Cal-Mag – A Dynamic Duo!

Women duo working out together like calcium & magnesium

There have been countless TV commercials over the years talking about calcium and how it is important for strong bones and teeth.  Calcium is the primary mineral in your bones, which hold more than 99% of the calcium stored in the human body.  Since the body is constantly regenerating bone tissue it is important to […]

Inflammation Much?

Inflammation much?

Inflammation.  I’m talking about the kind of inflammation you can’t see or necessarily feel (directly) but according to studies, inflammation may be the cause of many different diseases and conditions.  So What Is Inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: All About Allspice!

Contrary to popular belief, allspice is not actually a blend of different spices. Allspice is actually a berry that comes from the “Pimenta dioica” tree, native to Jamaica and other areas of the West Indies as well as Southern and Central America. You can find allspice in the dried berry form, or as a ground […]

Dinner Diva: Shopping Cart Envy

Shopping cart in front of cold cases

What you’re about to read is based on a true story… About 2004 or 2005, I was shopping at my neighborhood grocery store (the new Harris Teeter in Wesley Chapel, NC) for the week. List in hand (well duh–I’m the Dinner Diva!), I had conquered the store and my cart was filled with all I […]

Vitamin D – The Bone Defender

Little girl enjoying sunlight in a field rimmed by trees

Vitamin D – The Bone Defender is a fat-soluble nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain healthy and strong bones.  It is also involved in several other bodily functions such as digestion, blood circulation, and the immune and nervous systems.  The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, so it […]

Dinner Diva: The Mindful Mug

White mug with "Mindful Mug" in red lettering.

There’s mindlessness and there’s mindfulness. They’re polar opposites of each other and when it comes to food, nutrition, and eating, mindlessness is basically autopilot, and being on autopilot is not where you want to be when it comes to nourishing your body. Don’t get me wrong, autopilot is awesome for things like mundane tasks around […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Tea or smoothies?
special herb for both)

Fresh mint is a common sight in the summertime and today you’re going to get a tip, a trick, and a recipe featuring this pretty little leaf! I have mint growing in my garden and let me tell you when you plant mint, you have mint for life! Really. Mint can take over so you […]

Fiber – Digestive Draino

The TV ads say that we need more fiber.  Doctors tell you that you need more fiber.  Product packaging promotes having more fiber than the other guys.  So what exactly is fiber and why should we care? Dietary fiber is a plant-based nutrient that passes through your digestive system relatively intact; it’s not digested into […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: High Fives for Fresh Chives

Chives belong to the allium family, making them close relatives to scallions, onions, leeks, and garlic. Chives have a mild oniony flavor with a slight hint of garlic, and a little goes a very long way. There are some great nutritional benefits to chives. They have antioxidant properties, can aid in digestion and they contain […]