Links I Loved in February

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“Links I Loved” is a new feature I’m starting here at Our Heritage of Health. At the end of each month, I’d like to spend a bit of time reflecting on the past month and sharing with you all of the great articles I’ve come across online in the last few weeks.

As the shortest month of the year, February always goes by really fast, and this month was no exception! February has also been the snowiest month here for us in New England. We had snowstorms three weekends in a row, including one that was big enough to be classified as a blizzard. I love the beautiful “Winter Wonderland” look of the freshly-fallen snow, especially when the sun comes out the next morning and makes everything shimmer.


Some of My Favorite Things from February:
As much as I enjoy the snow, though, I’m really starting to get spring fever now too! I just got my order of heirloom vegetable seeds in the mail from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds,¬†and I can’t wait to start getting the ground ready outside to plant them. I suppose I’ll have to be patient and wait for the snow to melt first, though . . . Oh well, at least it’s getting lighter each day now, and I can already feel that the sun is starting to get a bit warmer too ūüôā Spring is on it’s way!

Food and Nutrition:

* Trying to follow a 100% real food diet can be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you find yourself travelling a lot or eating out with family and friends. Following the 80/20 Rule instead can make life a whole lot easier!

* I used to think that sugar was just sugar. It was only in this past year that I learned that sugar can also some from sugar beets (usually genetically modified!) as well as from sugar cane. There are several great Sugar Replacements, though, that are a healthier option for homemade baked goods.

* This post explains the differences of Arrowroot vs. Cornstarch and the ways in which they are processed (which makes a big difference in deciding which one is the best option to use for thickening soups, gravies, etc.)

* Who loves chocolate? (I know, stupid question, right?) Who doesn’t love chocolate? I could easily down a whole bowl-full of melted dark chocolate in one sitting (I usually try to restrain myself, though,) but¬†I’m a lot more choosy about what type of chocolate I eat now, especially now that I know that Soy Lecithin¬†is in just about every type of chocolate you’ll find in a regular grocery store and even in a lot of organic brands too.

* Making the transition from processed food to real food isn’t easy, but there are ways to make Real Food Simplified¬†so that the transition doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

* Meat is full of nutrients that our bodies need, but there are some real problems with Grocery Store Meat¬†that you won’t find with healthy animals raised on pasture.

* There’s so much information about health and nutrition that sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe. Here are eleven Mainstream Nutrition Lies¬†and a real-food perspective on them.

Healthy Living:

*¬†There’s a lot of confusion about¬†the different types of seeds that exist today. This post explains the important¬†differences between¬†Hybrid Seeds Vs. Gmos.

* A fun way to avoid artificial dyes is to make your own Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs using edible, everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

* Most store-bought deodorants are full of chemicals and other toxic ingredients. It’s not hard at all, though, to make your own completely natural Coconut Oil Deodorant.

* If you don’t want to use chemical-filled dryer sheets, you can try these easy DIY Wool Dryer Balls¬†instead.

Real-Food Recipes:

* Most sausage patties you’ll find at a restaurant or grocery store aren’t very healthy, but it’s easy to make nutritious Apple Bacon Sausage¬†that you can freeze to put aside for mornings when you want a quick, healthy breakfast.

* This recipe for¬†Homemade Shepherd’s Pie¬†is a hearty meal that’s perfect for these cold winter nights.

* This Sourdough Carrot Cake recipe looks like a delicious way to use sourdough starter for a healthy, nourishing dessert.

What were some of your favorite things from February?

~ Lori

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The information in this post is not to be taken as medical advice and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease.

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