The Truth about Your Morning Coffee Fix

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 14, 2014

coffee fixDid you know that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world ….. every single day?

Or, that the lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 100 cups of coffee in four hours and that coffee affects the same area of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines and heroin – just with milder effects?

These and many other interesting factoids about coffee are contained in the infographic below sent to me and used with permission by a reader in Ireland.

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Why I’m Not a Fitbit Fan

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 9, 2014

fitbitA Fitbit is a type of electronic device used for personal activity tracking. These wireless-enabled, wearable devices measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics.

The Fitbit was developed by the company of the same name founded and managed by James Park and Eric Friedman.

Since then, a proliferation of various styles and models have taken the workout world by storm with Fitbits and similar knock off devices crafted for every personality and need.

The very simple Fitbit Zip, which is about the size of a quarter, tracks only steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. The sophisticated Fitbit Flex, which is worn 24 hours a day even while showering and swimming, tracks all its wearer’s movement including sleep patterns.

There are Fitbit apps for the iPhone and Android too which allow fans to log their food, activities, water intake, and weight, as well as track their fitness goals throughout the day even while offline.
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Why Meatless Mondays Aren’t Really So Green

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 7, 2014

Meatless Mondays

Last month marked my very first podcast with Fearless Parent Radio, a provocative weekly radio show that’s on the pulse of new parenting. The tone of the cohosts is positive and compassionate, with an emphasis on health and wellness that is evidence based and informed by research, common sense, and traditional wisdom.

My guest was the smart, witty, and hilarious Dr. Kaayla Daniel who I am also glad to count as a friend.  Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story which is a must read for anyone who might still be under the impression that soy is a healthfood.

Dr. Daniel has also recently finished the book Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World with co-author Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation.  I received my preview copy of this fascinating book just a few weeks ago, and I look forward to sharing more about it in the coming weeks as we approach its release date in September.  Make sure to get on the list for preorder information by clicking here.

During our Fearless Parent discussion, Dr. Daniel and I chatted about the Meatless Mondays trend and why it isn’t as green a habit as it is portrayed to be.  Some of the topics we covered include: Read more…


Homemade Rice Krispies Cereal

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 6, 2014

homemade rice krispies

Eliminating processed foods from the pantry is a difficult road at first. Probably one of the hardest items to stop buying is the ubiquitous boxed breakfast cereal, without a doubt, America’s favorite way to start the day.

The problems with conventional boxed cereals like rice krispies are many … genetically modified ingredients, loads of sugar, additives, and chemicals with plenty of synthetic vitamins added to the mix to hide a multitude of dietary sins from the consumer via an artificially fortified nutrition label.

The issue with organic boxed cereal is less clear. Examination of the ingredients for many brands seems harmless enough with just a few whole foods listed.

The apparently healthy label hides a nasty little secret, however.  Violent factory processing is required to manufacture it.

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Behind the Scenes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 3, 2014

180 Radio

I recently had a chance to talk with Matt Stone of 180 Radio about my appearance last month on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart which airs on the Comedy Channel.

I’ve gotten to know Matt in the last little while –  he now calls West Central Florida home too!

The hilarious satire about parents who choose not to vaccinate was aired in early June 2014 and elicited a wide variety of reactions from viewers around the country.

If you’d like to hear the inside scoop of what really happened and goes on behind the scenes when making one of these comedic sketches as well as my personal story of research regarding the vaccination issue and why my husband and I decided to opt out back in 1997 (there was no google then!), you can listen in or download the audio here. Read more…


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