grain free blueberry pie

End of Summer BLUES

Yes it's among us, the end of summer. Mid-September is here and just like that, another New York City summer has flown by. But as New Yorkers, we won’t let go of summer until it’s pried from our cold, gloved hands! To make the most of the time between now and those beautiful fall veggies and fruit, we’ve prepared several fun and wholesome recipe ideas to squeeze the last drop out of those summer berries. With minimal prep time [...]

what does it mean to live free?

Living Free Can Have a Lot of Different Meanings

When I began to create this site, Living Free meant living free of allergens in your food and products. My goal was to make people aware of the toxins in not ONLY their food but products and items around them and give people alternatives for living a better, cleaner and healthier life. That was a year ago. In that year, my life took a 180 or a 360...or to say it better, how about just knocked me on my butt then [...]

broccoli soup

Eat Free: Broccoli Soup

Eating clean does not have to be boring, dull or tasteless! What’s better than warm soup on a cold day? Or any day for that matter? For me a rich, thick, nutrient dense soup that eats like a meal, only takes 15-20 minutes to make, and has just a handful of ingredients is a win, win, win! Not only is this soup bowl-licking-delicious, but the benefits of broccoli are endless! First and foremost, it is anti-inflammatory and supports your body’s natural detoxification process. It contains fiber [...]

eating seasonally

The Benefits of Eating Seasonally

The most important step on my journey to living free has been learning to eat free. For me, this means a diet free of gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars, plus rotating my food, choosing organic unprocessed foods clear of GMOS, and eating seasonally. Eating seasonally is one of the best things you can do for your body for a few different reasons: 1. Fresher and More Flavorful Produce Freshly picked produce that’s in season has the most beautiful flavor imaginable. A [...]

seeking light

Seeking Light

Whether it’s the state of our world, personal anxieties, health issues, or relationship struggles, there is a lot of weight in the world to bring us down. As a challenge to myself, lately I have been seeking out stories and wisdom to lighten my mind and inspire my everyday life. I’ve been finding the light everywhere. A nurse that lovingly held my hand and comforted me at the doctor’s office. A woman that thanked me for giving her “hope in [...]

beauty from within

Beauty from Within

When it comes to beauty I know one thing is true: no amount of makeup, hair dye, or skincare will make a difference if your body is full of turmoil. If you’ve ever seen a woman that meditates, one of the first things you probably noticed is her glow. That radiance comes from inner peace, not cosmetics. I say this from experience—I’ve never looked better in my life than when I meditated every day for a year. With this in [...]

defining holistic

Defining Holistic

If you’ve ever stepped into a health food store you’ve been bombarded with the word, “holistic,” but do you know what it really means? Simply put: holistic health means that wellness comes from the sum of all interconnected parts. These parts are not just our organs—but also our minds, our environments, our food, our experience, life. I like the phrase holistic because it acknowledges the fact that every part of our life affects our wellness. That sandwich you just ate, [...]

tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil, the Natural Mold Killer

On the path to living free of toxins and harmful chemicals there is one space that you need to consider every inch of: your home. Everything from our cleaning products to our pillows to our detergent can be ripe with harmful, illness-causing chemicals that are not good for anyone, especially those with allergies and asthma. Because of this I am always searching for natural, effective alternatives. One of my favorite finds, that I use for both health and cleaning benefits, is [...]