Recommended Resources



Need advice on supplements and other health products?

Looking to become a Health Coach or wellness blogger and aren’t sure where to begin?

From books to courses, below are some of what we use and recommend to friends and family. If you purchase through our links we get a commission for referring you, and we’ll give you a virtual high five for your support! You can also find many of the items mentioned at your local health food store, and we highly suggest shopping local when possible.

Training & Education 

Herbal Academy of New England

The HANE offers online herbalism classes and certification for every level of interest, from beginner to advanced. Their training is delivered via beautifully designed and downloadable PDFs, monograms, and videos and includes loads of recipes and even labels.

Academy of Culinary Nutrition

Whether you’re looking to improve your diet or to become a certified health coach or holistic chef, the Academy of Culinary Nutrition is the place to study! Their program is delivered in HD quality videos, making everything you learn easy to digest and understand. You’ll learn not only recipes but in depth nutrition training and also tips on menu planning for your clients and more.



If you don’t happen to have a health food store nearby or are looking for health food and supplements and live outside the US, I highly recommend iherb.

We have been using them for almost 5 years now and they’ve shipped to us all over the world, from South Korea to Scotland! On top of them shipping internationally, they offer great discounts.  Use code POG103 when checking out for up to 10$ off your first order. Click here to find out more.


 Vitamix 1710 Professional Series 500, Brushed Stainless Steel

We use it to make soups, green smoothies, vegan icecream, and other healthy delights!



 Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor

An excellent and cost effective juicer.



 Blendtec TB-621-20

Another excellent blender, used by chefs worldwide.


Excalibur 3900B 9 Tray Deluxe Dehydrator

The Excalibur food dehydrator can do it all. Dehydrate Fruits. Dehydrate Vegetables. Re-crisp breads, crackers, etc. Make soup mixes and reconstitute later. Make animal / pet treats. Use for arts & crafts such as cake decorations, potpourri, dough art, drying photographs.


Food Matters

Food Matters

Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.



future of food

The Future of Food

The Future of Food documents what is currently going on with the food supply in the US, including the control of Monsanto and its attack on small farmers.


The beautiful Truth


The Beautiful Truth

Raised on a wildlife reserve in Alaska, 15-year old Garrett was interested in the dietary habits of their animals. After the tragic death of his mother, Garrett s father decided to home-school his son and assigned a book written by Dr. Max Gerson that proposes a direct link between diet and a cure for cancer. Fascinated, Garrett embarks on a cross-country road trip to investigate The Gerson Therapy. He meets with scientists, doctors and cancer survivors who reveal how it is in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar medical industry to dismiss the notion of alternative and natural cures.


The Greater GoodThe Greater Good

The Great Good is an award winning film by Leslie Manookian, Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaro that goes beyond the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate. The film re-frames this emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program. Our society has reached a crossroads on vaccines. Americans are asking questions about safety but are confused about where to turn for answers. Government agencies are charged with implementing sound policies that will keep vaccination rates high and disease rates low. But to accomplish this noble goal, does the government go too far in shielding the public from possible side effects?



THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.


what in the world are they sprayingWhat In The World Are They Spraying?

By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: who is doing this and why. With the release of this video, all of that has changed. Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called geo-engineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water – all supposedly for the betterment of mankind. Although officials insist that these programs are only in the discussion phase, evidence is abundant that they have been underway since about 1990 – and the effect has been devastating to crops, wildlife, and human health.

The Optimum Nutrition Bible

One of the books that provoked us to change our eating habits!

Since it was first published in 1997, THE OPTIMUM NUTRITION BIBLE has revolutionized health by showing more than half a million readers how to achieve a profound sense of well-being by devising the best possible intake of nutrients for their unique biochemical makeup. THE NEW OPTIMUM NUTRITION BIBLE presents the latest research from Britain’¬?s top nutrition expert Patrick Holford, with new chapters on stimulants, water, eating right for your blood type, detox, homocysteine, and toxic minerals. You’¬?ll learn to analyze your symptoms, lifestyle, and eating habits in order to formulate a personal ideal diet and vitamin regimen. Once optimum nutrition is in place, you can look forward to a consistent high level of energy, emotional balance, alertness, physical fitness, resilience against infectious diseases, and longevity.

  • A revised edition of the best-selling nutritional guide, with an A-to-Z guide to specific health problems and how to heal them with optimum nutrition.
  • Unlike modern medicine, which tends to treat diseases not people, the optimum nutrition approach considers a human being as a whole, with an interconnected mind and body designed to adapt to health if the circumstances are right.
  • Additional chapters cover boosting your immune system; preventing cancer and heart disease; how to increase your IQ, memory, and mental performance; improving skin health; and much more.
  • THE OPTIMUM NUTRITION BIBLE sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.

The China Study

The China Study

Even today, as trendy diets and a weight-loss frenzy sweep the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, typically an “adult” disease, at an alarming rate. If we’re obsessed with being thin more so than ever before, why are Americans stricken with heart disease as much as we were 30 years ago?
In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs

This book, as well as the store itself, changed our family’s life. When my wife was battling pp depression, nothing we tried worked.

After walking into Dragon Herbs and speaking with an herbalist, she began taking jing enhancing herbs and literally almost overnight

she felt better. A few days later it was gone. This staggering change prompted us to explore Asian systems of medicine, particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This book is an incredible, MUST HAVE guide for anyone looking to learn more about Chinese herbs and how they can change your life.


Prescription for Nutritional Healing

Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the nation’s #1 bestselling guide to natural remedies. The new fifth edition incorporates the most recent information on a variety of alternative healing and preventive therapies and new findings on vitamins, supplements, and herbs.


The Natural Way To Vibrant Health

Proper nutrition is tantamount to good health. Dr. Walker explains in detail the importance of eliminating artificial processed foods that can destroy our health and shorten our lives. He also strongly recommends stimulating your mind and body through both proper nutrition and positive thoughts to achieve mental soundness and character so your entire being can possess vibrant health.


 The Edge Effect

Dr. Eric Braverman, a leading figure in the practice of brain-body health care, reveals the dramatic impact that proper brain nourishment can have on the quality of our lives. His key to longevity and well-being is balancing the brain’s four important neurotransmitters. A simple test determines which of the four is dominant in you, and what you can do to maintain the right balance, by modifying your diet with both foods and natural supplements. Proven effective for thousands of patients in Dr. Braverman’s practice, this groundbreaking approach will help anyone make the most of his or her life, free of the major illnesses (such as cancer and heart disease) and minor ailments as well.


Essential Oils

DoTERRA Essential Oils

Our family was introduced to DoTERRA about 6 months ago.

We have been thrilled by their quality and use them everyday,

from cleaning to treating aches and pains as well as the flu.

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated its killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 30 minutes of diffusing, the killrate jumped to 99.3%.. Another study against the gram negative pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 % after just 12 minutes of diffusion.




Reishi, Deer Antler, and Chaga are revered around the world for their amazing health properties.

Like all medicinal mushrooms, Chaga contains beta glucans, the non-linear complex polysaccharides that give Chaga extract its potent immune supporting properties. Chaga extract also has an extremely high ORAC value (anti-oxidant properties), even beyond that of blueberry extracts. In fact, Chaga may be the most potent anti-oxidant ever discovered.
Surthrival has potent supplements that will ramp up your health.

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
Mountain Rose Herbs is a fantastic, well known company that supplies high quality, 
organic herbs that I love, such as schizandra.
Bulk Herb Store
Bulk Herb store is an excellent place to buy all kinds of herbs! 
They also have a fantastic blog with lots of tips. Click here to find out more.

Green Vibrance

A potent, concentrated superfood that our family has used and enjoyed.

Spring Dragon Longevity Tea

Throughout Asia, Gynostemma teas are consumed as a daily tea by health conscious folks. Gynostemma is known as “Magical Grass” in China. It is commonly used as an adaptability-enhancing anti-aging herb. Gynostemma is an herb with double direction activity. It can be consumed in the morning to help you get started for the day. It can also be drunk at night to help you relax. Spring Dragon Longevity Tea contains no caffeine. With five premier tonic herbs infused into premium grade Gynostemma leaves, this tea yields one of the most broad spectrum health promoting tonic brews in the world.

Heaven Mountain Goji Berries

The BEST goji we have had to date! The Ultimate Tonic “Super Fruit”Millions of people throughout Asia consume Goji berries every day for both their unique, satisfying flavor, and their health benefits. In China’s first herbal encyclopedia, Shen Nong’s Materia Medica, written in the 1st century B.C., Goji was classified as a “superior tonic,” a class of herbs that people should take on an on-going basis to preserve youth and to promote general well being of life. Goji’s superior tonic classification has stood the test of time. Two thousand years later, Goji berries are still being consumed regularly throughout Asian civilizations for those purported reason. We now know that Goji berries are a “high-ORAC” antioxidant-rich superfruit featuring important phytochemicals such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, betaine, polysaccharides (LBPs), trace minerals and vitamins.

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Our favorite coconut oil. Nutiva’s cold-pressed, Organic extra-virgin coconut oil has light taste, pleasant aroma, and pure white color

Nutiva Hemp Oil

Nutiva’s unrefined cold-pressed, raw Canadian hemp oil is light green, lighter in flavor and has more GLA content compared to other hemp oils.

Guyaki Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate Provides a Wealth of Nutrients: The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 were interested in this healthy source of vitamins and did a thorough study of its properties. The investigators concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”  In addition, results from a study done by researchers at the University of Madrid assert a high content of mineral elements, especially K, Mg, and Mn, in mate. They considered those findings “to be of great relevance” to the nutritional value of mate infusions.


Vegan, cruelty-free, propylene glycol-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free – what more could you ask for in a home-made deodorant.   The scents are perfectly subtle, our shirts aren’t stained, and 8 hours later… wait let me check… yup, still good!  Made in Portland, OR using 100% natural ingredients –  shea butter, baking soda, Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed  Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract and essential oils.  We love the lavender/sage and cedarwood/juniper!