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I will do my best today, because I want to do it, not because I have to do it and not because I am trying to please others.

   
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Healing Homemade Broths

Sometimes, we just crave some clear liquids to keep our bodies warm and comforted. Maybe we need some soup to nurture us back to feeling “whole” and healthy again. Below are easy healing homemade broths to do exactly that, and so much more. These recipes are great for our little ones and elderly, too. They are easier to digest and are made with wholesome ingredients. Enjoy!

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Food, Sex and Love for Men

aph-ro-di-si-ac : noun; 1. An agent (as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire; 2. Something that excites. (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2010)

An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. Some people believe that aphrodisiac foods, such as bananas, oranges or oysters, gain their powers and reputation through their resemblance to sexual body parts. The same factor explains the trade in the phallic-looking horn of the rhinoceros. The magic of alcohol, especially champagnes and wines can best be attributed to their ability to lower one’s inhibitions. Other animal-based aphrodisiacs gain their reputation from the apparent virility or aggressiveness of the animal source, such as tiger penis. And then there are other foods, such as chocolate, that just make us feel good. In some cases it can be attributed to certain chemicals they release in our bodies, as chocolate has been proven to do. In others, it is that they excite many of our senses through a combination of taste, texture and appearance, and marketed to the masses on romantic holidays such as Valentine’s Day.

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Lack Ideas for Dinner? Set It and Forget It. . . Crock Pot Style: 5 Healthy Family Meals

Most people forget about the wonderful crock pot stored away in the bottom storage drawers of the kitchen. These smart slow cookers are great for people who work, for busy family go-ers and those who don’t have the time or patience to sit over a stove and balance the kids while cooking a full 3 course meal. Who does that anymore? Slow cookers, however, should not be overlooked. They are not as “dangerous” to our health and to the nutrients of the food as people believe. Because crock pots are fully covered containers, there is a percentage of nutrients that is not destroyed by 200°F/93°C heat—even if released from the food—would be contained in the slow cooker and food liquids or residues. In other words, if you consume all of the stewing liquid or soup liquid, you would be getting some amount of the nutrients that were lost from the food but not actually destroyed by the heat. And besides. . . the winter and cold spring season is perfect for soups, stews and warm food.

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Eating Well On A Budget

Many people think eating well and being healthy takes a lot of money and is only for the rich. Nothing can be further away from the truth. The information below highlights some of the top tips to save BIG when it comes to nourishing you and your family’s bodies with wholesome-good-for-you-foods. Healthy is for everyone. 

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What to Do to Get That Candida Overgrowth Under Control

This article is a supplement to the previous truthNhealth candida blog which explains exactly what candida overgrowth is, symptoms, how it is exacerbated in the body, and foods that cause it to go haywire in the body. That article can be seen here: 

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Trending Super Foods for 2014

There are ongoing trends related to the local food movement which include ancient grains, raw and choosing high quality foods (including fats and calories) over fundamental calorie counting. Here are a few of the up and coming popular SUPER FOODS:

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Got Gluten Sensitivities? Move Past “All Purpose Flour”

Got gluten sensitivities? Why don’t you try something more than the traditional and overused “All Purpose” flour, which prove not the most purposeful for our different bodies. It’s exciting that words like “whole grain”, “gluten-free”, “whole wheat” and “spouted grain” flours are becoming less and less foreign to the average consumer. Here are a few white flour alternatives that are perfect if you or someone you know have gluten sensitivities (or if you are looking to add more whole grains into your daily diet). 

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Why Halloween Candy is So “Tricky” and Healthy Treat Alternatives

Yes, Halloween is here and it is the start of the official holiday season. This holiday season beginning will also lead to the inevitable “flu season.” I always wondered if the two were related. I hear many parents argue that Halloween comes only once a year and it is a time to let the children indulge and have all the candy they can possibly collect and carry in a single night, only to eat them for the next few weeks until the next big holiday, and then the next. So what really is so wrong with our celebrating the ghosts, goblins, witches, pumpkins and adorable costumes? There is no better way to demonstrate how positively correlated these two categories (sugar/candy/processed foods and diabetes/weight gain/chronic diseases) have in common, and how it is not just on Halloween that we lightly indulge. We consume such foods on a daily basis and have eaten ourselves sick. Now that’s scary.

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Eat Local and In Season Fall Produce! What’s Hot Now

Fall is in full swing as the temperature outside begins to dip into the “get out the boots and scarves” mode. There is that feel-good-nip-in-the-air, pumpkins and scarecrows greeting you at every grocery store, welcoming you to another change in the season. It’s time to seek out in-season foods that will provide the highest nutritional value, taste the best and make you feel good inside. Below are the top fresh produce that are in season for the fall.

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Super “Fruit”: Pichuberry

The very versatile Pichuberry has hit mainstream markets here in the United States. Originating in Peru and deemed as another amazing super “fruit” from the South Americas, the Pichuberry promises to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, weight controller, a powerful antioxidant, high in vitamin D, A, C and Niacin. It is very low glycemic and has a sweet/tart flavor. Pichuberries are a part of the eggplant and tomatoes family and has little seeds in the middle. The seeds are edible and the Pichuberries are being made in breads, muffins, nutrition bars, as juice, dessert, salad toppers, as jams, and a perfect pairing with cheese, as well as eaten raw and on its own.

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