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An easy way to get extra protein, enjoy a tasty snack or meal replacement and quell a hunger pang is to grab a protein shake. And with all the purported benefits of a plant-based diet, you may be turning to a plant-based protein powder. Unfortunately, you may want to think twice after learning of the research done by the Clean Label Project. To learn which popular brands might pose a threat continue reading. Continue Reading »

Are you gluten-free? So many people choose to be gluten-free even when they don’t have celiac disease (CD) or a wheat allergy. Some think it’s healthier while others have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ins’t well-defined and there are no tests to check for it. It’s essentially determined if a person feels better when they avoid gluten. This article contains some good news for those considered to have NCGS. Continue Reading »

I just wanted to get this quick note out if you haven’t heard yet! Although there are differing reports from various sources, there’s enough information to warrant the alert. E. coli O157:H7 has been implicated in recent sicknesses and deaths in Canada and the US. The states which have reported infections include: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington state.  Continue Reading »

We all have basic necessities for survival and health. Clearly, those things shouldn’t be compromised. It’s my belief (based on solid evidence) that we are best off when these necessities are “clean”. Not only should your health-conscious “gift-receiver” have them, but you should too! Continue Reading »

After a bit of a hiatus due to many fun family adventures, I’m back to writing articles that will help you get and/or stay healthy!

Today I wanted to write about some ways to know if you’re generally healthy. Without having some foundational health parameters in place, it’s more difficult to handle specific issues. Below are five ways that can help you determine if you have some of the basics in place.
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I’ll assume by now that you realize eating pesticides on fruits and vegetables can be harmful to your health. There’s plenty of research you can find on the internet explaining the dangers if you’re not convinced.

That said, it can be pricey and sometimes not even possible to get organically-grown fruits and veggies. Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests pesticide levels on over 50 fruits and veggies every year. The list for 2017 is out now. Continue Reading »

It sounds like a no-brainer. Of course we should all get massages. They relieve stress, right? Or can it actually be stressful to get a massage?

As you know, no two people always respond the same to the same treatment or stimulus. This concept applies to massage as well. They’re not for everyone. So how do you know if they’re good for you? Well, how do you feel after a massage? Do you get extremely tired, spaced out and need to take a nap afterwards? Do you feel completely energized and wish you could get a massage daily because it revives you so much? Lastly, do you simply feel at peace and less stressed after a massage? Let me explain the difference in meaning between all of these outcomes. Continue Reading »