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#SwansonChallenge: Wrapping Up Whole30

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Jenna M

We have made it to the end of Whole 30! After many changes and eye-opening lessons, the bloggers and I have conquered the challenge. Read on to find out how it all went, what we learned, and how we'll move forward.



That’s a wrap folks. 30 days are in the bag and I am proud to say I made it through this challenge. I not only made it through, I ENJOYED it. Crazy, I know, but I really believe that getting cravings under control by removing the sugar and other processed foods has made a huge...

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#SwansonChallenge Update: Week Three of Whole30

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Jenna M

Week three has come and gone, and our fearless bloggers are rocking Whole30! Time to check in and see how things are going for the Whole30 trio.



Here I am, making my week three update and I am very happily surprised to say that I honestly don’t feel like I am on a ‘challenge’ anymore, but instead this has just become my normal way of eating. This is important as it shows me that it is something that can be maintained for the long-term (plus or minus a few treats, of course--gotta live a...

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#SwansonChallenge Update: Week Two of Whole30

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Jenna M

We have made it through week two of our Whole30 challenge! How is it going, you ask? Have we given up? Still think you could never do something like this? Read about our progress below, and get ready to eat Whole.



Whole30 week two has gone surprisingly well! I am definitely finding my groove with this way of eating and feeling confident in my actions. One thing I am big on as far as food goes is incorporating variety. While I have looked for recipes, I have realized that it is pretty easy...

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#SwansonChallenge Update: Week One of Whole30

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Jenna M

With one week down and three to go, the bloggers and I started off strong and continue to work with the Whole30 guidelines as outlined in It Starts with Food. Let’s check in for a little more detail on how things are progressing.



One week down on my first Whole30 and I’m going strong! I went into this process feeling motivated and ready to re-dedicate myself to whole, real food eating. Like I mentioned in my introduction, I have already been eating mostly paleo before starting Whole 30,...

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#SwansonChallenge: Winning Whole30 in February

Sunday, February 2, 2014 by Jenna M

February is a very busy month for a lot of people. It means Super Bowl parties. It means Valentine’s Day. For some of us, it means a Whole30 challenge. Having read and reviewed It Starts with Food, I decided to make February all about Whole30, and I asked the wonderful blogging community to join me.

It’s never easy choosing bloggers for something like this when there are so many wonderful options, but we found two who were amped up and ready to go. We sent them each a copy of It Starts with Food a...

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Whole30: It Starts with Food (Book Review)

Monday, January 20, 2014 by Jenna M

It Starts With Food"The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options." - Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

It's been about six months since I read and reviewed Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. Near the end of my post I vowed to get rid of red meats and moderately eat other animal proteins and dairy while making fruits and vegetables my staple foods. Well, that just simply didn't happen. I tried to do those things, just as I suspect many of you have tried something similar,...

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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (Book Review)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Jenna M

“I ultimately became aware of two things: First, nutrition is the master key to human health. Second, what most of us think of as proper nutrition—isn’t.” - T. Colin Campbell, PhD

My grandfather was the doctor of a small town, a consultant in other clinics and hospitals, and helped start a successful university medical school. He believed in beginning the day with a grapefruit. On visits, my siblings and I weren't allowed to leave his breakfast table until we finished drinking the milk from...

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3 Quick Tips to Help You Lose Weight

Saturday, June 2, 2012 by Jenna M

People know all about the importance of eating healthy foods and exercising in order to live a healthy lifestyle while losing weight, but sometimes those lingering 5-10 pounds just won't go away. Apart from taking natural health supplements, there are other ways to help you reach your weight loss goals.

  1. Drink Water. Cutting down on liquids such as juice, soda and alcohol can go a long way. Studies show that consuming only water can save you an average of 1,500 calories a week or roughly 6,000...
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New Health & Beauty Product Reviews

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Jenna M
Swanson Health Products is dedicated to bringing you the latest and greatest natural health products from over 400 different brands. We believe in the quality and benefit of every item that we carry. But don't rely on our word alone. We believe that customer feedback is highly important. You want to know what works and what doesn't, and there's no better way to find out than by seeing how other people react to products.
ALA Cream
The five reviews below were all written by customers who tried the product...Read More »

Gluten-Free Cookies From the Land Down Under

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by Jenna M
Choc-Orange Gluten-Free CookiesGluten free shopping can be a difficult task when you are used to your food tasting a certain way. My step-brother went gluten free last year due to some troubles with his diet. It’s no easy task for a high school student to drop gluten when used to the typical teenage diet of pizza and tacos, but he managed to change enough of his diet to where he wasn’t feeling miserable after a meal. Ever since Thomas went gluten free I’ve tried to find new ways for him to enjoy the occasional treats that go...Read More »