Category: Healthy Eating

5 Ways to Detox After the Holidays

I don’t know about you but I tend to jump off the crunchy wagon during the holidays. There’s still a small voice in the very back of my head that tells me I really shouldn’t be eating all this sugar but I have yet to listen to it during the holiday season. It’s just too hard to ignore all the yumminess that seems to come with winter. However, once January swings around I know that I have to get myself back in gear and perhaps do a little detoxing as well. Unfortunately, going from such an unhealthy high back...

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Crunchy Cheats: Natural Sodas

Crunchy Cheats is a ongoing series on The Pistachio Project that will basically supply you with suggestions of better products that you can easily buy. Some of these will be products that you can buy if you are not ready to dive all the way into crunchiness and make everything yourself but some of the Crunchy Cheats will be lists of safer brands to chose from when buying products (that you couldn’t possibly make.) Today’s Crunchy Cheat is natural sodas! Sodas are just not healthy for us. They are either full of high fructose corn syrup or they go...

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10 Reasons to Avoid Soy

Soy has been all the rage for quite a while now. Whether it’s vegetarians simply looking for a non-meat protein source or people just wanting something that is different, people are intrigued by soy. I however am not impressed by soy. I’ll admit that even before entering the crunchy world, I was not a fan of soy. It’s just weird. However, after researching more about soy, I am definitely against it. 10 Reasons to Avoid Soy Soy is hard to digest – Soy contains enzyme inhibitors. It is these inhibitors that deter the body from breaking down the protein,...

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Are You Going Overboard?

Have you ever taken a look at your crunchy life and all that you do and wondered if you are being too extreme? If you are going a bit overboard with how much you are doing? Or maybe you’ve heard others tell you that you are being too critical of products/food/whatever. That you find everything is bad or toxic in some way? Yes it can seem like it at times and yes, there is a true concern with going completely extreme in this lifestyle (I’ll hopefully post on Orthorexia soon). However, for most of us, I’d say we are...

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Xylitol – What is It and Should It Be Used?

Xylitol is one of the newer sweeteners out on the market. We’ve seen it in toothpastes and chewing gum for a while now but it’s starting to become popular as an actual sweetener also. Just what is xylitol? Is it natural? Is it really a good alternative sweetener? What about in toothpastes?   What is xylitol? Xylitol is considered a sugar alcohol. It is found in birch bark, corn, raspberries and a few other items. Xylitol is about as sweet as sugar (although I will say it doesn’t taste exactly like sugar) but it has less calories then sugar...

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The Most Common Gluten-Free Flours Defined

Gluten-free diets are quite the rage these days. But for many, gluten-free eating is a necessity, not a choice. Cooking and baking with gluten-free flours can be extremely confusing, especially at first. I had a particularly hard time giving up gluten-based flours, as I’m a frequent baker. Gone are the days of just adding a cup of flour to a cake recipe. Nope, now I must carefully measure out varying amounts of different gluten-free flours, add some starch, and a bit of gum to create a mixture somewhat resembling a simple gluten containing flour.   For my own sanity...

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Whole Milk is Not a Bad Thing

Whole milk, full-fat cream cheese, cheese, and yogurt may sound like a once in awhile indulgence but guess what, they shouldn’t be an indulgence; they should be the norm.   My family was once a low fat milk drinking family. I went along with what the doctors said and once my kids hit age 2 we switched them from whole milk to the family’s 1% milk. I figured fat was bad and if we could live with lower fat milk then that was a good thing.   I was wrong. It turns out there is a reason why milk...

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