Building a Better Breakfast

Building a Better Breakfast

I know I don’t have to tell you breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Personally, I love breakfast because I love breakfast food. Hot coffee with whole cream, toasty buttered waffles, and perfectly scrambled eggs are just a few of my favorite things.But almost as much as I love the glorious fatty carby combos that are somehow only deemed acceptable on a breakfast plate, I love the way eating breakfast in the morning makes me feel. The ritual of it.

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

The dirty dozen might sound like a band of outlaws in a western movie, but they are actually a list of fruits and vegetables found to have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles a list of the the 48 most common fruits and vegetables and ranks them based on levels of pesticide residues. The twelve with the highest presence of pesticide residues are the dirty dozen, and those with the lowest levels are the clean fifteen.

DIY Natural Face Wash, Toner, and Moisturizer Recipes

DIY Natural Face Wash, Toner, and Moisturizer Recipes

As a holistic wellness crunchy, I'm really careful about what I put on my skin. Chemicals that are put on your skin can be absorbed into your blood stream within the first 26 seconds of application. Thus making products like natural face wash, toner, and moisturizer important for limiting our chemical exposure.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy holiday eating can sound like an oxymoron. Depending on who you listen to, American's gain on average 1-7 pounds from the end of November to beginning of January. What makes that weight gain worse is that we tend to not lose it during the rest of the year. So over time we add a few pounds each holiday season. It can be even harder at the holidays if you are trying to eat real foods (as opposed to highly processed) and you aren't the one doing all the cooking. While I am all for treating yo' self and enjoying the foods that are meaningful to you at the holidays, it is important to keep portion size in mind and make healthy choices when possible. Follow these tips for healthy holiday eating and help yourself keep that belt notch right where it is.

How to Grocery Shop Like an Adult

How to Grocery Shop Like an Adult

Adulting is hard. Grocery shopping is hard. Grocery shopping like an adult can feel impossible. Especially when a few minutes on Pinterest has you spinning, trying to figure out how to balance budgeting with meal planning, eating organic and local, and making your meal look instagram worthy and ultimately results in you reaching for the UberEats and swearing off cooking.

Is Whole Foods Really Whole Paycheck? | The Cheapest Place to Buy Organic

Is Whole Foods Really Whole Paycheck? | The Cheapest Place to Buy Organic

I've claimed for years that I saved money when I switched to shopping only at Whole Foods and for years people have thought me crazy for saying so. To settle this dispute once and for all, I went to three grocery stores in my area of downtown Atlanta to compare prices of shopping conventional, strictly organic, and a combination of organic and non-GMO to show you what it really costs to eat real food.

Putting the Pumpkin Back in Pumpkin Spice

Putting the Pumpkin Back in Pumpkin Spice

Our culture is certainly obsessed with pumpkin spice all the things and desperately in need of a pumpkintervention. Whole articles have been written listing the various pumpkin spice options available to us. A whole new genre of pumpkin spice comedy has been born. Grocery carts get filled with pumpkin all the things. White girls in yoga pants count down the days on their calendar to the PSL. If any of this pumpkin obsession sounds like you, here it is, your pumpkintervention.

Why You Want Food Based Vitamins

Why You Want Food Based Vitamins

Taking a daily vitamin is common health sense, but not all vitamins provide the health benefits we expect. Much like our modern American diet (MAD) is full of food like substances instead of actual food, our vitamins are filled with chemical versions of the vitamins and minerals we could be getting from whole foods. The problem with these synthetic chemical vitamins is that our bodies don't know what to do with the chemicals. We absorb some of the vitamins, but miss out on the full amounts the packaging says we should be getting.

Top 10 Food Rules for Eating Healthy and Clean

Top 10 Food Rules for Eating Healthy and Clean

Trying to eat healthy and clean can be so hard these days with all the different labels to look for and ingredients to steer clear of. Don't you wish sometimes that someone would just give you the rules to follow?

Think and Eat Yourself Smart Book Review

Think and Eat Yourself Smart Book Review

This week I was so excited to get my copy of Think and Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf. A neuroscientist who happens to be a Christian, Dr. Leaf has written several books that explain the power our minds have over our brains and how we really can take every thought captive like scripture describes. In her new book, Dr. Leaf explains the power our thoughts have over what we ultimately end up eating.