healthfood store elderberry syrup and gummiesWhen cooler weather arrives, you know that it’s that time of year once again. Coughs, cold and flu start flying around faster than in-laws and second cousins for family reunions and holiday remembrances. You know what else is flying? Bottles of elderberry syrup, gummies, and related products off healthfood store shelves.

charcoal grilled turkeyMy husband and I received a classic style Weber charcoal grill as a wedding present from my work colleagues back in 1991. We’ve used it so much over the years that it now looks a bit worse for the wear!

While the lure of an impressive, shiny new gas grill sometimes beckons as I gaze at our humble Weber sitting on the back patio,

light and dark miso

Did you ever wonder where and why there are so many soy foods in America? Tempeh, edamame, tofu, shoyu, miso, and so many others.

If you are looking for a book that helps explain it all, I highly recommend Hippie Food, which came out fairly recently. 

When the weather turns cold, a hot breakfast such as overnight oats tends to be most appealing first thing in the morning.

The question is, what type of oats are best to use?

While rolled oats are most popular, there are other options too including steel cut (Irish) oats,

woman flying aloneHealthy living is not just about eating nutritious food and residing in a nontoxic environment. It also involves a low stress lifestyle where day-to-day living is free from harassment from others.

It is my hope that the story below can help move the conversation forward on how airlines can improve their seating policies to help resolve a problem that frequently causes the perfect storm for harassment of women in the air.

cleaning wool carpets and rugsOnly one room in our house is carpeted. The rest is wood and tile (bathrooms). This single wall-to-wall carpet in the family room is made of 100% cut pile (aka pet friendly) wool.

I love the look, feel, and nontoxicity of chemical-free flooring. However, it is important for those considering wool to undertand that maintaining and cleaning it is quite a bit different from conventional carpet.

favorite things 2018Last year, I wrote an article itemizing my favorite things from 2017. This list of food and home products was popular with those of you searching for health related holiday gift ideas, so I am continuing the tradition this year!

Many of you are already familiar with Oprah’s favorite things,

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