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Dig deeper into food and the human diet and what impact internal and external forces have on your relationship with food.
Here you'll find articles covering a mix of topics, from different ways to look at the human diet, to what kinds of influnces there are over our food systems, and how you can take back control of your food and your diet.
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Sliced steak on a black stone tablet
Author: Thora Toft      September 20, 2020
Categories: Eating Styles    

Low carb diets are quite popular. As a formal planned diet they became popular in the 1990's with the Atkins Diet. The main reason they became popular is that they work for weight loss, and resolve digestive problems for many people. We'll share...

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Ancient stone circle field
Author: Thora Toft      September 19, 2020
Categories: Food & Diet Research    

Organized agriculture is claimed to have been the root of our civilization, particularly the growing of grains. What if that's not quite right? We'll explore what was also happening at the time that it started, that will give us a whole new...

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Stethoscope, apple and pear
Author: Thora Toft      September 18, 2020
Categories: Food & Diet Research    

When you're disillusioned by the nutrition and medical systems, it's critical that you take a very proactive stance in doing your own research and making your own informed decisions. It's also critical that you don't get emotionally attached to...

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Coffee with foam with a cocoa smiley face
Author: Thora Toft      September 17, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

If we can put some fun in what we plan to eat it can make the whole process of changing our diet a lot more enjoyable, especially when we're trying to change our diet due to some sort of chronic illness. It can be a reminder that eating should...

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Sign post with 2 choice signs
Author: Thora Toft      September 15, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

People often talk about getting our mindset in order when it comes to food and diet. But what does that mean? If kind of sounds fluffy, and doesn't really tell us what actually happens to have a mindset change. We'll share a perspective that...

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Two friends laughing and enjoying a soda
Author: Thora Toft      September 14, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

When you're challenged with a chronic illness and trying your best to feel better, it can seem like a lot of work, and sometimes there's no payback for a long time. We'll share some tips on how to make a conscious effort to add some fun back...

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Antique coffee can
Author: Thora Toft      September 13, 2020
Categories: Food & Diet Research    

When you're improving your diet and you haven't thought about it much before, you may not be used to reading food labels. It's a good habit to get into. There's a particular part of the label that isn't given much attention. That's the actual...

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Chocolate layer cake garnished with raspberries
Author: Thora Toft      September 12, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

When we look at good food we say it 'looks delicious.' What if we could change how we see it and instead of thinking it's delicious, we think of it as art? It changes our relationship with food, which is good when we have any negative issues...

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Hard candy in a glass jar
Author: Thora Toft      September 11, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

Trying to cut out sugar is a common goal for many people trying to lose weight or improve their health. But how much should we cut out? We'll share some tips on how you can figure out how to cut it out, and how much. We'll even share a great...

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Glass of milk next to a milk can
Author: Thora Toft      September 10, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

There's all kinds of conflicting diet and nutrition info we hear every day. Being able to separate the dogma from valid info is vital when your goal is to eat a truly healthy diet for your individual circumstances. We'll share some tips on how...

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Bright yellow glazed donut with multicolored sprinkles
Author: Thora Toft      September 9, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

When considering improving your diet to eat less junk, lower sugar, lower carb, etc., there's lots of things that can happen. Withdrawals are one of them. Thora shares her own experiences of what they were like for her, and how much better she...

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Fresh peach on a peach tree
Author: Thora Toft      September 7, 2020
Categories: Finding Quality Ingredients    

When you're trying to improve your diet, you'll find that one of the best resources are small farmers and small producers within your local area. Even if you're in a city there is always some sort of farmland outside of the city proper. We'll...

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Woman standing on a rock looking out to the night sky
Author: Thora Toft      September 6, 2020
Categories: Welcome    

If you've followed my last 25 posts you'll notice I'm shifting the focus of this website. I'm broadening the scope to focus on eating a whole food diet. But really, it's more than that. It isn't just trendy healthy eating, that parrots the party...

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Fresh strawberries in a small tin bucket
Author: Thora Toft      September 5, 2020
Categories: Eating Styles    

You've probably heard the term 'Clean Eating.' What does it mean? Is there some official definition? Like many other trendy diets such as Paleo, Low Carb, Keto, etc. there's a lot of variation to it. We'll take an overview look at this lifestyle...

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Coffee cup with happy saying next to a smiling stuffed lamb
Author: Thora Toft      September 4, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

When you're changing your diet for health reasons it's important to try and maintain a positive attitude. Sometimes that's hard to do. We'll share some tips and ideas you can use to help you build an attitude that will help you feel better in...

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Forest path with sun shining through the trees
Author: Thora Toft      September 3, 2020
Categories: Food & Diet Research    

The natural and alternative health field has been increasingly suppressed. To gain the invaluable knowledge within this field you'll need to actively seek it out. We'll share our perspective and why it's vital when you're interested in taking...

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Cup of latte with a computer
Author: Thora Toft      September 1, 2020
Categories: Food & Diet Research    

We'll share a few tips on how to get started researching diets and food related topics that are unique to your own lifestyle and health conditions. This will help guide you to make informed choices about the foods that will best suit you and...

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Steak on a black cutting board with whole peppers
Author: Thora Toft      August 31, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

If you're looking to find a way to eat more whole food, but don't know where to start, today we'll share 10 things you can do that will move you forward on this goal. These changes have a minimal impact on what you actually eat, they'll just be...

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Farm pasture with a beautiful blue sky
Author: Thora Toft      August 29, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

There's lots of trendy diets out there to choose from. What moral beliefs do you have that support or conflict with your diet goals? We'll share some ideas to help you reduce conflicting moral and health choices so you can reach your own...

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Chocolate ice cream with berries and chocolate sauce
Author: Thora Toft      August 28, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

What we think about food affects how we feel about it, and whether we think it's good, bad or somewhere in between. For most of us, most of what we know about food is not from neutral sources. We'll share some tips on how to loosen the emotional...

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Fruit and blue cheese on a cutting board
Author: Thora Toft      August 27, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

How we think about food and the words and emotions we attach to them can alter our perspective on food. This is something we can use to our benefit when we're looking for a change.

I ran across a great quote recently, from Mark Hyman, M.D. He...

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Cutlery ties with a rustic ribbon
Author: Thora Toft      August 26, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

For many people 2020 has been a year of improving their health. A big part of that is cleaning up your diet. If you haven't done that before or never given it much thought it can be confusing. We'll share some ideas and steps on how you can get...

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Tea pot and tea cup
Author: Thora Toft      August 24, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

Some stress is due to us being too busy and missing out on the joys of life. We provide some tips you can implement for this kind of stress. This is important when you're recovering from illness, or changing your diet and lifestyle due to health...

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Chef smelling herbs
Author: Thora Toft      August 23, 2020
Categories: Mindset & Attitude    

Should we always believe or disbelieve the experts who promote food and wellness ideas? We'll share another perspective that prevents us from falling for a common pitfall and allows us to work towards feeling our best.

When feeling your best now...

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Crystal salt in a bamboo bowl
Author: Thora Toft      August 21, 2020
Categories: Finding Quality Ingredients    

Salt has been a part of cooking and food preparation for millennia.

Today we'll share some basic info for those who are interested in a bit about our modern salt, and some less processed options that you can choose from.

Salt is a mineral that is...

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Woman typing on a tablet
Author: Thora Toft      August 18, 2020
Categories: Resources    

Online support groups are very popular these days for just about any health condition. They're a great place to vent and chat with other people who 'get it.' They can be a good place to be heard. However, there's a dark side. We'll discuss what some...

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Cheese on a platter with herbs
Author: Thora Toft      August 17, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

Each of us can create our own personalized diet, to suit our own needs and tastes. This is prone to becoming twisted, so we'll cover some important considerations so you make a plan that is consciously created and how you can avoid some pitfalls....

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Raspberry on a spoonful of sugar
Author: Thora Toft      August 16, 2020
Categories: Marketing & Industry    

Health education and guidelines are rampant with over simplistic wording and over simplistic terminology. This simplicity was originally created by people who were trying to make their junk food products appear healthy. This manipulation has been...

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Bottle of olive oil with tomatoes on a vine
Author: Thora Toft      August 15, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

Most people know there's room for improvement in their diet. For some people they really don't want to make huge changes, they just want to tweak it.

If that's where you are, today we'll share some ideas that are easy to put in place and won't be a...

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Meat platter with fries and dipping sauce
Author: Thora Toft      August 14, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

Switching to eating real, whole food is a process rather than a single destination. We'll discuss how to get started, things to consider that are unique to your situation, and tips on being successful.

Browsing through the grocery store shelves...

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Shish kabobs with sauces on a platter
Author: Thora Toft      August 12, 2020
Categories: Diet Changes    

We're constantly bombarded with adds and articles and news reports that scientists have found the perfect human diet... and every one of them is reporting something totally different. They can't all be right?

We scour the adds or articles or news...

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Antique poison vial
Author: Thora Toft      January 9, 2017      Updated July 14, 2018
Categories: Marketing & Industry    

Recently, glyphosate has been in the news, regarding a recent report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that it may be a probable carcinogen.

This made me think about some of the history of many chemicals over the decades...

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Grain field
Author: Thora Toft      January 6, 2017      Updated May 29, 2018
Categories: Marketing & Industry    

For people who have been in the alternative health movement for a while, they'll be familiar, to varying degrees, with the corruption that's at the core of our food system.

If you're new to alternative health, it can be a bit daunting,...

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