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Where we get real about holistic living in our busy and confusing world.

27 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Time to Detox

It’s a new year, so it’s time to clean up our bodies for a more healthy 2015. Unfortunately, we live in toxic times – from the poisons in our air and water, to the denatured foods we eat that lack the nutrients needed to build healthy bodies, to harmful medications and dental work, to the […]

13 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Real Food. It’s the New Medicine.

  Welcome to 2015 health conscious truth seekers.  I decided to take a friend’s suggestion and change my tag line.  I hesitated because it was Hippocrates, way back in 460 B who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  That’s hardly new.  Of course, back then, all food was organic, heirloom […]

17 November 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Apple Squares – gluten, casein and nut free

Here’s a yummy way to use those delicious apples that are in abundance this time of year. Coconut and coconut oil help add to the nutritional value of this tasty treat and the spices and orange peel give it a unique flavor that tickles the taste buds. Mix wet ingredients in one bowl and dry […]

29 October 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Kombucha for Beginners

Simple Kombucha Instructions – makes about ½ gallon 1. Bring about 6 ½ cups pure water to boil 2. Pour into glass vessel and add ½ cup sugar (or you can do this in the pot). Stir to dissolve. 3. Put in 4 tea bags and let steep (if fruit flies are around, cover with […]

29 September 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Plague Tonic in Pictures

Dedicated to the Fall 2014 class of Fermentation 101. Welcome to the world of culture! It’s that time of year again…time to prepare for cold and flu season, especially because flu shots are being given. If you didn’t know already, flu vaccines shed. That means if someone in your home or office gets a flu […]

17 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

What to do with all those summer veggies – STIR FRY

Do you have a CSA share (community supported agriculture)? Are you growing your own veggies and want to use as much as you can while they’re fresh? I’m doing both so it’s the season to get creative. For those of us with CSAs, you probably know what it’s like to get a vegetable you’ve never […]

19 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

The Ultimate Make-at-Home Medicine

This post is dedicated to the outstanding group of health conscious individuals who attend meetings of the newly formed Nourishing the Lakeshore of West Michigan chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Sally Fallon Morell, the author of Nourishing Traditions and co-founder of the Weston A Price Foundation shares some thoughts about bone broth here. […]

06 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Gluten 101

We’ve been hearing the word gluten for some time now…WHAT is up? For the newbies, I thought I’d write a simple “Cliff Notes” version of the issue. Humans have been eating bread for millennia, what’s the big problem now? Well, things were fine when nature was overseeing natural hybridization, but in the 1960’s, a movement […]

31 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Why are we fat?

This post is dedicated to that amazing group from Unity of Muskegon who meet for Let’s Talk Wellness and are making positive changes toward better health every day. I am SO proud of you all! Last year as I ended our second year of monthly meetings at Unity on wellness, I asked what people wanted […]

06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Tips for Fabulous Ferments

This post is dedicated to my local fermenting buds – Fermenting the Lakeshore With the recent evidence from the Human Micobiome Project proving we are more bacterial than human, fermenting is coming back with a bang. When we home ferment, we add flavorful drinks and condiments to our meals and improve our digestion and subsequently […]

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