1. Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter. I’m a big fan of nut butters. But in an allergy-ridden household, several of the most readily available varieties are off the table, at least right now. One substitution that often works for folks who can’t have peanuts and nuts: seeds. Enter this heavenly concoction. I had totally forgotten about sunflower butter until recently; the recent rediscovery has me spreading it on something at least once a day. Bonus: a great source of healthy omega-6 fats!
2. Having a dog. Charlie Rheinwald-Jones has surfaced here and there at times in the history of the blog, but never has he gotten the props he’s due for all the happiness he brings into the household. The research supporting the idea that it’s good for you to have a dog is abundant, but I’m officially recommending it based on one particular case: my own. You see that look on his face? I’m not saying there AREN’T other ways to achieve happiness in life, but just try not feeling the warm fuzzies when somebody looks at you like THAT every day. (I have to say, the person he’s looking at does a lot for my well-being, too.)
3. Intuitive eating. As great as it is that I can do all these amazing tricks with food to get people feeling better, it’s really no good if it destines them to a lifetime of struggling with food. Intuitive eating is about accepting and supporting your body through a sustainable, peaceful relationship with food. I’m in the process of getting certified in it, and I’m REALLY excited about it. So much so, in fact, that it really deserves its own post.