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Organic Farming Questions Answered by Farmer Amy

You hear me talking all the time about our local farmer Amy from Amy’s Garden. She’s our resident organic farming expert here in Richmond, VA and the farmer I trust most with my food. There are a few other really amazing farms in the area too, but Amy’s is my favorite for a few reasons:

  • She is always 100% Organic, guaranteed. She uses zero pesticides and organic, natural fertilizers for her plants.
  • Her food tastes the best. If you’ve never had food from a natural farm like Amy’s then you haven’t really tasted what veggies and fruits should taste like.
  • Amy and her staff are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. I’ve never seen any of them without a smile on their face and a free tomato, cuke or flower to hand to Charlie. 
  • Amy is an amazing lady boss. Although she works side by side with her farmer husband George, she has chosen to be the face of her company and she does it so well in an industry dominated by men. 

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Let’s Swap “Losing Weight” with “Gaining Health”

I started this blog with every intention on helping people learn more about nutrition and exercise. I hoped that this would help people make healthier decisions in general in life. What I’m finding out is that many people aren’t trying to make healthy decisions, they’re just trying to lose weight and in the process they’re sacrificing not only physical health but their own mental health and definitely the mental health of those around them. Have you ever thought about the fact that the thoughts that come out of your mouth can affect the mental health and decisions of those around you?

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Everything You Need to Know about Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates get a bad rap in the world today, but how much of what you hear about carbs is actually true? Should you really avoid carbs if you are trying to lose weight? If not, how many carbs should you actually have?

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Everything You Need to Know About Protein

Protein…this mystical ingredient in your meals that builds your muscles and helps you lose weight…right?

Well, yes, but there’s a lot of misunderstandings about protein floating out there in the world wide web and beyond that I’d like to clear up. 

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Setting Health Goals You Will Actually Stick To

It’s nearly March now and if you set a fitness or weight loss goal, chances are you already gave up. 1 in 3 people ditch their new years resolutions by the end of January and 73% of people who create resolutions give up on them before reaching their goal.  This probably isn’t news to you. Many of you have experienced this first hand. It’s the kind of thing that happens before you know it and can ruin your whole view of leading a healthy lifestyle. So I’m going to give you a step by step into how to set goals that you will actually stick to!

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Benefits of Meditation For Children

I’m sure you’ve heard lots of talk about the benefits of meditation for your health and happiness, but have you considered the benefit it might have on our children and youth?

Whether we choose to believe it or not children are under lots of stress. Whether it’s academic, social stress or stress stemming from the home, their worries may seem small and insignificant but they are large and important to them. As they grow, their stressors only grow and sometimes as parents we unknowingly project our stresses onto them. More than 1/3 of elementary aged kids are worried about money!

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When is Organic Important? (And Your Grocery Store Cheat Sheet)

There’s this barrier that exists for many people when it comes to eating healthier. When the word “organic” comes out of my mouth I immediately see everything else I say go right in their ear and out the other. I’m pretty sure they just hear dollar signs and turn the part of their brain off that listens.

All kidding aside it can get expensive to eat organic and there are ways to do it that don’t break the bank. First and foremost, you need to know what it means and which foods it’s the most important for.

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Replace Your Sugar with Maple Syrup!

You may notice that in a lot of my recipes I will use maple syrup as the alternative to sugar for sweetness. This is not on accident. Maple syrup has a ton of health benefits that many people don’t realize exist. As a bonus it also tastes delicious and works really well in just about any type of recipe.

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For years I’ve been trying to convince people of the potential harms of artificial sugars like sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal). I’d advise anyone against putting anything artificial in their body! Artificial sweeteners are tied to weight gain, short term memory loss, depression, anxiety and learning disabilities. And then along came stevia, a beautiful naturally sweet plant that is zero calories and perfectly safe, but stevia tends to have a different taste than sugar and it can be difficult to replace sugar with stevia because the level of sweetness per ounce is much higher in stevia than sugar. It generally takes a bit of experimenting.

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Organizing Your Child’s Room the Montessori Way

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We’ve been in this house for almost a year and a half now and until just this weekend her toys were just lining the floor around her bed in no particular order. Really, it was a mess. I knew we had to do something about it and it has been on my mind since we moved in, but if you’ve ever bought a house you know there are a million projects and never enough time to do them all and you are virtually broke after taking on a mortgage also.

Meanwhile we’ve been looking for pre-schools for Charlie. After visiting the vast array of different types of pre-schools in the Richmond area we finally confirmed what we already thought. Montessori is the education that resonates with our parenting style the most. If you aren’t familiar with Montessori it is a teaching style developed by an Italian doctor named Maria Montessori. She studied children in the poor areas of Italy and developed a very specific set of tools and teaching principles designed to lead children to independence and responsibility in all areas of their life. It’s giving them freedom within limits. The idea is to teach children to do things for themselves and, ultimately isn’t that what we’re all going for?

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A Weekend Of Kids Yoga

Hi friends! It’s been a while but I’ve been working on some great stuff for you guys! I spent the past two days with a phenomenal group of women, all from different backgrounds, all pulled together for the sake of Yoga. In fact, we all found ourselves through different avenues drawn to become Certified Kids Yoga Teachers. I found out about Kidding Around Yoga through looking further into Yogaville, which is kind of like the Virginia Mecca for Yoga. I poked around on their website a bit thinking, this would be something amazing I could offer to the Richmond community and they had an online class I could take in my own time! When I found out there was going to be an in-person training only an hour from my house I took full advantage.

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Kind Things to Do With Extra Halloween Candy

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I don’t really let Charlie eat candy. We do sweets sometimes but I really try to bake healthy treats for her that she still enjoys. That being said, she’s a kid, and I don’t have a complete no sugar policy for her. Sometimes we go out for ice cream or she has a cupcake at a party or we share a dessert out. I just don’t want sugar to be a regular part of her diet and if it is possible for me to prevent a sugar addiction, I will. Refined sugar poses a myriad of harmful effects for children including but not limited to:

  • immune system suppression
  • behavior and learning problems
  • higher risk for obesity
  • higher risk for diabetes
  • higher risk for heart disease

We went trick or treating this year with my nieces and ended up with more Halloween candy than she will ever need. Charlie was Marilyn Monroe (haha). We had fun.

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5 Tips For Getting Your Children to Eat Healthy

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Kids can be finicky eaters and sometimes it’s tricky to get them to eat the healthy foods that you want them to (because, you know, you love them and all).  I’m still searching for a good book to read on the subject of the psychology of picky eating but in the meantime I’m going to share with you my observations of ways to prevent and/or circumvent your child’s picky eating habits.

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Metabolism Boosters

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Your metabolism is tricky. It tries to use the littlest amount of calories as possible. Your body wants to use it’s fuel efficiently, which is the opposite of what you want. You want your body to roll through its fuel supply and fat stores if you are trying to lose weight. There’s a few tricks to use to keep your metabolism running full speed.

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Losing Weight 101

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This is something that constantly comes up in conversation. “I’m trying to lose weight but my numbers haven’t budged”. If you have weight to lose you are probably searching for information everywhere and realizing all of it contradicts itself. The food industry is doing everything they can to confuse you into buying their addictive, processed, chemical laden foods and think that you are making healthy choices. I want to break it down, make it easy so you can stop obsessing over your image and weight and start loving yourself through your food choices.

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