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Hasselback-ed Sweet Potatoes with Garlicky Kale Pesto (+ Lung Health)

Hasselback-ed Sweet Potatoes with Kale Pesto

As Promised, a post dedicated to lung health! Whether you live in the city or an area prone to forest fires, you or someone you know smokes, or whether you are experiencing grief or sadness (more on that later), there are many reasons to want to consider the health of your lungs.

This site is dedicated to heath-promoting foods, so that is where we are going to start. There are many other factors when considering the health of our lungs though, so we are going to get a bit wild and branch out today.

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Homemade Bath Salts (& Holiday Gift Ideas)

Homemade Bath Salts

The Holiday Season can be tricky to navigate when you’re trying to be healthy, or if someone you’re close to has had some dramatic, healthy lifestyle changes. I remember trying to figure it all out when my Mom had cancer. We wanted to get her presents/stocking stuffers and make food that felt Christmas-y but that also somehow fit into her/our new, healing-focused direction.

Homemade Bath Salts

That was 7 years ago (!) and a lot has changed since then. It is no longer as difficult to find personal care products and clothing that are so non-toxic you could eat them, that also work/look nice. There are also mountains of recipes available for healthier holiday treats that are just as good as the original recipes minus the garbage feelings.

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Avocado Caprese Salad

Vegan Avocado Caprese Salad

Not eating cheese is hard, maybe the hardest of all of the ‘not eating’ challenges. Whether it’s because you’re addicted (did you know the casein in dairy is actually addictive?) or if it’s because you’re on an American road trip and everything seems to be covered in blue cheese/blue cheese dressing/sour cream or stuffed with cheese, it isn’t the easiest thing to avoid.

Vegan Avocado Caprese Salad

It’s worth the effort though; there are a few problems with dairy:

1) It can cause inflammation (promoting the development of cancer among other diseases/disorders)

2) The way it is most often commercially processed/pasteurized can damage the proteins and make it hard to digest.

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Gingerbread Men (and tips for healthier holiday baking)

Almost Raw Gingerbread Men
There are certain foods that we don’t consider good for our bodies, which are actually very good for our souls. They are different for everybody, they are the foods that give us warm, nostalgic feelings. They are the foods whose aromas waft out from the kitchen and immediately make us feel safe and loved. Those are the feelings we all need to feel more often and are just as important as healthy food and clean air.

Almost Raw Gingerbread Men

The not-so-great part of this equation is that those same foods that give us all of the deep and delicious soul food are often the same foods that are full of sugar and refined carbs. What’s worse is that the more we learn about which foods we ‘should’ be eating (or when, let’s say your daughter obsessively researches the foods you should be eating based on your recent cancer diagnosis), we begin to feel guilty about these comforting soul food experiences, an emotion that cancels out all of the health benefits of the good stuff that you may have been feeling from those old familiar smells and tastes.

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