Author Archives: Erica

Cucumber Summer Squash Salad with Yogurt-Herb Dressing

It’s a push each week to use all the veggies I’ve been getting in my CSA farm share.  Sigh….first world problems.  The fun part is I’ve created some yummy new recipes.  This salad is just divine and especially if you get the ingredients right from the garden (or the garden of your local farm!). Dressing:Continue Reading

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The Agave Myth: Why You Should Think Twice Before Eating Agave

This is Part 2 of the Sugar Series.  Read Part 1: Are You Eating Too Much Sugar? here. Many health nuts today, with the knowledge that sugar is doing us no favors, are turning to sugar alternatives to get their sweet fix.   Agave nectar is one of those alternatives that has been touted asContinue Reading

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Suped Up Trail Mix

I’ve just returned from a beach vacation on the coast of North Carolina with my family.  I never bank on eating airport food when I fly because there’s rarely any real-food options.  So I always come prepared with lots of snacks and a packed lunch, if necessary.  The snacks I brought on this trip areContinue Reading

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Summer Walnut Pesto

Every summer, at the very least, I grow basil.  There is just nothing like homemade pesto.  I harvest it a few times during the season and each time make a big batch of pesto.  I then freeze it in ice cube trays for quick and easy use in recipes all year long.  This pesto recipeContinue Reading

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Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?

Join me in this first of a 3-part series addressing different issues around the way sugar impacts our lives…. I used to have a raging sugar addiction.  I lived every moment for my next sugar fix.  I felt horribly sick after every binge.  My blood sugar soared, then plummeted.  I’d be filled with self-loathing andContinue Reading

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All-Natural Mosquito Repellent

Last summer, I was visiting a friend and one evening we decided to take a walk down to the creek near their home.  It was hot and humid and there was no shortage of mosquitos.  As I retrieved my homemade mosquito repellent, my friend’s husband proceeded to spray down their young daughter with a bugContinue Reading

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Is Your Sunscreen Increasing Your Risk of Skin Cancer?

It’s that time of year, when we all tend to spend more time in the sun.  We hit the beach and get outdoors more and our Vitamin D levels take a much-needed spike.  We’ve all been conditioned to keep our skin slathered in sunscreen to avoid skin cancer. The question is, is that really necessary?Continue Reading

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4 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Milk

Milk is not for everyone. I’m not going to try to tell you that you should or should not drink milk. And I’m also not going to tell you that we as a society neeeeeed to drink milk.  We don’t.  Lots of healthy civilizations across many different time periods have gotten along just fine with outContinue Reading

6 Responses to 4 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Milk

  1. Majid says:

    Thanks Erica,
    I read you blog on raw milk, it makes lots if sense. I’m also lactose intolerant, I’ll definitely try it, I just need to find a local source for it.

  2. [...] 4 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Milk from Live Clean Be Strong. This is a very good article about something most folks take for granted. [...]

  3. I raise goat’s and use their milk for drinking, cheese, soap & lotions. I feel good after a glass, just like it’s a pure food. I really enjoy your information. The over concern of germs must be a Western problem, we are a lost culture. Have we forgotten how to care for ourselves and heal our own bodies….leaving it up to a government that only makes us live longer on machines. My homemade soaps & skin care are alive food for my body. Keep spreading good news.

    • Erica says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Ran Farm Zen Goats! I LOVE goats! I can only imagine how divine your soaps and skin care are! Do you sell them online?

      • Hey there ericahope, yes I love love the skin care & soaps, along with the milk & cheeses ect. As far as selling online that is what my man wants me to do. keep in touch via my blog when I do. I have just sold to friends and local. Thanks for your patients on this reply, busy with our garden. have a great day.

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Best Ever Kale Chips

Best Ever Kale Chips

Every time I offer someone some of my home made kale chips, the reaction is the same.  With the first bite, their eyes get big and you can see the pleasant surprised look register on their face.  And then they pretty much can’t stop eating them.   I can’t say that I blame them becauseContinue Reading

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Is Your Soap Making You Sick?….Confessions of a Recovered Germaphobe

I used to be that person.  The one whose nose crinkled up the moment she stepped foot in a public restroom.  I remember as a very young child, before toilet seat covers were around in every bathroom, my mom taught me how to carefully cover the toilet seat with toilet paper.  I carried that skillContinue Reading

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  1. [...] Is Your Soap Making You Sick?….Confessions of a Recovered Germaphobe from Live Clean Be Strong. Great post! [...]

  2. I Love this blog – and would love to have a conversation with you about soap, because we are thinking of making one from virgin coconut oil, can you contact me….…. I would like to share your blog with our readers…. but lets chat first! What a wonderful article – go girl…. this is so inspiring!
    Castaly Lombe
    General Manager
    Kokonut Pacific

  3. This is an excellent post. Well summarized but still includes all the fact. Well done!

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