Top 5 Health Posts of 2013

eat.play.love…more is 1 year old!

I am SO excited that this little expression of myself has grown so much in 2013 and for that I am SO grateful to you. I have got so many exciting plans for this blog in 2014 and I can’t wait to share them all with you…but you’ll have to wait cuz we all love surprises don’t we? As with anything, when someone (me) is passionate about something (eat.play.love…more) it so evident to those around (my family) that it’s contagious! “Mom? Is this going to be on your blog?” has become a regular question in our home. LOL …I thought it would be fun to look back on 2013 and thank you for making these 5 posts my top viewed posts:  

 #5 How Well Do You Know Your Turkey?

How well do you know your turkey? There aren’t that many times a year that our family enjoys a turkey dinner. Did you know that the majority of the 46 million turkeys consumed each year come from factory farms? Do you know the differences between a turkey raised on a factory farm, one raised free range and one raised organically?

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#4 Think Before you Drink THIS Tea    

Think Before you Drink THIS Tea Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world! The Chinese have been sipping green tea for centuries. I heart tea.  As with most modern day conveniences tea has become trendy. Tea shops are popping up everywhere and boxed tea abundantly lines the shelves of supermarkets, but have you ever wondered:  Is all tea created equally?

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#3 Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

Homemade Vitamin C GummiesI always have a few tricks up my sleeve to boost our immune systems this time of year (more of that to come in a future post), but for today I’d love to share with you my sneaky homemade Vitamin C gummies. They are super nutritious and delicious and the kiddies will love them!     

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#2 Why You Should Avoid ALL Products with THIS Ingredient  

Avoid all products with this ingredient The next time you buy any prepared or packaged food at your health food store or supermarket, check the label for Carrageenan. Simply put, carrageenan does to your intestines, what poison ivy does to your skin.  Carrenan is found in everything from ice cream (dairy and non dairy), chocolate milk, deli meats, canned soup, frozen prepared foods and baby formula!age You’d probably be horrified to find out that even many of your favorite organic brands add carrageenan to their products.

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#1 DIY Natural Food Coloring

DIY Natural Food Coloring The popularity of this post has blown my mind! It has been pinned over 4000 times! The chemical components of FD&C coloring are petroleum based and are known carcinogens. In fact the lab rats fed this stuff develop all sorts of problems from thyroid follicular cell hyperplasia to birth defects. Red Dye (allura) has even been linked to hyperactivity and attention difficulties in children!  I have a simple way to make your own food coloring using real food. 

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