Feb

4

PLEASE CLICK ON THE RED LINK BELOW

Are You at Risk for Heart Disease? Take this quiz to find out.

As posted in What is the heart truth? on the SC blog in March of 2008, every woman needs to know about heart disease. So many of us are guilty of nurturing our loved ones so obsessively that we too often neglect our own health. As mothers, I do believe that we are the driving force behind the success of our families. From the foods our family eats, to health care, and even in the support and strength we give. We are needed and it is of the utmost importance that we are educated about our health and well being.

Be smart. Be informed. Be well.

February is American Heart Month because cardiovascular diseases, including stoke, remain the number one cause of death in America, and to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease, many have taken to wearing red during the month as a symbol of support.

Jan

12

You do not have to be a scientist or a well informed individual to believe that the early years of a baby are crucial to their development. Babies are fragile little human beings and the world they are exposed to profoundly affect them as they grow.

But what is it about babies in their first few years that make them more vulnerable to harmful chemicals then older children and adults? Why can chemicals in the early years have such a negative impact on people for many years to come? And what does all this have to do with living organically?
-GoOrganic.com.au

Click HERE to read more.

Aug

5

SOY. Did you know?

August 5, 2010

A baby fed soy will receive, through the phytoestrogens, the equivalent of approximately 5 birth control pills per day! The damage is incalculable.

An excerpt from the must read article Is soy healthy?.

Feb

5

Knowing what goes on your baby’s skin is a must! More and more we see words like “natural” and “organic” on a product’s label, though often these terms are misleading. Many parents in the hustle and bustle of daily life just don’t take the time to read a product’s label thoroughly if at all. In addition there are those that simply just buy what they know, what they’ve grown up with, what the advertisers push. That said, I’m not a naysayer to the mainstream, I do however believe that it’s important to know what’s in the products I use, not just for my baby but for my whole family. Moderation is key, I’m not prepared to give up my M.A.C. make-up though I have streamlined it and have incorporated better choices. The following site, Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database, is a great resource, one I hope that you’ll find useful!

It’s our mission at the Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

Often, that means building databases. EWG’s data gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from the health risks we all face from everyday exposures to myriad industrial chemicals.

In 2004 we launched Skin Deep, an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. Our aim was to fill in where companies and the government leave off: companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish, and our government doesn’t require companies to test products for safety before they’re sold. EWG’s scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource, integrating our in-house collection of personal care product ingredient listings with more than 50 toxicity and regulatory databases.

Now in its fourth year and third major update, our Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings for nearly a quarter of all products on the market — 52,698 products with 8,846 ingredients. At about one million page views per month, Skin Deep is the world’s largest and most popular product safety guide.

-Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database

Sep

30

Better For Babies.

September 30, 2009

Organic and natural fibers are better for babies and it’s why those are our fabrics of choice for what’s next to baby’s skin. Did you know that a baby’s skin is more porous and thinner than adults? That means that their skin absorbs things very easily. Johnson and Johnson states on the their website the following about a baby’s skin: “A baby’s skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adult’s. A baby’s skin also produces less melanin, the substance that helps protect against sunburn. It’s less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if it’s irritated. Babies also sweat less efficiently than the rest of us, so it’s harder for them to maintain their inner body temperature.” This means that children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults. Lotus Organics states that, “Millions of children in the US receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use, and pesticide drift”. Scary stuff for parents to read. Those of us that choose to cloth diaper are typically well aware of the eco benefits and we embrace them. That said, most will agree that the cloth diapering trends of days gone by are not only unappealing to many but unrealistic for most. In an economy where most households have parents working outside the home and are utilizing child care on some level, one’s diaper choice is key in a successful cloth diapering household. I have been asked why Stinky Couture does not make an all organic diaper as a staple product? In my mind blending the best of both world’s makes more sense; organic and natural fibers next to baby’s skin while incorporating man-made high performance fabrics where most effective. I have found that this hybrid cloth diaper addresses not only the need for absorbency, it washes cleaner, dries faster and allows for enhanced comfort and a superior fit. Though there are those that will happily use a simple cotton flat to diaper baby, there are those of us that want it all; the benefits of cloth diapering with the ease and convenience of a disposable diaper. . . and let’s not forget our insatiable need for style and flare!

Aug

22

What’s your footprint?

August 22, 2009

What’s your footprint? Have you thought about it?

Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator!

Feb

20

PLEASE CLICK ON THE RED LINK BELOW

Are You at Risk for Heart Disease? Take this quiz to find out.

As posted in What is the heart truth? on the SC blog March of last year, every woman needs to know about heart disease. So many of us are guilty of nurturing our loved ones so obsessively that we too often neglect our own health. As mothers, I do believe that we are the driving force behind the success of our families. From the foods our family eats, to health care, and even in the support and strength we give. We are needed and it is of the utmost importance that we are educated about our health and well being.

Be smart. Be informed. Be well.

February is American Heart Month because cardiovascular diseases, including stoke, remain the number one cause of death in America, and to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease, many have taken to wearing red during the month as a symbol of support.

Aug

2

So Deceptively Delicious!

August 2, 2008

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food is an absolute “must have” for any of us that struggle with combining creativity and vegetables!

Jul

19

Breakfast : .33 cup organic old fashioned oats, one serving of protein, banana (small)

11:00 a.m. : 6 ounces natural or organic chicken (Whole Foods), .25 cup organic brown rice (measured dry)

2:00 p.m. : REPEAT 11:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m. : one serving protein

6:00 p.m. : one serving of protein, banana (small)

9:00 p.m. : 1/2 cup organic green beans (Costco), 1 tsp organic coconut oil (glass jar), three eggs

I try to keep the calories below 1600. I make simple and small variations here and there. The key to remember is that this is NOT a diet it is truly a lifestyle.

Organic trail mix (Costco) after 3:00 if hungry.

I do put some cheese on my eggs at night with one yolk. And will stop that as soon as I plateau. I flavor most everything with an organic poultry seasoning (Costco). I drink lots of filtered water, absolutely no bottled water (plastic bad).

DAILY: Probiotic BERRY GREEN by New Chapter, Organic flax seed oil

As much as I try to keep most of my intake organic, there are just some proteins/meal replacements that I find that I get more from. Balance and moderation. This is just an example of one eating program. I change it up every other month depending on what my needs are. Currently I am leaning down. This is NOT how I ate while nursing my babies as my nutritional needs were different at that time.

Jun

20

A spiritual rambling…

June 20, 2008

I do believe that people often search for inner peace and spirituality within the comfort zone that they know. I have found that there are no boundaries to which one should feel confined. There is a vast amount of knowledge to be shared and benefit from, though often the label of one religion or another seems to discourage us from being open to other’s ideas or beliefs. Recently I was made aware of the belief system of Deepak Chopra, which I found interesting. I have found that many of his teachings are what I already practice in my life.

Chopra teaches a lifestyle that includes meditation, yoga, mindfulness in daily life, proper nutrition based on whole foods, detoxing through fasting, enemas, and massage, and abstinence from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and junk food.

Chopra’s “Ten Keys to Happiness” are:

1. Listen to your body’s wisdom.
2. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have.
3. Take time to be silent, to meditate.
4. Relinquish your need for external approval.
5. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself.
6. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.”
7. Shed the burden of judgement.
8. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either food, drink, or toxic emotions.
9. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior.
10. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence.


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