Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Orange Zest and Bourbon-Soaked Black Currants

Slightly sweetened with rich whole cane sugar and orange zest, this Irish soda bread is my favorite combination of flavors I have tried during these St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  I cannot imagine a better Irish treat than a piece of soda bread fresh out of the oven, studded with plump raisins and slathered with bright yellow butter.

I love Irish soda bread.  I know that the soda breads we enjoy here in the States aren’t very traditional, but as long as I use real food ingredients I’m okay with not being authentic.  At least I am eating some tasty foods that are festive for the occasion! [Continue reading]

The Headache Cure: Essential Oils (Part Two)

The Headache Cure: Essential Oils | OUR NOURISHING ROOTSHeadaches can present in a kaleidoscope of ways, and the underlying causes can be even more numerous.  There are cluster headaches, tension headaches, migraines, and more, not to mention more rare forms like chronic or exercise headaches, plus secondary headaches that branch out from an underlying condition like an infection, or panic attacks (source). But the variety of possible types and causes can be boiled down to one common root: headaches are painful.

And depending on the type of headache and the underlying cause, you can sometimes find relief with the simplest of natural remedies before you ever have to reach for a bottle of acetaminophen or make a doctor’s appointment. Why go through all that trouble when a simple pinch of salt, capsule of probiotics, or a few drops of essential oil will do the trick?  My philosophy is that when faced with an ailment, natural remedies should be the first course of action to consider.

Solet’s look at all the possible natural remedies in five parts!  Today’s topic: Essential oils.  We will also discuss minerals, body tension release, pain relief, and digestion. [Continue reading]

Superheroes of Health Bundle: $67 for over $500 worth of ebooks: Ends February 15th!!

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I started eating sugar again.  And grains.  And gluten, and starches, and lots of fats.  I hate diets, and I refuse to do one ever again.  And I have lost 25 pounds in the last 9 months.  How?  By following the ideas presenting in these ebooks.  Period.

highly recommend reading ALL the books found here, which are from sources that I trust to also remain free of dieting dogma, akin to my Anti-Diet Challenge.  We are the real truth-tellers when it comes to healthy weight loss and healthy relationships to food and exercise.

I’m serious.  I know you’re feeling skeptical, and you should.  Because diets don’t work.  And that’s the beauty of these books: they aren’t a new fad diet, and they aren’t from people trying to make money off your vicious cycle of dieting and then regaining the weight, simple to rinse and repeat until you spend more time and effort hating your body so you are driven to keep dieting and find the holygrailofweightlossandthenyou’llbehappy! NO.  That’s no way to live!

And you want to live, right?  This is how.  By reading about the real stories of people who have rejecting dieting and found greater health than they ever imagined.  These are your mentors out of the maze of self-hate and eating disorders!  No more diets!!

I feel better than I have since I started having children 9 years ago.  I also eat far more than the typical 1200 calories per day oft recommended by doctors and health gurus galore.

If you want to change your life, this is where you should start.  And we have bundled the books together for only ONE MORE DAY.  Take advantage of this deal before it’s over.  Get all 23 books (a $500 value) for only $67.  The sale ends Saturday February 15th, so hurry and click here!

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9 Months In: LOVE YOUR BODY!!!

9 Months In: KEEP GOING!! | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Can you lose weight while remaining body positive?  You can see my original post here, my 30 day update here,  my 60 day update here, and my 120 day update here.

UPDATE: I highly recommend reading ALL the books found here, which are from sources that I trust to also remain free of dieting dogma.  They are the real truth-tellers when it comes to healthy weight loss and healthy relationships to food and exercise.  If you want to change your life, this is where you should start.

Well, it’s been about 6 months since I checked in with y’all, and we even already made it through the Anti-Diet Challenge of 2014, wherein I rant about why I think the diet industry is basically evil.

Spoiler Alert!: This year my Anti-Diet Challenge isn’t limited just to January when I get real tired of hearing about everyone’s new year’s resolutions to redouble their efforts to nurture their eating disorders.

So let’s check in.  Here’s what I said in my last update:

Sometimes life happens and you don’t do things perfectly.  And then you have a choice: give up or keep going.  I choose to keep going. Things can fall apart.  Things can change.  And they do! Maybe you get thrown a curveball and you are thinking “Wow! I didn’t see that coming!”  Or maybe you did see it coming, and now it’s here. Life is about being accountable for yourself.  It’s about owning up to reality.  Who you are.  What actions you choose to take.  It’s basically about owning you, no matter what. And the same goes for me.  So I am choosing to keep going.  I choose not to give up.

Here’s the weight update: [Continue reading]

The Headache Cure, Part One: Minerals

Natural Remedies for Headaches that REALLY WORK!  Part One: Minerals | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

Headaches can present in a kaleidoscope of ways, and the underlying causes can be even more numerous.  There are cluster headaches, tension headaches, migraines, and more, not to mention more rare forms like chronic or exercise headaches, plus … [Continue reading]

Homemade Italian Seasoning (no MSG!)

Homemade Italian Seasoning (no MSG!) | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

I love my homemade Italian seasoning, whether it's over pasta, homemade breadsticks, sprinkled on potatoes, on pizza, over fish, or any other thing you can imagine! Homemade Italian Seasoning 4 tablespoons dried basil 4 tablespoons … [Continue reading]

Anti-Diet Challenge, Day 13: Parmesan Potato Rounds

Parmesan Potato Rounds | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

The Anti-Diet Challenge 2014 forges ahead.  We don't do kale chips or cleanses.  We don't do body shaming comparisons to celebrities or other, skinnier friends.  We don't vilify certain foods, like carbs and/or gluten and/or grains, and blame them … [Continue reading]

Anti-Diet Challenge 2014, Day 4: Baked Mashed Potatoes

Anti Diet Challenge 2014: Baked Mashed Potatoes | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

If you followed my Anti-Diet Challenge last year, you'll remember that there were a lot of casseroles and a lot of potatoes.  Some of you may have even thought I was crazy.  I mean, I was eating to satiation, and sometimes even beyond, which I did … [Continue reading]

Drink of the Week: Bloody Mary

Blood Mary with homemade hot sauce and Worcestershire | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

I love me some homemade cocktails.  In fact, I wrote a book about it. And as far as I'm concerned, the more savory the cocktail, the better.  I love a dirty martini, and I am very partial to these Bloody Marys as well.  They are a lovely change … [Continue reading]

Anti-Diet Challenge 2014

I have something to say! You aren't a bad person for eating ice cream.  And you aren't a good person for eating kale.  And if you're rolling your eyes saying that it's not about good and bad, but simply about health, I'll even go this far.  You … [Continue reading]

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