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Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Make Your Child Smarter?


If you really want to give your child an edge in the classroom, you may want to start by eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury while you’re pregnant. According to a study published in the April 2008 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, preschoolers whose mothers regularly consumed low-mercury, […]

Growing Our Own Food


The price of baby food - the organic, affordable food that Paige eats - jumped 10 cents. Sugar has more than doubled in price for our small town. Gas is teetering on $4 a gallon. I talked about my fears last week . . . and they only seem to intensify as the days pass. […]

Quinoa, My New Favorite Grain


I’m from deep in the heart of Dixie. I’m about as southern born, bred and fed as they come. Hence, one of the reasons for me needing to lose weight! Back in April, the New York Times reported that most demographics were experiencing increases in life expectancy. But one group was lagging […]

Q&A With Melissa Garner: A Smart For Life Success Story


Melissa Garner lost 75 pounds on a radical diet plan. On Smart for Life, you eat six “cookies” each day and then a sensible dinner (their words). The cookies come in varieties like chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin and are packed with healthy ingredients like flax seed.
Melissa weighed 200 pounds and was a size 14 […]

Five Tips for a Healthier Kitchen from Campbell’s Kitchen


I had a huge wake up call this week.
I knew that summer was coming, but it never occurred to me that my post-pregnancy body – still 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight – would conflict with my ideal summer-weather clothing. Well. It does. Majorly.
I tried on shorts – they fit just right in the waist, […]

Apple-Squash Dessert


Before departing for my birthday celebration in glamorous Miami, my lifestyle—more specifically, my kitchen—is filled with good for you, get into shape, don’t-even-think-about-ice- cream type of regimens. Usually consisting of some serious sweaty yoga sessions, sunless tanning accidents- I say accident, because I always end up with brown streaks gracing my knees and other […]

New Garlic Spread Delights with Versatility


Such a simple product, yet it really is the first of its kind that I have seen. A mayonnaise-like whip of garlic, oil, lemon juice, and salt. That’s it. Frieda’s slogan is “the specialty produce people,” but fruits and veggies are not all that they do. Frieda’s also offers a range of […]

The Much Maligned Egg


We’ve all heard the studies. Eggs are bad for you. Eggs raise cholesterol. There was even a study recently that stated that diabetic men who ate eggs died significantly earlier than those who didn’t! So what’s an egg loving, elevated cholesterol girl to do? She eats pastured eggs!

There have actually been a number of studies […]

Osteoporosis: Facts and Tips for Prevention


10 million Americans have osteoporosis, which according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) literally means “porous bone.” Osteoporosis is a disease in which both bone density and bone quality are reduced, making bones more porous and fragile and susceptible to fracture.
Of those 10 million people, 8 million are women. Sadly, since osteoporosis is a “silent […]

Review: PUR Water Filtration System


Recently, after a conversation with two water-elitist friends (you know, the kind of people who only drink water bottled on location at some remote mountain stream, located in a country you can only dream of visiting and at a price you can only hope to some day afford,) I decided to try to improve on […]