The following is #2 in a 5 part series on helping children become more adventurous eaters. Ah, breakfast! The most important meal of the day, right? If you are parenting a picky eater, it can also be the most stressful way to start the day.   Here are 5 strategies to begin the journey to […]

Properly fermented foods are an excellent source of probiotics, something most of us need more of in our diet. Fermented foods have been used for ages, and it’s time to reintr oduce this age-old practiceinto every kitchen. Everyone can get started with fermented foods. Many ferments like sauerkraut and pickles can be made with nothing […]

Coconut oil is a wonder food that has so many amazing uses. I’m constantly discovering a new way to use it. We use it for cooking, skincare, first aid and more. The reason we incorporate coconut oil into so many aspects of our lives is because it has an abundance of health properties. It is […]

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive, the truth is it can actually save you money! There are lots of ways to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods and still stick to a budget. Here are some ideas to keep your costs down while making healthy food choices:

During winter 2010, my friend Debbie, an acupuncturist, kept bugging me about going to some macrobiotic dinner at her house. All I could think was “macro what”? The only thing I knew about macrobiotics was that a lot of celebrities who seemed uberhealthy were believers. And yes, being healthy was a big interest of mine. […]

What is an emunctory? An emunctory is an organ or duct that removes or carries waste from the body. Emunctories allow the body to cleanse out the unwanted wastes (carbon dioxide, toxins, cholesterol)  in our bodies through the skin, urinary, digestive, and respiratory systems. Sometime our bodies get a little overwhelmed and need some help […]

Here is a list of foods in order of introduction for my second son.  This is not an all-inclusive list.  There are only so many foods you can introduce during this short time span.  Make the most of it!

With SPOON Foundation established, Cindy and I began to explore our options for helping to improve the nutrition of institutionalized children.  Our original idea was to ship multivitamins to Baby Houses in Kazakhstan, but we quickly realized this idea had several problems; most importantly it was not a sustainable model.  We also needed to make […]

I love reading about “superfoods” and nutrition – mostly I get reminders to eat more things I already like (did you know watermelon has sky-high levels of lycopene?). Recently, learning about the importance of the essential fatty acid Omega 3 for joint mobility, heart health and cancer prevention, I was even convinced to take fish […]

We just spent our first night in Ecuador,  where they say you find “La vida estada pura,” or “Life at its purest.” We were welcomed with a glass of fresh tree tomato juice. Tree tomatos are a local fruit with a thin rind of mottled green-red. When you slice one in half with a knife, […]

Recently, after a prolonged period of “promote the sugar high” my child’s school laid down some rules. Up to that point, to my frustration parents and teachers seem to, on a daily basis, ply the children with candy, cupcakes, cookies, marshmallows and other sweets.

Having a varied list of things in which you were involved will allow you at a later date to use this activity bank you’ve created to determine and explain a situation in which you were a leader, you problem solved, you interacted with diverse people, you were humbled, you struggled with a moral issues, and […]