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Farmers Markets—Good Business for Sustainability

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a Green mom: We try to shop at local farmers’ markets for as much of our food as possible. We’re lucky to have one relatively close to our home. Some of our friends and family feel it’s hard to find everything they need there. I disagree, but maybe it depends on …

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Reasons for Eating Locally and Seasonally this Summer 

By Larraine Roulston: “Food Miles” is the term referring to the number of miles (or kilometers) that food travels from farm to table. The profound impact of this distance on the environment has been recognized. The best seller 100 Mile Diet by  Alisa Smith and J.B.MacKinnon had a significant impact in …

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Probiotics and Prebiotics and Its Benefits For Your Health

By Kim Robson: What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics? Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, that live safely in your digestive tract. Probiotics are vital for proper absorption and digestion of food, and for actively synthesizing various nutrients such as vitamin K, pantothenic acid, …

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The Benefits of Coconut

By Kim Robson: Coconut (Cocos nucifera) provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk and oil, and has nourished tropical populations around the world for ages. On many islands, coconut is a dietary staple; in fact, nearly a third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree. Aside …

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Get Cultured: Add More Fermented Foods for Your Health

By Dawna Matthews: Pickled cucumbers, sauerkraut and kombucha are all staples in my kitchen, but this was not always the case. It took some time for me to reach beyond sweet or salty flavors towards these strong smelling sour foods. I discovered that the more I ate them the more …

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Chocolate — A Superfood of the Gods

By Dawna Matthews:  Do you love chocolate but fear it’s not “good” for you? Chocolate, once known as the food of the gods, is in fact a healthy treat. It has the most health benefits when it is consumed in its most natural and raw form (cacao), but can also …

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Fighting Chronic Inflammation with Foods

By Larraine Roulston: As we age, it’s wise to check out helpful foods to reduce aches and pains in our fight against ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis. In recent years society has become more reliant on pills. For long-term sufferers, those painkillers could become addictive and eventually may have unpleasant …

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Add to Your Health — Safe Tips for Dietary Supplements

By Dawna Matthews: As children, we often were told to take our vitamins. I trusted that these little cartoon shaped vitamins were filled with goodness for me, and would make me stronger and give me more energy to play each day. As we grow older, we now are advised of …

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The Future of Our Health and Food Supply: New USDA Dietary Guidelines

By Dawna Matthews: Over the years we have heard conflicting dietary recommendations. Experts have recommended everything from fat free to no cholesterol and more. Every study seems to conflict with the other and can make healthy eating choices confusing. Most of us know that, despite all these diet trends and …

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