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Rearview mirror | What we learn from reaching (or not) a goal

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It's definitely wintry in Ann Arbor, and our seasonal diet has shifted from the cool leafy salads and quickly grilled foods of summer to heartier root veggies and slowly simmered soups and stews. Everything seems to slow down and turn inward at this time of year, which makes late fall/early winter a perfect time to reflect on the year gone by and think about the one ahead. I've been looking ...
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Come up to the lab…

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If your mind immediately filled in that blank with "and see what's on the slab," you're proof that campy movies never die. THAT one has been entertaining college students since I was 10 years old. And what place, you might be thinking, does The Rocky Horror Picture Show have in a blog post on health, especially a post that ought to be focusing on either how to create a healthy Thanksgiving meal...
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Oxymorons, their opposite … and hot breakfast

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If you're a working mom ... ha, what is the opposite of an oxymoron? I mean, if an oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two seemingly opposite ideas (living death, seriously funny, deafening silence) for greater effect, what's the opposite of that? "Working mom" really is the opposite—it's two words that are so similar in meaning that it's almost too redundant: all mothers work, whet...
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Fl!p Your (Airbnb) K!tchen

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Airbnb has been around since 2008, and as usual, I'm a late adopter—this summer's trip to Scotland was my first time taking advantage of it. From Edinburgh to Inverness to Glasgow, then back through Edinburgh to London, we've stayed at five different Airbnb flats and had five Airbnb "experiences." They've all been unique, and they've all been wonderful. Part of what I love about staying in a...
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Are you in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood?

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Let's take a look at the business side of health coaching for a minute. As a business owner, I spend a fair amount of time networking, and in networking groups—as in business—it's vital to know who your "target market" is and to narrow your focus—your "niche"—down to a very specific group of people whom you serve. There are entire books written about the topic, whole classes and webinars dev...
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Pet Lessons

Is it really possible that Spring has sprung in Michigan finally? This past winter really felt endless—more so than others for some reason. And yet, thanks to a new furbaby we acquired in October, I have spent at least an hour (sometimes two) outdoors every day. I joke that Kermit and I are even more reliable than the US Postal Service, whose unofficial creed—adapted from a poem and carved i...
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Spring detox (further proof that I’m so basic?)

I love tulips: I love their beautiful simplicity, the fact that they herald the arrival of Spring, the variety of colors they come in, the fact that the financial health of an entire country rose and fell on their backs. (Do they have backs? They certainly bend over rather quickly once put in a vase. Anyway, you can read all about the tulip empire in Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire.)  Imagine...
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April’s FREE health coaching webinar is on Wednesday!

Just a quick heads up: April’s FREE health coaching webinar is going to introduce you to what I call the DR/EAM process—a way to stop playing best supporting actress in everyone else’s lives and star in your own (life) movie! Register to get details of April event and notices of upcoming webinars. If you can’t make the live event, a replay/recording is always posted after the fact.
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#healthcoachvacation

Roadtrip 2018
When I was growing up, it seemed as though my vacations never lined up with those of my parents, who taught at a small liberal arts college. There may have been some outcry about this in the community because one year, the college switched which week it was on break ... and the public schools did, too, with the result that we were still off different weeks, just in reverse order! This March,...
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Why should I clear my (virtual) plate?

I recently had the honor of interviewing the lovely Dr. Fiona Lovely of the Not Your Mother's Menopause podcast and Facebook community. We talked a lot about bringing peace to busy women in what can be a stressful time in our lives, and we took a crack at making hormones make sense! You can listen to the interview here: please note that there is a lead of about 1:15 before the recording beg...
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SOUL food | Organic

This is the second post in the SOUL food series—you can find the first one at SOUL food | Seasonal. "Organic" has a lot of meanings—perhaps the most familiar in today's world is its reference to foods grown without synthetic inputs (that's right, organic farmers can use pesticides and herbicides—but they cannot be synthetically derived) using farming methods that integrate cultural, biologica...
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Overwhelmed in the kitchen?

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Join me Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30pm at Argus Farm Stop on Packard for a hands-on introduction to meal planning. Argus is a next-generation farmers' market whose mission is to to grow our local agricultural economy. How? By providing a place where local farms can sell locally-grown produce and other goods conveniently to consumers—year round! Fl!p Your K!tchen is a natural fit for Argus's b...
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SOUL food | Seasonal

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As I mentioned at the end of last year, my focus has been shifting from helping clients with their SOLE foods—the seasonal, organic, local, and ethical foods that I recommend underpin your eating choices, no matter where you fall on the spectrum between vegan and omnivore—to supporting them in the area of SOUL foods—all the other parts of our lives that nourish us...or don't. If you want to try...
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SOLE food | SOUL food

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At the end of 2016, I shifted my health coaching practice from focusing almost entirely on secondary foods—what we put in our mouths—to primary foods—everything else in our lives that nourishes us (or doesn't). I also set a goal of blogging once a week rather than once a month (or so) and sending my post out by email to my list. It's been a year since then, and I'm happy to report I am one week...
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Do you really need another blender?

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My biz bestie, Holly Southerland of Waco Home Organizers, recently sent a note of encouragement to her email list about FOMO (fear of missing out) and doing a "digital detox" by unsubscribing from email lists and unfollowing on social media. You might laugh at her description of how we end up with three blenders—and you might just shed a secret tear because, um, you have three blenders yourself...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Helpline

Have you downloaded the Fl!p Your K!tchen Thanksgiving 2017 recipe packet yet? If you have and you have questions about the recipes or the strategy that will help you cook most of your meal ahead so you can spend your day with your loved ones, join me on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 for an updated version of the Butterball Hotline! Because I'm all about planning in advance, it's happening TOMO...
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SOLE food | Your nickel’s worth

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This is the final post in the SOLE food series, in which we stepped away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focused again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—...
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SOLE food | Ethical

This month, we’re stepping away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focusing again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—it also has a cascade of other good habi...
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SOLE food | Local

This month, we’re stepping away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focusing again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—it also has a cascade of other good habi...
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SOLE food | Organic

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This month, we’re stepping away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focusing again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—it also has a cascade of other good habi...
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SOLE food | Seasonal

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This month, we're stepping away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focusing again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—it also has a cascade of other good habi...
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Belly up to the [fill in the blank] bar

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It's a gray early Sunday morning in Ann Arbor—even I sleep in most Sundays (sometimes even as late as 7am :) ), but today is my first 5K—nope, just walking—and that's a story for another day.... As spring slips away and summer comes into full swing, we're playing "the single parenting game" at my house—this happens annually for anywhere from 2–4 months at a time. You can read more about this in...
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Life: rewind, fast forward, or play?

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Have you ever noticed how when you're paying attention, you see "coincidences" everywhere? Last week, I had two acquaintances, both of whom have colored their hair for years, start conversations about how they were considering letting their hair go gray. It is a momentous, agonizing decision for them. Full disclosure: I went gray at 35 and never even considered coloring—maybe because I'm too ch...
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Crazy Wisdom covers release of FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN

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Thanks to Crazy Wisdom Journal for covering the release of Fl!p Your K!tchen and to the Crazy Wisdom tea shop and store in downtown Ann Arbor for carrying the cookbook! You can pick up a copy of the journal in many retail locations around Ann Arbor or read the article online. A few corrections/clarifications I'd like to point out about the article: The comment about cooking class st...
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Fill Your Plate | Feed Your Life

One of the fundamental principles of Integrative Nutrition® health coaching is that we are not only nourished (or toxified) by the food we put in our mouths—our secondary foods; we are equally (perhaps even more so) nourished or toxified by our primary foods: the relationships, work, physical activity, spiritual practice, sleep habits, etc. that we choose to embrace. I love the work of Gene...
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A (video) taste of the Fl!p Your K!tchen™ project

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You can now order Fl!p Your K!tchen! More details about the book can be found on the blog. And check out this beautiful video created by Christian O'Grady and Victoria Zegler of FYT Productions and featuring some of the splendid photos of Chuk Nowak, the cookbook design by Sean McDonald, and "my" farmers, Tomm Becker of Sunseed Farm and Salomon Jost of Salomon Gardens. And now it's time to ....
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Baby Step #11 | SOLE Kitchen

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This is the eleventh of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12 ...
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Supper + Support | Spring 2017 series open for registration

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do you need a new cooking/eating + life style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Are there other lifestyle choices you want to make? Do you need support to make the shift/s happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health ...
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Guest Blogger | A Full Circle: The Conclusion from Growth to Ground

Part of my Fl!p Your K!tchen™ system encourages you to minimize the amount of food wasted in your household. There are plenty of ways to “flip” your ingredients, but if they’ve really passed the point of no return (points to you if you got the Andrew Lloyd Weber reference), don’t throw them out! Whether you live in an apartment or have a spacious lot, I encourage you to learn to compost. Today’s g...
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The buzz in the kitchen

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Seventeen years ago, I spent Labor Day in labor: Happy 17th Birthday to my firstborn! This year, I'm spending Labor Day weekend on the final revision of Fl!p Your K!tchen. If my third "child" turns out anywhere near as smart, funny, and beautiful as my first, I will consider it time well spent! Just now, the buzz in my head is probably due to an overdose of caffeine, but I wanted to share with ...
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The 101st Way to Cook Zucchini

It's that time of year - when gardeners start leaving "gifts" of zucchini on their neighbors' doorsteps in the middle of the night so they can't be refused.... This recipe uses zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and basil, all of which are abundant at the farmers' markets and CSA boxes just now. Try to find zucchini and tomatoes that are approximately the same diameter. ingredients 2 T olive...
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Why farmers go organic

Ever since we lived near (actually, right next door to!) the farmers' market in Torrance, I've loved supporting local small farmers. Moving to Ann Arbor gave me the chance to connect with local growers on an even deeper level and learn a lot from them about how and why they grow their crops in a sustainable fashion that doesn't harm - and even helps - the environment and nourishes our physical wel...
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Join me for the Fl!p Your K!tchen Launch Party!

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Join me for the launch party of my Fl!p Your K!tchen book – I can’t wait to share it with you! Signed copies will be available for purchase. If you preordered, you can pick your copy up that evening as well. It's FREE – if you're coming, you'll need to make a reservation. Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4-6pm GO Where Meetings Matter: 4735 Washtenaw Avenue | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 &...
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Share the love!

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FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN How to cook 21 meals a week from scratch (without spending your life in the kitchen) Cookbook, cooking class, and time management tool all in one, Fl!p Your K!tchen creates a system by which you can easily put three made completely from scratch meals a day on your table and in your lunchbox. Discover how to establish and cook from a whole foods pantry…and why you should b...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Cookbook update

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What's New + Good? Lots! In fact, so much that I couldn't wait to share some of my good news about the progress of the cookbook and express my gratitude to those who have helped create it. Let's start with the stunning picture above! Chuk Nowak of Chuk Nowak Photography is responsible for the beautiful photos you'll see in the book - I was a bit nervous about my simple cooking standing up ...
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“But I’m not the cook…” | Supper + Support

When I was studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I often envied my single, childless classmates: as we were introduced to a large number of dietary theories - from veganism to the meat-centric Atkins plan, from high carb to low carb, from high-protein to low protein, etc. - the institute's staff frequently reminded us that no one theory was right for everyone and that we should expe...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Cookbook now available for pre-order!

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Drum Roll, please! The Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook is now available for preorder - at a special price! Part cookbook, part cooking class, part time management coach, Fl!p Your K!tchen will teach you how you can – and why you might want to – cook and eat at home on a regular basis. Visit the pre-order page! Cover design by Sean McDonald | Photo by Chuk Nowak
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Join me at the Local Food Summit!

Registration is now open for the 8th Anuual Homegrown Local Food Summit, which will be taking place Monday, February 15 at Washtenaw Community College. This year's theme is "Local Food for Everyone." If you've ever taken one of my cooking classes or gone on one of my retreats, you know how much I love local food and the farmers who feed my family - and how much I urge you to support the local f...
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Taking it back to the basics

Fl!p Your K!tchen, the cookbook, will be published in time for the Holidays in 2016, and there are a number of ways you can come along with me on the publishing journey! One option is to purchase a subscription to an online introduction of Fl!p Your K!tchen™ - for yourself or as a gift for the Holidays 2015! Another option, if you live in the Ann Arbor area, is to take some hands-on cooking cl...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Subscribe to the online course!

Woohooo - my Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook will be published in time for the Holidays 2016! Why am I telling you this a year in advance? Because there's something you can do for the Holidays 2015 as well! The book not only provides simple recipes for home-cooked meals from whole, healthful ingredients – it also introduces my Fl!p Your K!tchen™ system, which teaches you how to create 21 meals a wee...
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Health is a journey – be sure to carry a map!

Before I work with a client, we have what I call a YOURstory session (like a history, but a little less gendered and a bit more personal!), an opportunity to reflect on their health - past, present, and future. One question I ask during this session seems to throw a lot of people: "At what point in your life did you feel best, and why do you think that is/was so?" For some, it's difficult because...
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Take Good Care: Mapping Your Way to Wellness

I hope you'll join me for a new workshop I'm presenting together with Su Hansen! $100/person, sliding scale available - call to register: 310-892-9485 or register and prepay below. full price - $100 per person 3/4 price - $75 per person 1/2 price - $50 per person The fine print: Payment in full is due by the day of the workshop.  If you decide not to attend, please do so by close of b...
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What if you threw a party…and nobody came?

When I was a caterer (in the years BC – before children), my husband would often watch me preparing madly for a party and comment, “What if they throw this big party and nobody shows up?” Luckily for me – not so much for the hosts – my contracts required at least 50 percent of the payment up front, so in most cases, my ingredients and labor for the prep staff were covered. This question came bac...
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Nourish Yourself for Fall…and into the Future!

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. JOIN US IN APRIL FOR OUR SPRING MINI-RETREAT. Full price - $200 per person 3/4 price - $150 per person 1/2 price - $100 per person The fine print: Payment in full is due by the day of the workshop.  If you decide not to attend, please do so by close of business on September 27, and we will return your payment minus a $25 cance...
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A “Knight Out” in the Kitchen!

Join me at Knight's Family Kitchen for our fall cooking classes - we meet the first and third Wednesday of every month! Classes run from 6:00-8:00pm – arrive at 5:45 for drinks & appetizers! To register for a class and get Knight's updates on upcoming events, visit Knight's Family Kitchen's website. Registration now open for the first two classes: September 2 – Knife Skills + Safety Have y...
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Announcing a New Collaboration!

I'm thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Knight's Family Kitchen! Happy for the opportunity to reach a broader audience with my services in partnership with Angela Knight, who is a real kindred spirit. Sharing Knight's announcement below: As Knight’s Family Kitchen approaches our one-year anniversary of being open for business, we are thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Liza Ba...
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Your Harvest of Health

  What does Autumn mean to you? How do you prepare for the season with its ever-shorter days and the hibernation instinct lurking around the bend? This year, I'm collaborating with my colleague Paula Roelands on a retreat that can help you transform your life and take your health to a new level with a weekend of rest, relaxation, and life redesign: Greet and celebrate the energy of autum...
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New workshop: Spring into Healthy Eating + Positive Energy

I'm thrilled to be offering a new workshop in collaboration with Hands of Light Energy Healer Lucinda Kurtz from 11am-6pm on Sunday, May 3 - it promises to be a energizing and light-filled experience! Join us for a revitalizing day of healthful food and an opportunity to release old patterns that no longer serve you. Launch yourself on a new course of action by learning the basics of food selec...
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Flip Your Kitchen: Deconstructing Soup

…one of the biggest barriers we’re facing, in terms of people eating healthier food, is that most Americans don’t know how to cook that well. It is absolutely possible to eat well and cheaply and quickly from scratch, but you have to be a very skilled cook. ~Tracie McMillan Author of The American Way of Eating When I tell people I went to culinary school, a large percentage sighs, “Oh, I would ...
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Why eat off the grid?

There are plenty of documentaries and books out there about health and its relationship to our food system, and of course, some are better researched and better made/written than others. My favorites tend to be the ones that manage to give a balanced view of an issue rather than veering into polemic, those that avoid self-indulgence and self-righteousness on the part of the creator in favor of pro...
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Eating in Season – Join the Challenge!

My favorite part of summer? That's easy: the incredible amount of fresh, locally-grown produce available in most places. I'm lucky to live in Michigan, which surprisingly has the greatest variety of produce of any state except California (and given the drought there, we might soon be #1?). The western side of the state specializes in fruit orchards - apples and stone fruit predominate - and fresh ...
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