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Mattress Revelations

baby bedroom children nursery Mar 21, 2017

It had not occurred to me that my daughter's mattress may be hazardous until I can across literature on this after we had spent a few hundred dollars on a brand new mattress. As of this writing, my daughter is 22 months old and I recently had to purchase a second crib mattress for a summer rental. As such, I have only recently started delving into what to avoid in mattresses. I knew that there was discussion on toxins in mattresses but lived in denial until recently. I had been afraid to...

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Juice Cleanse Reflection

diet Mar 21, 2017

In mid-December 2010, Ms. C completed her first juice cleanse, a 3-day BluePrintCleanse! Her experience, with some hindsight, follows below. I am starting Day 1 of my 3-day cleanse today! I'm so excited to cleanse and will be sharing my experience as well. For now, please read below to check out the first juice cleanse of a recent college grad.

-- Ms. S

Now that it's been a few weeks since I completed my 3-Day BluePrintCleanse juice cleanse, I can honestly assess the highs and lows of my...

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How to Stay Fed and Satisfied on a Budget, by a GLOWING Raw Foodie

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

When I first dived into the raw diet a year ago, I was struck by how expensive it was to eat this healthy.  My friend, Cassie, who always inspires me to eat as cleanly as she does (partly because her skin is so clear and radiates) said that it doesn't have to be so pricey.  Below, she shares her tips on eating cleanly without going broke!

Not only am I a thrifty shopper, but I'm also a lazy chef.  Ironically, I'm in culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute to really...

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Fresh Herbs: Great for Taste AND Health!

diet Mar 21, 2017

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One of my greatest simple joys is having a constant supply of fresh herbs in my kitchen.  For me, fresh herbs send the overall flavor of my food to the next level, and quickly become the highlight to many of my “famous” dishes.  It’s easy to love herbs for their taste and versatility, but as it turns out, certain herbs can provide us with wonderful health benefits too.  So next time you’re enjoying the herbs in your favorite dishes, take a moment...

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Finding a Link Between Happiness and Health

wellness Mar 21, 2017

Like so many of us social media users, I am addicted to Pinterest.  I’m addicted for many different reasons, but lately, I’ve been spending my time browsing inspirational quotes, and repinning my favorites so I can revisit them when I need a motivational pick-me-up.  Recently I came across a pin that I found particularly striking:

“I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.”

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I liked this quote (loosely translated from Voltaire)...

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Faux Gras: A Delicious Vegan Foie Gras

diet Mar 21, 2017

 

by guest writer

 

A few weeks ago, I attended a fascinating event on sustainable food systems and urban agriculture. After the two-hour seminar on the current state of our food system and its future, there was a lovely reception with local food and wine vendors. The food was delicious! My absolute favorite dish that night was called "Faux Gras" made by The Regal Vegan.

 

Faux Gras by The Regal Vegan; Toasted Walnut Lentil Pate

 

The Faux Gras is a gluten-free, all...

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Coconut Water: Nature's Best Sport Drink

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

 

by guest writer

 

Whenever my body is feeling run down, whether I'm fighting a cold or feeling dehydrated, I have discovered coconut water cures my pain. About a year ago, a friend of mine introduced coconut water to me when I was complaining of bad stomach pains. Prone to stomach issues, I thought I had figured out all the tricks to soothe an upset stomach (hot water with lemon and mint is a favorite). Yet, when the pain persisted I took my friend's advice and tried some coconut...

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Cell Phone Risks: Texting Is Healthier!

cancer children emf Mar 21, 2017

I just finished reviewing the 2008 - 2009 Annual Report to the U.S. President titled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now (the "Report"), created by the President's Cancer Panel. It was eye-opening and I'll be writing about a number of lessons learned in future posts. This post, however, is about the unknown risks from wireless devices.

We Do Not Have Enough Data To Fully Understand The Safety / Hazards of Radiation From Wireless Devices

"Sharp controversy exists in the...

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Beware of Microwave Popcorn

diet Mar 21, 2017

Throughout all the books and online articles that I had reviewed about health and non-toxic products, I had never read anything about the hazards in microwave popcorn. Recently, however, I was reading an article in The New York Times Magazine and the author casually mentioned that she and her family avoid microwave popcorn because of the lining.  So I immediately went online to research this and wish I knew more about this earlier, especially when I was pregnant.  Oh well, better...

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Autism: A Quality Discussion

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

I was thrilled to discover that Dr. Oz had led a discussion on autism -- its possible causes and solutions. Several physicians on the show agreed that the quality of food that we feed our children (and ourselves!) is influential in many cases. Other topics covered are the role of vaccines, environment, and mother's age.

One in every 110 children born in the US will be diagnosed with autism. Please click on the image below to view the discussion among Dr. Oz, a panel of experts and...

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