Mar 26, 2016

A Plastic-Free, Vegan Easter (or Spring Equinox)

Spring is upon us and the weather is getting nicer. If you celebrate Easter or the Spring Equinox and have kids, you're well aware that most related traditions use animal products, plastic, and junk food. What's a hippie to do?

The good news is that there are better options! Here's what I managed to whip up for this year's celebrations.

Mar 23, 2016

Sugar Part 4: How to Fill a Sugar Craving the Healthy Way

In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my series on sugar, I discussed my struggles with avoiding sugar, the harmful effects it has on the body, and how addictive it can be. In short, sugar is linked to our most common and destructive diseases, but it's hard to give up because it's addictive and makes us feel good. Unless you're just one of those lucky people without a sweet tooth, the doughnut you're staring at during a sugar craving will always win.

Our bodies crave sugar for a reason, and that reason is that we are fueled mostly by carbs. Your brain runs on carbs and your muscles are fueled by mostly glycogen. That being said, your body works best on real fuel, which means carbs (and even sugars) from whole, plant foods. Lots of sweet foods fall under this category: bananas, dates, strawberries, apples, grapes, and many more. 

Mar 15, 2016

Sugar Part 3: Why is Sugar So Hard To Give Up?

In my last post, How Sugar Affects Your Body, I reviewed how sugar can increase your risk of many diseases. Everyone knows that sugar and sodas are no good. Then why are we eating so much? According to the USDA, the average American eats 32 teaspoons of added sugar every day. That's 2/3rds of a cup, 134 grams, or 33 cubes of sugar!

Or 300 M&Ms

Mar 3, 2016 Cialis

February Garbage Totals

Here's my garbage totals for February, and again, I was disappointed in how much garbage I made... until I compared them to last year. I'm still making great progress, and when you have a large home, it can take a while to get through all that accumulated clutter. So here's the trash I made in the last month:

Feb 24, 2016

Sugar Part 2: How Sugar Affects Your Body

One of my goals for 2016 was to stop eating refined sugars, which is any sugar not in a whole plant form. That includes table sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, maple syrup, corn syrup, fructose, or anything like that. As I should have guessed, I didn't last too long. One slip turned into two, which turned into a binge, which turned back into a lifestyle.

So I realized that I needed a second dose of motivation and decided to research why it was important for me to cut sugar in the first place. We all know that sugar isn't the best thing to eat, but what exactly does it do to our bodies that makes it so problematic?