The Age of Addiction. Why?

Cell phones, the internet, opioids, workaholism, all with steadily rising rates of anxiety and depression. What’s going on here?

America seems to be moving steadily down a rapidly darkening path, one of addiction, social isolation, anger, and general unhappiness. Why might this be?

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Wheat-Free Carrot Cake

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the subtle downturn in temperatures, though the air isn’t quite cold enough to prevent people from still wanting to be outdoors just yet. That smell in the air of something sharp, crisp, of leaves and chill.

The foliage- don’t even get me started. At least 20% of why I came back from Europe when I did. Sure, the leaves turn elsewhere around the world of course, but they don’t quite catch flame with the same vibrancy as here in New England. Leaf peppers are onto something (for those who haven’t heard that term, these are people who travel from all over the US during fall to revel in and spectate over the changing colors here in New England). I have yet to encounter anywhere else where the shades are as vivid as they are here. Guess I’ll have to do some more traveling to find such a place, or, just accept that back home is where it’s at in terms of autumn.

Autumn is the perfect time for thick books. A towering, layered, gripping plot, allowing it to suck you in and keep you hooked, blowing through the pages while (ideally) sitting in a cozy café, cuddling up on your couch in front of a roaring fire, or lounging in a park somewhere as red and orange leaves dance in the air above.

More awesomeness about autumn: the re-emergence of boots, scarves and wool coats (especially cute red ones- my top pick). A welcoming back of comfort foods- macaroni and cheese, butternut squash soup, carrot cake, pumpkin pie, stuffing, oh man. Don’t even get me started.

Speaking of carrot cake, this recipe is subtly spiced, fluffy and light, scrumptious to be sure.  All while it’s wheat/gluten-free, and lower in sugar than usual carrot cakes. It’s also easy to whip together.  Happy autumnal baking!

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Sleep is Critical to Our Well-being, and Most of Us Aren’t Getting Nearly Enough.

Turns out that more than two thirds of us are not getting the recommended eight hours of necessary sleep each night.  That probably doesn’t shock anyone. However, what may surprise you is the vast havoc and damage this wrecks upon all areas of your physical and mental health.

There is not one major organ in the body, or process in the brain, that isn’t optimally enhanced by sleep (or, detrimentally impaired when we don’t get enough).

Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset and heal our brain and body health every day, even more so than diet and exercise.

Shocked?  Read on for more.

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Lasagna

Hi all,

Happy healthy eating, with the upcoming warm weather, as well as in celebration of health in general, regardless of temperature or time of year!  This one is homey, cheesy, delicious, and yet, it’s without any grains or gluten.  It’s to-die-for-delicious though.  Skeptical?  Try it yourself.  We make this one almost every week, it’s that good.  It may just become a staple in your home too!

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Tempeh Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl

This umami inducing, oh-so-scrumptious and satisfying, totally-hits-the-spot entree is one on which you will soon be hooked.  It’s also incredibly healthy, made with a base of quinoa (gluten/grain-free, as this is actually a seed), scallions, red cabbage, marinated tempeh, and then though not pictured, I recommend it topped with a fried egg.  SO good, a cinch to make, and with flavors that pack a punch.

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Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes

Man, oh man, are these fluffy, moist, and totally tasty.  Super easy to make, and I was stunned of their texture being exactly the same as any other cupcake.  One cannot tell the difference between these and cupcakes made with flour.  Thus, why not then make the healthier cupcake, if there is no sacrifice of taste?  Your body and health will thank you for it 🙂

Gluten-free/grain-free, lactose-free, and with only honey used for sweetener, these are a cupcake you can feel far better about eating!

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Gluten free and Low Sugar Chocolate Cheesecake

Happy Wednesday, all!

This chocolate cheesecake is the perfect guilt-free (or nearly ;-)) treat.  Made with no added sugar (honey aside), its gluten free (sans crust), though is decadent and delicious.  Swirled through with Greek yogurt and bittersweet chocolate.  This is a cheesecake you can feel significantly better about eating, as opposed to the traditional versions (which are far more laden with sugar, usually with a gluten-based crust, and more fat).

Here is how to make it!

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Olive Oil Cake

This one is lightly sweet, springy in texture, and just delectable.  Though not gluten-free, it is lactose-free and, while not especially low in sugar, isn’t over the top either.  The cake is a scrumptious treat, the olive oil lending it a delightful flavor and texture.

Enjoy!

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Flourless Almond Cake

Ready for a brown sugary, moist, lightly sweet, delicious cake?  And, one that is gluten free/grain free, lactose free, and not especially high in sugar?  Here you go.  This one is light and lovely.  Perfect with a side of whipped cream and fresh fruit, or, just as delicious on its own.

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Less Sugar Triple Chocolate Mousse

Happy Monday, all!  The perfect Monday treat: triple chocolate mousse.  Though this is a version you can feel far less guilty on eating.  Oh man, is this decadent and delectable.  Dont take my word for it though.  Try it out yourself, its a cinch to whip up.

Its gluten/grain-free, and with way less sugar than usual mousse recipes.

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