Nutrition

Gelatin Benefits for Celiacs & Autoimmune Diseases

Gelatin benefits our gut health, digestion, skin, and muscles but unfortunately gelatin has gotten a bad rap over the years thanks to JELL-O, which completely over-engineered a junky version of it and then added dyes and chemicals. What is Gelatin? Gelatin is a powdered form of collagen which is created by “isolating and dehydrating parts of animals,

Goals

How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Accomplish

We’re a day away from the last month of 2015. What?! I can’t believe it! This year flew by. As we’re full-throttle into the holiday season now, it’s imperative that we utilize the lull of this post-Thanksgiving week, to really start formulating our goals for the new year. I intentionally stay away from the phrase

Faith

Importance of Quiet Time

You probably know the scene: that witching hour around dinner time when the house is a-buzz with crazy kids releasing any pent up energy left over from the day as they ramshackle the family room, kitchen, and basically any other room they can get their sticky paws on. This scene in my house typically ends in one of

Accountability

Post-Halloween Re-Set

Confession! I have eaten way too much Halloween candy the past few days and I’m badly feeling it. We were also on vacation in Florida for two weeks, and there may have been wine and mojitos involved. And Dole Whips… Did I also mention the Halloween candy? Starting TODAY, I am beginning a variation of Whole30

Whole 30

Whole30 Update: Days 16-22

As the litany of egg yolks and roasted chicken photos on my Instagram feed suggest, I am in the last half of the Whole30. It has been easier than expected, and yet now on Day 22, I’m starting to get over the whole no dairy thing. (And yes, I realize in my last update, I

Product Review

Product Review: Ava Anderson Non-Toxic

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic shut their doors in January 2016 and rebranded as Pure Haven Essentials in March 2016. This AANT product review was written prior to the scandal that led to their demise. For more details, please read: Ava Anderson Scandal and Ava Anderson: Be Kind to Consultants Are your personal care products as clean as your diet?

Fitness

What “I Want To Get Back In Shape” Really…

One of the coolest things about growing up is seeing how your friends turn out. Luckily, the majority of my friends were all good, smart kids, and so it’s no surprise to me that they’ve all been quite successful in life. One of those friends, I’m proud to say, is now the owner and founder

Clean Eating

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Juice

“When you consume sugar naturally—that is, in fruit—you’re getting the fiber you need to mitigate the effects. Am I worried about fruit? No. Am I worried about fruit juice? Oh, you bet. Because when you take the fiber out, you might as well be drinking a Coke.” –Fed Up. Fed Up is a MUST watch documentary

Organic

Homemade Toxic-Free Deodorant

Toxic-free deodorant was something I considered making or purchasing for several months. Then I read a VERY convincing, and thoroughly researched article on Mamavation about the cancer-causing toxins found in mainstream deodorants and anti-persperants like Degree and Secret (check now to see if yours says “active ingredient: aluminum” on the back) and knew it could no

Clean Eating

Top 5 Ways to Re-Set Your Body

Last week I was glutened. I have never experienced such severe pains, short of natural childbirth. I contemplated going to the hospital before somehow falling asleep. I wasn’t going to point fingers at the food that caused this, but honestly, I don’t see how it was anything else. Luna Lemon Zest bars are now being

Opinion

Product Review: Squeez’Ems

I’m keen on making homemade baby food for my 9 month old, but as with all my cooking adventures, I like things simple, quick, and healthy.  Thanks to my NutriBullet, D has unintentionally been on a raw foods diet. Why bake, boil, and cook when I can just make a greens- and fruit-packed smoothie, thicken

Fitness

Product Review: MyYogaWorks.com

My parents have officially moved 1,000 miles away—to say I am heart-broken would be an understatement. The drawn out anticipation leading up to this move and then the actual move itself has left me so drained. I’ve been desperately trying to stay centered and grounded, and ironically, last week I received a free 6-month subscription to

Healthy Living

Oil Pulling

In the past month or so, I’ve been asked so many times if I “do oil pulling.” For those who don’t know, oil pulling is putting up to 1 T of a healthy oil (extra virgin cold pressed coconut, sunflower, or olive oil) in your mouth and swishing for 30 minutes. You can’t swallow it,

Fitness

Product Review: Polar FT4

For anyone who follows me on Instagram (@belowthefork), you know that one of the ways I keep myself accountable is by frequently posting photos of the end screen of my Polar FT4 watch after a workout, touting the length of my workout session and the calorie burn. I’m often asked about it, so I thought

Healthy Living

Eating Clean on a Small Budget

I recently read a couple articles whose titles promised tips for eating clean on a small income, but they then proceeded to suggest buying organic everything. Umm…I don’t know where these authors live, what their other bills are, or really what they’re even considering a small income but in the realistic land of inflated prices

Fitness

Importance of Daily Stretching

I see a wide variety of massage clients: triathletes, stressed out corporate workers with no time to exercise (aka my old self!), MS and arthritis sufferers, men who only exercise during golf season, student athletes, stay-at-home moms, and everyone in between. I give them all the same advice though—stretch EVERY single day, if not multiple

Nutrition

Benefits of Flaxseeds

The running joke in our house lately has been that flaxseeds are my “signature ingredient.” I put them in everything! It meets the need for improved texture, crunch, and health benefits of any dish. Just 2 T of flaxseeds alone achieves 132% of the recommended daily requirement of omega-3 fats at just 74 calories! For

Nutrition

Benefits of Coconut Oil

I recently read a magazine article about a boy with Asperger’s who experienced minimal behavioral improvement with a gluten-free, casein-free diet but full relief of symptoms once they added 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day to his diet. He’s now fully mainstreamed in school and more social. Apparently teachers and other parents can’t believe