First baby foods guidelines: Unless advised by a knowledgeable practitioner that you trust, avoid solids until 5 - 6 months. The best first baby foods include iron rich foods such as liver, not rice cereal! Avoid jarred baby foods; homemade is easy and healthier Introduce potential allergens such dairy, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, and tree nuts sooner rather than later, since early introduction can protect against … [Read more...] about What Are The Best First Baby Foods?
My blog on stocking a home remedy kit has been one of my most widely read posts, so a few years back I wrote about how to stock a holistic travel remedy kit. Now, on a round the world trip with my family, I’m adding a travel first aid kit to that list. While I still stand by those initial recommendations, I thought you might like to have a peek inside my kit today...see what I could have left at home and what I wish I’d … [Read more...] about What’s In My Travel First Aid Kit
It’s no secret, I’m a planner. When it came to having a baby, I dove deep into research about birth and all the gear I would need. When we decided to pack up to travel for over a year, I became obsessed with figuring out the logistics. Where we would go, what we would bring, and the best travel bags in which to pack it all. Fair warning: you are going to get an intimate look at the inside of my brain, and it may not be … [Read more...] about Choosing The Best Travel Bags For Our Around the World Trip
Doesn't it feel like a miracle when you discover the perfect gluten free pizza crust or loaf of bread? One of the undeniably sad things about a gluten free diet is the lack of truly delicious baked goods. So when my friend, Carly, told me about her satisfying experience eating her way through cafes and patisseries in Paris (sans gluten!), I knew you'd love to hear all about it too...bon appétit! ~Emily I was sitting in the … [Read more...] about How To Eat Gluten Free In Paris
When we said yes to around the world travel with kids, we certainly created a project for ourselves. On a basic level, we needed to determine an itinerary to fill our 15 month journey. We knew we would have three months in Latin America followed by seven weeks back in the U.S. to attend a few work events. We planned to head to Southeast Asia for six months after that and then possibly end our trip exploring southern Europe. … [Read more...] about Dialing In Our World Travel Style
I’ve blogged in the past about travel vaccines and what to pack in your travel remedy kit, but to be honest, the thought of doing any extended travel with kids seemed like a horrible idea. I barely wanted to take them to the grocery store let alone endure plane delays, language barriers, and foreign microbes. So how did I get here - packed and ready to go for over a year of travel around the world with kids and my … [Read more...] about Travel Around The World With Kids – How Did This Happen?!?
Over the years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with meal planning. Love the organization of healthy meal planning, but hated feeling like my life was so…regimented and inflexible. So I begged my uber geeky husband to help me out and create a meal planning tool that works for my real, imperfect, and often chaotic life – and yours too. Speaking of planning, are you feeling the spring itch to detox? In Chinese … [Read more...] about Start Healthy Meal Planning, Ditch The Detox
You know what's worse than breaking down and binging on too much sugar? The few days or weeks afterwards when you're stuck in a cycle of dependence and disgust with sweets. Perhaps you have no idea what I'm talking about. Or perhaps you feel like I can read your mind. But either way, this green detox soup is my go-to favorite when I'm in need of something both nurturing and cleansing. Green detox soup is the perfect antidote … [Read more...] about Green Detox Soup
When beginning yoga in Philadelphia in the 90’s, there were no special outfits and way fewer gurus. We got together in converted garages and living rooms wearing old clothes to sweat, breathe, and find some inner peace. It was during this time I learned how to stand up straight and quiet my mind by simply focusing on breath – two skills that have transformed my life for the better. I also discovered that I was super … [Read more...] about Beginning Yoga: Three Lessons For The Ultra Bendy
Worried about radiation exposure? Accidents at nuclear powder plants – like the one in Fukushima – might have you avoiding seafood from the West coast. But before you put on your radiation suit, it’s important to understand what radiation is and how it affects you. Nuclear Radiation 101 Before you put on your radiation suit, it's important to understand what radiation is and how it affects you. The most common radioactive … [Read more...] about Protect Yourself From Radiation Exposure With One Commonsense Step
When it comes to the natural supplements my family takes, I like to take a minimal approach – using real food as the foundation for good health and filling in where the body might need a little extra help. This rule especially applies to kids. On the daily (well, ok, a few times per week), I mix up a concoction of cod liver oil and a few other supplements for my kids. Over the past eight years, I've gotten some good … [Read more...] about Tested Tricks For Getting Kids To Take Natural Supplements
A favorite side dish around these parts is my newest and best Spanish rice recipe. You many be thinking…it’s just rice, right? But cooked up with bone broth, smothered in butter or coconut oil, seasoned with savory flavors, and finished with fermented fish sauce – my picky kids devour this stuff while I sit by, thrilled they are eating my secret superfood. See, homemade stock (unlike the kind you buy in the store) is packed … [Read more...] about How To Make My Best Spanish Rice Recipe