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The S File™ Gift Guide -- Health

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

It is always the perfect time  to make the lives of our loved ones healthier by giving them gifts that will help!  This week we are debuting The S File’s gift guide.  We will highlight books and products that have had high impact on my family's life.

Today’s gift guide will focus on Health, highlighting products that have significantly reduced my family's exposure to harmful chemicals.  On Wednesday, we will highlight our favorite Pregnancy products,...

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The Raw Diet

diet Mar 21, 2017

Update as of 2017 June 28:

Years after writing the blog post below, I do not eat a raw diet most of the time. However, experimenting with it was very helpful. It's sharpened my perspective on food, led me to get to know my body better, and I still have phases of eating mostly raw foods. The key is to listen to, and honor, your unique body. Experimenting is an invaluable and enlightening way to figure out what's best for you.



It's taken me many accidental...

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Sun Safety: It's Not Just For Summer!

sun protection Mar 21, 2017

Sun Protection Is Needed Year-Round

Although summer's end is just around the corner, sun safety should be practiced year-round.

Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through the clouds. In addition, sand reflects 25 percent of the sun's rays and snow reflects 80 percent of the sun's rays.

-- American Academy of Dermatology; Facts About Sunscreen

Sunscreen Should Not Be The First Line of Defense Against the Sun's Damaging Effects

Instead, stay in the...

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Protein: Can Vegetarians Get Enough?

diet Mar 21, 2017

Mike Tyson Turned Vegan in 2009

Mike Tyson Turned Vegan in 2009

Ever since I read The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell in early 2009, I have been trying to increase vegetarian protein while minimizing animal protein (i.e., meat and dairy) in my family's diet.  Never having been a huge meat eater, it wasn't too hard to cut down on meat significantly (and the cheese that had become a staple of our diets was surprisingly not missed with the help of our cold-pressed juices).  After I got pregnant in spring...

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Oprah Is Vegan-ish!

diet Mar 21, 2017

Food expert and best-selling author, Michael Pollan, shared how much meat and dairy this food expert consumes.

The online health community has been atwitter with Oprah's recent show about her and her 378 staffers being vegan for one week.  NY Times best-selling author, Kathy Freston led the vegan challenge (she's been vegan for +7 years; her husband is "vegan-ish": eats vegan at home in his wife's vegan kitchen, but eats animal protein when he's at restaurants).  Food "rockstar"...

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Olive Oil for Skin: Nature's Best Moisturizer

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

Olive Trees in Thassos, Greece

Olive oil as skin care is an ancient beauty secret that the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans have been using for thousands of years.  It wasn't until this past weekend, however, that I actually experienced the true skin care powers of olive oil!

My Weekend Skin Care Dilemma

My family and I spent the past weekend at a house in which the dryness from the heating system was making us extremely uncomfortable.  My one-year-old would cry and point to her legs,...

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NYC Residents: Run Your Tap Water For 30 Seconds

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

 Water Faucet

There's A Water Warning In NYC

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Cas Holloway, and, the City’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley held a joint press conference about the slight increase in lead in the city’s water.  They urged all New Yorkers to run cold water for 30 seconds -- whether you live in a house or an apartment -- before using it for drinking or cooking.

“The levels that were detected, which were very...

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Nut Milks: An Easy Homemade Milk Alternative

diet Mar 21, 2017

Homemade Nut Milks: Easy and delicious!

After really enjoying nut milks made by some local restaurants, I finally bought a nut milk bag and started making my own at home. I was surprised by how easy it is and by how delicious they are even when I make them!

Both my three-year-old and one-year-old also really enjoy drinking (and making!) the nut milks.  So I love that they are an easy way to get my daughters to consume the healthy nutrients of nuts.

The photos below lay out a recent...

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Non-Stick Pans: Why You Should Stop Using Them!

kitchen Mar 21, 2017

Update: In association with a class action lawsuit, a panel of epidemiologists, the C8 Science Panel, was organized by the courts to review the data on health effects from C8 exposures. The Science Panel concluded that there was a Probable Link to C8 exposure to the following six categories: diagnosed high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Non-stick pots and pans are often coated...

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Natural Immunity Boosters

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

Here at The S File ™, we prefer to avoid taking medicine whenever possible.  Instead, we first try natural remedies that are often ancient-old healers.   We’ve all heard that vitamin C- packed foods are great immunity boosters, but when you’ve had enough OJ and grapefruit, what else can you turn to?  Here is a list of three of our favorite natural immunity boosters.

Crimini (button) Mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms contain selenium (also found in many tree...

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