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Meet Tricia and Cary Bush.
Tricia is one of my good friends, and my official LIVING HEALTHY Mentor!  She is a focused, uncompromising homeschool mom.  Somehow, she runs the healthiest home I’ve ever seen for her husband and 5 children!  

I’m now very excited to say that Tricia is passing along her HEALTH wisdom to more of us through her new 
Isn’t that a great idea?  

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I like 


 smoothies. frozen treats. salads. breads. granola. mac & cheese.
-YES.  Sub it for the milk = YUMMY!

I like Stonyfield Organic
so my info about yogurt is specific to this brand.



It is a good source of protein, calcium, fiber, and is gluten free.  Stoneyfields yogurt has 6 added natural probiotics– awesome for healthy digestion and a strong immune system.  Sooooooo, should I switch from my regular organic yogurt over to greek yogurt?


Here’s the difference:
                                  Regular Organic Yogurt
  • good source of protein, calcium, riboflavin, phosphorus & magnesium.
  • low in lactose
  • supports a healthy digestive & immune system
  • restores beneficial bacteria that is killed off when taking antibiotics
  • the body digests yogurt faster and easier than milk
All Good!
             Greek  Organic Yogurt
  • very rich, thick and creamy
  • has 2x the protein compared to reg. yogurt
  • less lactose
  • fewer carbs
So, it is better if you are involved in exercising and losing weight!




  • no toxic pesticides and herbicides
  • no GMOs
  • no Antibiotics
  • no Growth hormones


Go get some yogurt and enjoy.  
Let’s be creative in the way we use it and share!

The Dirty Dozen

This is the 2011 list of the fruits and vegetables that were found to contain the highest levels of pesticides. 
  1. APPLES – always make the list, have been found with up to 40 different pesticides- organic is best with all apple foods (juice, apple sauce,…)

  2. CELERY – more that 60 different pesticides have been detected

  3. STRAWBERRIES – always on the list, frozen contains smaller amounts of pesticides



  6. NECTARINES – imported nectarines test to have much higher amounts of pesticides

  7. GRAPES – especially imported – including raisins

  8. SWEET BELL PEPPERS – all colors

  9. POTATOES – over 35 different pesticides have been found by the USDA- sweet potatoes are a great alternative with far less

  10. BLUEBERRIES – even when they don’t make the list, cranberries and cherries are also high in pesticides

  11. LETTUS – including spinach

  12. KALE and COLLARD GREENS  – just in the last 2 years has made the list with a rise in pesticides

Other foods that need to be organic:

  • MILK
  • WINE

Now, the GOOD NEWS:  There are lots of CLEAN foods free from pesticides that you don’t need to go organic with!

  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe – domestic
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • Onions 
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms

Foods like Avocado have a wonderful protective skin.  
This will keep chemicals from getting into the food.
I always wash the outside of the avocado, for example, before cutting into it so I don’t drag any chemical that might be on the outside of the skin into the food.
Read more HERE.