humans are social beings.  We crave human-to-human contact.  Even as machines and technology take over more and more aspects of our lives, we try our best to humanize them. Think of our phones.  We give them names, voices and mannerisms…. Continue Reading →

Of Mice And Women

Back in the early 1970s when I was a young nurse at Cincinnati General Hospital I was rejected from participation in a clinical study because I was female. At that time, the Hospital had a floor dedicated to clinical research,… Continue Reading →

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