I love Thanksgiving with a hungry, starving, "why don't I have a piece of pumpkin pie in front of me right now?!" passion. Delicious food, time with family and friends, fond memories being made. What is there not to love?! As a vegan, I could see though how this might... Read more
By Bridget Welch, LMT
Right here in the greater Tallahassee area many children just beginning elementary school are having trouble concentrating and falling asleep in class because they are not getting enough to eat. The average poverty rate in Florida is about 14 percent. In the Big Bend region, the poverty rate is about 20 percent!
“We’re trying to shine the light on hunger as an epidemic,” says Jessica N. Jackson, Development Director of Second Harvest. Second Harvest has programs to feed the hungry of all ages in their 11 county service area.
In an interview with... Read more
By Paul Rutkovsky
Compost Community is a relatively new small business that Tallahassee can’t do without. Since March of 2013, Sundiata Ameh-El has been providing a much needed service in the Big Bend region–composting. Sundiata collects organic waste materials from our residential kitchens, restaurants, and other businesses that normally dump compostable matter into the landfill. Becoming aware as a community that composting is a necessity, not a frivolous hobby, will go a long way towards reducing our wasteful habits. We generally don’t think about putting banana peels or any... Read more
The promise of mountains of candy on Halloween night can put a twinkle in one's eye but later on, a pain in my belly. I have no self control when it comes to sweets so I always have to fight the urge to binge on our candy stash. Granted, in our household we pick out the vegan candies to save for munching on so our edible stash is not too big, but we still have tons of non-vegan candies left over. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to put those uneaten sweets to good use while sparing yourself and your kiddos the All Saints Day belly ache. Be it that you and your kiddos have to pass on... Read more
By Crystal Wakoa
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are concerned about the possibility of salmonella contamination in our eggs. Good news, right? If the concern was genuine, it would be. But once again, the agencies, under the guise of protecting your food, are just making it harder for organic egg farmers who provide outdoor access to their chickens to stay in business.
Studies show that confining chickens to cages, the presence of flies, and large flock sizes pose the greatest risks for salmonella contamination. The... Read more
After reading up on the amazing benefits of chia seeds, I bet you were itching to put these little bits of health wonder to use! These babies are high in Omega-3’s, fiber, calcium and manganese so it would do your body good to find some ways to sneak them in every day. But if you’re like me, sometimes it can be hard to come up with creative ways to incorporate these super foods into your diet. Fret not! Here are 5 super simple ways you can reap the benefits of chia seeds.
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It's fall in North Florida and what a wonderful thing that is! This is one of my favorite times of year to get outdoors and take advantage of all the fun this little city has to offer and October does not disappoint when it comes to filling up the calendar.
After months of unbearable summer heat and hearing the constant hum of cicadas, there is a promise of cooler days to come here in town! Although Starbucks’ attempted to will fall sooner by serving up pumpkin spice lattes over a month ago, the true beginning to fall was Sunday, September 22nd. For the first time in what seems like ages, the weather got the memo and has been acting fall-ish! But living in a part of the country... Read more
By Gretchen Hein
Sweets, yum, yum! Rare is the person without a sweet tooth. With an abundance of alternative sweeteners, sweet treats no longer need be empty calories that send you off on a sugar high and then drop you into a crash. While processed sugars have been stripped of their fiber, vitamins and minerals, numerous natural alternatives are available.
These alternatives retain their nutrients, some of which help the body metabolize sugars. Natural sweeteners are usually absorbed more slowly into the blood stream thus avoiding those highs and lows I mentioned earlier.... Read more
When I saw that chubby little baby manatee right under our canoe on a recent trip down the Wakulla River, I’m almost certain I squealed with delight! I, along with my husband and kiddo, had just set off from the shore when a fisherman nearby told us there were two manatees under the bridge. As we floated over the pitch black water, made so dark by the bridge shadow, a huge floating brown... Read more