Can You Drink Yourself Skinny with Weight Loss Shakes?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 16, 2014

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By Sandra Brougher, CNT

Lose 20 lbs. in 30 days!”

Say goodbye to illness and regain your life!”

Don’t these marketing blurbs for weight loss shakes sound awesome?

Short, enticing phrases that are specifically designed to elicit an instantaneous, strong emotional reaction.

 “I want that!”

It is no secret that we all want to look fantastic and feel great, and the skinnier and fitter the better. Right?

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Low Carb Portuguese Focaccia (Gluten Free or Paleo)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist July 15, 2014

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I’ve been puttering around in the kitchen this summer experimenting with different gluten free and grain free flours both alone and in combination.

Learning how to easily bake delicious breads, cookies and pastries with various flour combos – both grain and non-grain based – is something I am very much interested in mastering.

My reasons are mostly practical …. baking is a very easy way to successfully incorporate a variety of grains and nuts into my family’s diet.  For example, one of my children won’t eat almonds but will happily eat the ginger snaps I make with sprouted almond flour.

I must admit, though, experimenting with flours is just plain fun even when a dish doesn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped!

Low carb focaccia is one recipe I recently made which my family thoroughly enjoyed.  You can see the focaccia end result in the picture above paired with seasonal, organic lychee.

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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…

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