I’m guessing that most people don’t think too much about the actual lunch box that their kids use, other than the fact that their kids like the character on the front. As long as it holds their food and it makes it from point A to point B, you’re good, right? Well, there is growing concern about the chemicals that are in our food and that come in contact with our food from things like plastics or additives. When you start to consider the dangerous elements that can leach into your kid’s food, or yours for that matter, the humble lunch box and the food containers you use take on a whole new meaning. Read below for how to pack the ultimate back to school non-toxic lunch box.
I’ll be honest, I used to be a diet soda addict. I would easily polish off four or five cans a day, sometimes even larger bottles. As the years went on, I did cut back, but never quit. There was just something about the refreshing bubbles and caffeine that I couldn’t quite give up. I had heard people tell me how horrible diet soda was for you, but I didn’t really listen. I didn’t drink a lot of alcohol or smoke, so I figured one small vice was ok…But, after doing a little research myself, I learned I was horribly wrong. The side effects of diet soda are definitely real and they are not good. So, on my quest to live 80% cleaner, I decided I was going to stop drinking diet soda once and for all. I did not want the side effects of diet soda any longer and I was going to suffer through the withdrawal to finally kick the habit.
To be honest, I never really thought too much about what pan I used when I was cooking. Not that I cook all that much mind you, but when I did, I really didn’t worry about the vessel I was cooking in, I just worried about whether the food I was cooking was healthy and organic. After doing a little research, I realized that some of the pans that I use on a consistent basis were in fact leaching chemicals into my food and even into the air. The exact opposite effect I wanted to have on my health. I knew that there had to be a healthy non-stick pan alternative out there that could take the place of my toxic old one.
Turmeric is the bright orange spice we often associate with curry or other exotic dishes, but turmeric is also becoming more well known for its health benefits as well. What I didn’t know was that turmeric can not only spice up my food, but it can help relieve everything from depression to an upset stomach. More research is being done every day, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook what we do know now about the health benefits of turmeric.
First, I’d like to say that I am not a doctor and I do not play one on the internet. You should always consult your doctor about any medical issues you may be having or any treatments you are considering trying. Depression is no joke and can be a very crippling condition that oftentimes needs counseling or drugs for treatment, or a combination of the two. That being said, if you feel that you are struggling with a more mild case and/or are just feeling a little more down than usual, trying out some of the ways to brighten your mood below might be a great way to start treating mild depression naturally. Some of these natural remedies may be just enough to help get you back on track and avoid medication.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds while you’re singing Happy Birthday with anti-bacterial soap to make sure you kill cold and flu viruses… This is the age-old advice that many of us have heard over and over again since we were kids. But now there is a new turn of events. Seems that the anti-bacterial ingredient that many manufacturers have been adding to our soap, toothpaste and even our clothing and pots and pans is not all that good for us after all. What’s this dangerous ingredient and what does it do to our health? Triclosan, and quite a bit actually. What are some of the products containing triclosan? Keep reading to find out.
We’ve all heard the talk about how wonderful green tea is, but really, how many of us actually take the time to make and drink it or really know (or care) what the advantages of green tea are? In reality, that cup or two of green tea can really make a difference in your overall long-term health. So, what are the health benefits of green tea and how can we sneak it into our daily lives? Read on to find out…
Many of us don’t think too much about the soap that we use on our skin or for cleaning around the house. It gets us or our surfaces clean, and if it smells good that’s a bonus, right? But, when looking at things that we put on our skin or all around our home on a daily basis, it really is important to know what it is doing to our overall health as well. With that in mind, I discovered that castile soap is actually one of the best things you can use for a multitude of cleaning operations. Below are my top xx uses for castile soap.
I’ll be honest; I am not a fan of exercising. Yes, I know I feel great afterwards, but I just really don’t like it. I can always come up with a better plan of drinking a glass of wine on my couch while watching a girlie movie instead. I also don’t enjoy the whole aspect of changing into workout clothes and being generally uncomfortable for 30 minutes, especially after I’ve worked a full day. And, I am definitely not the one who is going to get up any earlier than I already do to exercise before I begin my day. That’s just not going to happen and I know it. I’ve tried, and my snooze button has always won out. All of that being said, I know that exercising is something that is part of being healthy and taking care of myself in general, especially as I get older. So, after a lot of trying to figure out how to actually get myself to exercise, I discovered that having portable exercise equipment around actually works out well for me. Here me out, it is not as crazy or ineffective as you might think.
In my effort to try to live a little cleaner, I do a lot of reading about all of the chemicals that manufacturers use. Not that I particularly enjoy reading about chemicals and where they lurk, but every now and then I think it is a good idea to take a closer look to really understand the affects that these ingredients can have. So, what are phthalates and what are some of the products containing phthalates?