It's no secret that eating in the modern world is confusing.  Just look at all the thousands of different book titles about food, dieting, and nutrition. It is no wonder we are a nation suffering from nutritional deficiencies and diet-related diseases in a world of cheap food!

Biologically, the confusion can be summed up as "the omnivore's dilemma," but the truth is, we are much more confused about eating now than we were even less than a century ago.

For most of human history, humans have been eating whatever they could find in nature that was edible. The question of "what to eat" was virtually nonexistent. We ate whatever foods we could find growing on trees, bushes, plants, or in the ground. Of course, we had to  learn things like what foods were poisonous to us, and which ones would make us sick, but otherwise eating was relatively confusion-free.

All this changed with the advent of modern industrial agriculture...

It has become a tradition of mine over the past several years to write a special post of thanks-giving this week. While it may at times seem repetitive, I feel it is important for me, as it helps to remind me of all the many blessings in my life - even - or perhaps especially - the ones that remain the same from year to year, so that I may tend to take them for granted.

I think we could all stand to reflect more frequently on the many things in life that we are grateful for. Not only does gratitude help us to live more humbly, and appreciate our lives more deeply, but it may even make us happier and more giving people.

So, without further ado, here is my gratitude list for 2016!

Primal coconut cashew bars
Okay, so I was going to write you an inspiring and uplifting post-election blog post today, but I find I'm still too depressed (and tired) to manage to do it justice today. So instead, I figured I'd just give you something for free. :-)

Everybody loves free stuff, right? And you're really going to love this month's free giveaway, especially if you're trying to eat healthier!

Whether you're a Paleo eater, or just enjoy healthy and tasty snacks, these delicious snack bars from Thrive Market will hit the spot. Grab your 6-pack of these yummy bars here, or click the "Read More" link below to learn a bit more about them first.

DIY home cleaning products
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably are aware that most home cleaning products (and personal care products too, by the way), are full of chemicals that are pretty harmful for the environment - and may be toxic to you and your family as well. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, indoor pollution is one of the most dangerous environmental hazards to health—and the cleaning products you use are a major contributor.

The good news is, there are tons of much safer natural options on the market today. While many of them used to be quite pricey, prices have come down in recent years, and you can find many all-natural cleaning products for about the same price as their chemical-filled counterparts.

However, some of these products may still contain ingredients you may not want in your home - or they may still cost a bit more than you want to spend.

If this is the case for you, don't despair! You can still have a clean, fresh, and safe home, without spending lots of money on cleaning products. Just make your own using simple, natural, and safe ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry!

In fact, all you need to get started are 6 very basic ingredients, plus some spray bottles for mixing and storage. Here's what you'll need, as well as a list of all-natural D.I.Y. home cleaning product recipes, courtesy of Thrive Market: