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Six Steps to Naturally Radiant Skin

Six Steps to Naturally Radiant Skin

I recently read Glow: the Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin by Nadia Neumann, NTP, of Body Unburdened, and loved every minute I spent reading it! Nadia truly breaks down all the complex factors that go into our skin’s health, and gives simple, actionable steps to get you closer to clear, glowing skin. The foundational principles: addressing your diet, hydration, blood sugar regulation, and fatty acid balance, are essential to overall health as well as glowing skin.

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are high in quality protein, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. Up to 75% of the fats found in chia are omega-3, a nutrient must, especially for athletes. Fast and easy + nutrient dense + strength + SO yummy = breakfast from heaven.

Introducing Carly Stagg, NTP

Introducing Carly Stagg, NTP

Hi everyone! My name is Carly Stagg and I am SO thrilled to be here and teaming up with Kristen for this blog project. I am a third-year nursing student (set to graduate with my BSN in 2019) and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. My passion lies in merging functional and alternative medicine.

Success Stories: Julia Rodriguez

Success Stories: Julia Rodriguez

I noticed the Ketogenic diet was a very common weight loss tool and the food looked like something I could definitely get use to. I basically went to my kitchen and threw away everything that wasn’t on the diet, filled it with the food I was supposed to eat and simply took it one day at a time.

Setting the Intention to be Intentional

Setting the Intention to be Intentional

I realized lately that my health (and life) has gotten sort of out of hand again. I function normal, sleep well and eat mostly healthy but something is off. I feel as if I am mostly just letting life carry me along. I am living under the tyranny of the urgent. So I set the intention to be intentional, purposeful; to tell myself that each thing I do in a day, especially the things I take for granted and just do, are important

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

Eating fresh produce is one of the best ways to get nutrients in your diet and support optimum health, But, did you know many of our foods are often sprayed with toxic pesticides and finished with preservatives to maintain freshness during shipping? Not to worry, you can still achieve a healthier life style without breaking the budget by adopting what is known as the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.

How to Source Food Well for the Most Nutrients

How to Source Food Well for the Most Nutrients

Did you know that how your food is grown greatly impacts its nutrient content? Just because a food is labeled organic in the store does not mean it is your healthiest option. My perspective may seem biased since I run a health food co-op but the more I learned about our food systems the more shocked I was. This is what led me to start sourcing my food differently. We often spend a pretty penny on our organic food, but these organic foods don’t always give us more nutrients.

Texas Raw Milk Bill Moving Forward!

Texas Raw Milk Bill Moving Forward!

After briefly stalling in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the raw milk bill, SB 95, passed through Committee yesterday by a vote of 8-1! The next step is a vote before the full Senate. We won the first round–and now we need to keep it moving. Can you help again, by contacting your Senator and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to urge that they move this bill forward before it’s too late?

Hackberry Gardens

Hackberry Gardens

Hackberry Gardens, named after the abundance of hackberry trees on the land, is an unassuming 15 acre family-owned farm located near Thrall, Texas, a remote suburb on the outskirts of Austin. Lisa and Perry Silvas, along with their 3 kids James, Garrett and Noella, began working their land in 2014 with a vision to raise animals in a healthful, holistic way for their community. Striving to ensure their food was of the highest quality they worked the land for 2 years before selling to the public a year ago, in 2016. The Silvas’ felt it vital to try everything they planned to provide for their own family before selling to others.

But Healthy Food is Too Expensive…

But Healthy Food is Too Expensive…

It is interesting to me when I hear people complain about how healthy eating is just too expensive. Yet, many of these very same people will be among the first in line to grab the delectable offerings Starbuck’s has to offer like the Unicorn Frappuccino (debuting Mid-April 2017)… The idea that healthy food is expensive is a lie. It cannot be your excuse. What is expensive is a $6 Frappuccino habit leading to drugs, surgery and depleted energy and vitality. Don’t be a slave to your taste buds.

10 Ways to Gently Detox in the New Year

10 Ways to Gently Detox in the New Year

Now that it is a new year my newsfeed is rife with fitness and diet resolutions, and quite a few anti detox articles as well. I personally do not think that the new year is a time to incorporate major detoxes and crash diets, setting yourself up for failure. But, it certainly is a great time to start fresh and incorporate some new healthy habits that will stick. Here are my top 10 ways to incorporate more healthy mindful eating and detox into your new year for better health…

How to Make Infused Water

How to Make Infused Water

Hydration is absolutely necessary for optimal health. However, sometimes it gets boring drinking plain water all day every day. Sodas, teas and other tasty options, even those labeled healthy, are often full of junk. So, what to do? Make infused water!