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Ditching the Bra May Improve Your Health

Ditching the Bra May Improve Your Health






Are you like the many women I know who throw off their bras immediately upon arriving home? It’s freeing and infinitely more comfortable to be braless. And there is a growing body of evidence showing that, beyond being uncomfortable, consistent bra use may have a […]

6 Ways Broccoli Sprouts Can Improve Your Health and Help You Live Longer (and How to Easily Grow Them at Home)

6 Ways Broccoli Sprouts Can Improve Your Health and Help You Live Longer (and How to Easily Grow Them at Home)






Broccoli Sprouts Have Impressive Health Benefits Numerous studies support the profound positive health effects of consuming cruciferous vegetables. These benefits are partly due to compounds unique to cruciferous vegetables that have impressive effects on the body. These compounds, such as sulforaphane, have benefits for just […]

Starting an Urban Homestead

Starting an Urban Homestead

A New Home and Plans for an Urban Farm

I have been MIA for a few months here, and I am finally ending my blog hiatus. Life kind of got in the way of blogging, and Phil and I spent most of our non-working hours hunting for a home. Anyone who is familiar with the Seattle housing market knows that this is not a task for the faint of heart. The process took its toll emotionally, as we put offers on house after house, only to be beat out by what seemed to be increasingly shocking offers. It was tiring and kept me away from blogging, but it paid off. After putting in offers on 7 different houses, we found what we are absolutely confident is the perfect house for us.

By some miracle, we were able to find a house on a 1/3-acre plot of land that is still in the city. I knew instantly that this was our house, and could not be more ecstatic about moving in. Our plan is to create our own little urban oasis where we can start a tiny farm to grow our own food and let Newton run around outside whenever he wants.

As soon as possible, we plan to start chronicling our new adventure on here. I have no idea how it will go, and I’m sure we will have more failures that we can count. But I hope that we also have successes and I can’t wait to get started. After seeing so many little yards on loud streets, I am still in awe that we were able to find the home we did. This much space will require extra work, and I am so game for that challenge. (more…)

All About Moringa

All About Moringa






What is Moringa? Moringa oleifera is currently enjoying a bit of a spotlight moment in the superfood world, and deservedly so. In the world of superfoods, moringa deserves a top spot. It has been a staple of traditional medicine for over 4,000 years, and Ayurvedic […]

Hike of the Month: Beckler Peak

Hike of the Month: Beckler Peak






Beckler Peak Hike A relatively new hike, Beckler Peak is absolutely stunning and much less busy than other trails in the surrounding area. You are provided with incredible views for a moderate amount of work, and a manageable distance. The trail to Beckler Peak is […]

4 Habits for Longer Telomeres

4 Habits for Longer Telomeres

Longer telomeres mean a healthier and longer life. So it behooves us to engage in activities and behaviors that protect our telomeres and consequently help us to avoid cancer, heart disease, and other age-related illnesses (for more information about what telomeres are and why they’re important, check out this post). Fortunately, there are some pretty straightforward ways to keep our telomeres long and our bodies and brains healthy. Read on for more details:

Eat Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

You’re probably tired of being told to eat your veggies. But what if I told you that they could make your telomeres longer, your tissues younger, and possibly extend your life? That sounds a little more exciting. Colorful vegetables like chard, kale, and carrots, and fruits like purple grapes, pomegranates, and cherries are full of antioxidant nutrients that can keep you and your telomeres healthy. As a general rule, darker fruits and veggies are best, one of the reasons blueberries are so popular.

Fruits and vegetables are beneficial whether they are cooked or raw, so don’t worry about finding ways to eat raw kale if you would prefer to eat kale chips. In some cases, cooking foods makes the nutrients more bioavailable. Blueberries are an excellent example – It is easier to absorb nutrients from cooked blueberries than from raw. Likewise for tomatoes. 

The common recommendation is to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. I would recommend eating even more than this – closer to 8-10 or more. Legumes such as lentils and black beans are another great option for maintaining longer telomeres. Plant foods are full of micronutrients, some of which we might not even know exist, and the more we eat of them the better. (more…)

My 5 Favorite Podcasts

My 5 Favorite Podcasts






1. Fearless Rebelle Radio  Summer Innanen’s podcast and website have helped me more than any other resource to overcome body image issues and disordered eating behavior. Listening to Fearless Rebelle Radio is largely responsible for my ability to see my body for what it is capable […]

Vegan Paleo

Vegan Paleo






Vegan Paleo The vegan movement has been growing rapidly. Whether it be due to environmental, animal welfare, or other issues, more and more people are gravitating toward a plant-based way of eating. This includes paleo dieters who, like me, have been inundated with messages saying that […]

Plantain Pancakes

Plantain Pancakes

Over the past year, I have developed a serious love for plantains. They are the perfect combination of starchy and sweet and offer an amazing texture to a variety of dishes. They make an exceptionally creamy vegan ice cream, far surpassing bananas in both flavor and texture. When plantains are the correct ripeness, they also make the perfect single-ingredient pancake. The higher starch content means that flour isn’t necessary, and they are sweet enough to not require any additional sweeteners.

These are a bit different than conventional pancakes in that they don’t rise or get fluffy. Instead, they caramelize as they brown and make an incredible, dessert-like breakfast. Topped with blueberries, they are perfect.

And with fewer than five ingredients, these are one of my favorite quick and easy breakfast options. (more…)

Hike of the Month: Lake Serene

Hike of the Month: Lake Serene






Lake Serene Hike This is not a hike I would recommend to someone for whom solitude is important. However, it is beautiful and worth the trip if you can venture out midweek and are ok with encountering quite a few other hikers on the way. […]