As kids, we are told to not eat any berries or plants we encounter when outdoors. While, yes, this is valid advice for a 4 year old, as we get older, we shouldn’t be afraid to educate ourselves on the plants growing around us, because you know what I’ve realized? There are a hell of a lot of edible plants out there that offer an abundance of nutritious vitamins, minerals, and healing compounds. All of them going underutilized because everyone has it drilled into their minds that wild plants are all poisonous.
In 2007, 9.5 billion animals were killed to feed the growing population. In 2014, that number dropped to 9.1 billion and continues to decrease yearly, despite an expanding population. With population numbers continuing to expand, will this trend continue? Or will the demand for meat products start to increase, putting our environment and our health at risk?
The sweet summer breeze has been hitting my sun-kissed cheeks lately, leaving a big smile on my face. After a cold and wet spring, the warmer weather is much welcomed! The farmers markets are starting up, overflowing with the fresh fruits and vegetables of spring. Fluttering birds chirp longingly in anticipation for the berry season’s sweet fruits, but they aren’t the only ones. 😉
Everyone loves chocolate covered fruit! There’s something so delightful about the sweet fruit juices blending effortlessly in your mouth with the decadent chocolate. What would make it even better? Add in some sea salt and almonds, and you’ve got yourself a pretty little treat!
As you may or may not already know, all vegetables and fruit harbor bacteria on their surfaces referred to as lactobacillus bacteria that have the ability to convert sugars from food into lactic acid in an anaerobic environment.
As an athlete, albeit amateur, I’m always trying to make sure that the foods and beverages I consume are providing my body with the necessary vitamins and minerals I need to perform my best under any situation. Now that I’m older, I understand the benefits of maintaining good nutritional intake, the problems excess sugar can cause, and how improper nourishment can make me feel sluggish and irritable.
Even though certain mushrooms have been used in cultures for years to treat illnesses or maintain vitality, the overall use of mushrooms in modern society for ethnomedicinal purposes is relatively limited. Mushrooms are proven to contain antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor, antiallergenic, and hepatoprotective properties, but they have so many other active compounds as well (1)! Studies of their use against cancer and neurodegenerative disorders could have life-altering effects on individuals that could truly use these medicines, but may not have access to their knowledge due to modern practices.
There was a time in my life when I literally ate muffins ALL THE TIME. No joke. Freshman year of college was a muffin bonanza for me because the muffins they had at college were, dare I say, the bomb. Not the healthiest obsession, but hey, I didn’t care at the time. Muffins speak to all your emotions. When you’re sad, they comfort you. When you’re happy, they rejoice with you. When you’re hungry, they mask that hunger with their muffiny goodness.
Our skin is our largest organ and one that can become the most irritated at times. Since our skin is subject to both environmental and internal irritants, there are many problems that can manifest through our skin in our lifetime.
What’s my morning routine like? I’m actually one of those rare people that wakes up way earlier than is necessary and just putzes around my apartment. That doesn’t mean I’m productive, though! I just hate being rushed. My morning workout sometimes hits the wayside, but breakfast is one of the things I never go without!