Is Eating Organic Really Worth It?

Many of you coming to this site have asked the question, “is eating organic really worth it?”. My answer, “what's your health worth? What's your life worth?” For me, yes it's certainly worth it. I've been meaning to write an article on this topic for a while now, but I've just come across an article on Dr Mercola's site that does a great job of addressing the question, I'd like to share some of it with you, as well as some of my recent experiences with pesticides. Read more »

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is said to be a natural remedy for many ailments. In 400 B.C.E Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) knew about apple cider vinegar's antibiotic properties and recommended it to his patients for its healing properties. Since then it's been valued by many cultures right up to modern times. Read more »

I recently came across this video about two women from my hometown of Portland, Oregon who have created a business to help people get started with growing their own food. Urban Farming. Now, I've been thinking for a while, even though we have 2 acres our current organic vegetable garden takes up a very small portion of our 2 acres and yet it supplies almost all our vegetable requirements. Which means that anyone with a bit of yard could be growing most or all of their own vegetables. Watching this video really confirmed that for me, and I think it's great these two women, Robyn and Donna have started up a business to help people grow their own food. Read more »

For decades we've been told that to stay healthy and slim we should eat a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. We've been brainwashed into thinking that (all) fats are bad and carbohydrates are good. But now, with obesity at an all-time high and the number of people with diabetes soaring, it's become apparent that this approach doesn't work. The irony is that the high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet is one of the major reasons why more people are overweight than ever before. Read more »

Fresh coconuts are so much nicer than the dried coconut you get in the shops. I love eating slices of fresh coconut, but it's also a real treat to use the coconut juice in cooking. I even slice it really thin by hand and put the pieces in the dehydrator. It's so much nicer tasting that anything you buy in the stores it's worth the extra effort. I really can't go back to the stuff they sell in stores now after tasting this. The tricky part is in cracking it. Here's how I do it… Read more »

Dried Quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient food that has been cultivated in the Andes mountains for at least 5,000 years. While it has been well-known in South America, it was virtually unheard of in North America until the 1980s. Considered sacred by the Incans, now it's hailed as a ‘super food', and has been classified as a ‘super crop' by the United Nations because of it's high protein content. Read more »

Have you ever wondered why one cookbook calls for cilantro in there salsa recipe while another one calls for coriander. Then when you go to the store you see the sign reads cilantro/coriander. So what is the difference between the two? Nothing, cilantro and coriander stem from the same plant. Read more »