Technology Addiction, Natural Sleep Remedies and… Pork Rinds. - Goodness Me!

Technology Addiction, Natural Sleep Remedies and Pork Rinds.


Welcome to this week’s episode of the Honest to Goodness Podcast! Do you know where your compost goes?   Emily thought she did until recently—and had a rude awakening when she realized that her local municipality has been sending her compost to the local landfill! Listen in as a Janet & Emily share their thoughts about this revelation.. and they’re not happy!

First Segment: Hot topics

How do you handle technology in your home? It’s not a surprise that families these days struggle with finding balance with too little or too much technology usage. The ladies refer to a recent article that refers to big technology as being the next big tobacco.   Listen in as Janet shares with why she still to this day does not own a personal cell phone and some ways that Emily has tried to guard her personal time and keep herself & her family from technology-overload.


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Sleep! Is there anything that can negatively impact your day more than having a night full of tossing & turning? We doubt it! Many of us have found ourselves laying in bed tossing & turning, trying to will ourselves to fall into a deep sleep—only to end up frustrated and exhausted the next morning.   As more people are turning to natural remedies for sleep aids, the popularity of Melatonin has grown. Listen in as the ladies discuss how melatonin works and which ones they prefer.

Melatonin Sublingual tablet 

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1. Sam asks, “Suddenly, everyone I know is eating pork rinds and beef jerky. What's your opinion?”           

The popularity of the keto diet has people eating many fat sources—but are they all good for us? The ladies remind us of some things to keep in mind as we walk the grocery aisles looking for low-carb options.


2. Fiona asks, “I don't like veggies. Is it okay to get my five-a-day from fruit only?”

No, sorry Fiona—hate to say that it’s not okay. The carbohydrates found in fruit are very different than those found in vegetables and are processed differently in the body. Janet and Emily share some great suggestions on how to ensure you get a balanced diet that is rich in your vitamins & minerals.


What’s for dinner?
Emily is LOVING her new instant pot and has recently found that it easy to whip up her husband’s favourite rib recipe in a snap! Check out the recipe below:

  • A couple pounds of short ribs
  • 1-2 zucchini diced
  • 1 large onion sliced into circles
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • Balsamic vinegar 2-4 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup water (use less in over method)
  • Whole mineral salt and pepper to taste

Instant pot version:

Put zucchini’s and onion and garlic in the bottom with the water. Place the ribs evenly on top on the veggies and generously salt, douse then in balsamic vinegar

Set instant pot to “meat/stew” setting for 40mins

Meat should fall apart easily when done

Oven option:

Sear ribs in pan

Add veggies to the bottom of an oven casserole dish that can be lidded. Place seared meat on top and douse in balsamic vinegar. Cover and put in the oven at 325 for about 3 hours (checking near the end of the meat is easy to pull off the bone)

To serve spoon liquid over the ribs, serve with steam veggies or a fresh salad. You can purée the veg using a hand blender into the liquid juices to make a “gravy” that little ones might be more likely to eat!


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