Strawberries
Okay, I'm super busy this weekend (dinner with hubby's dad this afternoon, and I still have to update Facebook and get your weekly newsletter put together!), so instead of writing a super long post today, I thought I'd share a helpful article from one of my favorite resources....

The team at BioTrust has lots of great information and articles on healthy eating, and they also provide top-quality supplements designed to keep you healthy and help you maintain a healthy weight. If you want to check out what they have to offer, you can visit them at BioTrust.com.

In the meantime, here's a quick little article that I thought was interesting.... It's about 3 healthy foods that aren't nearly as healthy if you eat them the wrong way!


 
 
Dietary Guidelines
The long-awaited 2015 "Dietary Guidelines" were recently released, and many of us in the natural health community were hoping for some big changes, especially considering the recent and very public reversal on saturated fats over the past few years. We also hoped for a substantial change in the recommendations for carb-heavy foods. We hoped for...well, a lot more than this.

Oh well, I guess we shouldn't be surprised. After all, it's no secret that the processed food industry holds considerable sway over the USDA and related governmental agencies. Is it any wonder that the resulting "Dietary Guidelines" hold only a watery, vague resemblance to the actual nutritional science on which they are supposed to be based?

The good news is, of course, that we are free to completely ignore these "Guidelines" for supposedly healthy eating (which many truly healthy people have been doing for years), so I suggest you continue to do so - and here are 3 reasons why.


 
 
Natural health products
If you've been reading this blog for some time, you may have noticed something....

I don't promote products. At least not often. I will occasionally write a review of a book or video that I found especially helpful and thought my readers might benefit from the information it contains. But if I do promote something, it's usually just that: Information to help you live a healthier, happier life. Yes, we have some products listed on our "Recommended Products" page, and throughout the website as well. (You may notice that many of those are also information products.)

I also don't promote a lot of products in my daily life. I don't talk about the products I use all the time - even the ones that work really well for me. Maybe I should do more of this, but I just don't feel right about being a walking billboard for products -  no matter how natural and effective.

Why? The reason is simple - at least in my opinion...


 
 
Butternut squash
This time of year it's hard to miss those inevitable colds and flu that always seem to plague us as we head into the cold, dark days of mid-winter. If you're a parent, you may be particularly prone to picking up the germs the kids seem to bring home from school on a weekly basis.

But if you find yourself getting sick over and over, it's probably more than just simple exposure. We are all exposed to hundreds (if not thousands) of bacteria and viruses on a daily basis, but if your immune system is in good shape, your body should be able to fight most of them off before you ever come down with anything.

If it seems like you're sick practically all winter long, it's probably time to take a good look at your immune system and find out why this is happening, and what you can do about it.

Here are 6 reasons why you may be getting sick on a regular basis - and some tips for staying healthy!


 
 
New Year
Happy New Year! Here we are on the brink of another exciting adventure - one called 2016!

I'm not sure why, but the New Year always used to  make me sad when I was younger.... Maybe I was missing the past, rather than looking forward to the future?

Whatever the reason, in recent years, my outlook has changed dramatically, and I now find myself relishing the "blank slate" of a new year stretching out before me. This year, for some reason, I find myself extra excited! Maybe it's just the fact that the past couple of years have been so eventful, but I am greatly anticipating all that 2016 has in store for me, and I hope that you are as well!

With the start of the new year comes those inevitable New Year's Resolutions which so many of us make (and so often fail to keep). Last year, I shared a few of mine, as well as some tips for staying on track with yours. Recalling this, I thought it would be fun to revisit my resolutions for 2015, and see how well I fared!

Let's take a look...