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September 19, 2017

Now, it seems funny, that last night before I went to bed I chose a picture of a rodent to accompany this post. At 2 am, I was woken up by a tapping noise close to my head. It sounded like a tiny animal was in the wall.

When I got up to check it out, I thought I saw something move near a suitcase on the floor, but thought it was my sleepy imagination. Then I remembered the snacks that were in the suitcase for an upcoming trip.

There aren’t many things I am actually, physically afraid of, but mice are one of them (snakes and heights are the others). I know it’s irrational, but when I see one, or even think there is one around, I feel afraid and can’t help squealing, whimpering and/or jumping up on a chair, just like the stereotype.

I flipped open the top of the suitcase and saw tiny yellow shreds from the package of an RX bar. It took me a few minutes of standing there staring at it before I could do anything. I squeamishly began taking everything out, hoping the mouse was not still...

September 2, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”. More accurately, we are what we eat, and are able to digest and assimilate. If we aren’t digesting properly, we aren’t getting all the nutrients from our food. Improper digestion can be the beginning of all sorts of health problems. 70-80% of our immune system is located along our digestive tract, so healthy digestion supports a healthy immune system too.

Did you know that when functioning optimally our stomachs produce hydrochloric acid (HCL)? It sounds a little scary, but HCL is really important to healthy digestion. It helps digest proteins in food, kill unwanted bacteria (which are little proteins) and even helps us be able to use important minerals like calcium. Many people don’t produce enough HCL due to stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or even excess consumption of refined carbohydrates.

Here are some easy and inexpensive things you can do to aid digestion:

Relax. Take a moment before you eat to take a breath, sit do...

Beet, carrot, green apple slaw

Ingredients:

1 large beet
1 green apple
2 medium size carrots
juice from 1/2 a lemon
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

The easiest way to make this slaw is with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a cheese grater. You could also make it with a friend who has a food processor. That would probably be the most fun.

Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Put in a large bowl and mix with the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. It will keep covered in the fridge 5-7 days.

This slaw tastes delicious and it’s a great way to eat beets even if beets aren’t your favorite vegetable. I recently handed out samples of this slaw at a local community event. I didn't know how it would go over but was happy to discover people really enjoyed it, even a few kids! It makes me really happy to see kids eating beet slaw. Eat this slaw regularly as a condiment. It can aid your digestion and support your liver too.

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