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I Have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Now What?

It’s been a difficult year for me. I spent the first half of it feeling terrible. Depressed. Crying. Gaining weight despite my best workout efforts. A zombie-like brain fog coated my thoughts and I was so exhausted I had to take a nap mid-day to make it. And then my doctor, after hearing my woes and testing my thyroid (at my insistence, because I have a strong family history of... read more

Product Review: Graze Subscription Boxes

My sister recently sent me a coupon to try out a new box subscription service, Graze. You may remember from my post on Birchbox that I love the “Christmas present” aspect of subscription boxes–the anticipation, excitement, and surprise that accompanies each. So I went ahead and signed up online. When you sign up using your invite code, you can review more than 90 snack... read more

A Few of My Favorite Things

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don’t feel…so bad.” Agreed, Maria. To that end, our MOPS group had a “Favorite Things” theme meeting for December. Everyone brought in a few of their favorite things, each $5 or less. There was a WIDE variety of items–everything from laundry... read more

My 5 Favorite Essential Oils

Essential oils are not a “new” thing. These plant extracts are in everything from cosmetics and perfumes to soaps and cleaning products. They’ve also been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. But essential oils have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in part due to home-based consultants for companies like Doterra and Young Living spreading the word. Part... read more

5 Fast, Easy, Healthy Summer Meals

After more than a year and a half of a nutritarian lifestyle, I think I was starting to lose perspective. People eat basically healthy, I thought, so what’s with all the disturbing health news? I was brought back to reality when I saw this recent Meijer sale ad insert in the Sunday paper. It lists “5 days of family meals for under $50.” The meals are 1) toaster waffles... read more

Erythritol: A Neutral Sweetener?

So far in my discussions of sweetening food, I’ve mentioned the good (dates and blackstrap molasses), the bad (agave nectar, HFCS), and the ugly (white table sugar). Is there, however, a “neutral” sweetener out there?  Something that sweetens your food and may not have health benefits, but won’t hurt you through a myriad of side effects? As much as possible, I... read more

The Holiday Candy Invasion; Plus, Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

St. Patrick’s Day was this past weekend and, as with Valentine’s Day, social media was buzzing with “What are you getting for your kids?”  Uh, first of all, I didn’t realize that a non-Irish woman was obligated to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (kind of like a Frenchwoman celebrating America’s Thanksgiving…).  Second of all, everyone seemed... read more

Fiber: It’s Not Just About Regularity

I know a lot of people, when I start talking about fiber, are going to envision the elderly and prunes.  Maybe bran muffins and Grape-Nuts cereal.  Certainly, though, it’s not something the majority of us should be concerned about, though.  Right? I have a few family members and friends that follow the popular “Paleo” diet.  They load up on grass-fed beef and eggs.  When I asked one... read more

Product Review: Choffy! It’s Not Coffee, It’s Not Hot Chocolate

My friend Jill recently introduced me to Choffy and I have to say–where has it been all my life? Like coffee, Choffy has a rich, robust flavor and is brewed from roasted beans, but unlike coffee, Choffy is made from cacao (cocoa) beans, the source of chocolate.  But unlike hot chocolate, there’s no dairy and no refined sugars to worry about. The “Drink Choffy”... read more

Choosing a Non-Dairy, Plant-Based Milk

I think I’ve made it pretty clear–from posts on the dangers of dairy, the biological absurdity of drinking cow’s milk, and how cheese is basically the worst thing you can eat–that we don’t consume dairy, nor do we ever plan on returning to it.  We have enjoyed trying the vast array of non-dairy milks out there.  We consistently keep unsweetened almond, coconut, and... read more

On Loving Getting Older: MEPS the Second Time Around

Me in 2006 I am considering returning to military service in the Air Force Reserves (1 weekend a month plus 2 weeks a year).  I served in the active-duty force for 5 years, 9 months before separating in 2008 to focus on family.  I’m still not certain if I am going to go back in, but there are several compelling reasons: service to country, wonderful community, professional fulfillment,... read more

You Are What You Eat: My Biggest Loser Complaint

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”  –Ann Wigmore I started watching the Season 14 premiere of The Biggest Loser on Hulu last night.  I’ve been a fan of the show since Season 1, Episode 1.  I have always found it to be a motivational and inspirational show.  My husband can’t stand it–he... read more

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