The Rubbish Diet Challenge, originating in the United Kingdom, is a challenge to “slim your bins”. The challenge consists of a simple four-week schedule to reduce your waste in a variety of ways, capped with a zero-waste challenge week at the end. They also provide “Bin Doctors” to help support challengers, too. Eco-Mommy Blogger Mommy Emu, tries the challenge and documented it on her extensive blog. Read week by week through her trials and tribulations towards a less wasteful future. Check out the other categories and posts for like reading, and more ideas on going green.
Food sources are an important aspect of a sustainable future for our planet. Seafood Watch is a guide for consumers when purchasing their fish — is it sustainable seafood? Authors recommend not buying fish without knowing if it is sustainable, and eating a diversity of fish to prevent one species being over fished or farmed.
Check out It’s Not Easy To Be Green for more guidance on going green!
Leopard Sharks. Credit: MoonSoleil
I admired the jellyfish, the octopus, and the nudibranchs, but in the end, it was the California leopard sharks that won me over. They cuddled up against the diver and nudged their heads against her arm, taking squid gently from her hand. It was the first time ever a shark had elicited an involuntary “Aww” reaction from me.
I’ve been going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium since I was eleven. (Honor roll field trips FTW!) There are arguments against keeping animals in captivity, but for me, getting up close and personal with a leafy sea dragon reminds me why I care about this planet and inspires me to keep caring.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium earnestly promotes ocean conservation, particularly through its Seafood Watch program. Overfishing is one of the most critical issues facing our ocean ecosystems, and the MBA’s Seafood Watch Pocket Guide distills…
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It may be a little earlier than we’d all like to think about this, but school will be starting up again in just over a month! This green mommy blogger gives us the scoop on the toxicity of lunch boxes. The use of lead, PVC and BPA in lunchboxes is dangerous because children hold them in their hands just moments before taking out their food and eating it. To prevent the ingestion of these harmful chemicals, check out her list of safe lunchboxes!
Lead as you know is toxic, which makes it surprising that it is in lunchboxes and backpacks. PVCis toxic as it contains phthalates and lead so it’s important for lunchboxes to be lead-free. And BPA is the hormone disrupting chemical found in plastics whose toxic effects have been hitting the news and blogs for the last several years. Kids are going to be touching the lunch box with their hands, then eat their food with their hands, so it is important for your child’s lunchbox to be free of these nasty chemicals.
Before purchasing a lunch box for your child, read the label. Make sure it is not made of PVC. Stainless steel, nylon, polypropelyne or cloth are much safer materials. Look for tags that say PVC-free (NOTE: PVC-free means the lead levels are below the amount deemed “safe” by a government agency). You also want to avoid BPA…
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No matter how hard we may try to only put good into our bodies, there is always some level of bad that sneaks it’s way in. A huge trend in the health and fitness world are detoxes-rituals used to eliminate waste and toxins from our bodies. You could spend hundreds of dollars purchasing kits online or even attending a week-long detox course or you could do something as simple as making your own, natural detoxifying beverage. Claire Goodall over at the amazing blog for her company Everyday Roots has compiled a list of recipes and methods you can make at home to help detoxify your body gently each day. My favorite one is a blend of fresh,organic watermelon, mint leaves and cucumber. It was super simple to make,tasted amazing and helped to hydrate my body while eliminating waste from my cells. It took all of five minutes to assemble the beverage and I now have a pitcher of detox water in my fridge at all times to aide in my everyday health and wellness routine. For more information and great detox recipes click here!
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I first read about “Mama’s Wellness Joint” on the Free People blog and was instantly intrigued by the studios theory on holistic living. Opened by Paige Chapman in 2012, this Philadelphia based yoga and wellness studio has a little bit to offer everybody. While I can’t speak about the studio from first hand experience, I really enjoyed Chapman’s philosophy about healthy living- she has designed a space in which a variety of aspects come together to help visitors achieve overall wellness (especially for pregnant and new moms). Chapman incorporates, Pilates, yoga, reiki, massage, healing herbs and ancient birthing rituals to help women (and men!) live more fully balanced and enriched lives. This is something that we all can learn from in our everyday lives- so often we turn to quick fixes like unnecessary medications or crash diets to help bring better “health” to our bodies instead of practicing methods that have worked for centuries and have benefits far greater than a miracle pill. Little things each day like meditation, a quick practice of yoga, self massage or even a simple cup of herbal tea can benefit your mind in body in ways you never thought possible.
LATEST CANCER INFORMATION
from Johns Hopkins
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
Read the full story here.
Easy Green Mom is a blog that was created by Amber, a wife of ten years and a mother of three young boys, in order to share tips and resources on living eco-friendly in an easy way. As Amber states on her blog, “We try to avoid harsh chemicals, GMO, and of course Gluten in our home. We use cloth diapers, natural/organic, non-GMO, and Gluten Free products.” Throughout her blog, Amber shares her family experiences and the tips that she has learned in order to help readers adopt a healthier lifestyle without the stress.
Easy Green Mom is a great blog for anyone looking to make their life healthier and more eco-friendly. It is especially great for mothers who want to learn how to adopt a green lifestyle: Amber shares her personal experiences with cloth diapering, eco-friendly activities for kids, and organic products. Also, Amber serves as a helpful resource for information on gluten-free cooking and products: “My husband has celiac, a gluten intolerance, eczema and a list of other allergies that goes on for days. All of his allergies is why we initially started to live a more natural/green lifestyle about 4 years ago.”
If you would like to visit Easy Green Mom and learn more about Dallas-based Amber, her family, and her many helpful tips on easy green living, click here!
Just Another Hat is a blog by greenist Romina who chronicles her family’s green adventures, “My goal as a blogger is to inspire my readers – inspire to engage, explore, and create.” On her blog you can find topics such as green living tips, recipes, health awareness, crafts, and much more.
Romina is a stay-at-home mom to two young boys who she refers to as Big B and Little B. Additionally, Romina is finishing up her graduate program in Public Health. She considers herself a practical greenist. A healthy environment is important to her, and starts at home. Her family reduces, reuses, recycles, repurposes, and uses green products when they can. They live in sunny Southern California where they enjoy exploring new places and visiting favorite places over and over again. She incessantly researches products prior to making a purchase and loves sharing her thoughts on great finds with anyone who will listen.
Romina shares, “Much like this blog, I am a work in progress. On any given day, I wear multiple hats depending on the role I play – mother, wife, sister, friend, graduate student, volunteer, etc., etc., etc. Blogger is now just another hat I wear.”
To visit Just Another Hat, click here.
What’s considered the most respected newspaper in the world today published the Kraft warning label that a Food Babe reader found in the UK on an imported US box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. I want to thank the NY Times for investigating and broadcasting this label to the world and millions of Americans in their newspaper and online for everyone to see. This is a huge victory in food awareness!
Given all the media coverage since March, it is now becoming blatantly apparent that there are serious concerns with the ingredients in Kraft Mac & Cheese. Everyone who reads the NY Times today will see the 2 warnings:
This Product May Cause Adverse Effects On Activity And Attention In Children (This warning label is required because The US version of Kraft Mac & Cheese has artificial food dyes yellow #5 and yellow #6 which are proven to be linked to hyperactivity in children.)
Read the full story here.