The Best Grass-fed Meats for Christmas!

Merry Christmas Friends!

With the big day less than a week away, I wanted to make sure you have the resources you need to stay within your values while preparing your amazing feast for family and friends.

I am a spiritual person, and I feel a deep connection between myself and the animals I eat. I honor their life; I give thanks for my food and I only eat humanely raised and slaughtered animals.

But spiritual concerns are not the only motivation for the meats I choose. When compared with corn-raised, feed-lot beef, grass-fed beef has:

Less total fat
More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E

The Mayo Clinic even goes so far as to say that grass-fed beef can be a [...]

By |December 18th, 2013|Nutrition 101|1 Comment|

Guilt-free Holiday Hot Cocoa Recipe

Nothing says “holidays” more than a hot cup of cocoa. The smell reminds me of home, winter, and childhood. I love hot cocoa, but I can’t stand the sugar-laden process stuff. If I am going to indulge, I want the real thing!

In the past few days, I have craved home and family time, and with it comes my craving for hot cocoa, my comfort Christmas beverage.

I have experimented with a few recipes, trying to marry Martha Stewart and primal living, and I think that no one out there will be dissatisfied with the recipe I came up with!

Makes 2 servings

2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic maple sugar (or coconut palm sugar)
1/2 pinch salt
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons boiling water
1-3/4 cups raw milk*
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw cream*
1 [...]

By |December 18th, 2013|Recipes|2 Comments|

Life After A Miscarriage

Approximately 15% of recognized pregnancies result in miscarriage. Often, women miscarry before even knowing that they are pregnant. Early pregnancy loss is common and it is a normal part of natural selection and reproduction. But that doesn’t make the loss any easier. Recurrent miscarriage, which is defined as 3 or more consecutive miscarriages, affects about 1% of women.

Causes of miscarriage include

genetic abnormalities of the embryo (chromosomal abnormalities),
structural abnormalities of the maternal reproductive tract (uterine abnormalities and incompetent cervixes),
maternal endocrine disorders or other health conditions (PCOS, thyroid problems, both hypo- and hyper-thyroidism), bacterial infections,
immunologic disorders (where the sperm is recognized as foreign, not enough HCG is produced, etc.),
lifestyle factors (e.g., use of tobacco, cocaine, or excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine, prescription drugs, environmental toxins).

In my work in the fertility field, I have noticed that, unfortunately, too many [...]

By |December 15th, 2013|Babies & Bumps|Comments Off on Life After A Miscarriage|