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A Taste of England: Yorkshire Pudding (Recipe)

yorkshire puddingMy mom grew up in a small village 45 minutes south of London. Having a British mom has awarded me a lot of things in life that a lot of kids never get to have – true English Christmases, the ability to fake an accent better than anyone I know and getting the inside jokes on Downton Abbey. My favorite thing about being a half-brit though is yorkshire pudding.

It’s a running joke in our family that there are so many things to love about England, but food isn’t really one of them – outside of fish ‘n’ chips of course (and I don’t eat anything that comes out of the ocean – so bust.) I mean, would you be willing to be try a plate of spotted dick (that’s a real thing. Least appetizing dessert name ever)? Or maybe some steak and kidney pie? Didn’t think so. However, there is one delicious morsel usually reserved for Sunday roast dinners that make hearts appear in my eyes and the kickstart automatic drooling. Contrary to the name, yorkshire pudding are more like bread rolls and muffins had a baby than American pudding. As I said, they work as a side dish with a bit of gravy for roast dinners or can be eaten with jam for a light dessert.

Whenever I had a rough day at school or wasn’t feeling well my mom would whip up a batch of these delicious morsels to go with dinner and it was always the best surprise. As I’ve been trying to experiment more in the kitchen I decided to try them out for myself. Luckily, they are the simplest thing in the world to make! So get out your union jacks, put Monty Python in the DVD player and get in touch with your Brit side with this easy Yorkshire Pudding recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (It also works with water instead if trying to cut down on fat, but milk makes them fluffier)
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Cupcake pan

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 450˚F
  • Mix together flour, salt, milk/water, butter and eggs in medium mixing bowl until mixture is cohesive with no bumps
  • Pour mix into cupcake pan, filling each well about halfway (they rise a lot so be careful).
  • Place in the oven for 10 minutes (or until golden brown)

The recipe makes about 12 medium yorkshires so prepare accordingly. I was so

Thanksgiving Recipe: Curried Squash & Apple Soup

43 Final DishThis soup was inspired by a delicious dish my Aunt Joan made of roasted curried squash. I adored it, so recreated it, then decided to make it into a soup. It’s fabulous for chilly fall nights, when you’re looking for something to warm your belly and soul, and it’s super easy! It also makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, especially for your vegan and gluten free guests.

I’m not one for precise measurements as one of my favorite aspects of cooking is experimentation, so I encourage you to play with the flavors and find what works best for you. Feel free to share any magical discoveries in the comments below!

Ingredients

– 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes

– A couple green apples, peeled, cored, and quatered

– 1 small yellow onion and/or shallots

– carton of veggie broth (homemade is great too of course!)

– 2 tsp of Wakaya Perfection Ginger

– grapeseed oil or olive oil

– curry powder (the best kind you can find, which will probably be at an Indian or West Indian store)

– ground cumin or roasted geera

– salt and pepper to taste

These are my favorite brands of roasted geera and curry powder, both purchased from a West Indian store in Toronto. Having delicious and authentic curry powder can make all the difference!

43 Curry Powder

Instructions

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, toss together the squash, apples, and onion/shallots, with oil (enough for a light coating) and a decent coating of curry powder (about 1 – 2 Tbsp) and about 1 tsp of the roasted geera/cumin. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

43 Bowl

Place ingredients in a baking dish, and roast in oven for about 40 minutes, removing half way to stir. Squash should be very soft when complete.

Add the roasted veggies to a good quality blender. Add the Wakaya Perfection ginger and about a cup of veggie broth to begin. Begin blending on a low setting and keep adding veggie broth until you reach your desired consistency (it will depend on your preference and how large of a squash you used). Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Have as a starter, or make it meal by serving with a scoop of brown rice and a mixed green salad. Enjoy!

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This article was originally posted on Sasha’s Empowering Wellness blog.

Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup

Renaissance physician Paracelsus famously said, “The dose makes the poison,” meaning that even harmless substances can become toxic if you eat enough of them. Many people ask me, “is high fructose syrup really that bad for you?” And my answer to this question is “yes,” mainly for this very reason.

In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup.  It is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar and is in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink. Purging it from your diet is the single best thing you can do for your health!

In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America. The average 20-ounce soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar, all of it high fructose corn syrup. And when you eat sugar in those doses, it becomes a toxin.

As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose—which are naturally bound together—become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis.

This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. This, in turn, leads to diabesity—pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. So, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver of the current epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and of course, type 2 diabetes.

HFCS contains dangerous chemicals and contaminants

Beside the ginormous load of pure fructose and sugar found in HCFS, as an added bonus, it contains other chemical toxins.  Chemical contaminants used during manufacturing end up in the HFCS and in our food.  What we know, for example, is that chloralkali is used in making high fructose corn syrup. Chloralkai contains mercury. And there are trace amounts of mercury found in high fructose corn syrup-containing beverages. Now, it may not be a problem if we eat this occasionally, but the average person in the country consumes more than 20 teaspoons a day of high fructose corn syrup and the average teenager has 34 teaspoons a day. Over time, these heavy metals can accumulate in the body, causing health problems.

Additionally, when we look at the chemical components of high fructose corn syrup on a spectrograph, we can see that it contains many weird chemicals that we know nothing about. That’s why I say better safe than sorry.

Look out for the red flag

The main reason you should give up high fructose corn syrup is that it’s a big, red flag for very poor quality food. If you see this ingredient on a label, I guarantee you the food is processed junk. So, if high fructose corn syrup is anywhere on the label, put it back on the shelf. You should never eat this food.

If you want to stay healthy, lose weight easily, get rid of chronic disease, and help reduce the obesity epidemic, the single most important thing you can do is eliminate high fructose corn syrup from your diet and from your children’s diet. Just banish it from your house.

Purge your kitchen

I challenge you to go into your kitchen right now, go in the cupboard and refrigerator, and look at every single label. And I want you to count how many products you have right now in your house that contain high fructose corn syrup. Then, I want you to get a big garbage bag and throw them out and find replacements that are free of it.

If you want to have some sugar, that’s fine. Have a little sugar, but add it to your food yourself. Don’t eat food made with added sugar. Cut the high fructose corn syrup from your life forever. You’ll be healthier. Our planet will be healthier. And we’ll have a healthier generation of children.

Originally posted on my website, DrHyman.com

Your Guide to the Most Essential Kitchen Tools for Happy Cooking

A healthy kitchen calls for high-quality, efficient kitchenware. Here are a few of my favorites – you may recognize them from many of my recipes. Each of these is nothing short of an essential tool for my kitchen.

blenderBlendtech high-speed blender. It’s a pricey bit of machinery but it is well worth it. Like the Vitamix, it’s more expensive competitor, this blender pulverizes anything into a fine flour, dough or liquid without a ‘sandy’ texture. Makes the smoothest smoothies, grinds nuts into nut milk, and dough from dates and nuts. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use it at least once.

Coffee grinder. I grind everything but coffee with this. I grind nuts and seeds and make small amount of flour from oats and dried fruit. It is the equipment that I tend to give to my kids to use while they are “helping” me in the kitchen. Because the grinder will only grind if the top is on securely, it is totally safe in the hands of a 2-year-old. Also, it makes a great sound and has ultimate impact when you see it pulverize pumpkin seeds.

S_19402_LImmersion Hand Blender. I use this when I am making pureed soups. You can puree right in the pot without having to transfer the soup to a blender which makes it much easier and cleaner!. It won’t completely puree a soup with nuts in it. That you will have to do in the blender.

Mason Jars. In every size and shape. I use them for storing everything from dried goods to soups, sauces and nut milks. They are also cool looking so make a nice gift when filled with food and tied with a ribbon.

Non-stick ceramic pots and pans. I use Ozeri Green Earth. These are really incredible. They work like Teflon without the price tag and all the chemicals. These pans are free of PTFE and PFOA, and only cost ¼ of what the Teflon equivalent costs.

Good metal mixing bowls. Worth their weight in gold. I like having a set of 3 in small, medium and large.

Pyrex baking trays. I use them for roasting vegetables in the oven, cooking chicken in or baking cakes and brownies.

heart_springformSpring form pans. My newest discovery. Perfect for making any type of “no-bake” desserts. They come in cool shapes and sizes too. They can make you look like a professional when you are a first timer…

Juicer. There are a lot of juicers on the market. Unless you’re going to spend a ton of money on a cold press juicer then just an inexpensive one will do. I have the Breville Juice Fountain Plus. It clocks in at $100 with free shipping from Amazon which makes it affordable, but the downside is that if you use a juicer like this you have to drink it right away. Because of the way the juice is extracted, the enzymes start to break down within 15 minutes. Comparatively, the cold pressed juices can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. The gold standard of cold pressed juicers is the Norwalk. I dream about this juicer but, sadly, it comes with a very steep price tag.

 

Originally posted on my website, Tapp’s Tips.

Cooking with Love: How to Practice Mindfulness in the Kitchen

12/365Many mindfulness practices are done in yoga studios or meditation rooms where everything is designed to be calm and peaceful. This is a nice way to begin the practice of meditation, but real meditation starts to take place when it’s intimately integrated into daily life. What better place to start than in the kitchen?!

The kitchen offers one of the best and most creative places for practicing mindfulness. Turning a meal into a meditation experience can be a beneficial way to observe the mind, explore challenges, and also sow love into a meal designed for yourself, your family or a friend. When viewed as play, it can also bring fun into the practice and keep it light and joyful rather than dour and serious. But more than that it can be an opportunity to consciously cook with love.

In ancient traditions it’s said that the cook transmits subtle properties of his or her thoughts and emotions into the food. To avoid being contaminated by the world, monks would cook their own food or take something with them when they traveled away from the monastery.

Walter Danzer, founder of Soyana, a natural foods company located in Switzerland takes the ancient practices to heart. Food cooked with love provides nutrition for body, mind and spirit. It gives the added “soul nutrients” that don’t come from factory made, processed foods. Ever have that longing for mom’s homemade dishes? Baked, sweet yams, persimmon pudding, cheesecake or even simple corn on the cob? Sometimes the store brought varieties can be found, but they still leave an unsatisfied feeling.

Danzer said he and his staff experienced this first hand when they all ate a meal at a restaurant and all of them awoke with nightmares. From that time Danzer dedicated himself to providing foods made in the most uplifting environment. Danzer and his employees realize the importance of peaceful surroundings for food preparation. All of Soyana’s employees meditate regularly and consciously bring the energy of love into their work and food handling. The result has been a successful company that exports to Germany and continues to expand with new product lines and creative ideas.

With these reflections in mind, try making a conscious meal and bringing in that delectable energy of love. Chop the zucchini with careful attention. The mind will want to wander to other things, but gently bring it back. Enjoy the creative joy of being present in the kitchen.

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Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery”. A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at http://www.awakeintheworld.com.

French Country Kitchen Tips

Your kitchen is the most heavily used area of your entire home and for most homes, it is the focal point within which the family will gather together.  Constant and heavy use will make their mark over time, so it pays to keep your kitchen looking its best and providing the greatest utility by dealing with any issues long before they appear as real problems.  You can simply and easily create a great look by replacing  kitchen cabinetry and furniture, or even simply repainting them to give a different look.

Revamping your kitchen does not need to cost the earth and the most important currency for you to spend is your imagination and exercise some creativity.  A French country kitchen-style is ideal for rejuvenating a kitchen because though it looks great, it relies on a sense of worn-use to produce the overall effect of a rustic kitchen.  In other words, if your kitchen is looking tired and distressed, this can be used to your own design advantage and that also saves you money.

The typical French kitchen will provoke feelings of comfort, warmth and ready functionality.  A natural color scheme will be used, typically using earth-tones but there is a lot of variety.  Old-looking wood, especially oak or dark woods will be used and extensive use of tiling rather than counter tops is utilized.  The style is suitable for use in kitchens of all sizes from the tiny, galley kitchens of a condo to the sprawling kitchens of a larger home and in many instances, a French family will also dine in the kitchen for regular meals.

We have already mentioned that the color scheme will usually follow an earthy tone to complement natural building materials.  It is common to find cream or mustard-yellow colored walls and a white ceiling.  If you can, expose the beams are fit “faux” beams instead – make sure these are “roughed up” and not straight or planed edged. The kitchen cabinets themselves are typically adorned with a soft tone which is aged – you can achieve this by rubbing the cabinets down and paint washing.  Window treatments can be used to give a further flair to the kitchen which is in keeping with the Gallic style if you use a valance or a Roman shade.

The furniture plays an essential part in developing the French motif even further.  Unadorned, robust farmhouse tables are usually accompanied with ladderback chairs and they do not usually match.  Look to produce an ad hoc feel as if you bought your furniture from Goodwill or other thrift store – in fact, they are good places to go looking for furniture and accessories!

Wooden floors look extremely good but this can be expensive and time consuming. Wood kitchn cabinets always look amazing. Braided rugs using plain patterns are a good substitute to recreate the French country kitchen style and again, make sure these don’t look brand new.  They should be frayed, though not threadbare.  Terracotta storage jars are also a good accessory and have the additional advantage of being cheap to buy and commonly found everywhere.  If the budget will allow, try to find wrought iron holders for place settings.

Finally, the lighting should be from natural sources wherever possible.  A French country kitchen will have a lot of window space, though you may be restricted yourself due to the design and construction of your own home.  Lighting accessories such as faux oil lanterns are ideal and artificial lighting which is concealed, under the cupboards or behind the top of them provides a perfect ambience through muted lighting.

And if French isn’t your look, perhaps you should try Shaker style cabinets, or more modern ones.

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Sunflower Sprouts: The Ins and Outs

 

My first-born daughter’s name is Sunflower. The Latin name for the plant Helianthus annus is derived from the Greek word helios for sun and anthos, meaning flower. Sunflower is native to Central America and a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) Family, which includes dandelion, echinacea and calendula. Sunflowers are known to turn towards the sun and Aztec priestesses have worn crowns of them. Cultivated by Native Peoples for sunflower for at least 3,000 years and made them into "energy cakes" as a staple food. At one time Russian soldiers were given rations of sunflower seeds, which at some times they were expected to solely exist on.
 
Sunflower seeds are high in B vitamin complex, vitamin E, protein, essential fatty acids, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Sprouting the seeds increases their content of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and vitamin C.
 
As a medicinal food, sunflower seeds are considered antioxidant, diuretic, expectorant, nutritive and warming. They have been used for thousands of years as a tonic for eyes, helping to decrease light sensitivity, improving energy and fertility. Unlike fruits and vegetables, which stop growing when plucked from their mother plant, sprouts continue growing up until the moment they are digested, and impart a subtle life force to the body. Sprouts are considered excellent anti-aging foods due to their rich supply of enzymes.
 
Sprouting Sunflower Seeds    
 
1. Soak about 1 cup of seeds in 2 cups water overnight
 
2. Prepare a tray filled with about 1/2 inch of organic potting soil. You can also a combination of equal parts of Canadian sphagnum peat moss and organic untreated soil. Whatever you choose, the soil should be light and airy.
 
3. Spread the seeds out on the tray of dirt, without piling them on top of one another. They do not need to be covered with dirt; Three hours of sunlight daily is adequate, although more light will speed the growing process. (If the greens are pale, they are not receiving adequate sunlight.) Water only once daily
 
4. When the sprouts are 8 inches high (about one week to twelve days), it’s time to harvest them. Using scissors cut the sprouts as close to the surface of the soil surface as possible (many of the sprouts’ nutrients are concentrated close to the soil). After the harvest, keep watering the tray to obtain a second harvest. You will have a constant supply of fresh greens beginning after about ten days and lasting three weeks to a month,
 
When you are not getting any more yield, compost the contents of the tray.           
 
Do not confuse mold with the young ciliar hairs on the rootlets. Mold is most likely to form during hot, humid weather. It can also result from excess watering or from inadequate spacing between plantings.
 
Add the sprouts to salad, sandwiches or as a garnish to soups or any dish. My grandchildren love to stand on a step stool with a pair of scissors to cut the sprouts and love to eat them. Growing a new generation!
 
 Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over forty years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Omega, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman Holistic College of Nutrition. She has a weekly local radio show called "Naturally" on KGNU and a private practice. Brigitte is the author of twelve books, including The Sexual Herbal, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, Healing Herbal Teas, and Rawsome!. Click here for more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com.

 PHOTO: Flickr / chrisfreeland2002

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins

Did you know that there are over 150 toxic chemicals lurking in your home?[1]

Each day, we are all exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. You’d think our homes would be safe, but they’re not…unless you make different choices.

The good news is you don’t have to move to a hideaway in the mountains to reduce your exposure to toxins

To learn more about the importance of detoxification, read: Finally, Detoxification Secrets for Looking and Feeling Your Best Revealed!

In fact, there are more and more products coming out today that allow you to live a modern life without so many toxins.  

At Body Ecology, our goal is to empower you to look and feel your best for the long term! Our Body Ecology Go Green Guide will take you room-by-room through your house so that you can replace toxic items with those that are safer or toxin-free. 

Body Ecology Go Green Guide to Reduce Toxic Exposure

Here is your room-by-room guide to making better choices for your health: 

Kitchen

  • Pots and Pans – Replace Teflon or non-stick pans with stainless steel pots and pans or Le Creuset cookware. 
  • Food Storage – Stainless steel, glass or ceramic are your best bet for food storage. You can get stainless bowls with plastic tops or glass Pyrex Bowls with glass tops as an air-tight food storage option. Ball Jars are another good option. 
  • On-The-Go Food Storage – If you must use plastic, be aware of some important considerations: 
  • Avoid Plastic #3 (PVC) because it has toxic DHEA. Plastic #3 is used in some containers and plastic wrap.
  • Avoid Plastic #7 (hard and clear) – Plastic #7 is polycarbonate, which leaches BPA
  • Safer Plastic – The plastics thought to be safest for food are 1,2, 4 and 5. 
  • No Nuking – Never microwave in plastic, even if it says microwave safe.

Living Room and Family Room – Besides the kitchen, your family spends a lot of time in the main rooms of your house.

  • Furniture – Most of the furniture on the market today (even baby furniture!) is covered with toxins. Fabrics are made to be stain resistant, inflammable and in some cases, wrinkle free. Woods or wood particulate can off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like formaldehyde, that vaporize and enter the atmosphere. 

    Most new furniture is actually off-gassing toxins and polluting the air in your home. You and your family likely spend hours sitting on this furniture and you deserve to enjoy the safety of these rooms safely! Two options you have to reduce toxic exposure are:

    •  Green Furniture – made from sustainably harvested wood and all-natural, toxin-free fabrics, choosing “green furniture” is the way to go.
    • Antiques or Vintage furniture – Recycling has become so popular these days, how about recycling furniture too? Save the landfills (and maybe some money too) and your health by purchasing “pre-owned” furniture.
  • Bathroom – Your bathroom is riddled with toxins in your beauty and personal care products. Your skin is one of your major organs of detoxification, so avoid clogging it up with harmful so-called beauty products. There are so many great choices to reduce your toxic exposure on the market today:

    • Soap – read: The Dangers of Typical Body Soaps and The Body Ecology Recommendations Instead
    • Cosmetics – Choose pure products, like Larenim 100% pure mineral makeup. Larenim is free of dyes, parabens, talc, oils and chemicals.
    • Moisturizer – how about using organic unrefined oils instead of lotion and moisturizer? Most moisturizers on the market are made of poor quality or toxic oils like mineral oil that harm your liver. You can make your own beautiful moisturizer by taking organic unrefined sesame oil and adding about 10 drops of therapeutic grade lavender essential oil. Shake it up and you have an all-natural moisturizer that nourishes your skin AND your liver! 
       
  • Overall Household

    • Cleaning Products – Have you ever felt light-headed after cleaning your home? Household cleaners are harmful to your health. Instead, use products by Ecover or Seventh Generation. Both brands have excellent options for dishes, laundry and cleaners for the whole house. 

      If you like to do it yourself, consider some old fashioned techniques that still work wonders today: White Wine Gets Out Stains and 10 Other Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Tips.

    • Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) – Electromagnetic fields are areas of energy that surround electronic devices. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that the electric fields are created by differences in voltage and magnetic fields are created when the electric current flows.[2]

      Symptoms from electromagnetic field exposure can create adverse health effects, according to WHO. Since our human bodies have their own electric and biochemical responses (e.g., nervous system, digestion, brain function, heart function), exposure to EMFs can interact with the human body.            

      Certain individuals may be more sensitive to EMFs, particularly those who already experience low immunity. For more, read: There’s Something in the Air (and What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You)

      • Stetzerizer Microsurge Meter – Allows you to identify if you have harmful electromagnetic energy. 
      • Stetzerizer Filter – based upon 100 year-old science and power engineering principles, this filter helps to block harmful electromagnetic energy in your home or office. A typical 1,000 – 1,800 square foot home requires approximately 20 filters, but you can be more exact with the Stetzerizer Microsurge Meter (above). If you want to protect yourself and your family from the hazards of EMFs, these filters are a must!   
         
  • Air Filters – The air inside your home is actually more toxic than the air outdoors. Mold, pet dander, VOCs, radon, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, sulpher, asbestos and other chemicals are common in the average home. Air filters can help clean up your air and reduce your exposure to toxins, so you and your family feel better!
  • To find out what to do, including an air filter recommendation, read: There’s Something in the Air (and What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You).
  • Plants – Green plants literally clean up the air in your home! Some plants are known to reduce formaldehyde and other toxins. According to a NASA study on clean air, the following large-leafed plants can reduce VOCs in indoor air and help neutralize “sick building syndrome”: Azalea Aloe Vera, Bamboo Palm, Boston ferns, Corn Plant, Chinese evergreen, Chrysanthemum, Date Palm, Dieffenbachia, Golden Pothos, Mini-Schefflera, Peace lily, Peperomia, Mother-in-law’s tongue, Philodendron (Heart-leaf, Lacy tree, or Elephant ear), Poinsettia, Snake Plant, and Spider Plant.[3]
  • Research has also shown that plants improve people’s ability to recover from illness.[4]
  • Paint – Choosing low-VOC (volatile organic compound) or no VOC paint is a sure way to have you breathing easy in your home!
  • Carpets – Rugs and carpets can be a source of toxins as well. Choose toxin-free carpets for a healthier home. 

Outdoors: Do you have a lawn service like ChemLawn? Well, ChemLawn is now called TruGreen, to hide the fact that they fill your lawn with exactly what you want to avoid: chemicals! 

We all love green grass, but there are better ways to do it that won’t seep into your wells or harm children playing in the yard. Look for organic lawn care services. In the Midwest, a company called Child’s Play Organic Lawns provides a service you can feel good about. 

You can even join the National Coalition for Pesticide Free lawns and learn all kinds of tips for having a greener (and healthier) outdoor lifesytle!  

Greener Living Step-By-Step

What does it mean to “go green?” Simply that you begin making better choices for your own health…and interestingly, those choices are also better for the planet! 

But just like with any large undertaking, go step-by-step at your own pace. Start with one room or even one section of a room and after awhile, your whole house will be greener. Don’t be surprised if you find you are feeling better too! 

 

Sources:

[1] Facts and Statistics on Toxins. http://www.enviroalternatives.com/nontoxichome.html

2 What Are Electromagnetic Fields? World Health Organization. 
http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/

3 Taggart, Jennifer. Carcinogenic Cribs and Changing Tables? May 2008. 
http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/carcinogenic_cribs_and_changing_tables/

4 Plants Clean Air and Water for Indoor Environments. NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI), 2007. http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/Spinoff2007/ps_3.html

 

Quick Organizing Tips

Organized people save time:
  • Being disorganized just wastes time, as you are constantly searching for stuff.
  • If you do a good job at organizing a project, it stays organized, so maintenance is a breeze.  
Motivate yourself to stay organized by making it look pretty and inviting:
 
Kitchen: Remove contents of each cabinet, pantry, etc. Clean cabinets and put back items with following in mind:
  • Do not overcrowd—it looks horrible and you won’t know what you have.
  • Keep like things together.
  • Food items should have labels facing out, like a grocery store
  • Donate or sell everything you don’t use—keep only what equipment, utensils, dinnerware, etc that you use.              
You will absolutely love how your food and kitchen looks all neat and tidy. It makes knowing what groceries you need a snap, too.

Bathroom: see kitchen
  • Get rid of all personal care products that you don’t use or products that have expired
  • Give everything its place and face-out labels

Paperwork that come with products, including warranty, manuals, receipt. Staple receipt to manual; keep information in folders by date. As one folder fills, start a new one

 

By the author of the award winning book,




Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet.


 

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