At the beginning of the New Year most people make a list of resolutions of things that they want to accomplish. I want to issue a challenge to you and hope that you are up for it. The challenge is to start on a small scale if need be to eliminate some of the toxins in your home. I think that you will find it to be a lot easier than you think.
Did you know that the average home contains 500- 1000 chemicals? Many of these you are unable to see, taste or even smell. Indoor air is usually 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. is One of the easiest things that you can do is to leave your shoes outside the door.It is estimated that 85% of the dirt in our homes comes in from the bottom of our shoes! Just think about where you have been walking lately and what your shoes have come in contact with! Look how much dirt and toxins wouldn’t get in our homes if we just left our shoes right outside the door. Pretty easy to accomplish wouldn’t you say? Many of the cleaning products we use today are full of harmful chemicals. I found this awesome recipe for making your own enzyme cleaner a few years back and always make sure I have some on hand. It only has 3 ingredients and cleans wonderfully. If you would like the recipe I used it is here You can also use things like sea salt, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda to clean extremely well and without any harmful chemicals. What makes using these products even better is the cost! So much cheaper than buying expensive toxic filled products. Do you think that you could do either one or both of these things to eliminate harmful toxins in your home?
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Happy Happy New Year to all of you!!
I love Fall. I love the weather, the pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples, and apple cider, Fall Festivals,the beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees and of course THANKSGIVING!! I always think that pumpkins are so pretty and colorful.I think Fall Mums are just gorgeous!I love sweet potatoes and have been eating so many of them lately since the Fall crop has come in. Are you enjoying Fall and do you have special things you do this time of year?
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I did a post a few years back on the dangers of chlorine in the water we use and found out that a lot of people were unaware of this.Chlorine makes your skin unnaturally dry and therefore is considered to be one of the causes for aging your skin.
More importantly though is the harmful effects on your health especially from your shower. Chlorine and it’s by- product VOC ( volatile organic chemicals) can evaporate more quickly than water and chlorine concentrates in your shower steam and inhaling it can damage your health. Chlorine is very harmful in gas form and the steam in your shower probably contains elevated levels of this gas. This isn’t good for anyone but especially very bad for someone that has bronchitis or asthma! Chlorine is also a leading cause of fatigue which happens when we inhale the vapors released through the hot water. which my husband was having to deal with. Also don’t forget that your skin absorbs what is put on it and chlorine water is no exception.Chlorine in the water can actually alter hair color because of its bleaching ability and also make your hair dry and brittle. That is why a lot of hair salons now use water filtration systems.
About 9 years ago I was reading about this and immediately wanted to do something about it. I was reading how just by getting a good shower head filter that would filter out the chlorine you could see an amazing difference. So after several hours of research I found a wonderful filter for our shower. The only thing was it was a bit pricy. $100.00 to be exact and that was way more than I wanted to invest at the time. So I showed it to my wonderful smart husband and after researching what kind of filter it was he found the exact same type of filter at Home Depot for only $29.00!!!!!! It has been such an excellent investment and we saw such a difference within the fist few days. Our skin was so much softer and my husband noticed a big difference in how he felt after the first shower! So happy to say that since we got the shower filter he has not had to deal with the fatigue anymore. With this shower head you only have to replace the filter every two years and they are only $10.00.You can get these at any home improvement store. I hope that you will give a filtered shower head a try because I know your body will thank you! Not only do you get the benefits of not breathing the harmful chlorine gases, you get softer skin and beautiful hair and most are very Eco Friendly so you are saving money as well!
A few months back I was reading about Goji Berries and was amazed at what I learned. These little berries are a powerhouse. They contain all of the essential amino acids and contain the highest concentration of protein of any fruit! They are loaded with vitamin c and contain more cartotenoids than any other food which helps promote healthy skin. They have 21 trace minerals and are high in fiber. They also have 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach!If you look at the ones on the left that’s the way they look when you buy them. Kind of like raisins so they are great just for snacking or in granola, trail mix, oatmeal or used in baking. The ones on the right I soaked in water for about an hour. They plump up so nicely and are great to use in smoothies and drinks like this Gogi Berry Lemonade. This amazing super fruit has some awesome ant inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti fungal compounds as well. After reading all these wonderful facts I knew I wanted to try them so I had my husband go online and buy us a bag of them. I have not been disappointed at all! They are packed with antioxidants and are suppose to help with weight loss and cold symptoms. I have only been using them a few weeks now but can really tell a difference in my energy level and they taste really good. Has anyone else tried these powerhouse berries?
Did you know that it is estimated that the average meal comes from 5 different nations and travels between 1500 -2500 miles to get from farm to plate!! Food transportation contributes greatly to global warming.We are spending far more energy to get food to the table than the energy we get from eating the food! In order to transport food long distances much of it is picked unripe and then gassed to ripen it after transport.Sometimes it is processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation and other means to keep it stable for transportation and sale.It is really important that we make the transition to supporting a local food system.You just start with what is fresh,local and seasonal in your area.Shopping at Farmers Markets is a great way to start. Did you know that in the 1970s that there were only about 300 registered Farmers Markets in the United States? Today there are more than 3,000!! About 3 million people visit these markets each week spending more than 1 billion dollars each year! How awesome is that? Innovative restaurants, school cafeterias, caterers and even supermarkets are beginning to order fresh seasonal foods from local farmers. Having a home garden and participating in a local CSA are also great options! This way we are able to eat food that is delicious, fresh, nutritious and also support small local farmers!Learn what foods are in season in your area and then build your menus around them. Buy extra of your favorite fruits and veggies and then experiment with freezing, drying, canning and making jams, jellies, soups and much more. In other words preserving it for a later date. It is so much fun in the Winter months to be eating wonderful ripe food that was preserved from the Summer harvest!
So do you shop at your local Farmers Markets?
Well with the on again off again cold wet weather it has made it a challenge to get our garden planted. We were a little behind on getting things planted but everything seems to be growing really well.Our peppers are starting to bloom!Our tomatoes haven’t started blooming yet but have really been growing pretty fast.Our mint has just gone wild! This is only half of the mint we have growing.The chives have grown so fast that I have already been using them in several recipes lately as well as our lemon thyme.We have also planted sweet and spicy basil’s,dill, parsley, cilantro, and marjoram. We still have rosemary and sage to go.
Has anybody else been planting a garden this year? If you don’t plant a garden do you ever get your veggies from the local Farmers Market?