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String Lights: Buy and use ones that are lead-free!

holidays Dec 01, 2015

I've always wanted to tap into the collective wisdom of others who have discovered practical tips for more nontoxic living. On this blog, I will occasionally spotlight a practical tip that others have shared with me so that we can learn from each other. 

As the holidays approach, I'm spotlighting a lovely, smart, and thoughtful woman named Jessica, who I met +7 years ago. Knowing that I was studying how to reduce toxic exposures at home, Jessica emailed me years ago...

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

diet holidays recipes Nov 11, 2015

With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been seeking healthy and delicious recipes on Pinterest. Below are some of my favorites, which will also color your Thanksgiving meal!

This recipe for roasted acorn squash with quinoa, kale, and tahini maple dressing by Edible Perspective offers a rich supply of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidant compounds that deliver many benefits, including support for beautiful skin and detoxification. Serve it as a main course...

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Tips for a Halloween with Less Toxic Exposures

holidays Oct 27, 2015

Halloween is quickly approaching! For my tips on reducing your family's toxic exposures from the Halloween festivities, published by Mom Blog Society, click here: Skeletons in the Closet: Sneaky Chemical Exposures in Your Halloween Festivities.

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A to Z of D-Toxing is Finally Here!

events Oct 20, 2015

After many long years of research, writing, and editing, my book, A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, is ready to launch! The book is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.

I am thrilled with the praise and support this book has received, from leading experts and professionals that I so greatly admire. I hope that readers will find A to Z of D-Toxing to be an empowering and useful resource to make healthy changes!

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DIY Face Paint for a Healthier Halloween

holidays Oct 12, 2015

Halloween is almost upon us! My family can hardly wait for the holiday fun, and to choose their costumes. In anticipation of the big day, I tried a recipe for nontoxic DIY face paint, to avoid the worrisome toxicants that are often found in conventional paints, such as lead, nickel, cobalt, and chromium. I was happy to find that the recipe was easy, fast, and effective - overall, a great alternative to conventional varieties. Also, it's a great Halloween activity that...

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Recipes for Fall: Vegan Pumpkin Ice Cream

diet recipes Oct 01, 2015

Some of my best recipes have been the results of experiments. For instance, I discovered one of my favorite summer recipes - vegan pineapple ice cream - while making pina coladas on a muggy July night. While that recipe provided a refreshing treat for the summer, I find myself craving more seasonal foods now that autumn has arrived. I began to think: "if my ice cream recipe worked with pineapple, why not with pumpkin?" Excited to try my idea out, I was thrilled that the result...

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Tips for Better Recycling

environment Sep 15, 2015

Recycling: It's not as simple as I assumed. Even if manufacturers choose to use materials that can be recycled, the post below, from a member of my team, Ashley S. Cooke, taught me that there's more I can do to help make sure that my garbage gets recycled.

During a recent family trip to Baltimore and the National Aquarium, I was struck by the great amount of effort the aquarium put forth to educate guests on conservation and environmental health. As a few examples, they handed out free...

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For a Healthier Spin on Pizza Night, Add Brussels Sprouts!

diet recipes Aug 27, 2015

There'sno getting around it, my entire family loves pizza. We also love making it ourselves, and experimenting with different and creative ingredients. While trying to clear out the surplus of brussels sprouts in my fridge, I started one of my more successful culinary experiments: brussels sprout and roasted garlic pizza. It was such a hit with my family, that this healthier recipe has actually cut down our frequency of eating take-out pizza.

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4 Tips for Navigating Food Labels

diet kitchen labels Jul 22, 2015

This week, the United States House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1599, a bill that could block the FDA and state governments from issuing mandatory labeling requirements of GMO foods. If passed, this bill would overturn current laws in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine that require GMO labeling, and would also give food companies the power to label their GMO foods as “natural.” Of those who oppose GMOs, many are concerned about the unknown health effects, some...

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My Secret Sauce for Nutritional Punches: Cleaning the Fridge

diet kitchen Jul 16, 2015

One of my favorite parts of summer are the fresh veggies and fruits that we can eat straight from the farmers' stands. Since I make such an effort to buy organic ingredients, I hate wasting any food that results from thoughtful care.

Every few days, as our refrigerator becomes depleted, I turn our scraps into a healthy sauce that I eat as soup, or pour over pasta for the kids. It ends up being a nutrient-dense secret sauce that I also sneak into scrambled eggs and even burger...

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