Lovers of Sea Salt, Beware!

I have noticed many products lately that tout sea salt on the packaging. Popcorn with sea salt, tortilla chips with sea salt, salted caramels with sea salt, and even chocolate with sea salt – all leap off the shelves with their eye-catching marketing and magnetizing draw of being mysteriously superior to the other products next to them. You know, the ones that only have table salt in them? I love salt. Most people do. Along with sugar and fat, it is among the trifecta of most important ingredients that draws people back for more. Crunchy, warm, salty popcorn. Crispy potato chips. White chocolate covered pretzels. Frothy, creamy, delectable hot chocolate with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a smattering of salt on top. Gah! I love the punch that salt gives. But when it’s sea salt – doesn’t that make it even healthier for you? With its smattering of trace minerals and no stripping of its inherent goodness, isn’t sea salt the best of all salts??? On a trip once, my husband and I ate at a gourmet, farm-to-table restaurant. One of the appetizers was bread and crackers, olive oil and a selection of salts from around the world. One salt was yellow in color and had a slight sulphury taste that was rumored to be a great accompaniment to eggs. Another was gray in color and was taken from salt fields in France. Yet another had pink crystals from the Himalayas. And a final option was dark in color and was taken from a site near a black volcano. Each salt had a different subtle flavor. All of them were fun to try. But...

A Snack and a Nap

My niece, Lily, just barely turned one. She is adorable and fun and… reminds me of what it was like to have a little one around. It’s amazing how quickly you forget all the little things you once had to do as soon as your children grow beyond a certain stage. The fun thing about Lily is I don’t have to do all the hard work – my sister does – which gives  me more time to observe. From watching Lily, and noticing the habits of some bigger kids, too (also known as adults), I have decided that many of the world’s problems could be solved with 1) A snack, and/or 2) A nap If Lily is fussy or just not herself she usually becomes right as rain after one of the two above events. The last time you got seriously ticked off or offended were you tired or hungry? Food and sleep may not solve every problem, but I think they could lessen the world’s troubles greatly. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your adrenals can’t reset and therefore can’t do things like balance your moods and manage stress. When you’re not feeding your body properly you will become malnourished (or crash from lack of energy) and have a bleak outlook on life. There are a lot of people who get angry when they are hungry. You know the term: hangry? It’s probably been put into Webster’s dictionary by now. Managing anger is a lot easier with a rested and well-fed body. The majority of adults don’t sleep enough or eat properly. If we could get more people focusing on those two issues, we would have a much happier planet. Just sayin’… it works...

The Texas Ragnar Trail Relay Debacle

This past weekend, seven friends and I ran the Ragnar Trail Relay at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, Texas. We trained, we planned, we packed and we ran. Every person on each team of eight runs 3 legs: a 3 miler, a 5 miler and a 7.7 miler along rocky trails with intense inclines and declines. These runs are separated by the runs of your other teammates and happen relay-style, with one runner handing off the race number to the next. There were 200 teams camped in the area, with a central location called “The Village” – which happened to be several tent vendors and food trucks set up near the race start/end point. All of this went down on a large ranch with trails usually used for mountain biking. We all started out with strong legs and high spirits. Our team of eight was all female. As you send out one runner, the other seven ladies get to chat and hang out to wait for their leg to start. During these chats, we realized that collectively we were the mothers of 33 children. Yes, 33 kids! I know – that’s a LOT of kids. Luckily most of these children were school-age and older, thus not draining our daily stores of energy in the way infants and toddlers do…but still, 33 kids require some serious love and energy. So as a diversion from said kids, we train to do crazy adrenaline-pumping things and occasionally get some adult-time. What I didn’t realize was that this race would be quite as difficult as it turned out to be. I can run...

The Great Einkorn Wheat Experiment

I cannot tell you how much I truly love bread – and anything like unto bread: pizza crusts, rolls, bagels, cookies, doughnuts, funnel cake. MMMMmmmmm! Makes me happy just thinking about it. But then reality hits and I remember: I can’t eat bread. Or wheat. Or anything with gluten for that matter. I really want to eat it. I long for the day when my body will be magically healed and I can eat whatever I want. But until then I’ll tell you what wheat does to me: it makes me sad. In days past, I did not get stomach pains or bowel issues or cramping or any of those things. I just got really… overwhelmingly… sad. Some people call it depression. And for the most part, they’re right. But the word “sad” sums things up quite nicely so that’s my go-to word. Wheat also makes me overwhelmed, irritable, scattered, and not a little cranky to be around. It took me years to figure out the cause of many of my health issues because I had no signs at the source of the problem – just really weird side-effects. I explain this whole ordeal in detail in Broken Vessel Restored, but here I’ll just say: wheat doesn’t like me. So I broke up with wheat and pretended I didn’t care anymore. I was a strong, independent woman who did not need wheat in my life. I could do the gluten-free thing. No problem. But the truth was that because I loved wheat so much I really, really wanted to find a loophole in this whole mess. So I researched all about...

The Fourth Pillar of Health: The Absence of Loneliness

The first three pillars of health give us plenty to think about. We could focus on Nutrition, Toxin Removal, and Stress Management for years. But the fourth pillar of health is so very important that it can sometimes dwarf the other three. In fact, having this pillar strongly anchored in your life can compensate for the first three pillars being rather weak. Conversely, the lack of the fourth can make the first three pillars all the more critical. The fourth pillar of health is the most overlooked by far. This fourth pillar is: the sense of belonging you have when you feel connected to others. It is the sense of community that occurs when you know your neighbors and have close friends and/or family nearby. It is the feeling that you matter in life. And it is CRUCIAL to good health. The other day I noticed a blog post by a good friend of mine titled, “Are you Lonely? You’re Not the Only One.” I read it immediately knowing my next post would be on that very topic. As I read Mrs. Green’s blog, I couldn’t help but have memories flood back of my most painful, lonely years and doing almost everything she did during her own lonely times. You must read it. It so elegantly summarizes what I would like to say: Click here to read “Are You Lonely?…” How many women have gone shopping just to interact with another human being? How many people feel like they need to get OUT THERE more and make some new friends? How many of you have ever silently wished that you had...