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A renaissance of Alabama White Marble is underway. 


By Jan Walsh 


Photography by Beau Gustafson 


Alabama White Marble may be Alabama’s best-kept secret. The Alabama Marble Belt is situated approximately 45 miles southeast of Birmingham, where it runs 32 miles long, one mile and one half wide, and is as deep as 600 feet. For more than 160 years marble has been quarried in Sylacauga, and its Talladega County. Yet most Alabamians would not recognize Alabama White Marble, even if it were right under their cocktail at Highlands Bar and Grill’s marble bar. 


Alabama White Marble boasts a reputation for being the whitest and strongest in the world. Here in Birmingham it can also be found in the John Hand Building, Vance Federal Courthouse, Lyric Theatre, and many others.

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Himalayan crystals are the purest salts on earth.


By Jan Walsh 


Photography by Beau Gustafson 



Salt is a necessary ingredient in life. All humans and animals require it to survive. Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements found in the human body, including sodium chloride, sulphate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Given its cellular structure, it stores vibrational energy. And the salt’s minerals are (colloid) so small that our cells can easily absorb them.


Himalayan Crystal Salt and pure spring water preserves all the natural elements original to its source, which existed in the “primal sea.” The Himalayan mountain range goes across Asia, and passes through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India.

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Coconut oil is good for you inside and out.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Coconut oil is extracted from the “meat” of coconuts.  It is high in saturated fats. Yet these are not typical saturated fats, such as those found in meat and cheese. It contains lauric acid, a type of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently than long chain fatty acids. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. MCTs can also increase energy, kill harmful pathogens, and reduce appetite. Coconut oil is good for your skin, hair, mouth, and can also be used as a mild sunscreen, blocking harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

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I buy wild caught fish, not farmed nor genetically modified.


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


I have enjoyed fresh caught fish and seafood since I was a child. I can recall my “Daddy Joe” taking me on my first fishing adventure to Highland Lake, near Oneonta. I threw my line from the bank straight into the limbs of a tree hanging over the water. I was not concerned about the line but was worried that the worm was afraid being up so high, given his home was in the earth. I have fished a couple of times since that time—before deciding to leave fishing to the pros.

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Organic Cooking Oil


La Tourangelle’s Grapeseed Oil is my favorite for frying. 


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson

One of the most important staples in your pantry is your cooking oil. What is it? If you buy an organic potato and cook it in GMO oil, it is no longer organic food. It is a GMO potato.


Until several years ago, I had not thought much about my own cooking oils. In 2010 I was hospitalized twice within a three-month period, once in California and once in Birmingham. Both ER doctors diagnosed the episode as a seafood allergy because both days I had eaten lobster. I was told to never eat shellfish again by both doctors.

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