corn
I bet you think I'm going to say "salt, sugar, and fat," right? In fact, that's not what I have in mind with the title of today's post.  I'm also not going to say potato chips, french fries, and candy, although you wouldn't be quite as far off the mark there. If you guessed high-fructose corn syrup, processed vegetable oils, and bread, you would be even closer, but still not quite there.

In fact, I have in mind a more general list of the 3 top foods we consume in modern America. In fact, these foods make up a shocking 67% of the modern Western diet (based on calorie intake)! This is a huge change from the way our ancestors ate, when, on average, primitive man consumed over 3,000 different foods on a regular basis, and over the course of history, humankind has eaten approximately 80,000 different species of plants, animals, and edible fungi. With these numbers in mind, the fact that we now get 2/3 of our calories from just 3 foods should give us pause.

It should also make us wonder if this unprecedented lack of variety in our diet might not have a causal link to today's increased incidence of many modern diseases...

It's time to bring diversity back to our diet. But first, if you're ready to find out which 3 foods you're eating more of than anyone has ever before in human history, read on.


 
 
Hay bale gardenThe start of our first hay bale garden
(2015).
I've been meaning to do a summary post of our first year of hay bale gardening for a while now, and though it's not really garden season right now, I figured it would be as good a time as any to recap Year 1 of the haybale gardening experiment - especially as we will be kicking off Year 2 in just a few weeks!

I posted a few updates throughout the season last year, so feel free to check those out as well if you've missed any, but this time, I wanted to recap the 6 most important lessons I've learned from our first hay bale garden. If you're thinking of trying it, you will want to read this first, so you can avoid making some of the same mistakes I did!


 
 
Healthy chocolate fudge
Happy Valentine's Day!

Last week I got all serious on you with my grass-fed rant, so I figured this week I'd mix it up a bit with something fun. I don't usually post recipes here, but this one seemed fitting - after all, what goes together better than chocolate and Valentine's Day?

Unlike your typical store-bought chocolates, which are packed full of sugar (often of the high-fructose corn syrup variety), unhealthy fats, and sometimes even wax (yes, it's true - some of the cheaper varieties of chocolate contain wax as a filler/stabilizer), these chocolates are just the opposite; they're actually healthy!

In fact, instead of all the nastiness listed above, they're full of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats - and they taste like a rich, creamy truffle! How's that for a Valentine's treat that says "I love you"?



 
 
Grass-fed beef
** Updated June 2016**

I don't usually like to call out my fellow health-minded writers; after all, we are all in this together, right? We are all trying to do our best to help people learn to make healthier choices and lead healthier lives. And while I'm sure the author of the article I read this week about grass fed-beef had good intentions, it got me pretty fired up, and since this topic is near and dear to my heart, I felt I had to address some of the many points in her article that were misleading, misinformed, or just plain false.

The title of her article is "Is Grass-Fed Beef Worth the Money?", and you may have a different answer than me, and that's fine. But I want to make sure you are getting the facts straight before you decide, so here is my rebuttal.