"You know you came from it...and someday you'll return to it."
"Dirt" -- Florida Georgia Line
Soil
In our overly sanitized, sterilized, anti-bacterial-focused modern world, it seems that one of the things humans most fear is dirt. And it is no wonder, as for many years of early civilization, diseases were closely linked to hygiene, and cleanliness (or the lack thereof) was often to blame for the spread of many dangerous illnesses. So indeed, we have come a long way. But we must not forget that dirt is also a necessary part of life. and in fact, none of us would be alive today without the life-giving properties of good soil.

Growing up on a farm, this is something that is pretty obvious to me, but for those who did not have the close connection that I had with the earth beneath my feet, it may not be your first thought when you think of food. But whether you are vegan, omnivorous, or some other label you give yourself - no matter what your diet is like - everything that you eat at one time, in some form, came from the soil.



 
 
Trans fats
We're back!!  I'm so sorry for the long absence! My husband and I moved into our new house a couple of weeks ago, and I had a guest post all lined up for you while we were moving, but we had some issues getting our internet set up, so I wasn't even able to post that unfortunately. It's great to be back in action, although we have a lot of work to do on the new house, and still a lot of unpacking to get done! While we're getting settled in, here's a great guest post for you from one of my favorite health and nutrition "gurus." He agreed to share some valuable and eye-opening information about one of the most misunderstood nutrients of our time - of course I'm talking about fat! And even more surprisingly, trans-fats....

You've probably heard of trans-fats, and most likely, what you've heard is that you should avoid them. But did you know that, as with most fats, there are good and bad kinds of trans fats? This week's post will attempt to clear up some of the confusion around trans fats, and expose the truth about which types of fat you really should be avoiding.