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If ingredients are banned in Canada and Europe because they have links to or are suspected of causing cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm, or birth defects there, chances are they’re doing the same thing right here in the United States – even more so, in fact, since their use is unrestricted.
Here in part 2, we’ll examine how you can protect yourself and your family.
The Colossal Hoax of Skincare: why your products are tearing you apart from the inside out (and what to do about it) – Part 1
Part 1: Why is the U.S. Cosmetic Industry Not up to Snuff? (And why should you care?)
We in the United States have banned a mere 0.8% of the ingredients prohibited in Europe. Maybe you’re trying to rationalize that and wondering: Is it really dangerous to put a product on your skin?
According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, founder of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, “It’s more dangerous to put a product on your skin than to eat it.”
When we put something on our skin, it’s absorbed straight into the bloodstream in under 30 seconds. This includes lotion, soap, bug spray, sunscreen, makeup, and anything else you apply…
Lucas looked to me for direction. “Boy sad,” he told me.
“Yes,” I told him. But I wanted to say more than that. I wanted to tell him that it was ok, that the boy wasn’t wrong for feeling sad.
So I pulled my cart to the side of the aisle, and had a gentle heart-to-heart with my son.read more
I was munching on some strawberry banana gummies (the recipe I shared in last week’s post) the other day, and craving chocolate, when I had a brilliant idea: I should combine the two!
Chocolate gummies? You may ask. Isn’t it a bit… well… odd?
It is, sure. But they’re also wonderfully delicious. I’ll let you whip some up and be the judge.read more
When I was young, gummies were one of my all-time favorite sugary treats. Bears, worms, fruit shapes, Swedish Fish, you name it – I loved it. There’s nothing quite like the experience of sliding your teeth into a gummy! Mmm…
These days, knowing more about the sugar content, artificial colors and flavors, I’ve been searching for a healthy alternative to satisfy that gummy craving.
Last week I was playing around with a recipe, and I’m excited to share that it’s absolutely perfect. If you want to make your own healthy gummy critters at home, this is how you do it!read more
I like to put a healthy twist on delicious desserts, like my truffles or chocolate. My latest recipe is chocolate mousse, both kid and Mama-approved. (My son couldn’t get enough!)
Unlike some healthy recipes, these ingredients are all easy to find. In fact, the hardest part is cleaning the food processor when you’re finished!read more
I have a confession to make. My name is Nicole and I’m a chocoholic.
I looooooove chocolate. And over the years, my tastes have become quite refined. I enjoy the darker, richer chocolates – not so much the Hershey variety.
I would love to find a way to make chocolate a health food.
Of course, chocolate does have some health benefits already…
But once you add in sugar, you knock the health benefits of chocolate down a few notches.
That’s why I started experimenting, making my own chocolate at home. And do I have a yum-licious recipe to share with you!read more
This tool has literally changed my life.
It has saved time doing dishes (because it saves getting them dirty in the first place – and if you know me, you know dishes are my least favorite chore!), it’s a vital aid in creating my own recipes, and dividing up meals for the freezer. It has saved me from melting ingredients to fit nicely into measuring cups. Plus, it has guaranteed a consistent delicious outcome every time I follow the same recipe.
What’s this reliable tool?
A food scale!read more
In our culture, we train babies and toddlers to eliminate in diapers.
They rarely romp around diaper free (who wants a puddle on the floor or a poop-stain on the wall?!), it’s not the norm to offer them the potty, and so we tend to keep our wee ones in diapers 24/7 until the momentous day of potty training arrives. (Yes, ahem, pun intended.)
And then the world turns upside down as toddler’s diaper, the one thing they’ve always been able to count on 100%, is ripped from their terrified grasp, and their tear-stained face stares up at you with an accusation of betrayal.read more
When women set their sights on a natural birth, many from our culture gawp at us with raised eyebrows. “You WANT to feel all that?”
Birth is a powerful, life-changing experience. It’s full of emotion, sensation, and hormones, and our bodies are never exactly the same afterwards.
Whether you push once, for hours on end, or experience a C-section, you bring new life into the world with a strength to which nothing else can compare.
Here are 5 simple steps to a natural birth.read more