Photography 102: Lighting

I've really started to take an interest in improving my photography lately, especially my lighting. Previously, I was shooting on our dining room table. Every time I took a shot, I had to move the table close to the window, and hope to goodness I didn't get reflections in the images I was taking!...more
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Coconut Water Sherbet + permission to eat ice cream for breakfast… if the mood strikes

Healthy dairy-free sherbet made with coconut water and sweetened with medjool dates. It’s soft, delicious and a perfect way to balance your electrolytes in the summer sun. I ate dairy for years after I knew it was affecting my health ....more

Make your smoothies lighter with this essential (inexpensive) base ingredient + new smoothie recipe and giveaway

Using this inexpensive ingredient as the base for your next smoothie lightens up your drink and boosts the health benefits without the added cost of superfood ingredients. In the end, it’s about swapping high sugar ingredients for low sugar ingredients and tea is a fabulous (healthy!) way to do this. Made from fermented leaves, herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots steeped in hot water, teas have high concentrations of antioxidants and chemical compositions that can potentially reduce inflammation, encourage healthy digestion and more ....more

Why counting calories for weight loss isn’t the answer + what I’m doing instead

Introduction to the new eating style I’ve been following for the last 14 days that has resulted in an 8 pound weight loss and a reduction in my body fat by 3%. I went on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in an effort to get my period back (more on this here, here + here). I got my period for the first time in 5 years, stayed on HRT for 8 months, gained 20 lbs and got up to a whopping 32% body fat ....more

The time I decided that chocolate donuts were the best “cookie” for a grain-free + vegan ice cream sandwich

Extra creamy dairy-free ice cream that’s sandwiched between two fudgy cake donuts. All gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free. Last week, I was in the kitchen (heh, when am I ever NOT in the kitchen?) with a plan ....more

This summer treat wreaks havoc on your life + what you can do about it

The FDA claims that it’s “safe” in low levels but it adds up quickly and can be hazardous to our health. BPA is an endocrine disruptor – a substance that interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body’s own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health ....more

The easiest way to remove 50 grams of sugar (why it’s the best idea ever) + a no-sugar summer drink recipe

The first step to jumping off the daily cravings train is to remove these 50 grams of sugar from your day. Lucky for us, it’s SO easy to do! I knew that Starbucks drinks had a lot of sugar, but I had no idea how much until I spent an afternoon perusing their nutrition facts ....more

Cast your vote and change the world

I’m tired of seeing people fall victim to corporate food industry. Artificial gunk is everywhere and it’s making us sick. Farm-to-table–three small words that signify a return to how civilization existed before the 1950s ....more

5 reasons why this holistic nutritionist no longer likes leafy greens in her smoothies (psst, it burns 10x the calories!) + a “green” smoothie recipe

Add this green super ingredient to your next smoothie and ditch the bloat, burn 10 times the calories and boost energy. No dark leafy greens required. I was in the mall last week frantically searching for a 25th birthday present for my little sister when I got distracted by Teavana and bought 500 grams of the newest summer teas (for myself) ....more

Win a Omega high-powered blender valued over $450 in celebration of Purely Pops

Enter to win a Omega BL630 high-powered blender in celebration of my newest digital cookbook, Purely Pops. My friends at Omega have been so good to us over the years. When they heard about my newest cookbook, they offered to send their top-of-the-line blender to one (lucky!) Healthful Pursuit reader ....more