Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.

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Vitamin D Protects Against Colds and Flu – Just one more reason to supplement with vitamin D if you live in an area that doesn’t see much sunshine this time of year.

Insulin, Not Cholesterol, is the True Culprit of Heart Disease – This is not new science but it might be new information to you. Insulin has always been a driving factor in heart disease and yet we continue to eat more sugar than our bodies can handle.

World’s First Clinical Trial Shows Diet Fights Depression – Not only does eating healthier make you happier, but studies have shown that it actually saves you money. Now if that’s not a reason to smile, I don’t know what is.

9 Right Ways to Go Gluten-Free – Yes, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go gluten-free. Also, can we talk about how clueless some restaurant workers are about gluten?! It’s shocking.

As Obesity Rises, Remote Pacific Islands Plan to Abandon Junk Food – Good for these Pacific island nations. Can you imagine what hell would break loose if the United States tried to abandon junk food as well?

10 Nutrients to Improve Thyroid Function – Proper nutrition is so important when it comes to thyroid health. Without a properly functioning thyroid, you’re just not yourself.

2 Toxic Fats to Avoid at All Costs – “I consider both of these forms of oil to be trash oils that no one in their right mind should be consuming under any circumstances. Ever.” Find out what they are by clicking on the link.

Is There a Dark Side of Ketosis? – Ultra-restrictive diets are leading some people to become orthorexic. Learn what you can do to chill out about it.

Modern Living is Killing Our Sense of Smell – All the pollution in the air is harming us in more ways than one. Who would have thought that it was killing our sense of smell. One scientist explains how and why.

Does Eating Extra Fat Make You Fat? – Jason Fung says the short answer to this question is “yes and no”. Huh? I was confused too but then I read this article and it makes a lot more sense now.

Healthy Food on a Budget – It’s not rocket science. And, in fact, it’s easier than you think to eat healthy food on a budget.

Health Authorities Continue to Fail Us – What if it’s all been a big fat lie? But your doctor continues to believe it and dish out the same dietary advice that clearly hasn’t been working for the last half-century.

I can’t believe it’s the last weekend in February. 2017 is going by so fast. Do you have anything fun and healthy planned for your weekend?

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What I Ate Wednesday is a food gawking link-up party created by Jenn and hosted by Laura and Arman each Wednesday. Join me as I share some things I ate.

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Hi. How’s it going? I was kind of feeling sorry for myself this past week and that needs to stop. A pity party every now and then is not a terrible thing but I do it too often. I was contemplating past decisions and my future and it was getting me down. So much so that I ate an entire pizza on Thursday night. Don’t worry. It was a gluten-free pizza from Capello’s. But still, overindulging due to feeling sorry for myself is not good. Even when the feelings of sorriness were self-induced. Or whatever.

But then I woke up Friday morning and realized that it was one year ago that day that I made a great decision that would change my life for the better. I was living on the island of Kauai and I decided that I’d had enough of island life. Spending five plus years with an unmotivated loser was getting me nowhere. I told my boss that I was leaving my kindergarten teaching job and I bought a one-way plane ticket back to the mainland. Decisions can be tough, but sometimes they’re for the best. And then I realized that my most recent decisions were for the best too. Even if they kind of don’t seem like it at the moment. Hurting people is never easy. And being hurt is just as bad.

I also recently decided that I might want to live in a tiny house in the Boise area complete with a vegetable garden. But that’s something for the future and I need to focus more on the present.

Speaking of the present. Here are some things I presently ate this past weekend.

I wasn’t feeling the flax bread this week so I’ve been having a fried egg with a cup of bone broth and tea.

Our temperatures have been warmer but it was still gloomy and rainy all weekend. So warm beverages were necessary.

For lunch I sauteed some red cabbage and kale in coconut oil and topped it with this new seasoning from Trader Joe’s. Plus ground beef on the side because it’s delicious.

I headed into work with a packed dinner. This included chicken salad made with Primal Kitchen Foods chipotle lime mayo that I wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Plus a bag of Epic pork rinds. I didn’t eat them all.

I also experimented with coconut butter, 88% dark chocolate, mac nuts and sea salt to create some type of candy thing.

Days are always better when they end with chocolate consumption, don’t you agree?

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Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.

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PUFA’s: The Worst Thing For Your Health That You Eat Everyday – I was dating this guy a while ago and saw canola oil and margarine in his house the first time I went over there. That was the end of our dating. So not only are PUFA’s bad for you, but they are a huge turn-off.

Health Benefits of Camping Now Include Major Sleep Improvements – Some of the best sleep I’ve ever gotten was when I was camping on Pismo Beach in California and Polihale State Beach on Kauai. I wouldn’t mind trying some mountain camping now that I’m in Idaho.

Blood Pressue, Vitamin D and the Sun – Sun exposure has numerous benefits yet we’re told to avoid it. If the sun makes plants grow healthy and strong, and a lack of sun makes plants die, then wouldn’t the same be true for all living things? Don’t shun the sun!

10 Tips for Teaching Kids to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food – This is so important because a lot of kids are super picky. I love the fifth suggestion because kids menus are full of crappy carbage. Kids can eat “adult food” instead of deep fried chicken fingers or mac & cheese and it won’t kill them.

5 Easy Exercises to Improve Posture – I need these exercises and chances are you do too.

Many Americans Unaware of Important Heart Health Numbers – Heart disease is preventable but most Americans don’t think twice about it. Do you know the risk factors and do you know your numbers?

How to Hack Jet Lag with Science – Travel is fun but experiencing jet lag after returning from your vacation is not.

MTHFR: What the Bleep is It? – Good question. Do you know about the MTHFR gene mutation? Do you have it? Here’s some important information for you if you’re curious about it.

Scientifically-Designed Fasting Diet Lowers Risk for Major Diseases – I would not be opposed to trying a fasting protocol for disease prevention. Perhaps I’ll give it a try someday.

10 Signs You Could Be Insulin Resistant – I see quite a few of these signs in so many people. Does that mean that we’re all walking around as insulin resistant time bombs?

One-Third of Slim Americans Have Pre-Diabetes  – Diabetes is not exclusive to those who are overweight and/or obese. Know your risks and know your numbers.

Low-Carb Diets Should be Reinstated as Pillars of Diabetes Control – A low-carb diet is great for diabetes prevention. Because, as the above article states, even slim people are at risk.

It finally feels like Spring where I’m at. But with that comes heavy rain all weekend long. Stay dry and enjoy some sunshine this weekend if you can.

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