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6 Health Benefits of Organic Wine

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health benefits of organic wineI LOVE wine but have never been too concerned with it being organic or not. I would drink just about anything as long as it tasted decent.

However, my friend recently hosted a wine party and all of the wine was organic, vegan, and free of all of the 70+ additives they add to most wines. All the wines we tasted were delicious, and “clean”.

I ordered a bottle of red zinfandel and a bottle of sauvignon blanc. I drank almost the entire bottle of zinfandel one evening and I felt different while drinking it…more clear headed. The next day I didn’t have the slightest headache or hangover at all! The next weekend I drank the other bottle and the same thing!

Now I make an effort to stick to organic wines when possible, simply for how much better it makes me feel. Here are 6 health benefits of organic wine.

6 reasons to drink organic wine

  1. No Added sulfites: Lots of people get headaches from drinking wine and many believe that sulfites are to blame. Sulfites are naturally present in the skin of grapes, so all wine will contain at least some. However, organic winemakers don’t add any sulfites.
  2. Doesn’t Contain Additives: Organic wine doesn’t contain synthetic additives (pesticides and herbicides) since they won’t be found in organic grapes. Pesticides are toxic poisons, and exposure to pesticides can not only cause a number of health effects, but is linked to a range of serious illnesses and diseases in humans, from respiratory problems to cancer.
  3. Better for the Environment: Organic farming supports a thriving ecosystem of birds, bugs, critters, etc., while a conventionally farmed fields kill everything but the grapes. Organic farming practices also use green manures, animal manures, animal grazing, water conservation, use of renewable resources and crop rotations. These practices help fertilize and maintain better quality topsoil long-term, naturally managing weeds and insects, reducing harmful bacteria or molds, and promoting biodiversity.
  4. More Likely to Contain Wild Yeasts: Yeasts convert the grape juice sugars into alcohol. Wild yeast occurs naturally in the skin of grapes. Non-organically grown grapes don’t have much natural yeast present at all because pesticides usually destroy them. The biggest benefit of natural yeast being present in organic wine is in the complexity, such as the aromas, flavors, and textures
  5. More Likely to be Vegan: The reason why most wines are not vegan has to do with the clarification process, called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules. This fining process makes the wine clear. The most commonly used fining agents are casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are processing aids, not additives and in no way harmful. If you are a vegan, this process will keep you from consuming wine. Non-vegan practices are also tied to many environmental and ethical factors.
  6. No Added Sugar: Wine should have very low sugar levels. A grape that starts with low sugar levels, and ferments to the point where all the sugar is consumed by the yeast, will result in a wine with lower alcohol levels and little to no residual sugar. Less alcohol in your wine may mean fewer side effects overall from drinking it.

The good news it that many of the world’s wine grapes are produced organically, even if the bottle doesn’t say so. Traditional vineyards throughout France, Italy and elsewhere often stay in the same family for generations and have stuck to organic farming practices, but don’t bother with the expense and bureaucracy of certification.

my favorite affordable organic wines 


Bonterra Chardonnay:
Mendocino County, CA

Rich, buttery and creamy quickly turns to aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed quickly by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon. Pear and citrus note balanced by a dollop of oak.

$9.89

 

L’Auratae Organic Vegan Nero d’Avola: Sicily, Italy

$9.99

 

 

L’Auratae Organic Vegan Catarratto Pinot Grigio: Sicily, Italy

This blend of grapes creates an enjoyable, everyday drinking wine that offers intense aromas of both citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Perfect with seafood or as an aperitif.

$9.99

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Include a 3 x 5 index card with your first and last name, complete street address, daytime phone number, date of birth, and email address when entering the Cheetos give the bunny a break sweepstakes by mail.

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How to Stay on Your Keto Diet when Dining Out

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Ordering Keto Friendly when Dining Out

For those of you trying to live a keto-friendly lifestyle, it can be hard enough even preparing meals for yourself. However, when dining out it can be extra challenging and maybe even tempting to cheat considering many restaurant menus are chalk full with buns and bread, pizzas and pasta, fries, sugary sauces, and fried stuff. You may think you’re only option is going to be ordering a bland salad, right? Well, think again! Here are some simple tips for ordering keto-friendly when dining out.

Say Bye Bye to the Bun

This can be easier said than done but you’ll be so happy you made the choice when you feel light and full of energy after your meal since you simply said bye bye to the bun. When ordering a burger, chicken sandwich, etc. simply ask for it without the bun. If there is a sandwich that may be impossible to eat without the bun ask for them to wrap it in lettuce. You can have them wrap the burger or chicken sandwich in lettuce as well if you prefer a hand held.

Pass on the Potatoes, Fries, or Rice

When they ask what side dish you want, it’s so tempting to say fries, right? Well, sorry, not on a keto diet. Simply sub the fries, potatoes, rice etc. for the mixed veggies or side salad. I know, it’s hard to make these choices, but think about the satisfaction you’ll have when you go home and feel great instead of stuffed and lethargic from all the heavy carbs. And, hey…often times, the mixed veggies or side salad will surprise you and be absolutely delicious. These are habits are hard to get into the first few times but so easy once we train our brains.

Say toodles to the tortilla

If you’re ordering Mexican, pretty much EVERYTHING comes with tortillas…tacos, burritos, tamales, enchiladas, tostadas, etc. Simply order without the tortilla and have them add/sub extra avocado, meat, beans, cheese, etc. so you can still indulge. The extra avocado and cheese will likely add more flavor than the dinky tortilla anyway.

Don’t forget about the sauces

The sauces and dressings can be an ingredient we look past when ordering, not thinking of them as being the carb culprits, but some of them are so high in sugar they could blow it. Try to stick to oil-based or creamy sauces and dressings. Ranch dressings, sour creams, and vinaigrettes are typically keto-friendly. Try to avoid barbecue sauces and many Asian style sauces and dressings that can be high in sugar. Here are some tips on ordering keto-friendly at Chinese restaurants.

DON’T FEAR EXTRA FAT

No matter what it is your ordering, you can always have them add some extra fat. If it’s a burger or sandwich you’re ordering, have them add extra avocados and sauce. If it’s Mexican you’re ordering, have them add extra avocados, beans, meat, sour cream, etc. If it’s a salad you’re ordering, have them add extra avocado, beans, meat, dressing, etc.

Ordering Alcoholic Beverages

Believe it or not, you can drink alcoholic beverages in moderation on a keto-friendly diet.  Most dry wine (red, white, and sparkling) has only 2 grams of net carbs per serving. When it comes to other drinks, pure spirits like whiskey, brandy, cognac, vodka, gin, and tequila contain zero carbs and they are all fine on keto. However, avoid sugary cocktails and beer, which are much higher. Here is a good guide on how many net carbs are in popular cocktails. It is lower than you might expect, which for me, is GREAT news.

Sorry, YOU’LL LIKELY HAVE TO DITCH dessert

There really is no such thing as keto-friendly desserts at restaurants since I’m pretty sure none of them are substituting out sugar for stevia. Dessert is a challenge when on a keto diet. Let me know if you have any tips on this section!

I hope these tips for ordering keto-friendly when dining out help make your dining experience easy and enjoyable.

5 Survival Tips for Flying with a One Year Old on a Plane

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tips for traveling with a one year old on a plane

The idea of taking your wild and crazy one year old on a closterfobic plane where they are confined to their seat can be incredibly stressful. All of the potential horrifying circumstances that you may or may not have to face head on. What helped me was to simply prepare and plan as much as possible so I felt at least a little more confident embarking on this daunting endeavor. Here are five survival tips for flying with a one year old on a plane…

1. Choose an evening flight time close to their bedtime

For me, the time that made the most sense was an evening flight close to or right at his bedtime. I chose the 7:45 flight time, which lined up perfectly for giving him his bottle right before take off so that by the time we were in the air he was almost completely asleep and slept the entire 2 and a half hour flight. That, honestly, is probably the most ideal situation for when flying with a one year old. Especially if you are taking a really long flight, that is is truly a must. Also, try to ensure that their afternoon nap is shorter than usual. This will help guarantee that they go to bed on the plane.

2. Buy them their own seat

I know it can be pricey but WELL WORTH IT. I put him in his car seat right (here is a list of the best travel car seats) next to the window so he could sleep in peace and I could also enjoy a glass of wine and book while he snoozed away. It’s like he wasn’t even there. This also takes away from the stress of simply hoping and praying you have an empty seat next to yours. After all, by the time they’re one, they pretty much won’t sit still and be content on your lap. Not to mention, quite uncomfortable for them to have to sleep on your lap the entire flight. I mean, what if you have to use the lavatory and you’re flying by yourself?

3. Pack Lightly

Getting on and off the tiny plane with your little one and all of their extra necessities can also be a challenge (esepcially when flying by yourself). Make it easier on yourself by planning ahead to pack just the basic essentials. You don’t really need much more than:

  1. 3 diapers
  2. wipes
  3. a change of clothes
  4. a few snacks (non messy ones)
  5. a few small toys
  6. an i-pad or small mobile device and headphones

4. Make sure they are sucking on their binky or a bottle during take off and landing

This will help ensure they don’t have any problems with their ears popping and in turn have a meltdown because they are uncomfortable, possibly even preventing them from going to sleep.

5. Don’t feed them too many snacks before or during the flight

So I made the mistake of giving my little guy an entire banana plus a lil biscuit cookie before the flight and he ended up throwing up right before the plane took off, which was the greatest nightmare of all time. Luckily, the flight attendants were super helpful with assisting me when needing to take both my little one and the car seat to the lavatory to clean up as much as possible. But to avoid this from happening to you, be very conscientious of this potential disaster.

In summary, I hope these tips help you on your future travel adventures with your little one. I think the key tip in all of this is to choose a flight at their bedtime to optimize the likelihood that they sleep the entire flight so you can sit back and relax as much as possible.

 

 

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