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The Best Way to Roast Chicken

The Best Way to Roast Chicken

I love chicken because it is delicious, easy to make, kids rarely complain about it and if you cook enough it can be used for several meals. These days it is fairly easy to source well raised pastured chickens too. This is the way my mother and grandmother used to roast chickens, one of the few healthy recipes passed down to me. This is my quick and easy go to on weeknights because it is so hands off, so simple literally ANYONE can make it.

Natural Beauty Products that Work

Natural Beauty Products that Work

This is the last post in our Radiant Skin series. We thought it would be fun for our last blog post to share with you what beauty products we actually use in our daily life. No matter your skin type, you will be interested to see, I think, that there are a multitude of healthy options these days.

7 WAYS SUGAR HIDES IN OUR FOOD

7 WAYS SUGAR HIDES IN OUR FOOD

The sugar consumption of the average American is 22 teaspoons of sugar a day (1 tsp = 4 grams) and the total for the year is 130 pounds! This many not seem like a lot since we are used to seeing sugar everywhere. We are inundated with sugar! Never before in the history of man have we had an emergency need to lower our blood sugar. The results are devastating.

Hidden Ingredients in Our Food: MSG

Hidden Ingredients in Our Food: MSG

As our societyโ€™s pace of life has picked up we have more and more frequently turned to manufactured food to make ends meet. The problem is that real food is not cheap and fake food tastes bad. Not a great combo if you are a food manufacturer. So our food giants have to find ways to make less than palatable food taste great and cost less. Enter MSG.

Is Your Skincare Routine Harming You?

Is Your Skincare Routine Harming You?

Today is part 2 of our 3 part series on safer beauty. Last post we talked about how naturally radiant skin begins from within. Carly listed 6 ways to begin changing your diet to support a clear complexion. This week Casey Poe, an esthetician in Colorado and fellow NTP, instructs us on what to avoid when choosing skincare and beauty products. Interestingly, I was excited to see that Casey’s top 5 list is the same list I have been utilizing for years. Validation from a pro is always nice! Also, I love how her message of progress, not perfection, fits right in with our Hearts for Health mission.

Becoming A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Becoming A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Have you ever considered getting an education in the nutritional field but don’t know where to start? The choices can be overwhelming. Most accredited programs are rigorous in coursework yet they follow the Standard American Diet and government MyPlate philosophies, which have shown themselves to be quite lacking if you consider the health outcomes of most of American society. Counting calories and macros is not my idea of nutrition!

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 skinโ€™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.