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Eating More Healthy

The Wandering Barefoot Editor

I watched the documentary Hungry for Change last weekend with my husband and by the end we are both determined to eat better. We paused the documentary  several times to discuss what was presented. Did you know there are 80 different names for MSG? Did you know aspartame causes formaldehyde to build up in your brain causing serious medical problems? Did you also know MSG and aspartame cause you to GAIN weight? I did know that most Americans are starving even though they are overweight because they don’t eat the right kinds of food to get the correct nutrition. I had this experience a couple of weeks ago. I forgot my lunch and had to grab something quick and inexpensive. I went to an unnamed fast food restaurant and ordered a burger, fries, and diet soda and gobbled it up. I couldn’t figure out two hours later why my stomach was literally…

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When We Should Eat

Thinking Outside the Pill Box

Sometimes when you eat is just as important as what you eat. Take a look at this excerpt from my book:

“A discussion of how you structure your food intake through the day has mostly to do with weight management. There are a couple of general principles to follow: First, eat when you are hungry. Second, try to consume most of your food in the first half of the day, prior to being active, when you are going to use up the energy. Avoid eating a lot at night prior to being sedentary and going to bed. I doubt this is news to you. The first recommendation is to keep your metabolism going so it doesn’t shift into “starvation” mode. The second recommendation is to distribute your energy intake to when you need it most.

There is that old saying that you should have “breakfast like a king, lunch like…

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Whole Foods to Require GMO Labeling – Finally


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My observation has been that despite its plethora of free-range, organic products and its earth-tone hued packaging artistically displayed on its softly lit shelves –  Whole Foods Market is not without a few puzzling inconsistencies.  For one, CEO John Mackey has come under attack for a few things – claiming that global warming isn’t that bad, comparing Obama care to fascism, demonstratively espousing capitalism and the free market… But perhaps most surprising of all, Whole Foods has been somewhat wishy-washy and unwilling to draw a completely straight line in the sand when it comes to GMOs… until now.

It appears Whole Foods is taking a strong stand in favor of GMO labeling.  This could be very good news!  I live about 2 miles from a Whole Foods and shop there about once every two weeks.  This commitment to labeling GMOs may point my Honda in that direction a bit…

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My digital kitchen 😋


TGIF BABY! I definitely needed a healthy protein snack to feed my muscles after my leg workout today. Now it’s time for work, but i’m sure these won’t last very long 😉

*Recipe makes 9 portions.

Recipe for crust
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour (or 2 tbsp coconut flour)
1/2 cup organic sunflower seed butter (or any nut butter)
2 tbsp organic flaxseed meal (or 1 organic cage free egg for non vegans)
2 organic stevia sachets
1/2 tsp organic pure vanilla extract
1 tsp gluten/aluminum free baking powder
1/4 tsp organic sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix wet and dry ingredients separately before bringing them together in a medium bowl. The dough might be a little sticky while kneading so don’t worry!

Spread out dough in a non stick greased square baking pan (greasing with coconut oil works best for non…

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heart & sole

Last week I said that nutrition was going to be my big focus for March and a major part of that would be making an effort to eat more fruits and veggies. So far I’m off to a pretty decent start. I’ve been drinking a banana-berry smoothie every day that’s super easy to make, especially in my magic bullet blender that doubles as the drinking glass!

I’ve made smoothies like this one before and the biggest things that have kept me from making them more regularly is the cost of fruit and the frustration when the fruit goes bad too quickly. Well I found a great solution to that  this week – frozen fruit! I’m sure it’s not as healthy as the fresh stuff, but it’s better than nothing and it’s also a lot cheaper. I bought a couple bags each of mixed berries and strawberries at Trader Joes and…

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