A Few of My Favorite Things
It’s not uncommon for folks to check in with me when they’re searching for the best source of local food, a healthy toothpaste, you name it. So, I’ve decided that perhaps I should simply start a list and share with you. (It’ll also help me to update the resource page on the website!). Please feel free to add your comments and further suggestions so we can all learn from one another! And yes, this is a long post. Take your time going through it.
Personal care products:
- Sophytopro line of serum/lotion for my face. You know I’m a no-frills person, but with age I realized I really do need to jump on the bandwagon, so when I found this line of mostly-herbal, nothing objectionable products, I was happy. Had a chance to meet the originator, who has since sold the rights to Orthomolecular for distribution. (We carry it at the office if you’re interested).
- Thorne’s body lotion. It’s actually quite nice, not greasy, absorbs fast. Mostly herbal. And it really helped Liz’s husband retain pretty healthy skin despite radiation.
- Periopaste tooth paste and Perioclear mouth wash. My dental hygienist says that so long as I use this stuff, things look good. All herbal.
- Skin Deep, a portion of the Environment Working Group’s site, will give you the opportunity to check out the stuff you use and see how safe it really is.
- Woodsedge Farm is near Stockton, NJ and raises suri llamas, alpacas and Tibetan yaks. They have a great shop on the farm that sells sweaters, gloves, hats and other lovely things made from the wool from their animals. If you’ve ever seen me wearing a particularly cool sweater, it’s likely from them…and we have a pair of alpaca throws that keep us cozy on the couch all winter long. They also sell yak meat (it’s good!) as well as their livestock….just in case you want to get into the alpaca breeding business.
Local Food, including restaurants:
- All the farmers markets, but I admit that I drive right past 2 of them to reach Wrightstown market each Saturday. Look for one near you: BucksCountyFoodshedAlliance.org
- CSA’s! Join one, no excuses. Send your money in during the winter, when they need it the most. Mine is Snipes farm, minutes from my home. We’re truly blessed! Website above will list these for you as well.
- Organnon’s Natural Market in Carousel Village. Jim has put together a great selection, and the prices are amazingly competitive. Besides, it sure is nice to have the staff know you, rather than being just another in the crowd (like at Wholefoods!).
- Comfort Food. A take out and now sit-down in Morrisville. Real food, made with care and love. Kim has catered our parties for the office, and I’m just so glad she’s kept up the good work in a very difficult business. How cool is it that you can go online each day to see the picture she’s posted of the day’s menu?
- The Yardley Inn. Don’t roll your eyes! I know it’s been around forever and some folks think of it as just a special occasion, fancy restaurant. It’s not! Yes, it’s great for a special meal, but also just to swing by. Chef Eben takes local, healthy food seriously–so much so that they have their own farm down the road, plus a small plot just across the street. The gluten free items (sometimes half the menu!) are clearly listed, and some of the wait staff are gluten free so they get it. Just be careful, cause yes, you might have a bar bill that matches your food item bill!
- Your Family Cow–a great way to get raw milk, pastured chicken/beef/pork, eggs, etc. The farm is in Chambersburg but they bring the food to us! Order online and show up on time at your drop off spot; it’s that easy.
- Birchwood Farms–since they only sell their milk in gallons, I don’t shop here often, but they’re doing really good work and can use our support.
- Rancho Gordo for beans. Their beans are to supermarket beans what a Bentley is to a VW bug. Also a good number of recipes if you’re not sure how to get started. Beans are heavy: put in one order with a bunch of friends and you’ll save on shipping (that’s what the Food Group tends to do!).
- Vital Choice for fish. Yes, you can get fish locally, but how fresh is it? And unless you plan to cook that night, it doesn’t do you much good. This site sends you frozen fish (like, frozen on the boat right after harvesting!) that is amazing. When the issue of radiation occurred in the Pacific, they put Geiger counters on their boats and wouldn’t accept some fish. Just try them; again, order with friend to save on shipping costs.
- Mental Health for the Whole Child and Parenting the Whole Child by Scott Shannon, MD. Scott is a dear friend and one of those rare individuals who thinks deeply, listens well and explains in a way that makes sense. If you have kids, read these.
- The 10 Day Detox Diet and The Bloodsugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD. These two books will help you get off sugar. They simply work, so do it!
- The Immune System Recovery Plan by Susan Blum, MD. Susan was on the Oz show with me, and her book goes into detail about how to stop/slow the autoimmune process. Worth a read if this is an issue for you.
- Grain Brain and The Better Brain Book by David Perlmutter, MD. I’m not as rabid as David is about the evils of grain, but if I had a family history of Alzheimer’s I would definitely eat as he suggests; the research is that good. His other book is older but has good info about several different conditions like Parkinson’s.
- Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies by Wendy Warner, MD and Kellyann Petrucci, DC. Yep, my book and yep, it’s worth your time. Someone once told me that if one were to follow our suggestions, you could fix everything, not just your immune system. I think they’re right!
- Gaia’s Professional website. Ok, it’s not a book and you need to be a healthcare provider to access it…but for those of you that fit, this is a fabulous resource! Tons of info about herbs, including white papers, archived webinars (some that I did), and direct info about a lot of specific herbs. Sign up and check it out!
Learning to Cook/Recipe Resources:
- Clean Eating magazine. Sometimes they offer more starches than I would like to see, but overall it’s a good source of ideas. Each issue also gives you a full two week menu plan to jumpstart a cleaner diet.
- Cooks Illustrated magazine and website. Kind of for serious foodies, but even if you don’t ever make the recipe, it’s worth reading how they did it, cause you’ll learn something. They keep making one recipe over and over til they perfect it. (Gotta be OCD to work there, I think!)
- Good and Cheap. I’ve mentioned this ebook before–it’s lovely. Download it and leave her a donation, then get cooking!
- GFF magazine. All gluten free, lovely presentation. A copy is usually in our waiting room.
Spirituality (Broadly speaking):
- Spirituality and Health magazine. Lovely little thing, filled with articles to make you think and sit up and take notice.
- Sacred Hoop magazine. This is about shamanism and Earth spirituality. You might have seen a copy in our waiting room.
- Owl Medicine by Lisa J G Weikel, Esq. Yes, our shaman. This is the book that first helped me understand what shamanic healing is all about.
- Kripalu. Go there to renew yourself. Do some yoga, walk along the lake, be quiet. Maybe fall in love (as Brad and I did there!).
- Bey’s Rock shop. Fabulous source of crystals. Be careful, you’ll spend a fortune (I joke that I leave my credit card at home and only take a check book….keeps the damage to a minimum!)
- Gabriel Tamaya’s artwork. Lisa Weikel introduced me to him, and I fell in love with his work. Even have some in my office.
Ok, I’m going to stop now. Add in comments about your own personal favorites; I’m really looking forward to learning something new. Specific question or comment, let me know.
And here’s to a lovely 2016 filled with health, laughter, quiet minds and movement forward!