Happy New Year 2010!When I set a goal just about a year ago to do something beyond just occasional writing with The Healthy Home Economist blog, I had not a clue what I was in for (and I really mean it when I say, “not a clue”).    This past year has brought into my life so many new friendships and greatly deepened existing ones.   

duck broth basicsWe roasted two ducks for Christmas dinner this year, and I made a ton of duck broth from them. As luck would have it, I was able to source them for the fantastic price. For such a gourmet dinner choice, they turned out less expensive than the local chickens I buy!

Duck is a much fattier bird than turkey or chicken.  

Calamondin Orange TreeThere’s no doubt that a glass of orange juice is firmly entrenched in our cultural psyche as an important part of a healthy breakfast.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Let’s start this New Year by debunking a glass of OJ as the Holy Grail of a healthy breakfast,

soaked wafflesOne of the holiday traditions in our home is eating soaked waffles on Christmas morning after all the presents have been opened. In past years, I have always used the waffle recipe from Nourishing Traditions cookbook. I dutifully soaked the freshly ground, whole wheat, einkorn or spelt flour in buttermilk, yogurt, or kefir the night before and whipped up the batter in the morning.

sinus infection remedyIf you’ve ever had a sinus infection, you know how miserable it can be. Sinus infections are a common problem, and they can become markedly worse during cold and flu season.  

Sinus congestion usually occurs as a result of a respiratory ailment such as a cold, cough, or allergic reaction. When you feel a sinus problem coming on,

A reader sent me a link recently to a study that found high levels of the toxin BPA on dollar bills and receipts.

The Washington Toxics Coalition found that the thermal printers commonly used in the retail industry for printing receipts use BPA in the ink.   Receipts shockingly contain BPA at levels 250-1000 times higher than that found in canned foods.  

Strong is the New Skinny

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By Guest Blogger Paula Jager, CSCS

Ever hear of the term “skinny fat”?  That’s someone that is thin, but with a high body fat.  Like a distance runner or a sedentary person who doesn’t eat much or lift weights.  They may look fine in clothes but are all flabby underneath; they have very little muscle.