Eat Real Food and Never Diet Again

Eat Real Food and Never Diet Again “I am going on a diet,”  remarked the woman in front of me at the supermarket check-out. She didn’t seem overly enthused about her upcoming dietary challenge. In fact, she seemed nervous and sad. She can’t remember a diet she didn’t try.  Exasperated with her weight gain, she…

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Homeschooling Pitfalls to Avoid

As one who enjoys a road trip, I appreciate when I am warned of potential hazards or pitfalls along the way.  I carry over that same appreciation when someone willingly offers a warning about something they’ve already experienced in life. A few years ago, I attended a writer’s conference for a much-needed injection of inspiration.…

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5 Health Benefits of Gardening and 4 Tips to Get You Started

Whenever I think of gardening  I envision Mary Lennox, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s character, from the perennial novel, The Secret Garden.  Mary, a product of the Victorian era where children are to be seen and not heard, stands in front of her well-heeled yet emotionally disconnected uncle/guardian and with a lump in her throat, sheepishly asks for …

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6 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Grind Your Grains at Home

“There is nothing more fundamental than knowing what you are putting in your mouth.” —Kelsey Timmerman, Where Am I Eating Bread in various forms serves as the global “staff of life.”  In recent years, American consumers have generalized that ALL bread and flour, mainly wheat, are food enemies.  Wrongly accused, bread/flour are not the real…

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6 Effective Real Food Habits for Healthful Living

Science, industry, and government have complicated our food.  Food is intended to be simple and pleasurable.  Instead, we rely on specific food movements to tell us how and what to eat.  Based on the statistics for obesity, high blood pressure, and chronic diseases, our Western diet has failed us.  Sadly, in most of America, pharmacies…

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8 Powerful Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

When did you last see genuine gratitude in kids?  Was it Christmas or a birthday? For me, it was a few years ago beneath the scorching Caribbean sun when my family and I delivered gifts from an American church to a fledgling Haitian orphanage.  Our ramshackle Land Rover traveled off the beaten path to deliver…

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