Issues

Bringing Conscious Consumption to the Present Moment

I thoroughly enjoyed speaking at the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival.  This topic of Conscious Consumption encompasses a large topic that we face in our more modern times.  What does "eating healthy" really mean? Living in a time where we can obtain anything with relative ease, we need to become savvy in our choices not only from the [...]

EarthWeek C’ville Eco Fair

During this time of a fast paced life with obesity diabetes and cancer on the rise, the importance of keeping a positive outlook to life and our food choices is more important than ever.  This past Sunday, I was excited to speak during Charlottesville Earth Week at the Eco-Fair and to share some simple tips and ideas [...]

The Sweet Is on the Inside

As a culture, it seems we have a voracious appetite for purchasing and that many of our holidays and seasonal celebrations have been relegated to marketing to the “don’t haves or wish we could have” soft spots within our human states. Whether it is to our appetites or desire for sugar and other addictive foods [...]

What’s the Big Deal About Gluten?

Photo: ilovememphis/Flickr. Gluten, the protein found in wheat and products containing wheat, is hidden in many common foods. During baking, the protein makes the final product stick together. Research has shown that when gluten breaks down during digestion, it produces a mild opiate effect. Unfortunately, gluten sensitivity is linked to common diseases such [...]

How to Avoid GMO Foods

Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually. For full size graphic, click here.   If you're trying to stay away from food products that contain high fructose corn syrup or MSG, you can read the ingredient labels. But if you're trying to avoid genetically modified organisms, it's [...]

Birth by Special Opening Birth Plan

Birth is amazing, messy, challenging, ecstatic, tear-filled, and more all at the same time.  No matter how it happens.  Whether at home, a birthing center, in water, or at a hospital this can be true. What are your birth stories?  Were your needs met during pregnancy and birth? Did you feel empowered in your choices? [...]

Questions About Using Soy

Photo: Augapfel/Flickr. In recent years, much has been written about soy. Experts disagree about whether soy is a new health breakthrough, a dangerous fad or somewhere in between. Here, I'm offering some guidelines from Chapter 9 of Sweetness without Sugar for you to decide whether eating more food products and recipes made with [...]

Are You Substituting Sugar for the Real Sweetness of Life?

Photo: michale/Flickr. “The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or 'sweetness.'” ― Marion Woodman People may think that humans are so wired by evolution to eat sugar whenever they can get it that there's not much hope to avoid unhealthy sweets in today's food economy, when they're available everywhere and [...]