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Eliminate your environmental toxins: Everyday cleaners for you and your home



I have a lifelong history of eczema and long before changing how I ate, one of the first things I did in an attempt to improve my health, was to switch to personal care and cleaning products with no fragrances. Not long after that, I switched to ‘all natural’ cleaners that generally have fewer irritants. Most recently, I’ve opted to make a lot of my own products, usually using only a few ingredients, so that I know exactly what is in them. (I found out last year that aloe vera gel isn’t supposed to feel like burning, but may just do that if you have an intolerance to it). I’ve now gotten to the point where I don’t think about the products I use any more, as they are merely part of my everyday routine. However, a friend who was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease asked me about personal care and cleaning product recommendations, and I figured it’d be useful to actually jot this information down.

Beyond those of us who have Celiac disease, skin issues or autoimmune diseases, it’s a good idea for everyone to switch to cleaners and personal products that are low in toxins. And there are plenty of toxins to be found in cosmetics, personal care products and household cleaners. While it’s good to be aware of what you put in your mouth, ingredients in these cleaners and personal products aren’t filtered through your digestive system before hitting your bloodstream – they can be absorbed into your bloodstream through your skin. If you’re ever in doubt about one of the products you use, I highly recommend entering it into the Environmental Working Group’s database, and see which ingredients they flag as problematic or potentially dangerous.

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July 9 |

A food that’s 80% protein, high in good fat, fiber, and micronutrients & no one’s eating it


What food are we not eating, but we should be?Much of the standard American diet consists of varied forms of wheat, soy and corn. Same, low-nutrient, processed garbage that has lots of refined sugar, artificial flavoring and coloring added to it. So many people are willing to eat the same, repackaged “foods” and yet, there’s a food source alternative that used to be eaten in many cultures, is 50-80% protein, high in good fat, fiber, and micronutrients & no one is eating it. In addition, this versatile food source can be eaten savory (sautéed in butter and garlic), or sweet (chocolate coating helps it go down), and is more economical and ecologically easier to raise than meat. Any guesses as to what this food is?

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June 6 |

Oil pulling with coconut oil


Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Kris Gunnars’ site, Authority Nutrition. I’ve recently started oil pulling with coconut oil on a regular basis, after a bout of inflamed gums that felt a little too tender to brush and floss easily. After just a few days of oil pulling, my gums felt much less inflamed and after about 4 days went back to normal. It’s now been about a week of working oil pulling into my morning routine, and already I feel like my mouth is a little cleaner for it. My one recommendation: if you’re brand-new to oil-pulling, use less than a tablespoon to start. The first time I tried with a full tablespoon of coconut oil, I gagged. It’s just too much for me, because in addition to the coconut oil, your saliva builds up, so it can be an overwhelming volume of liquid to swish in your mouth.

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May 28 |

What’s wrong with these bananas that they’re being thrown away?


What’s wrong with those bananas? Basically, they’re not pretty enough to be eaten, for largely aesthetic reasons, these bananas aren’t fit for sale and will be thrown away and not eaten by anyone. How can so many people go hungry every day, yet “40% of everything raised or grown, is not in fact, eaten.”

The image above is taken from the new documentary, Just Eat It by Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer who explore the wastefulness of the food industry from the farm, to the grocery store, and in their own fridges. Reducing food waste is certainly a priority, if we want to make better use of the resources we have.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Watch the trailer, and learn more about this documentary:

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May 26 |

Living with food restrictions from a teen’s perspective


Living with Food Restrictions from a Teen's PerspectiveEditor’s Note: Please welcome Erica Brahan of Edible Attitudes. I’ve written in the past about food intolerance symptoms and how the source of symptoms can be lessened with an elimination diet. It’s one thing to see the symptoms listed, and it’s another thing to read how they impact an individual – especially a growing, active teenager. If your child is experiencing food sensitivities or food allergies and feel alone in their need to eat a restrictive diet, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Erica’s book (now in it’s second edition), “A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep You from Going Crazy“. Hopefully, Erica’s story will inspire you or your child to take an active role in healing and thriving with food restrictions.

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May 20 |
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