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Monday
May052014

Clean Living: Are Your Personal Products Putting You at Risk?

How many personal products did you use this morning? If you’re like the average woman in this country, you applied 12 different beauty products to your body, which equals exposure to 120 different chemicals. If you’re an average American man, you used 6 products and unknowingly applied 80 different chemicals. These chemicals dominate seemingly mundane skin and hair products (e.g. lotions, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc), cosmetics, and toiletries (e.g. toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, etc) - all the basics of the typical American morning routine. Yet, those statistics alone aren’t the scariest part. The fact is, the government doesn’t require safety studies on personal care products. In fact, 89% of the over 10,000 ingredients used in personal products are not evaluated for safety. This means manufacturers can put whatever they want into their products under whatever name they choose. To boot, the law protects “proprietary information,” which allows companies to keep their ingredients “secret.”  If you check your product labels, you will see vague ingredients such as “fragrance,” “parfum,” “natural,” or “emollients.” Why is it so important to know what's in these products? Our bodies inevitably end up inhaling or especially absorbing the toxins when we apply them. Day after day, this can add significantly to our toxin load. The skin, after all, is the body’s largest detox organ. Today, let's explore the most common unhealthy ingredients in personal care products, examine the health impacts of these and share strategies you can use to create a healthier self-care routine.

 

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Monday
Jul162012

Rainbow Chicken Salad

Ready for another cool salad recipe for these hot summer days?  This salad is loaded with color and taste and is a great to get a few veggie servings in while using up that farmers market produce!  Thanks again Healthy Living How To for this fantastic dish.  Enjoy!

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Monday
Jul092012

Upside Down Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This strawberry rhubarb concoction is amazingly delicious!  A wonderful way to creatively use some of summer's best produce as well as a great option for dessert at your next BBQ!  Thank you to Healthy Living How To for sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

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Monday
Jun252012

Oven Baked Chicken Thighs with Buttery Buffalo Sauce

Got a craving for buffalo wings?  Then you've got to try this tasty spin-off!  These chicken thighs taste as good as they look!  Go ahead - serve them up along side some crunchy celery. Craving cured!   Thank you to Healthy Living How To for sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

Recipe By Healthy Living How To

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Dark Chocolate Mini Coconut Cups

Who's ready for dessert?!  Enjoy these treats without all of the guilt - these mini cups are low-carb, dairy-free and sugar-free.   Thank you to Healthy Living How To for sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

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Wednesday
May162012

4:1 Green Smoothie

This is not your typical smoothie!   The 4:1 Green Smoothie not only offers a perfect ratio of vegetables to fruit (4:1), but it also accounts for HALF of your daily recommendations in just one serving!  Loaded with fiber, it’s also bound to keep you full and satisfied!  Thank you to Healthy Living How To for sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

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Wednesday
May022012

Chocolate Protein Truffles

Your friends, family members or co-workers will be surprised if you tell them you’ve got chocolate truffles to share and they fit in your nutrition plan. These delicious snacks are high in protein, dairy-free, and have the added bonus of an ORAC value of more than 9000, which provides more antioxidant power than 3 cups of blueberries! Oh, yeah, they’re gluten-free and low-carb, too! Thank you to Healthy Living How To for sharing the recipe. Enjoy!

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