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How to Stop Eating Sugar

How to Stop Eating Sugar

Sugar is nothing but empty calories, the calories that only make you gain weight and do not provide you with any benefits because they do not contain any nutrients. Cutting out sugar can be very hard, especially when you have a sweet tooth. Here is are some tips to help you stop eating sugar.

Do I have to have discipline to eat healthy?

Do I have to have discipline to eat healthy?

There is so much information out there about HOW to eat a healthy, whole food diet. There is so much inspiration and motivation out there but still you find yourself reaching for the convenience and “junk” foods. Why? Is it lack of discipline?

7 of my favorite vegan food blogs

7 of my favorite vegan food blogs

Do you need creative inspiration and new recipe ideas? So do I! I’m always looking for new ideas and also I experience food as art and the preparation of food is a creative act.  

Food blogs are a treasure trove of creative food ideas and instructions in how to prepare them including tips and beautiful images.

There are a few that I go to over and over to either find that recipe that my family loved and other times I print them out to add to my collection… Or bookmark them to pull up later.

How to build a plant based pantry to save money on groceries.

How to build a plant based pantry to save money on groceries.

Do you think it's super-expensive to eat a high quality, healthy diet? Think again.

Last week my grocery list was a quarter what it had been in the past. My pantry is well stocked and all I needed were fresh veggies and odds and ends. Sure, it CAN be expensive and confusing to plan out a healthy plant-based diet, but it doesn't have to be. Once you put a little effort in and planning and preparation, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Your big "pantry-stocking" trip to market will run more expensive, but that's only one time. You'll be re-stocking as needed but not all at once again.

8 tips to help you give up dairy that you may not have thought of.

8 tips to help you give up dairy that you may not have thought of.

So many people are becoming more conscious of how dairy affects the way they feel. There are many points people are becoming more conscious of about dairy.  Dairy is high in sugars. Casein (the main protein found in dairy) can be an irritant to the digestive system. It’s common to be lactose-sensitive or intolerant, many people experience thickened mucous leading to congestion.  Dairy is not the be all-end all of calcium and strong bones. It is highly acidic. Our bodies are happiest with a neutral ph balance between acid and alkaline. Not too extreme one way or the other. Dairy and most other animal products are acid producing, which makes the body draw from its alkaline reserves of calcium, magnesium and potassium to restore balance.

What does the gut have to do with your mood?

What does the gut have to do with your mood?

Your gut, aka "inside your belly", has been proven to be your bodies literal "second brain".

For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn't even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.