• Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux
    Health

    Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux

    When I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was never just fatigue. In the early months of my illness, I had bouts of nausea and acid reflux. This developed into long-term gastritis, stomach pain, and a slew of other digestive issues.  Initially, I went the standard medical route for treatment. I saw countless doctors, tried pharmaceutical drugs, and had tests done…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on…

  • Food

    Albanian Peppers and Cream

    I spent my newlywed years in Kosovo, so the country will always have a special place in my heart. And, of course, my stomach. I have many favorite recipes from the region, but peppers and cream (or in Albanian speca me mäze) is the easiest to make abroad. It only takes 30 minutes to throw together, and it’s great for capturing…

  • how to find a therapist who's right for your needs and budget
    Health

    How to Find the Right Therapist for You

    I’ve seen a few therapists in my lifetime. Okay, more than a few. My childhood was peppered with traumatic events, so I was the kid who went to divorce camps and grief counselors instead of summer camps with fun counselors. As an adult, I’ve continued to see therapists for anxiety and trauma-related illness. Some of them have been good, a…

  • Ethical Shoes for Summer
    Ethical Shopping,  Sustainability

    Ethical Shoes for Summer

    If you want to start an ethical wardrobe, shoes are a great place to begin. Investing in a few pairs of high-quality, ethical shoes can actually make a real difference in your social and environmental footprint (no pun intended). I don’t know about you, but I used to go through new cheap shoes every year. By the end of the…

  • Food

    The Best Gluten-Free French Bread

    Before I got sick, I was an avid baker. I made breads, pies, pastries, and even a wedding cake once. I also lived in France, where I ate the best bread in the world on a daily basis.  When developed Chronic Fatigue, I was terrified that I’d have to give up gluten. I tried a bunch of diets to try…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body. Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue.…