Some of you have asked about making the changes to become mostly non-toxic. It can be very overwhelming at first. That’s why you shouldn’t necessarily do it all at once. If you are the type that is up for that, then all the more power to you! I would suggest making a change once a month or look at your products and see what is about to run out, have a product in mind to be ready and just replace it with that.

I will be posting some non-toxic and mostly non-toxic products that I like every week from now on.

Can anyone share some non-toxic products that they love? 


S


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The Skinny On Eggs

Everyone has heard a lot of misleading information regarding eggs in the past decades. Most of it has been negative and scary. The yolk is bad for you (not true), they cause “bad” cholesterol (not true), they cause heart disease (still not true). The truth is that eggs, including the yolk, can be a perfect food. 


Eggs contain:
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 9 essential amino acids
  • Vitamin D
  • Choline (brain and nervous system health)
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health
  • Biotin (egg yolks have the highest source of biotin in nature)

Egg yolks are a perfect first food food for babies and are extremely beneficial for brain and nervous system development…add a little sea salt and you are on the road to perfection.

What are the best eggs to eat?
There has been a huge wave of “cage free” & “organic” marketing in the past few years in regards to eggs. It’s all a little misleading. What that simply means is that the chickens have the option to go outside (although they usually don’t because they are accustomed to their home inside an ammonia scented pen) and that they are fed organic soy and other vegetarian feed. The problem with all of that is that they aren’t actually supposed to eat vegetarian grain only and certainly not soy! Chickens are supposed to eat the larvae from cow dung along with other items they find while grazing. I know a little nasty sounding, but that’s what gives eggs the best nutrients. Plus this larvae has been exposed to vitamin D and the eggs are consuming that goodness for us to consume later on. The chickens that eat soy are not making high quality eggs. Soy in that large of amounts is not good for me or the chicken!
So needless to say, the best eggs are those from pastured chickens. Chickens that actually live outside and feed off of the grass and areas where the cows live. You can find these eggs at Whole Foods and local farmers markets. They are more expensive, but you definitely get more bang for your buck. Eating a properly raised egg is equivalent to taking an amazing vitamin full of all of your fat soluble vitamins including vitamins A& D, Choline and DHA. 
Second best eggs: cage free, organic. The chickens are at least eating organic non GMO grains and are not given hormones or antibiotics.


To quote one of my favorite writers:
“You are what what you eat eats.” 
― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto



Buck buck!
S

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A Medicine Cabinet Must

Homeopathy

What is it? A lot of people have confusion over what homeopathy really is. Some people use the words holistic and homeopathy/homeopathic interchangeably. It’s true that homeopathy is a holistic style medicine if only because it does relate to treating treat the “whole” person rather than focusing on separate parts of the body. But it is actually a reputable form of medicine.

The theory behind homeopathy is that “like cures like”, or The Law of Similars. when a substance in large doses causes certain symptoms, in small doses it can cure these same symptoms. 

A common example of homeopathy that a lot of people use is the flu medicine called Oscillococcinum. It’s great for kids and adults. It works much (MUCH) better than the flu vaccine.

Technical Info:
Founded in 1790 by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the United States. 
Homeopathic remedies start with substances such as herbs or minerals  These substances are first crushed and dissolved in a liquid — usually grain alcohol or lactose — mechanically shaken, then stored. This is the “mother tincture.” Homeopaths then dilute tinctures more with alcohol or lactose, either 1 part to 10 (written as “x”) or 1 part to 100 (written as “c”). These tinctures are shaken, yielding a 1x or 1c dilution. Homeopaths can further dilute these tinctures two times (2x or 2c), three times (3x or 3c), and so forth. Many times professional homeopaths will use much higher dilutions, because the more diluted the substance, the more potent its healing powers are thought to be.

How does it work?
Homeopathic remedies aim to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms. Homeopaths believe that any physical disease has a mental and emotional component. So a homeopathic diagnosis includes physical symptoms (such as feverishness), current emotional and psychological state (such as anxiety and restlessness), and the person’ s constitution. A person’ s constitution includes qualities related to creativity, initiative, persistence, concentration, physical sensitivities, and stamina). The right remedy for a condition will take all of these aspects into account, so each diagnosis and remedy is individualized. 

Personally I have used homeopathy my whole life. My mother kept a kit in the closet with every remedy you could think of from stomach aches to poison ivy. I have had great success using homeopathy, I think it’s rather amazing. If you find the right remedy, it can literally take the symptoms away in 10 minutes. Sometimes it can take 2-3 weeks, it usually depends on whether the condition is chronic (happening for a long time) or acute. 
Below I list where to buy remedies, the first one being King Bio. If you open the pdf I listed next to their name, you will find more information about dosing. Read the dosing requirements and follow them closely or you may not get good results.

How to get a remedy:
You can either find a local homeopath or you can try finding remedies at the store or online. I am really loving the company King Bio. They have a great list of remedies that come in a spray bottle which is really easy especially for kids. There are also many many other great brands such as Boiron, Bach, Heel, etc.

Where to look:

Happy in health,

S
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