10 Reasons Grapefruit is my Favorite Fruit

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About 6 months ago, I made the decision to cut out as much sugar as possible from my diet, and it’s made a world of difference to my taste buds and to my digestive issues. I really didn’t realize how much sugar I had been consuming, between all the fruit, granola, and smoothies and snacks, not to mention outright sweets like ice cream (non-dairy of course) and gluten-free cookies. On the whole, I probably was still not eating as much sugar as the average American, but for someone with digestive issues like mine, I was eating way too much, as I soon discovered. I embarked on a 2-month journey to cut it all out as part of a strict anti-candidata diet. I even cut out Thai food and all fruits except grapefruit, raspberries and blueberries. As difficult as the first two weeks of withdrawal were, I discovered a really helpful fact – that sugar aggravates my digestive symptoms, namely the extreme bloating and lethargy – even when I’m being strict with avoiding my intolerances of gluten and dairy.

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Welcome to our new site!

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Welcome to our new site! Lea and I are so excited to share with you our resources for delicious, healthy, mindful, ‘free-from’ living! We’ll be share tips on how to eat for your ‘free-from’ diet, how to eat the most nutritious food, how to take care of your body and mind, product reviews, and more. If you’d like to ask Lea your personal (anonymous) nutrition question, you can email her at lea@tastefulpantry.com and she’ll answer it in her “Dear Lea” column.  You can also sign up here to be emailed our latest posts once a week.

Have an idea or topics you’re dying to learn more about? Leave us a comment below and as we build out the site and grow we’ll keep your suggestions in mind! We can’t wait to hear what you want to see more (or less) of!

Thanks for your awesomeness and we look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer & Lea

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Foods for Your Skin

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We can nourish our skin both from the inside and outside. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated can work wonders not only for our health but also for our skin, and can diminish the need to use lots of fancy (and expensive!) skin products. What you put on your plate may end up being more important than what you put on your skin!

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Why Grass-Fed is the Best-Fed

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As the grass-fed craze continues, we start to look at it as more of a cultural staple rather than a passing fad. Why has this stuck around? Because grass-fed is the better quality meat, and the better tasting meat. We know that “grass-fed” options aren’t always clear, and marketing terms on packaging can get confusing, so we have brokendown some of the packaging claims for you below.

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Surviving Holiday Parties with Your Waistline Intact

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It’s that time of the year to eat, drink and be merry! But that doesn’t mean we have to kiss our waistline goodbye or sacrifice all the good work we’ve done for the other 11 months of the year to put good food into our bodies. Especially when our routine is thrown off by holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be tough to stay mindful and disciplined about our health, but the good news is that there are ways to do it and to still ENJOY the season. At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re all about loving our food, both in terms of taste and its effect on our bodies. After all, what good is it to eat delicious food then feel awful afterwards? Below are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea on how to survive your holiday parties with your health in tact. Scroll all the way down for our helpful infographic on steps you can take before the party, as well as these steps below on what to do at the party.

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A Happy Thanks – Giving

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Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to all of our readers and sharers. We have loved sharing our knowledge, love and tastes with you and look forward to being a resource to help you expand your taste buds and lifestyle in a wholesome and delicious way.

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with scrumptious and nourishing food, family and fun!

-Jennifer & Lea

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Help with Holiday Stress Eating

For many of us, the process of eating and drinking involves a lot more than food. Eating can be a great way to socialize and share, and also to heighten and delight our senses. But it can also carry some baggage with it. For many of us, the process of eating has evolved from the simple act of nourishing our bodies to a process that carries with it story lines, emotion, and self-identity. Most of us, at some point in our lives, have probably experienced what it feels like to use food to fill a void or soothe a stress, am I right?

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Don’t Sweat The Sweat

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We are no stranger to sweating… It’s a natural bodily function that begins just shortly after we are born. It’s the body’s mechanism to aid in cooling down during warm temperatures, exercise, and stressful situations. But sweat isn’t only limited to the aforementioned situations – sweating is actually one of the healthiest things for your body, so don’t be embarrassed about your sweat – it’s a sign of good things happening inside your body!

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Email as a Meditation Practice

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We all do it, sometimes before we’ve even realized what we’re doing. Responding on autopilot, without thinking or feeling. In today’s world of instantaneous communication, responding to an email or text  within 5 minutes of receiving it isn’t uncommon and is often expected. And social media is almost like a training ground for this type of quick, pithy communication – with just a click you can send a message of approval in  a thumbs up, or sum up your deep thoughts for the day in 140 characters or less.

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