If you haven’t ever run a blog or website you may not know this, but I can see what links get clicked and how often they are clicked.  My analytics don’t tell me “Mary clicked on your link,” but I can see the number of times my readers click out.

When it comes to Explore More, the chocolate recipes are always the most popular.  (You all are clearly my kind of people.)

And, since Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, I am thrilled to toss a gorgeous one your way this week along with some other fun, thought-provoking, and otherwise interesting stuff.

First things first, check out Primally Inspired’s Strawberry Ice Cream Chocolate Roll.  Of course it is minimally sweetened, grain free, dairy free, etc.  We’ve been getting organic strawberries from Florida lately (I won’t buy strawberries unless they are seasonal and come from close by) so this would be an ideal cake to make right now.  You may recall that Primally Inspired’s Peppermint Brownie Roll graced my holiday table.  It was OMG good, and I know the strawberry ice cream version will be, too.

For a little more chocolate love, check out these chocolate almond butter bites from Clean Eats in the Zoo.

What do you eat for breakfast?  Holistic Health Coach Dani Stout presents some solid reasons why you should ditch the Kashi for some good old eggs.

Here’s an interesting piece that got a lot of play in my Facebook feed about why it’s possible you should not be “working out” for a bit.  There’s some good stuff to consider in there and some of it requires asking yourself some tough questions.

Along the lines of my piece on diets and deprivation, I love this piece on getting real about weight:

I find that whenever I read about weight loss in the popular media or watch people on reality TV trying to fight off the pounds, or listen to the latest strategies from the experts – be it a drug, diet, or the promise of some genetic breakthrough – I’m left feeling empty, used and uninspired. It seems to me that we’re collectively stuck in the same limited conversation around weight that keeps playing itself back and landing us in the same place – nowhere. With obesity rates at an all time high and continuing to rise, I’m stunned at how these anemic messages about weight never change, and never truly work …

It’s worth a read.

Have the Girl Scouts come knocking?  Offer them a donation in lieu of a chemical-laden, gluten-filled cookie buy and then make these.

Are you making one of these mistakes when you make your bone broth?

Poor trunk flexibility is associated with arterial stiffening.  (Note, there’s no causation established by this study, only an association.)

Have you looked into traditional diets, only to be scared out of your ever-loving-mind about the cholesterol?  I found this piece to be extremely informative and on a level I could easily understand.  Learn more about the role cholesterol plays in your body so that you can be informed both with your food choices and when it’s time to get that annual lipid panel done.

Are you worried about the cost of a traditional diet?  This is a really great little write-up about how one family defrays costs.

I believe in the importance of creativity to overall wellness, so I like to celebrate it.  This is some cool stuff.

You know what else is crucial for wellness?  Self-awareness.

Speaking of self-awareness, this Italian Baked Egg recipe is coupled with a wonderful post about the Whole 30 Challenge and how the one blogger handled the perceived “deprivation” in the context of a history of eating disorders.

Food politics.  There’s a lot to be said on that subject, and it’s one I want to explore with great care.  Read this for a taste.

That’s it for this week.  I look forward to bringing you another beautiful story from The Caregiver Series on Monday.  Oh, and if you must watch the whole game on Sunday, at least mix it up a little.




2 Responses to “Explore More : February 1st”

  1. on 01 Feb 2013 at 7:19 pmKelly @ Primally Inspired

    So excited to see the strawberry roll making your roundup! 🙂
    I am SO JEALOUS of your Florida strawberries. I usually don’t buy fruit unless it’s seasonal, too but had to make an exception with this roll. Fresh Florida strawberries would be so good in this!! Happy Valentine’s Day, Kristine!

  2. on 01 Feb 2013 at 7:28 pmKristine Rudolph

    I know. I think they may have a FL strawberry mini-season in late January. I am not sure how it happens, but to be honest, I usually also make an exception around V-Day regardless.

    I already have one reader begging her sister to make this roll. She was looking for recipes for a 1st birthday party. This would be super fun. Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

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