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Reverse Judgment: When Healthy Lifestyles Are Judged

“Not judging others’ food choices” is a pretty popular topic on Real Food blogs. As someone who has been learning to live a healthier lifestyle since 2008, I can tell you that there are times when I haven’t kept my mouth shut or kept my stares under control when I see people eating what I deem to be unhealthy. It is so important that, if you are a lover of local, organic, non-processed Real Food, you not judge those who are at a different place in their journey.

No matter where we find ourselves along the way, there will always be some ahead of us and some behind us. As soon as we think we’ve got it all figured out, an article will show up in our inbox or someone will share a link on Facebook that proves we still have much more to learn.

What I don’t read much about is the judgment that occurs the other way around: when those of us who are trying to learn and make healthier choices for ourselves and our families are judged by those who are not. You’d think it would be ludicrous to look down upon someone for striving to better themselves by learning and gaining experience with wholesome foods, but it happens. And it’s probably happened to you.

Southern-style Salmon Croquettes (GAPS, Paleo, Whole30)

I grew up with my Memaw and my mother making salmon croquettes. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, salmon croquettes (or patties) were one of my favorite comfort foods as a kid…

What We Discovered When We Spent the Night in Our Kids’ Room (+10 tips for creating a sleeping sanctuary for your kids!)

When my kids have trouble sleeping, it makes for a rough night for everyone. Recently, my husband and I spent a night in our kids’ room… and figured out why they were experiencing insomnia. We quickly set things right by creating a sleeping sanctuary for them. Here’s what we discovered and how we fixed it!

My Review of the Intellibed

I was so excited to “achieve the healthiest sleep yet” (according to their site) that any fears of a used mattress were soon allayed by my desire to go to bed and stay there for at least 29 days straight. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we were and how we fully expected to fall in love with our Intellibed. Except we didn’t…

What Is Nutritional Balancing?

Have you heard of the healing protocol known as Nutritional Balancing? This balancing, healing program incorporates all aspects of diet, lifestyle, supplementation, and detox to help people who struggle with chronic illness. What is Nutritional Balancing? Learn more here!

Why You Should Avoid Farm-Raised Salmon + Garlic & Rosemary Baked Salmon

Salmon taking sun-less tanning pills and teeming with lice?? If that sounds like something out of a weird nature documentary or sci-fi magazine, I thought so too. Actually, it’s real. And you might be eating that salmon if you’re not careful about where your salmon comes from.

The Hidden Cost of Junk Food + 16 Ideas To Stretch Your Budget

Whether you eat healthy or not, your food is costing you something. Cheap, processed food and junk foods, however, may result in disease, doctor bills, and hospital stays later on. Learn about the hidden cost of junk food + 16 ideas to stretch your food budget and afford more organic foods!

Homemade & Reusable Baby Wipes

I finally took the plunge from our very soft, overpriced brand of t.p. to a more natural brand: Seventh Generation. It has taken some adjusting because it’s just not as soft as what our pampered hineys are accustomed to. First world problems … sigh. But I like that this toilet paper isn’t bleached, doesn’t leave behind “fuzz”, is safe for septic systems, and is hypoallergenic.

And when I switched to a more natural t.p., I knew it was time to consider baby wipe alternatives.

I Don’t Vaccinate + Why I Don’t Mind If You Do

My husband and I walked out of that workshop speechless. Sure, we were dumbfounded at the junk that’s “approved” to go into vaccines. Of course we were shocked at the number of studies that proved vaccines contributed to health problems in adults and children.

We were speechless because we hadn’t thought of these things before.

Pesto: Nut-Free & Lacto-Fermented

Pesto: Nut-Free & Lacto-Fermented

Learn how to whip up a quick and easy (and lacto-fermented) pesto without nuts!