You know, I look at this newly released endless list of shampoos, shower gels, hand soaps, all with a known cancer causing ingredient cocamide diethanolamine in them, and it simply confirms my choice to switch to #betterbeauty four years ago. I have a child who has had brain and thyroid tumors. I have another child on the Spectrum. You know what? ‘Know more. Do Better" is my motto. The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reports that nothing has changed since 2013 when these chemicals and products were reported to have cancer-causing chemicals.
Chemical exposures put children at greater risk. “Because they are smaller, children are more highly exposed for their weight than adults. Children’s bodies also are undergoing critical stages of development... Now new research shows that environmental exposures can change how our genes are expressed – not genetic mutations, but whether genes are turned on or off and how they are read. These changes in gene expression, known as epigenetic changes, can also be passed on to future generations," says Environmental Working Group.
We are all able to reduce the chemical exposures of our family by simple behavioral changes and switching out for safer products. Leave your shoes and the chemicals on them at the door. Skip handling your credit card receipts - have it emailed. Switch out plastic food storage and microwaving to glass containers. Switch out plastic shower curtain liners to polyester quick dry fabric. Switch out your personal care products with clean products, without the known harmful chemicals.
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Spring seemed to be a long time coming in the Northeast and now that it’s here I was craving a basic barbecue night and have my husband fire up his Weber grill. Knowing that we don’t want to eat beef for many reasons, and I didn’t want to eat a frozen veggie burger with gluten and preservatives, I made them myself.
Processed food contributes to many health problems due to preservatives, chemical additives, high fructose corn syrup and gluten. People need to eliminate processed food from their lives - plain and simple. There is nothing healthy about meals made IN a plant. Eat your meals made OF whole plants!
So when I wanted to make a good veggie burger I checked out one of my vegan cookbooks geared to MEN. Where else would I look? The Engine 2 Cookbook by Rip and Jane Esselstyn is a cookbook geared towards men and simple cooking. Recipes created to improve the health of the employees at a firehouse where men and women need nutritious energy and tasty food! These “Up and At ‘Em Burgers” were delicious topped by grilled pineapple drizzled with balsamic vinegar, grilled jalapeño, a spoonful of fresh sauerkraut (we like ), slice of tomato and lettuce. Mine was put on a gluten free bun - because I need to be gluten-free (yes, it gets a little messy, but think of it as finger-licking good!). We also had a yummy coleslaw with broccoli, carrot and red cabbage slaw dressed with Engine 2 Mango Lemon Dressing. Perfect ending to a nice spring weekend! #Engine2 #Upandatemburger #mangolemondressing #coachingwholehealth
Organic gardener, whole-food, plant-based cook. Educator and advocate for healthy, toxin-free living. Wife and mom, sister and daughter. Service-minded Rotarian. Photographer. Storyteller.