This post is by blog team member, Kiran. To learn more about Kiran, check out our team page! So guess what? I’m officially a Certified Holistic Health Coach as of mid-March. Last year I signed up for the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), which has been around since 1992. You may remember us mentioning them before (Amy on our team also went through the program), but I took the year-long online class for a few reasons: the first is that I’m working on a book (or maybe an e-book – stay tuned) and I wanted to have some type of credentials for writing it. The other is, like many others (possibly you!), the subject is interesting to me and I wanted to further my knowledge. What I liked about the program was that not only could I do it at my own pace, but along with going through a number of dietary theories, it also showed how all sorts of aspects of people’s lives are contributing to food choices. I particularly liked the following information I learned that dissected cravings – and hello, is there anyone out there who doesn’t have them, or who hasn’t had them in the past? If you struggle with cravings, I’d love to know if it can be attributed to one of the following 8 causes… 8 Causes of Cravings Lack of primary food. Primary “food” – which is not really food and instead things in life that “feed” and nourish you in other ways – consists of relationships, career, and spiritual satisfaction. This was by far the most interesting theory that we talked about, primarily because these can influence our food (which is considered secondary, btw) choices. So when these aspects are off, we find ourselves seeking satisfaction from food. In all honesty, I’ve seen […]
Registration is closed! Find out when the Real Food Mini Pledge Program will be back by checking out our coming soon page. Last chance to register ends in: I’m so excited to tell you about our Real Food Mini-Pledge Program that is back for Spring! Sign up now through April 28th and your diet will be all cleaned up just in time for summer! The first year we offered this program we had an overwhelming response with almost 50,000 people signing up! We’ve carefully reviewed all of the feedback from past participants and since changed over from a basic free email program to one with videos, meal plans and (new this session!) an interactive forum organized by week/topic. Also new this time, a two-week real food family dinner plan (with recipes and coordinating grocery list) that will be given out at the end as the perfect starting off point when the program is over. All of these resources are in one easy-to-follow program to help you Cut Out processed Food in 6 Weeks! And keep in mind this is a program for the whole family … I made a quick video explaining it (or you can just read on below). About the Real Food Mini-Pledge Program – The Real Food Mini-Pledge Program consists of 6 weekly pledges to help you cut out processed food in a realistic and manageable way. We’ll tackle things such as adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, cutting out sugar, and eating 100% whole-grain one week at a time. Online Program Only Bundle with Hardback Cookbook (Most Popular) $18 for 6 weeks $16 + book cost for 6 weeks Each week (for 6 weeks) you will receive: Pledge intro video from me, Guidelines on how to follow pledge, “5 things to make this week” with shopping list, Additional recipe and meal ideas, Access to a new private forum for discussion […]
We arrived in Scotland with two small children and a dog in tow, and I will never forget the first time I went grocery shopping. I had a sinking realization that all the food I bought on autopilot every week was gone.
Whether you’re ready to get to the bottom of it or just want to find some natural creams to help, I’m sharing some natural remedies for eczema in today’s post that is brought to you by our new sponsor The Eczema Company!
Studying up on my parents’ diseases opened my eyes to the connection between food and health and completely changed my approach to food. I was too late to save them, but not too late to save me!
Our journey started in 2012 when my oldest son was getting ready to start solid food. The more I read up on our choices, the more it seemed so easy to make baby food and such a waste of money to purchase those tiny jars that often had more additives than actual food.
Read about Larah’s journey back to health thanks to a Low FODMAP Diet, created to help improve symptoms caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Eating real food has helped me break free from dieting. I’ve learned to tune into my body and eat foods that work for me and tune out the latest diet fads. I don’t have to memorize a new set of diet rules every couple of months.
Today’s inspiring reader story is by Adrianne, a stay-at-home mom who lives with her husband and three sons in Wasilla, Alaska. She recently started a blog where she shares recipes and stories about the joy of ordinary days after a battle with childhood cancer. If you’d like to submit your own real food story, you can do so here. When I first began cooking and preparing real food from scratch for my three little boys and husband, I had no idea how handy that new skill would eventually become. We made the switch in 2011 after watching Food Inc., like many other individuals. I’m a stay-at-home mom who already enjoyed cooking, so switching from cans of soup casseroles to fresh, real ingredients was a fun challenge. My twins were 4-years old and my littlest was 2, and it was the perfect time to swap processed crackers and snacks for fruit, homemade ice cream, and yogurts. Not only did we all feel better – my blood sugar stopped plummeting daily, regularity felt like a gift from Heaven, and I lost a few pounds – but my boys were learning to be adventurous eaters. Feeding My Sick Son Well Then in February 2013, we got the devastating news that one of the twins, then 5, had leukemia. With three and a half years of chemo in front of us, I knew the only thing I could “do” was to feed my son well. When he craved comfort food, I had childhood favorites “real-foodified” at the ready and in our freezer. When he had no appetite, I had nutrient-dense soups and smoothies for him to sip all day long. Even PB&J was beneficial with peanut-only peanut butter, homemade jam, and fresh whole wheat bread. Every evening I would take an hour and make overnight slow-cooker broth, muffins and […]
If you’re new to tea herbs, or wanting to know some of the basics, today I’m sharing info from the “herb nerds” with Traditional Medicinals.
This is the first in a series of reader stories that I’ll be sharing this month … and maybe even beyond depending on how much you guys like them! Today’s story of weight loss is by Emily Allen with That’s What I Eat.