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Welcome! So, what the heck is this website all about?! Mostly about health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, movement, green living, and just about anything that relates to living a health promoting lifestyle. You’ll find blogs on a wide variety of topics (whatever I’m thinking about or into that day or requested by a follower). You’ll find recipes, food and supplement buying guides, information on seminars, and eventually some exercise and cooking videos. Enjoy browsing the site for ideas on how to make your life healthier.


How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree Instead of Buying Canned

While it is more convenient to buy canned pumpkin, you don’t always get all the fiber and nutrients that you would if you used a whole pumpkin.  And since it is October as I write this, whole pumpkins can easily be found. Pumpkin puree can be used in smoothies, tasty treats, and even face treatments. […]

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Easy Savory Slow Cooker Chicken

I use my slow cooker all the time for beef and chicken.  The meat is more tender and flavorful coming out of the slow cooker.     1 Lb. Organic Chicken (whichever pieces you desire, I prefer boneless thighs) 2 Tbsp. Grass-Fed Butter 4 Large Carrots, Cut in Pieces or 12 Baby Carrots 4 Celery […]

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Lunch Meat Wraps

Many of us are used to sandwiches for lunch, but when you go low carb or are trying to avoid gluten and/or grains, sandwiches may no longer be a lunch option.  However, you can enjoy lunch meat wraps.  You just need to be sure to use high-quality meat (preferably organic, pastured, uncured… if you find […]

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Chicken & Spinach Scrambled Eggs

I am a proponent of a big protein breakfast.  Eggs are always a good way to start your day and have many health benefits, but some of us need additional protein beyond two or three eggs.  Adding meat to your scrambled eggs gets you additional protein to keep you satisfied throughout the day and not […]

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Skillet Okra & Corn

I’m selling okra and corn at the farmer’s market right now.  I found  a way to combine both into one recipe.   INGREDIENTS: 1 Lb. Okra, remove ends and cut into ½ inch pieces 2 to 3 Ears of Corn (or 1 c. corn) 1 Medium Onion, chopped (about ½ c.) 4 Medium Tomatoes, chopped […]

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Easy Refrigerator Pickles & Peppers

If you’re like me, you want to make pickles from all those summer cucumbers, but you find canning to be too much work.  This recipe allows you to easily have homemade pickles.  Because these aren’t made from canning, they won’t last as long, but you can keep them in the refrigerator for several days or […]

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Summer Cucumber Avocado Soup (or Smoothie)

Cucumbers are in season!  If you grow them, you know how abundantly they can grow.  If you don’t grow them, head to your local farmer’s market and purchase some to make this tasty soup.  Cucumbers aren’t just for salads!  Cucumbers are primarily water which is great for hydrating you during warm summer days.  The avocados […]

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Tomato Basil Herb Soup

Doesn’t winter always just seem like a great time for soup?  Especially when you are stuck in the house and need something you can eat for days.  This tomato soup is also good in the summer when you can use fresh tomatoes instead of the canned.  Enjoy this lycopene (antioxidant) filled recipe!   INGREDIENTS: 2 […]

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Make Your Own Vegetable Stock

Soups and stews are a good choice for one pot dishes and can be incredibly easy to make and last for days.  You can combine carbs, proteins, and fats all in one dish, and you can eat soups and stews for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  I recommend that you make your own stock to use […]

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Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip (or Side Dish)

I made this recipe for Christmas 2014 and really loved it.  Mine turned out a bit thick, and while others did use it as a dip with tortilla chips, I ate it as a side dish.  I also have found it to be great as a leftover.  I have combined it with canned salmon for […]

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