by Mari L. McCarthy
Many people experience romantic love at least once in their lives, and hopefully most of us know familial love and the love of friends. And perhaps we’ve been in love with our pets, or our projects, or the ocean, or chocolate...
Editor's Note from Andrea D'Amore: I made these and took them to work for the ladies that I work with who are absolute chocoholics and they loved them. Like many healthy for your treats they did not believe me when I told them what was in them, but they are totally hooked! I put pistachios in mine, because they are my favorite, and they were awesome...
by Maggie Ney, ND
Yes, you know sugar is not good for you, but you NEED it…especially after a meal and certainly after you’ve eaten a bite of chocolate goodness. What was once thought of as a relatively innocuous source of empty calories is now understood as a major contributor to our nation’s increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, ADHD, metabolic syndrome and cancer...
by Marika Blossfeldt, HHC, AADP
I found a brownie recipe on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition website. It called for carob powder. For a chocolate lover like me, that was unacceptable. How can you make a brownie with a chocolate substitute? So I tweaked the recipe to include high-quality chocolate (preferably sweetened with evaporated cane juice) and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Both cacao and cayenne pepper are aphrodisiacs. Cayenne pepper also dilates capillaries and thus allows cacao’s abundant nutrients to reach cells more easily...
by Neda Smith, FDN, CMTA, HHC,
ATH Co-Editor of Holistic Nutrition
Do you find yourself midday crashing and needing a pick me up, such as coffee, chocolate, energy drinks or sweets in general?...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: Did you know that your chronic fatigue could be associated to your weight gain as well as the other way around? Also did you know the same to be true about the health of your thyroid? Neda Smith has written a great article on how they are all entwined and what 3 steps can be taken to improve the health of your adrenals.
by Ricki Heller, PhD, RHN
I ended up making these Cashew Chocolate Chip cookies. Like everything else I make, they are primarily organic, made with natural (unrefined) sweeteners, and no eggs or dairy (ie, vegan)...
Editor's Note: Ricki Heller, the force behind Diet, Dessert and Dogs, is one of the best anti-candida champions out there. If you're familiar at all with the restrictions of an anti-candida protocol, you'll appreciate her inventiveness - especially with desserts - and her positive outlook...
by JJ Virgin
Oversized sweaters, “relaxed fit” jeans, and bulky coats: cold weather allows numerous ways to disguise those extra few pounds from holiday get-togethers, Starbucks hot chocolate detours, and endless comfort food...
Editor’s Note from Bess Coble: JJ Virgin is an icon in the Exercise and Fitness field and it is with great pleasure that we present the first in a series of articles by her.
Exercise & Fitness
by Matt Frazier
From Andrea D'Amore: These bars are wonderful. As someone who tries very hard to stay away from processed/packaged foods, but yet is always on the go, these are a great alternative to some vending machine snack or worse fast food. They also are much cheaper to make than buying high end, expensive and organic protein bars, which was a habit I needed to break for the sake of my wallet...
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