5 Tricks for Getting Kids to Take Supplements

5 Tested tricks for getting kids to take supplements - Holistic Squid

When it comes to supplements, I like to take a minimal approach using real food as the foundation of good health and filling in where my 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 […]

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What Would Emily Do? (12/29 Edition)

What would Emily do? Q&A with Holistic Squid

My inbox runneth over with questions from readers wondering – What would Emily do –  about Real food and holistic health topics. I’ve created this Q&A to get your questions answered and for other folks to benefit from the answers too. Who am I to know the answers to your questions? I’m a holistic-minded mom, […]

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Chili Colorado

Chili Colorado - Holistic Squid

I tried to tell my husband and kids that this dish was a flop, but once they got a whiff of the delicious smell wafting out of the slow cooker, there was no way to fend them off of my precious chili colorado. Drat. Now I have to share. “Colorado” means red, so essentially this is red […]

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Simplifying Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Simplifying Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List - Holistic Squid

Crackling fires, festive time with family and friends, endless cookies, sparkling decorations, magical stories, mulled wine, and even jingly carols – Christmas can truly be the most wonderful time of the year. Or… You can get completely over-stressed and dragged into an obligatory present buying bonanza complete with stressful holiday parking, endless traffic, crowded malls, over-spending, […]

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3 Side Effects of Birth Control Pills Your Doctor Won’t Mention

A3 Side Effects of Birth Control Pills Your Doctor Won't Mention - Holistic Squid

First made available in the 1960’s, the birth control pill has played an important (though often controversial) role in the women’s liberation movement over the decades. These days, most women I know have taken ‘the pill’ for one reason or another – as pregnancy prevention, for painful or irregular periods, acne treatment, mood regulation, etc. Without much […]

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Too Poor to be Healthy?

Too poor to be healthy? - Holistic Squid

Have you seen the article about the unemployed, overweight woman in the UK who wants more government benefits in order to help pay for a healthier lifestyle? She asserts she can’t afford anything but junk food for her and her two children, and joining a gym would be out of the question for the same reason. I have […]

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Mastering Your Thanksgiving Feast

Mastering Your Thanksgiving Feast - Holistic Squid

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it’s time to plot and plan what you will serve, bring, or simply enjoy. This holiday has had an interesting (if not common) path throughout my life. As a kid, I have fond memories of big family celebrations at Aunt Betty’s house. Two turkeys roasting to perfection in […]

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes - Holistic Squid

Confession: I secretly love powdered instant mashed potatoes. I know, I know. Gross. I’m simply going to blame this on growing up in Pennsyltucky in the 80’s. Come holiday time, my poor grandma had to covertly peel and boil the real potatoes while hiding behind a box of Hungry Jack. And despite her best efforts, […]

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