Posts in health & wellness
My 10 Favorite Cookbooks [Interesting Cookbooks: From Scottish to Nordic, Vegan To Paleo, & Everything In Between] (2019)

At this stage in life, after years and years of special diets, I find myself done with diets. Instead - I just eat real whole foods, and a variety of those.

What does that look like? Fish, eggs, veggies, fruits, grass-fed butter and ghee, raw grass-fed dairy products, sourdough breads, quality olive oil, oats, beans, nuts and seeds, wild game meats like venison and turkey, some grass-fed red meat from time to time, plentiful amounts of herbs and spices (turmeric on everything!), fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha, good clean filtered water, lots of herbal teas, and coffee roasted just down the road from here.

I love learning about what my Scottish and Scandinavian ancestors ate traditionally. I love learning the seemingly lost arts of baking sourdough, of soaking my grains before I use them, and brewing kombucha, to name a few. My kitchen and my cooking now bring joy, rather than guilt or confusion or over-analysis.

I give you this context in advance because my collection of favorite cookbooks is sure to be a miscellany. With the prevalence of diet culture; I know many people want a list of strictly this or that type of cookbook, but I hope you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

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Ikarian Longevity Stew [Blue Zone Recipe]

People near or over the age of 100 walking several miles a day, without use of a cane, dancing until the wee hours of the morning with friends, continuing to work, and make love?

Is this the stuff of dreams? Au contraire - this is the way of life for many folks in the world’s “blue zones” - a term coined by Dan Buettner and expanded upon in his book (which I highly recommend reading).

Dan explores the factors that seem to contribute to these long, healthy, fulfilling lives and gleans what lifestyle habits we could integrate into our own lives.

One factor is, of course, diet. And here is my spin on a stew that robust Ikarians have been consuming for years - tasty and simple to make. Enjoy in a relaxed, stress-free state of mind, with friends, or after a long walk to add years to your life, and life to your years.

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My Delicious & Healthy Homemade Cereal Recipe [Grain Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Vegan & Paleo]

I love cereal.

The two most attractive factors for me are the ease of preparation and the delicious taste.

But even the “healthiest” of cereals on the shelves today are full of questionable ingredients.

So I decided to make my own!

And what I came to find out is that I should’ve been doing this all along.

Not only is this cereal recipe really, really, really tasty, but it’s a breeze to make.

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20 Great Gift Ideas For Healthy Eaters (in 2019)

I’ve been told over the years that my kitchen 1.) smells like a health food store and 2.) resembles a laboratory, with contraptions big and small ready to whip up nourishing concoctions.

I think I can help you out with an idea or two (or twenty) about what to get the healthy eater in your life that will make their time in the kitchen even more creative!

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My Top 5 Natural Stress Relief Herbs & Supplements (For Body & Mind)


It’s a word that gets tossed around all the time, resulting in a normalization of something that is, in fact, very dangerous.

Stress has been called the silent killer and in my opinion, having been a former health writer and researcher, it’s actually to blame for most diseases we face today.

After experiencing a bout of chronic stress in my own life recently, I ended up diving into some research for natural ways to help my body and mind adapt better and develop more resiliency.

I saw such positive effects that I felt inspired to write an article listing the herbs and supplements that really caused a difference in how I felt - physically and mentally.

My hope is that anyone out there who is struggling finds this article and that these natural supplements bring lightness and joy back to living.

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Nourishing Yourself Throughout Wildfire Season - Staying Healthy Amidst The Smoke

Here in the inland northwest, we've been cloaked in hazardous levels of smoke. We're not alone - most of the northwest, from the coast across parts of British Columbia and into Idaho and Montana, are experiencing the same conditions. 

Originally from eastern America, this is new to me. In the past, I imagined that the fires themselves were the real threat. But it seems the smoke is actually the biggest threat to humans.

We have all been warned to stay indoors, batten down the hatches, and if we must venture outdoors to wear N95 repirator masks.

It's a claustrophobic and neurotic feeling for all of us, wildlife included. The longing for rain and crisp mountain air to return can be felt like real hunger.

Despite staying inside as much as possible, most of us inevitably venture outside anyway, figuring "Oh it'll be fine..." but problems associated with wildfire smoke inhalation may not surface as disease for years and years. I don't know about you, but a breathing disease is one of the many things I'd like to avoid if possible.

So I took advantage of all of this indoor time to research detoxing the body after wildfire exposure, primarily smoke inhalation. I uncovered a lot of natural treatment strategies that my husband and I have been enacting daily. 

I figured with so many of us impacted by these wildfires, and having inhaled tiny particles into the depths of our lungs, I'd share my findings with everyone in hopes we can give our bodies a hand in dealing with this extreme pollution in the best way possible. 

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Homemade Medicine: The Easiest Way To Grow Your Own Broccoli Sprouts In A Bag (For Depression, Brain Health, Cancer Prevention, Anti-Aging, & More)

Are you familiar with broccoli sprouts? There’s a ton of research being done on the powerful compound they contain potent amounts of: sulforaphane. The health benefits are far-ranging, from treating depression to type 2 diabetes, to preventing cancers and heart disease. In this post, you’ll learn the easiest way to grow your own broccoli sprouts at home, guaranteeing quality, affordability, and availability always!

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