Coming to Terms with Sugar: Natural Sweeteners and Glycemic Index Comparison

by Stephanie Jo McCann While we all understand that sugar is not part of an ideal, health-promoting diet, many of us still struggle with limiting its presence in our lives. We know it’s not good for us, but we also can’t imagine giving it up completely! Here I will highlight some natural sweeteners, strategies to… [Read More]

The Sweet Life: Sugar in the Age of Youth

by Catie Pazandak With school cycling back around, the busy days and holidays will soon find their way into our homes once again. If you are like most in this country, you know what these kinds of days bring. Along with fun, laughter and family gatherings comes another guest, who has had quite an over-extended… [Read More]

We asked our Herbalists: Are you a sugar junkie? How do you deal with sugar cravings and/or what sweet treats do you reach for?

Yes! I notice that my sugar cravings can sometimes come up when I am stressed, so exercise, meditation and yoga can sometimes help me. I love Medjool Dates stuffed with chevre, apples, fruit. And honestly, I love cookies. —Kristen I usually get sugar cravings in the late afternoon when I will sometimes reach for a… [Read More]

5 Immune Boosting Tips for Back To School

by Jahwei Chen-Graf, Naturopath and Herbalist at HAALo The end of summer and shift into the back to school routine is bittersweet… the days get shorter and crispness creeps into the night air. Both kids and adults need to be well rested and well nourished to ensure a strong immune system in order to stay… [Read More]

Herbal U-pick at First Rain Farm, Thursday, June 4

by Ashley Votaw of First Rain Farm The gardens are planted and our herbs are growing beautifully.  I’m doing the first Herbal U-pick of the season on Thursday, June 4, from 4:30 to 6:30. We’re certified organic by CCOF here at First Rain Farm and have a diverse mixture of perennial and annual culinary and… [Read More]

How quitting sugar changed everything: on nourishment, hunger, and stress

by Alanna Whitney excerpted from her “Live Wild Wellness” blog Working to change the way we eat is hard, especially as women. Once you enter the realm of ‘dieting’ and ‘detoxing’ everything begins to feel like a slippery slope that leads right on down the self-sabotage-y rabbithole where happiness and satisfaction go to die.  That… [Read More]