Why I Hate Air Conditioning & Even Think It’s Bad For Your Health!

Air conditioning may be bad for your health

It’s hot and so humid here in Pennsylvania, and most people in my town think I am crazy for not having central air conditioning in my home. Having lived in the mountains of Vermont for most of my adult life, air conditioning was never an issue. While it was warm during the middle of the day, mornings and evenings were cool and comfortable. Here in Pennsylvania, it’s pretty hot. But I find places with air conditioning too chilly, and after a long cold winter wearing layers of clothing, I relish the summer heat! Here’s why I hate air conditioning, and even think it’s bad for our

What Are the Best Multivitamins?

Rainbow Light Women's One

A private client of mine recently gave me the opportunity to look more closely into the issue of multivitamins. She wanted to know if she should be taking a multi, if she should be giving one to her children, and if so, which brands were best. After a bunch of research, I'm so happy to have an answer for her and for myself, and thought I would share my thoughts on this with my readers. Here's the bottom line, in my opinion: For adults, there is no harm in taking a multivitamin (although possibly not a huge benefit, either). I wouldn’t, however, recommend giving a multivitamin to young

It’s Not Just WHAT You Eat: 5 Tips for Reducing Midriff Bulge by How and When You Eat

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 We all know that what you eat is critical to maintaining a healthy weight. Experts often contradict each other in terms of what the ideal diet is, and I have experimented with many dietary theories over the years and I have found that no single plan is right for everyone all of the time. We all can agree, however, on the wisdom of limiting processed foods and sugar, and one trick that has worked for many of my health coaching clients is including an abundance of sweet vegetables into meals to reduce sugar cravings later on. There are many to choose from: onions, beets, squash, and sweet

A Cure for Fruit-Averse Kids: Picking Wild or Locally Grown Fruit

blueberry picking

If you are looking for an activity to do with children on a summer weekend, picking fresh fruit is a wonderful choice! Even picky eaters usually eat fruit, but for those who won’t, this is a fun activity nonetheless and may encourage your picky eater to try some of the antioxidant-filled, vitamin-rich Good Stuff! The best part is that going to pick fruit connects children to where their food comes from, and connects them to nature, which we continue to learn is critical to mental health (have you seen the latest studies?). Here in Pennsylvania, I have taken my grandsons to pick

3 Desserts for a Healthy Gut

Blueberries for a Healthy Gut

This post will soon appear as a guest blog for Crohns.net. Desserts are challenging for anyone who is concerned about their health, and especially for someone with gut issues! That said, dessert at the end of the meal can be a lovely ritual for a holiday or special occasion, and add a feeling of completeness to a meal. What’s Wrong with Dessert? For people with digestive problems, sugar can be problematic, as it feeds the unhealthy bacteria in our guts. This includes—to some degree—natural sugars like those found in fruit. Moreover, anything that is difficult to digest should be avoided

Zucchini Oatmeal Chip Cookies with Sprouted Flour

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

My CSA delivered another boatload of zucchini this week, so I had to come up with a way to get my kids to eat them. Here’s what did the trick, and it included no white sugar and some sprouted flour to boot! This recipe will make a bunch of cookies (50ish). I took half the batter, wrapped it in nontoxic wax paper, and put it in the freezer. Then, any day we want cookies, I just slice some rounds off the log of dough and pop them in the oven. You could also cut this recipe in half and still have plenty of cookies. Ingredients: • 1 cup butter, softened • 1.5 cups coconut palm sugar • 2

Review of Holle Lebenswert Infant Formula

holle-lebeswert from Gimme the Good Stuff

First, read my affiliate disclosure. As a breastfeed-until-they're-in-braces type, I never thought I would spend so much time writing about formula! (Here's our Safe Formula Guide, here's where I review Honest Company Formula, here's where I take two European formulas head to head, and here is where I vetted an online retailer of European formulas.) But I try to research the topics and products that you're most worried about, and I hear you loud and clear: formula is number one! So here is more information that I hope will help those of you looking for the healthiest infant formula on the

Zucchini Galore & Recipe for Zucchini Hot Pepper Hummus

Paleo hot pepper hummus from Gimme the Good Stuff

If you live on the East Coast and you’re a gardener, shop at your local farmer’s market, or belong to a CSA, you’re probably up to your ears in zucchini right about now. I love zucchini; it’s such a versatile vegetable. My husband loves to make it into pasta with a spiralizer, sautée with a little garlic and top with fresh tomato sauce and basil. I love making zucchini-crusted pizza, zucchini crab cakes (without crab!), and zucchini bread. (Please share your favorite zucchini recipes in the comments below!) I’ve been on a Paleo kick, and so I recently tried a Paleo-friendly hot pepper

Good Stuff About the Paleo Diet

Paleo diet friendly shish kabobs

In the 40-plus years that I have been studying and experimenting with diets and dietary recommendations, I have come to believe that no diet or rigid set of recommendations is sustainable or even appropriate for everyone. Humans have complex biological systems that constantly change over time. In my health coaching practice, I help clients listen to their bodies, experiment, and take the best from each dietary theory. Sometimes we need a therapeutic diet to heal, sometimes we need to figure out a maintenance diet, and other times we can experiment and play with the possibilities of a

Wolfie Turns 2: Good Stuff Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Wolfie turns 2!

If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ve heard about a lot of birthdays for my boys, and have been given recipes for several healthy cakes! (Here’s one made with sprouted flour and a cream cheese lemon icing and here is a Paleo coconut carrot cake). Last week, Wolfie turned two while my husband was in Stockholm for work, and after being a single mom all week, my motivation to make a birthday cake was nil. I also had a good excuse to skip the baking: Wolfie doesn’t really like cake. He does, however, love ice cream, especially strawberry. We kept it simple for his