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Sugar, Fructose, and Fructophobia

March 26, 2019

We’ve always known that if you sit around all day eating candy, you will get fat. Conversely,  cutting down on sugar, which is a carbohydrate, will contribute to weight loss and other benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet. However, the extent to which sugar, that is, sucrose, or its component fructose, contributes to obesity and other…

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How to Approach the GAPS Diet

March 26, 2019

Most of us are not mindful of the importance of gut health, or just how far we in the modern world have been distanced from it. Many of us were not breastfed; we received countless simultaneous vaccinations as children and were overprescribed antibiotics and medications from the start. Any one of these phenomena could contribute…

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Breakfast: Keto-Style and Kid-Approved

March 21, 2019

If you’ve been following a ketogenic diet for a while now you probably have a few hacks of your own when it comes to cooking up delicious low-carb breakfast options. If you’re new to the program, you’re probably wondering how many different ways you can cook an egg because that’s the only thing allowed. (You’re…

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Two glasses of colored Kvass on a table

Kvass: A Nourishing, Fermented Beverage

March 19, 2019

Looking to add another recipe to your fermenting repertoire? Try your hand at kvass. This nourishing beverage calls for just a few simple ingredients and only takes a couple of days to ferment. Use beets or get creative with various fruit combinations like Blueberry Lemon Mint or Ginger Apple Lime. The following recipes are from The Heal…

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Bacteria: Our Ancestors and Coevolutionary Partners

March 15, 2019

Fermentation is the transformation of food by various bacteria, fungi, and the enzymes they produce. People harness this transformative power in order to produce alcohol, to preserve food, and to make it more digestible, less toxic, and/or more delicious. It’s played an instrumental role in human cultural evolution and has become a cultural phenomenon of…

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Patricia Daly

My Story: Cancer, Nutrition, and the Mind-Body Link

March 14, 2019

For decades, the ketogenic diet—which shifts the body’s metabolism from burning glucose to burning fat, lowering blood sugar and insulin and resulting in a metabolic state known as ketosis—has been used to successfully manage pediatric epilepsy. And now, emerging research suggests that a ketogenic diet, in conjunction with conventional treatments, offers new hope for those…

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The Medical Literature: A Guide to Flawed Studies

March 12, 2019

We’ve all seen multiple iterations of food pyramids highlighting key food groups; read hundreds of articles about the next big thing to avoid if we want to follow a healthy diet; tried to practice better eating habits and yet, we’re still feeling lost. All of the information is conflicting. It changes all the time. And…

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The Recipe for Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness

March 5, 2019

Changing our diet is one of the most difficult but arguably the single most important thing to do to achieve good health. But often times people don’t even realize that their diet is harmful. For those who consume a Western diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, the stakes are particularly high. Side effects include…

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Be Good to Your Gut: Nourishing Food for Better Health

March 1, 2019

What do illnesses like autism, ADHD, asthma, celiac disease, allergies, and depression have in common? Simple: They can all be linked to the microorganisms present in the gut. That’s according to the pioneering British MD, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who has found that these afflictions, as well as a long list of others, are linked—a concept she…

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How-To: Turn Sap and Syrup into Beer, Wine, and Liquor

February 25, 2019

As much as we love to drizzle (or drown, let’s be honest) our pancakes in maple syrup, you might be surprised to learn that tree sap can actually be used to make an array of drinks, with results that will far surpass your typical sugar buzz. In fact, there are several companies that have ventured…

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10 Herbs for Family Health

January 17, 2019

If you find yourself or a family member coughing and sneezing a little more than usual, you don’t have to rush off to the pharmacy to get cold medicine. Instead, grow your own healthy herbs in the backyard to produce your own remedies. Not only can these plants help with general wellness on a daily…

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broth

Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

December 27, 2018

Have you had your steaming hot bowl of bone broth today? If not, you might want to consider adding this nutrient-rich, immune system boosting elixir into your daily diet. Providing a healthy source of calcium, potassium, and protein, bone broth is the perfect dietary addition for anyone looking to improve their digestive health. And with…

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Bioregulatory Medicine

Modern Disease and the Rise of the Allopathic Model

December 26, 2018

Chronic and degenerative illnesses are largely new to mankind. In fact, diseases such as cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis have been termed modern or man-made diseases because they were relatively rare until three hundred years or so ago. But if these diseases are relatively new, why are so many people plagued with chronic illness?…

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Conscious Eating: What Our Bodies Are Trying to Tell Us

December 19, 2018

When our stomachs growl, we eat. When we feel like we’re about to burst, we stop eating. Our bodies have the incredible ability to recognize and adjust to changes in the environment and within itself, and sometimes knows what’s best for us without us even realizing. The following is an excerpt from Nourishment by Fred…

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8 Must-Read Books for Your 2019 Reading List

December 14, 2018

Are you new to the Chelsea Green community and aren’t sure which book to read first? Or maybe you’re a long-time fan and want to continue your binge-reading but need some fresh ideas. Regardless of how you got here, we can help! From the enlightening and thought-provoking to the quirky and fun, we, the Chelsea…

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Car Survival Tips for Severe Winter Weather

December 10, 2018

Now that temperatures have started to dip below freezing, and most folks living in colder climates have witnessed their first snowfall of the season, it’s time to get serious about winter preparedness. Especially when it comes to driving! The following is an excerpt from When Disaster Strikes by Matthew Stein. It has been adapted for the…

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More Than a Matter of Taste: The Science Behind Food Preferences

December 3, 2018

You might remember being a little kid and refusing to eat the broccoli that was put on your plate. But now you can’t get enough of the delicious green veggies. Why is it that your food preferences change over time? Why do you love some foods and despise others? What causes one person to love…

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Connecting the Dots: Finding Balance for Your Body

November 28, 2018

In recent years the concept of bioregulatory medicine has become increasingly popular throughout Europe. At its core is the notion that good health is a state of balance and optimal wellbeing, rather than the mere absence of disease and symptoms. To find that perfect state, bioregulatory medicine practitioners must remove whatever agents are blocking the healing process…

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Fat is NOT the Enemy: Why What You Think You Know Is Harming Your Health

November 21, 2018

For decades, we’ve been told that fat is the enemy, that it is harmful to our health and well-being. But the reality is, fat, or certain types of fat, when incorporated correctly into our diets, can actually have powerful health benefits. Take it from Domini Kemp, who for years avoided fat but loaded up on…

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Prepping 101: Everything You Need for a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit

November 20, 2018

We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. Given the uncertainty, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared at all times. This 72-hour survival kit will help with any initial emergencies and includes medicine, water cleaning…

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RECIPE: Basic Sourdough Starter

October 24, 2018

When your busy schedule keeps you from preparing a nice homemade meal, you may find yourself reaching for one of the many take-out menus in the kitchen drawer. However, with this low maintenance sourdough recipe, you can have a delicious loaf of hot-from-the-oven bread on the table in no-time. Toss together this simple sprout salad…

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apples on a tree

How Do You Like Them Apples?

October 23, 2018

Crisp air? Check. Vibrant foliage? Double check. It’s Autumn and that means orchards are overflowing with apples. As we tuck into our first warm apple pie of the season, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on this quintessential staple of the American diet. In the age of industrial food production, how…

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acorns

Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

October 16, 2018

One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. But if you think that your friendly neighborhood squirrels are the only ones who care about the bounty at our feet – think again! These fruits from the oak tree are not only completely edible they are also a…

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What is Bioregulatory Medicine?

October 11, 2018

Finding out you have a chronic or degenerative illness can be overwhelming and mind-numbing on its own. Add to that already spinning emotional rollercoaster the possible treatment options, and you may find yourself unable to move forward. For those who are looking for alternative methods to traditional treatment plans, Bioregulatory Medicine could provide a solution.…

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keto crackers

RECIPE: Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Cracking Crackers

October 10, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you know how hard it can be to resist the delectable crunch and pure happiness that comes from enjoying your favorite snack cracker. Unfortunately, when you need to cut carbs it can be hard to find a substitute that truly quenches the cravings. Until now. These Cracking Crackers from The…

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