Bees & Us: Why Bees Affect Our Very Survival {Guest Post}

by Landon Gilfillan on September 29, 2015

The Bees & Us
The following article is from another one of my Holistic Nutrition classmates, Khava Ebner.

Pass The Honey Pleazzzz

To some, the buzzing of bees is the sound of a nuisance and means “bring out the bug spray”. However, most do not realize that all bees provide a valuable food source to the human population. This source is much more than just honey.

Bees represent over one third of our food supply and roughly fifteen billion dollars a year in U.S. crops from almonds to apples to pumpkins and the alfalfa and hay that feed our livestock (Why We Need Bees: Nature’s Tiny Workers Put Food on Our Tables, no date). The bee hive is truly the hub of life as we know it…and it is taking a drastic nosedive, affecting the economic and nutritional health of the world. [Read More…]

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The Real Scoop on Sugar
This is a guest post from one of my Holistic Nutrition classmates, Jenna Hodges (see her bio at the end).

Sweet Satisfaction!

Everyone likes having a sweet treat occasionally, at least everyone I’ve ever met does.  But that love for sweets is becoming a problem among consumers of a Western diet.  Not only is sugar in the occasional ‘treat’ but it’s also sneaking its way into some unsuspecting foods.  From breads, to ketchup, to salad dressings, some type of sweetener is typically lurking among the ingredients.

Because sweeteners come in a variety of forms and by several names, they can be difficult for consumers to spot.  However, the name of one of the most habitual offenders is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). [Read More…]


6 Steps To Reduce Your Child’s Sugar Intake

by Landon Gilfillan on September 10, 2015

6 Steps To Reduce Your Child's Sugar Intake

Not An Easy Task

I don’t know about you, but it is very frustrating to me that at every turn there is sugar being offered to my child, and usually without my knowledge.  And now that two of my kids are in school, it’s an almost daily occurrence, which is ridiculous to me.

They’re offered cupcakes on every classmate’s birthday, candy for good behavior and other rewards, cookies and other sweet treats at snack time, a table full of sweets at every holiday, treat bags for parties, and the list goes on and on!  What’s a mother to do???

As I mentioned in the previous post, removing sugary foods from our children’s (and maybe our own) diet is not an easy task, nor is completely removing it realistic in this day and age (obviously!)  HOWEVER, simple and effective measures can be taken to help them “detox” from the sugary concoctions that can very easily make up the majority of their daily caloric intake.

Here is my list of suggestions, starting from the top of the morning to the end of the day: [Read More…]


The War On Sugar & Your Children’s Health

by Landon Gilfillan on September 9, 2015

The War On Sugar & Your Children's Health

Sweetness = Love

This is how Elson M. Haas, author of The Detox Diet, summarizes the relationship between sugar and those following the typical Western diet, children in particular.

Sugar has become a vehicle of love, a messenger of happiness and good times.  Children have learned to equate dessert and sweets with rewards and treats, be it for good behavior or a sign of affection, or as a celebratory fare.  Think of any holiday or festive event, and you are sure to find sugar as a shining star on the dining room stage.

Sadly, these regular and oftentimes, exaggerated practices may be setting our children up for physical and psychological addictions that will not only effect them when they are young but for the rest of their life. [Read More…]


Do You Detox?

by Landon Gilfillan on September 3, 2015

Do You Detox

How To Select The Proper Cleanse

Selecting the proper cleanse and detox program for each individualized person may determine the success (or failure) of the detox program.  In The Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, he first suggests meeting with a naturally-oriented professional practitioner, medical doctor, or nutritionist to assess your overall health and nutritional needs.

Examining your symptoms, health history, current lifestyle, and discussing current goals will all help determine the proper course you need to take. [Read More…]


Four Simple Steps To Lifelong Health

by Landon Gilfillan on September 2, 2015

Four Key Lifestyle Factors

In his book, The Detox Diet, Elson M. Haas discusses four key lifestyle factors to eating and living in a way that creates and supports health, vitality, and longevity.  Though his book heavily stresses the importance of detoxing the body, he simplifies a healthy lifestyle with the following factors.

These four factors include following a nontoxic diet, exercising and stretching regularly, getting good rest and sleep, and taking a great attitude towards life.  With each of these components in place, a person could conceivably lower their chances of battling the diseases and other illnesses that plague our society, along with enjoying a vibrant existence. [Read More…]


DeToxing Your Kitchen

by Landon Gilfillan on September 1, 2015

Detoxing Your Kitchen

Too Close To Home

The quality of food and drink that you put in your body is obviously very important to your health, but what some people overlook as are their surroundings.  Toxins are unfortunately all around us and can be found surprisingly close to home (i.e. IN your home.)

For example, toxins are abundant in household cleaning products, personal products, the water you may drink, and even in your kitchen and your clothes.

However, by using a handful of inexpensive ingredients, incorporating a few simple practices, and by becoming mindful about what you purchase and use in your home, you can decrease your toxic load immensely.  And thankfully these days, the more “natural” products work just as well (if not better) than the chemically-loaded ones! [Read More…]


Do Fresh Juices Support Cleansing?

by Landon Gilfillan on August 31, 2015

Do You Juice?

Do You Juice?

Using fresh juices to support a cleansing or detox diet is one of the best ways to aid your body in its natural cleansing process while providing readily accessible nutrients.  Elson M. Haas, author of The Detox Diet, uses the term “congested” to describe a body that is clogged and backed up with toxins. [Read More…]


Pay More. Eat Less. Live Long.

by Landon Gilfillan on August 30, 2015

Pay More. Eat Less. Live Long.

Would You Pay More To Eat Less?

“Pay more, eat less” is another catchy, yet impactful phrase that Michael Pollan uses in his book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. This phrase seems simple enough, but the truth behind its meaning is more rich than one may think.

Firstly, as discussed throughout his book, Pollan discusses how other cultures – the French and the Italians, for example – spend way more on their food than Americans, sometimes doubling the amount. These people value the importance of food not only for their health but for their social impact as well. [Read More…]


Eat Mostly Plants, Especially Leaves

by Landon Gilfillan on August 29, 2015

Eat Plants, Mostly Leaves

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

This phrase beautifully sums up the context of Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. While he elaborates on this phrase throughout the course of the book, Pollan awards the shining star of the food chain to plants, especially leaves.

During the travels of Weston A. Price, dentist and nutrition aficionado, he discovered that multiple people groups survived and thrived off an endless diversity of foods.  There was no “one diet fits all” superstar among those he studied.  However, what Price did notice was that a “common denominator of good health” was found in those who ate fresh foods and plants grown from soils rich in nutrients (see the above link for more of his findings).

The general consensus of nutrition experts and nutrition scientists alike is to “eat more plants”.  Of course, there is much complexity in this simple phrase since plants are complex organisms.  They are made up of a myriad of nutrients and components, making them the superstars for omnivores and herbivores alike.

However, to simplify things just a bit, Pollan discusses a few attributes that highlight the power of these green giants. [Read More…]