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    Getting Unstuck

    robin shirley
    Nothing is more frustrating than feeling stuck - stuck in an emotional funk - stuck in a bad relationship - stuck in a health crisis - stuck in a draining career - and on and on. Nothing is going to get you out of that funk but change. Change in the way we look at —Read More

    3 Healthy Alternatives to Chemical Sunscreens

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    Once upon a time, I laid out with my friends in my backyard and slathered baby oil all over myself to get a glowing tan. Say what?!! Yep, that was me in my teens. Of course we all know better now. Or, do we? More than 2 million Americans develop skin cancer each year (NCI, —Read More

    Pineapple Mint Smoothie (Paleo, GF, DF) & Giveaway Winner

    Pineapple Mint Smoothie by Robin Shirley
    Congrats to Carolyn K! You have won the Kimchi Fermentation Kit and Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz! Please email us your mailing address to receive your prize. When you are drinking green smoothies on a regular basis, it's very important to rotate the greens and fruits that you're using. This is because all plants —Read More

    How to Ferment Your Veggies & a Giveaway

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    Before refrigeration or even ice, traditional people preserved their food. They found that if they added salt or whey, their bounties from the fields would last for extended periods of time. The diets of every traditional society have included some kind of fermented food. Think kimchi in Asia, sauerkraut in Europe and pickles and relishes —Read More

    Ginger Carrot Butternut Squash Soup (GF, DF, Paleo)

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    This past week I taught some healthy cooking classes at The Happy Cook in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of my repeat students reminded me about this soup recipe that I made for them a few years ago. I loved the soup but I haven't made it in ages! They all loved it when I made it —Read More

    3 Ways to Get the Vacation Effect at Home

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    Don’t you wish you could bottle that relaxed feeling you get on your first few days of vacation? Your brow becomes unfurrowed, your jaw relaxes, your shoulders come down a notch and all seems right with the world. We take vacations to escape, to explore, to unwind or to seek adventure. But what if you —Read More

    Strawberry Cupcakes (Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

    Strawberry Cupcakes by Robin Shirley - Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
    I look forward to strawberry season every year and it's finally here! Sadly I won't be near my parent's house this year to help pick from their strawberry patch, but I may try to find a pick-your-own farm near me - it's worth it for the taste of vine-ripened strawberries. But even if you are —Read More

    Blueberry Hemp Shake & Winner of the Superfood Giveaway

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    Congratulations to Rebecca T! You won our Superfood giveaway! Please contact us with your mailing address to receive your prize. Blueberry Hemp Shake We've been talking a lot about superfoods and superfood smoothies because we believe they are a really important component to anyone's diet - especially when you're trying to get your health back. This —Read More

    Superfoods 101 & Giveaway: Cacao, Maca and Bee Pollen!

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    What are superfoods? When you read a blog, turn on the news or flip through a magazine nowadays, you'll hear about Superfoods. But what is a "Superfood" and how does it nourish your body? Superfoods are foods that have extraordinary amounts of nutrients per calorie. For example, when you eat superfoods, you are getting more —Read More

    How To Make a Super-Nutritious Smoothie

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    With summer approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share some tips and tricks on making a nutritious smoothie.  Smoothies can be refreshing in hot weather, but more importantly, they nourish your body on a cellular level and can improve your health, your digestion and your immunity. Made properly, a smoothie can —Read More