Tasty Nut Loaf

If you want to protect your heart, experts recommend including a small amount of nuts in your diet. Those who eat nuts on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from heart problems. Nuts are also a good source of protein and rich in fiber. These are all good reasons not to ignore nuts. But rather than just keeping nuts for snacks, where it is very easy to overindulge on them, here’s a main meal suggestion. Instead of the traditional meatloaf, why not try this tasty nut loaf for something a bit different? Yes, it is gluten free. HINT … Continue reading

Dealing With Constipation During Pregnancy

It’s one of the most common complaints in pregnancy. The most regular of women can suddenly find themselves all stopped up. It’s extremely uncomfortable, even downright painful sometimes. Constipation during pregnancy is caused by the hormone progesterone which slows digestion, and is often made worse by all the iron in your prenatal vitamins. Fortunately there are some things you can do to help with constipation that are completely safe for you and your baby. * First of all, talk to your doctor about your prenatal vitamin. It may have more iron than you need. There are many different supplements out … Continue reading

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Full disclosure time: I love pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is my favorite holiday season dessert. My mom makes awesome pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars. But I don’t only love it for dessert! Pumpkin soup, pumpkin curry… I love it all. Lucky for me, pumpkin is good for you. A gal can’t live on pumpkin pie alone (or pumpkin cheesecake, or pumpkin rolls, or pumpkin bread, or…) but it’s got some real health benefits. Pumpkin is full of fiber. Yay fiber! Fiber helps you feel full, fiber helps keep the digestive system working and happy. Pumpkin is an amazing source of vitamin … Continue reading

What is Hemp?

You may have heard about the controversy over the use of hemp for clothing, soap, building materials, bedding, paper, fuel, and even food and medicine. Woody Harrelson has been arrested for planting it. What? Arrested for planting a seed? Well, the problem is that hemp is the common name used to refer to plants in the cannabis family. If that doesn’t sound familiar, marijuana is one of the plants in the cannabis family. More than 30 industrialized countries including Canada, China, and France, have produced an industrial form of hemp. However, the U.S. government doesn’t distinguish between the industrial form … Continue reading

The Crazy Thing About Carbohydrates

The crazy thing about carbohydrates is that every molecule of carbohydrate likes to grab on to two molecules of water. For instance, think about starchy carbohydrates like oatmeal or rice. They expand in water because they grab on to it and absorb it. Well, once they are cooked, they don’t stop looking for water to grab on to. They’ll do it in your system too. That is how seemingly light foods like starchy carbohydrates become the heaviest of all and that is how we gain weight at light speed after a fast like the Master Cleanse or a low carb … Continue reading

The F Factor Diet

“Fiber and protein at every meal makes losing weight no big deal” according to Tanya Zuckerbrot, dietitian, nutritionist and mother of three. Every diet has a key. The key to this one is fiber. The F Factor. According to Zuckerbrot, “The American Dietetic Association recommends that Americans get between 25 and 30 grams (of fiber) a day. The average American is only getting between nine and 11 grams a day. The F-Factor Diet recommends 35 grams of fiber a day, and while that might seem overwhelming, it’s actually quite easy to do.” Zuckerbrot recommends kicking off each day with a … Continue reading

Pack Lunch, Eat Great, Still Lose Weight

So many of us depend upon fast food these days and the simple fact of the matter is that it is killing us physically (morbid obesity) and financially (get rich and lose weight). With as much time as it takes us to drive through and for less than it costs to buy enough gas to sit at the drive through, we can prepare healthy, satisfying meals at home that transport well to any work site and will be guaranteed to get us through the day. Here are a few ideas to consider: 1. Skip the lunch meat. Go with real … Continue reading

Common Diet Pitfalls

There are some very common diet pitfalls that few people know about. You may very well have fallen prey to one of them. Read on and see if any of these sound familiar. You Eat on the Run In our society, we take everything at top speed. Breakfast is taken on the run and wolfed down while applying mascara, driving to work and talking on the phone. Chances are you were doing so many other things when you ate breakfast that you don’t even remember what (or how much) you ate! We don’t take time to eat any more and … Continue reading

Do Diet Supplements Work and Do You Need Them?

Unless you’re sitting down to three square, home cooked meals a day and eating at least two healthy snacks between them, chances are you could use a supplement or two. Following are just a few you may want to consider. Healthy Fats In our diet conscious world, we tend to avoid any fat as if it were The Plague. That isn’t exactly what we should be doing. Believe it or not, our bodies need some special fats that we just cannot create ourselves. Supplements like Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fats derived from fish) are important for heart health so if you … Continue reading

$1.00 Ribbon Storage Option

On a kick to budget organize, I thought I would try to be a bit creative in my endeavors for good storage options for my various supplies. I did a lot of research, chatting with scrapbookers and asking around to see how others organized certain supplies. I then tried to find a way to store that same product in a cheaper, more economical method. The first thing I did was take a trip to the dollar store. The reason for the trip was actually a Monday Layout Challenge, but while browsing the aisles, I came upon this: It is a … Continue reading