11 Ways To Keep Your Home A Cancer-Free Zone


Home should be an oasis, a safe and peaceful space that promotes well-being and health. However, if you’re constantly cleaning up the house with harsh chemicals, hosing it down with anti-bacterial soaps and steeping yourself in off-gassing bedding and décor, home may not be such a safe place after all.

The fact is, most of us live in homes we’ve unintentionally loaded with carcinogens, but the good news is that we can take a few simple steps to make our lives and homes as cancer-proof as possible.

Here’s how to show hundreds of carcinogens the door – simply and easily:

1. Make your own cleaning products.

Commercial household cleaning products are a significant source of toxins, polluting your indoor air and poisoning your body, as they’re absorbed through the skin while you scrub. To cut exposure, make your own inexpensive, non-toxic cleaning products, using lemon juice, baking soda, tea tree oil and vinegar. Find recipes here.

2. Stay away from toxic toothpaste.

Most toothpastes and mouthwashes are loaded with fluoride, triclosan, articicial flavors and colors – all of which are lousy for your body. Switch to natural versions from the health food store or better yet, make your own. Here’s a great, simple recipe: combine 8 oz water (preferably filtered or spring, without fluoride) with heaping teaspoon of baking soda plus 4 -6 drops of organic peppermint oil. And here are some more tips to maximize oral health.

3. Clear the air

But not with canned, synthetic sprays, some of which contain chemicals that are linked to increased breast cancer risk. Instead, freshen the air the old-fashioned way with houseplants, dishes with lemon juice and vinegar, and bowls of natural potpourri made with flowers and herbs.

4. Don’t buy body care products containing parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or oxybenzone.

They’re just a few of the toxins lurking in common body care products with the power to throw hormones out of whack and trigger health problems. Not convinced? Then consider the EPA’s acknowledgement that just a fraction of the 80,000+ chemicals in regular use have gone through complete testing for human toxicity – so I say, why risk being a human guinea pig? For more tips, check out my blog on 10 tips to healthier skincare.

5. Non-stick pans, plastic containers and canned goods – lose them, don’t use them.

Ditch your toxin-laced nonstick and Teflon cookware for long-lasting cast iron versions. Never cook in plastic containers and switch them for leech-free glass. Bypass canned foods, the majority of which contain hormone disrupting BPA liners. With these three simple changes you’ll ingest a lot fewer toxins, with little sacrifice.

6. Take off your shoes.

How to keep toxins out of the house? Don’t bring them in in the first place. Leave your shoes and boots at the door to track less dirt, chemicals, pesticide residues, lead and oil into the house. It’s also a nice way to leave the world behind — and symbolically welcome yourself back to the haven of home. For more tips, check out my blog on 20 ways to detox your home.

7. Don’t eat toxins!

Now, nobody likes to think they’re actually eating carcinogens, but for the most part, when you eat factory-farmed, processed foods, you are. Simply by switching to unprocessed, organic, foods, you can eliminate toxins from your diet and change the course of your long-term health. Simply amazing, eh?

8. Filter your water.

Most of us drink, shower and bathe with water that’s brimming with highly toxic chemicals such as arsenic, fluoride and chlorine – so how to get rid of them? Filter your drinking water and install a filter in the shower, or a whole house filtration system to remove up to 99% of the bad stuff. For a water filter, check out EWG.org’s online guide to buying a water filter.

9. Sleep clean.

To reduce toxins emanating from your current mattress, slip it inside an organic (not plastic!) waterproof cover to help reduce your nightly inhalation of chemicals. Create an additional barrier against conventional mattress chemicals by adding an organic topper to the bed. When the time comes for a new mattress, look for one that’s organic, or made of natural latex, cotton or wool and check out my blog on how to sleep cleaner and greener.

10. Ditch the synthetics.

Synthetic sheets, comforters and wall-to-wall carpeting are made from petrochemicals and often are treated with chemical flame-retardants – and nobody should spend 8 hours a night steeping in all that! Switch bedding to unbleached, organic cotton, linen, wool or down alternatives and trade synthetic wall-to-wall carpet for eco-friendly, sustainable materials like organic sisal or bamboo floor coverings.

11. Cut the cord.

The metal coils and wiring woven into electric blankets make sleeping under one roughly akin to wearing a full-body antenna all night, maximizing your exposure to harmful EMF’s. My advice? Just say no. For more tips, check out my blog on how to keep your distance from EMFs.

For more ideas on how to keep chemicals out of your body, check out my posts on what to look for in personal care products and 21 ways to detox your home.

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Natural Health and Organic Living: Why A Cheat Meal Might Just Save Your Diet And Boost Fat Loss


Why A Cheat Meal Might Just Save Your Diet And Boost Fat Loss

Averaging 3 to 5 pounds per week weight-loss! If there’s one thing that most dieters always want to know about as they go about their fat loss diet plan, the cheat meal is it.
Is a cheat meal okay to have on your diet or must you really cut out all the foods that you enjoy entirely?
There’s no question that if you start having cheat meals just a little too often this is going to hold you back from seeing progress. Cheat meals will be much higher in fat and calories than normal meals would, and that will definitely add up.
But, if you plan your cheat meals wisely, this doesn’t have to be the case. In some situations, cheat meals can actually help you see faster overall results, so it’s imperative that you learn how to incorporate these into your diet plan properly.
Let’s have a look over some of the main things that you should keep in mind.
Cheat Meals And Your Metabolism
The very first positive effect that a cheat meal will have as you go about your diet is the fact that they will help to boost your metabolism.
Any time you go on a reduced calorie diet plan for an extended period of time, the body is going to slow its metabolic rate. It literally thinks that you’re trying to starve it and it’s going to do everything it can to prevent this from happening.
But, by having the cheat meal you send the message to the body that it’s getting more fuel again, thus the metabolism speeds back up.
All it takes is one good cheat meal to help offset a slow metabolism so that you can start seeing fat loss results again.
Cheat Meals And Your Food Cravings
The next benefit of a cheat meal is with regards to your food cravings. If you aren’t incorporating any cheat meals into your plan, it is only going to be a matter of time before food cravings get the best of you.
Fortunately, the cheat meal will prevent this. By allowing that cheat meal into your diet plan at a specific pre-determined point, you’re going to help prevent yourself from falling off the plan at any other time during the diet.
Simply knowing that you will get to have whatever food you’re craving is often enough for most people to stay with eating healthy the rest of the time.
Cheat Meals And Muscle Glycogen Levels
Finally, the last reason why cheat meals can help to increase your results is because if you choose to make the cheat meal high carb in nature, this will restore your muscle glycogen level, which is the primary energy source used during your workout sessions.
With fully stocked muscle glycogen you’ll be able to workout at a higher intensity, thus you’ll see more calorie burning and faster overall progress.
So as you can see, a cheat meal can be a good thing for your diet. You just need to make sure that you keep them limited to about once per week and still practice moderation.


10 Uses for Chia Seeds


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Here is a great article written by WellnessMama.com about the 10 uses of the powerful superfood Chia seeds!  I use Chia seeds in tons  of different recipes and smoothies and was so happy to be informed of many more ways to use them. Take a read below! 🙂

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time and finally had the time while the kids are napping and I am (ironically) sipping a Chia Seed Energy Drink (recipe below). If you don’t already use chia seeds, you are missing out!

Not only are they gluten/grain free naturally, but one tablespoon of Chia Seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. Perfect? Almost… they do get stuck in your teeth if you chew them plain (ask me how I know that!).

They also give you tons of energy but also won’t keep you awake at night and are supposed to be great for weight loss. Because they can absorb many times their size/weight in liquid, they are great for preventing dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat.

Supposedly, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans use chia as a staple of their diet and as an energy food. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance  while running long distances or during battle (source).

According to Mountain Rose Herbs they contain “Essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, iron, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon, and anti-oxidants.”

Additionally,  ”They are currently being used for their nutritional and medicinal properties, endurance for athletes, for suppressing the appetite, weight loss, leveling blood sugar, and for aiding intestinal regularity. Chia seeds readily dissolve into the water, creating a substance that looks like gelatin. This gel-forming action is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia seed. Researchers believe that this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when Chia seed is consumed, thus creating a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes and slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar helps with endurance and metabolic rates, which is beneficial for athletes and others”.

“For weight loss, Chia seeds are an appetite suppressant, and Chia gel may be used to replace food within recipes. Bulking up a meal with Chia gel helps lessen the amount of food consumed, since Chia gel is primarily made up of water. Chia gel may also be used in place of fats within recipes, even within baked goods. Chia seed has hydrophilic properties, and can absorb more than 12 times its weigh in water. Because of this, Chia seeds can prolong hydration, helping retain moisture and regulate more efficiently the body’s absorption of nutrients and body fluids, including electrolyte balance.” (source)

 I buy them in bulk (here) and we go through a couple pounds a month, but they are by far one of the most nutrient dense food per ounce that I use, and they help keep the kids full for hours, which is a huge benefit!

 Convinced? Here are my ten favorite uses if you want to give this “Indian Running Food” a try:

10 Uses for Chia Seeds.

How To Eat Healthy On A Budget – Useful Tips on Adopting a Healthier Diet


I hear it all the time: claims that you can’t eat healthy on a budget. Well, It’s just not true. You may have to plan things out a bit more, but the extra time is worth it. You can nourish your family with the best foods if you know where to look and what to buy. You don’t have to buy all organic produce or feel like you can only shop at high end grocery stores to make a difference in your lifestyle. Compare a pound of quinoa at around $3.99 that makes several meals, versus one fast food meal that costs at least $5.00. Plan, and you can save and be healthy.

Here are some easy tips to keep a healthy diet, no matter what your budget is:

Buy in Bulk

You can buy produce and Beauty Food staples in bulk at stores like Costco, and that can save you a surprising amount of money. You can purchase raw nuts, seeds, grains, spices, and condiments and then store them in airtight containers in your pantry so you’re always stocked up. They even have great produce items, like big bags of organic spinach or carrots.bulk baby spinach 27 kilos

If you can set aside one day per week to make your Glowing Green Smoothies and prepare (and in some cases, freeze) your meals, you won’t have to worry about the produce going bad, so you’ll be saving time and money.

(Tip: You can freeze your Glowing Green Smoothies and move one from freezer to fridge each night so you have one ready to go first thing in the morning. Just give it a stir in the morning!)

Stores Like Trader Joe’s and Aldi

While you won’t be buying in bulk and you may not be buying all organic produce in these stores, you can save money when you bypass the premade foods (especially at Trader Joe’s) and go straight for the fresh, natural ingredients. TJ’s has great lemons, avocados, organic romaine hearts and more. At Aldi stores, you can sometimes find produce at a fraction of the cost you would in other grocery stores. Just keep the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen in mind as you shop (you may want to make a list so you don’t forget what’s on each list!) so you can put more money to buying organic for the “dirty” produce items, which have more pesticides.

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The Dirty Dozen

If you can’t go completely organic, do as much good as you can by purchasing as much organic food on the Dirty Dozen list as possible. EWG’s list of the Dirty Dozen includes the produce you should do your best- given your budget- to buy organic because of the amount of pesticides sprayed on them (if budget is a serious issue and you can’t get these organic either, soak for at least half an hour with veggie wash and water, or diluted raw apple cider vinegar).

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Cherries

There’s also a list of the Clean Fifteen, which you don’t necessarily need to purchase organic:

  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Eggplant
  • Domestic cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms

By just following this list, you can cut down on up to 80 percent of your pesticide consumption. If you’re buying produce that you’ll be removing the outer peel from anyway, you can usually get away without buying organic. However, the nutritional content may not be as high in conventionally grown produce as it is in organic.

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How To Eat Healthy On A Budget – Useful Tips on Adopting a Healthier Diet.

DIY Vitamin Waters

Make Your Own Alkaline Vitamin Water

Find yourself needing a vitamin boost?

Click HERE, for complete recipe and directions of my five signature colour-free, sugar-free and bpa plastic free alkaline vitamin waters or get inspired to make your own combinations.

  • Recovery – This vitamin water is ideal for recovery post-workout or after a large bout of physical activity.  Blackberries and Cherries aid in replenishing oxygen in the blood while pomegranate and glutamine help to restore and repair muscle tissue damage
  • C*Power – This vitamin water gives you a boost of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory vitamin C.  With natural citrus fruits and camu camu powder, c*power is ideal for boosting your immunity after an illness or just keeping your body empowered.  This is an excellent combination for weight loss
  • Stressless – This is my favourite combination, the blend of watermelon and rosemary is divine.  This vitamin water is ideal for helping you balance stress on a mental and physiological level.  With the addition of B vitamins, hydrating watermelon and calming rosemary this combination is best used during times of stress or intensity
  • Digest It – Excellent for aiding in digestion and stimulating the colon and digestive tract.  With the combination of pineapple’s digestive enzymes, soothing, cooling mint and warming ginger, stimulating lemongrass, immunizing lychee and probiotics this water will aid in internal balance
  • Detox – Purify your blood and body with this awesome vitamin water!  Detox is ideal for the morning after a night out or when you are cleansing.  Created with hydrating coconut water, and fresh cucumber, nutrient rich coconut meat, detoxifying milk thistle and anti-oxidant loaded raspberries and blueberries, this combination will cleanse your body from the inside out

It simple, cheap and easy way to get your vitamins in a delicious and hydrating way.


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Water Is the Gold of Health

Water’s importance in our diet hasn’t changed. It’s a great way to help ward off sicknesses and keep your body’s organs functioning. However, water has been replaced in our society by cokes, high fructose corn syrup juices, coffee drinks, alcohol, and vitamin waters. As a result, health issues are rising in this country year by year. How is it that one of the most advanced countries in the world has high occurrences of illnesses and a trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry? Coincidence much? We think not.

The media makes it seem as if drinking the required amounts of water for the body is laborious, but everyone seems to ignore the consequences if our body doesn’t get that required water. Cell Health Makeover reports on the results dehydration:

The truth is that dehydration can cause diseases like asthma , hypertension , ulcers , allergies and arthritis . Everyone knows that water is good for the body but not how essential water is to well-being. They don’t understand what happens to the body if it doesn’t receive its daily water requirements.

Every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the flow of water. Water management is the only way of making sure that needed amounts of water and its nutrients first reach the more vital organs that have to confront and deal with stress.

Currently, the practitioners of medicine are unaware of the many chemical roles of water in the body. Because dehydration eventually causes loss of functions, the sophisticated signals given by water-regulating systems have been translated as indicators of unknown disease conditions. This is the most basic mistake of clinical medicine. It has prevented medical practitioners from being able to use preventative measures or offer simple physiological cures for major diseases.

74075168Water is vital for our bodies. It’s the major make-up of our bodies. A few ounces a day aren’t going to cut it. Furthermore, your body organs are most likely not functioning at full capacity if you’re not getting your proper intake.

How much water to consume? The overall message is to consume 64 ounces, but there’s no way such a number can be applicable for all people of all sizes. You should consume half of your body weight in ounces. So, for some that will indicate a larger intake, while for others may equal to or less.

There’s an art to drinking water. It’s pointless to try to triple your intake in one day. It will shock your body, and probably lead to you dumping the new habit instantly. So, move forward gradually with a few extra glasses daily until you reach your goal. Drink several glasses when you first wake up and abstain from drinking a lot of water a couple of hours before your bedtime.

Need some aid on how to drink your water? Cell Health Makeover has got you covered:

As soon as you wake up, drink one to four eight-ounce glasses of room-temperature or slightly heated water through a straw. If you drink water from a glass or a bottle, you consume mostly air and feel bloated from all the air in your stomach. When you drink through a straw, you consume 95 percent water. You can drink four times as much before you feel full.

Add two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice to your water three times a day: upon rising, mid-afternoon, and in your final water intake in the evening. The juice will help alkalize your body and neutralize acids created from digesting certain foods or normal cellular metabolism.

One-half hour before each of your three meals drink one to two, eight-ounce glasses of water through a straw. If you do not have enough water in your stomach, digestion is impaired. Also, if the blood becomes too thick after eating because of lack of water, the blood will try to draw water from the cells. Water intake should precede food intake by half an hour. (Unfortunately, coffee, soft drinks, beer and regular tea do not count as daily water needs. Fruit and veggie juices do!)


I-Phone Users Check This Out! JUICE Energy-Tracking App


JUICE officially launches today, and I’m excited to share it with you!

The latest offering from interactive media company Mindbloom and workplace wellness company Vivacity, JUICE helps you develop awareness around your daily routine so you can make changes to increase your energy.

As you easily track your daily activity in the app, you’ll recognize self-defeating patterns—for example, replacing regular sleep with a Band-Aid solution, like caffeine—enabling you to replace them with healthier choices.

You can then browse through close to 300 related tips; and set reminders for your favorite ones to help you regularly apply them.

The app also allows you to track your progress through weekly reports, so you can see how your tiny shifts are adding up to create big change.

Some of the other tip contributors include:

  • Shawn Achor, author of international best-seller The Happiness Advantage
  • Brett Blumenthal, bestselling author of 52 Small Changes
  • M. J. Ryan, one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover
  • Patricia Bannan, registered dietitian and author specializing in nutrition and health communication
  • Keri Gans, registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet
  • Brian Johnsonauthor of A Philosopher’s Notes

JUICE is available today as a free download in the iTunes App Store and includes energy tracking against nutrition, exercise, and sleep.


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