By Fitness Editor Paula Jager, CSCS

In the last post, we were taking the remaining few weeks of the year to reflect, reorganize and reassess where we are, where we want to go and how we’re going to get there.  Did we?  I spent the last few weeks making detailed spreadsheets in Excel of goals as I prefer to call them,

adolescent shots without parental consentThose of us who had children in school during the 2009-2010 Swine Flu “pandemic” likely remember the parental consent forms that school administration sent home requesting permission to vaccinate students for the H1N1 virus.

Like many other parents who had done their due diligence research on this shot, I denied consent to have my children vaccinated and even considered keeping them home from school the day the public health nurse was on campus just to be sure my children weren’t “accidentally”

Earlier this year, the USDA suddenly and without warning lifted all restrictions on the planting of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, also known as Roundup Ready Alfalfa.

This surprise move occurred shortly after release of the USDA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on GE Alfalfa in which it admitted that this frankencrop may indeed pose a risk not only to organic farmers but to conventional farmers as well.

pickled vs fermentedThere seems to be a bit of confusion going around about fermented foods and the difference between what you make in your kitchen and the pickled versions that are available on the supermarket shelf. For example, in one of my video lessons, I demonstrate how to make sauerkraut in the traditional manner.  

sprouted Belgian waffles recipeOur family loves my Belgian waffles recipe using sprouted flour. Sprouted waffles are our family’s breakfast of choice most weekends. The kids almost always request them as their special birthday breakfast too.

I’ve tried so many different Belgian waffle recipes over the years, I’ve honestly lost count. I’ve made them with various flours as well including kamut,

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch …

Christmas tree farmer Christian Critzer of Wayneboro,Virginia certainly never suspected that his charitable fundraising drive for cancer victims would draw the wrath of local government officials during what is supposed to be the most giving and kind hearted time of the year.


sweetened condensed milk recipeThere is absolutely nothing healthy or beneficial about sweetened condensed milk. Sadly, this is true even if it is made from grassfed organic milk. Watch out for the many recipes and videos on how to make sweetened condensed milk at home. Without exception, these methods are best avoided.

Here are the unsolvable problems with this heavily processed food:

Strike #1:  Lengthy heating time is necessary to reduce the milk down to a condensed state.

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