Our Cookie Conundrum: How We Support Scout Values Without Sacrificing Our Own

You can hear the buzz in office hallways, coffee shops, restaurants, classrooms, teachers’ lounges, shopping malls, and social streams –  “OH MY GAWD IT’S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME!!!!!” The hype has hit fever pitch as die-hard cookie fans are busily working a Do-Si-Do column into their biweekly budgets.  Restaurants are working them into fancy dessert […]

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Pets Peeved: Sneaky Additives In Pet Foods

People dye their white dogs various colors…I don’t know why…It kind of freaks me out, like Rob Corddry in clown makeup.  All I ask is, if you’re gonna freshen up Fifi’s look for the season, please use natural, non-petroleum dyes. I recently found out that some of us well-meaning pet owners are unknowingly dying our […]

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Petrol Peas: Food Coloring Hidden In Shelf Staples

Remember when everyone was talking about using vegetables to run cars a few years back?  Well, they didn’t realize how close we already were in this country to making that dream come true.  The technology was always readily available, cheap, and neatly packaged – in the canned vegetable aisle of the grocery store, and in […]

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Life On The Other Side Of The Rainbow: How Food Coloring Elimination Changed Our Child’s Behavior

As a follow-up to my inaugural post Why I’m Over This Rainbow, I want to share how our family life has changed since we ditched the synthetic food coloring.  Since our food coloring elimination in late July 2011, our child’s behavior has changed in several very noticeable ways.  She’s doing a little better in school, […]

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One Moveable Feast: Serve Up Organic Meals Without Blowing Your Budget

I’ve been interested in the effects of nutrition on the human body since I wrote a paper on porotic hyperostosis for my college anthropology course.  I’m fascinated with how local food supplies translate into cultural and physical characteristics, how past cultures survived, and how they just figured things out.  Unfortunately, my own evolution was a […]

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Food Mood: Do Adults Need Behavior Charts Too?

Recently I was asked by a parent how she could start logging her child’s food intake and daily behavior.  I gave her a suggestion that was passed on to me by another mom of a dye-sensitive kid – include your child’s school behavior charts in your 2-week analysis.  Then analyze behavior charts again after eliminating […]

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