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How to Get Rid of Household Mold

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments

Posted in Clean Air, Creating A Healthier Home, Environment, Green Living, Healthy Homes

Healthy Snack Ideas

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments

 

 

One of the easiest areas to go off track when trying to eat healthy is snacks. We often get hungry in the middle of the day or late at night and reach for the wrong things because there are no healthy options available. Always keep healthy snacks on hand. Take them with you to work or on road trips, running errands around town, kids sports games,and of course in your kitchen. Its easy to grab the wrong thing when we need a quick pick me up and don't have a healthy option within reach. This is essential for staying on track with a healthy eating lifestyle.  Here are a few good snack ideas :
  • Apples with peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter 
  •  Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios,Pecans - buybulk and make little 1 ounce snack bags
  •  Popcorn – Find a healthy Non GMO brand or pop your own organic  
  •  Fruit - grapes, apples , dates, bananas, blueberries , strawberries, cantaloupe slices
  •  Cheese Cubes 
  •  Yogurt, Greek yogurt 
  •  Celery with peanut butter 
  •  Applesauce with cinnamon 
  •  Cottage cheese 
  •  Fruit smoothie 
  •  Cucumber slices 
  •  Carrot slices 
  •  Fruit Leather- healthy all fruit  
  •  Hard Boiled Egg 
  •  Brown Rice Cakes 
  •  Small Sweet Potato 
  •  Whole wheat pretzels – eat only a few 
  •  Hummus - good for dipping carrot sticks ,cucumbers, peppers
  •  Tuna on lettuce leaf 
  •  Dark chocolate – 1 ounce 
  • Posted in Clean Eating, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Organic, Snack Ideas

    Refresh the Bedroom for Spring

    Posted on April 27, 2017 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments

    Freshen up the bedroom for spring with a new organic cotton mattress pad, a set of organic cotton sheets and pillows and an air purifier from Austin Air for a perfect peaceful nights rest. 100% GOTS certified organic cotton bedding #organicbedding

    Posted in Austin Air, Clean Air, Creating A Healthier Home, Environment, Green Living, Healthy Homes, Non Toxic Products, Organic

    Keeping Your Mattress Clean

    Posted on October 11, 2016 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments


    Keeping your mattress clean is very important for a healthy night sleep.  Every mattress should have a mattress protector which is simple to remove and easy wash. Using an organic mattress protector will keep your mattress clean and provide a healthy barrier. Allowing  your mattress to air out, vacuuming your mattress regularly, changing the bedding frequently and spot cleaning any stains will also go a long way to help keep your mattress fresh and clean. 

    Posted in Creating A Healthier Home, Green Living, Healthy Homes, Organic

    Getting Home Cozy for Fall

    Posted on October 09, 2016 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments

     


    Coyuhi® Flannel Pajamas

    With cooler days upon us it;s a great time to redecorate and make your home cozy, comfortable and inviting.  

    Here are just a few ideas:

    • Dress up your table with new linens that you & your guests will love
    • Light up your favorite fall scented candles & your home will smell wonderful
    • Tidy up you front entrance way with fall flowers, pumpkins, & a new welcome mat
    • Make up your bed with new warm cozy bedding,a quilt, throw blanket,&  maybe some new organic wool pillows
    • Throw rugs and throw pillows are an inexpensive way to get a new warm & inviting look for fall

      So grab a cozy new throw blanket, and cuddle up with that good book and some hot cocoa and don't forget the cozy flannel pajamas.

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    Five Easy Steps to a Healthier You

    Posted on May 20, 2016 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments

    Many people decide they want to make healthy lifestyle changes but very few seem to follow through. As with anything else you need to be consistent for a period of time before something will become a habit. If you mess up, it's okay and it doesn't mean you blew it just continue on and make healthier choices. 
    Here are  five easy steps to get you started on becoming a healthier you.
     

    1. Drink plenty of water.  I put this one first because it's much more important than many people think. Since our bodies are made up mostly of water we need to drink plenty of it in order for our bodies to function at their best. A good rule to follow is to divide your weight in half and drink at least that much in ounces per day. Always start with a fresh glass of water upon waking and spread the remainder throughout the day.

    2.Add more fresh foods to your diet.  Start by adding more vegetables to all of your meals. Try and include at least 50% vegetables with each meal. Grab a piece of fruit for a snack instead of cookies, candies and cakes. Cut out as much white flour and sugar as possible from your diet and replace them with fresh fruit, veg's, and whole grains. Try and buy fresh organic and locally grown produce as much as possible.

    3.Exercise.  Since this is probably the hardest area to maintain you really need to start out small. Start by walking, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Grab a friend to make the time more enjoyable. A treadmill is great for those bad weather days when you can't get outside so, there will be no excuses. Before you know it you might be walking a few miles a day and feeling great.

    4.Get Plenty of Rest.  It's very important that are bodies get the rest they need. As you get older you may find that you can function on much less sleep then when you were younger. Six hours may be enough for some while others may need a full eight. Either way a good nights rest is very important so try and get to bed a little earlier each night. The more sleep you get before midnight the more rested you should feel. Having the right bedding is also important. If your getting plenty of sleep but still waking up with headaches and feeling tired it might be time for some new pillows or a new mattress.

    5.Get Fresh Air & Sunshine. Getting out side for a little bit each day can do wonders for you.  Our homes are breeding grounds for all sorts of stuff which we breathe every day. This can be very unhealthy. Step outside for at least a few minutes a couple of times each day to get fresh air and sunshine. The sun  provides some essential vitamins that our bodies need. Get a good air cleaner for your home so you can breathe fresher air while indoors. Breathing cleaner air while you sleep may also help you wake up feeling rested.

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    GMOs are they really that bad for us and how we can avoid them?

    Posted on May 13, 2016 by Janet Ouellette | 0 comments

     Unless you only buy foods that are certified organic or marked as “GMO-free,” odds are that a great deal of the food you eat contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But are you risking your health and damaging the environment by eating GMOs? Not according to Monsanto, the agricultural biotechnology company that is a leading producer of GM seed. Monsanto contends that GMOs are safe to eat and that seeds with GM traits have been tested more than any other crops in the history of agriculture—with no credible evidence of harm to humans or animals.

     

    The company also points to studies that have positively assessed the safety of GMOs, including the 2010 European Commission report summarizing the results of 50 research projects addressing the safety of GMOs for the environment as well as for animal and human health. In announcing the report, the Commission stated that “there is, as of today, no scientific evidence associating GMOs with higher risks for the environment or for food and feed safety than conventional plants.”

     

    Of course, not everyone agrees. According to the non-profit Non-GMO Project, genetically modified crops and food items can contaminate conventional crops and foods through cross-pollination and/or contamination. Also, since many GM crops are designed to be immune to herbicides and pesticides, farmers have increased their use of various weed and bug killing chemicals to keep competition for their cash crops at bay. The resulting overuse of these chemicals has led to a rapid evolution of “super weeds” and “super bugs” that can quickly take over unmaintained or wild lands.

     

    Given the prevalence of GMOs in our food supply already, the non-profit Just Label It believes labeling everything that contains GMOs would be a start so at least consumers can choose on their own what they put in their bodies. Some 64 countries around the world—including China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and 28 nations in the European Union—currently require labeling on foods created with GMOs. Just Label It is one of many activist voices calling on the United States to follow suit. The group has created an online petition so everyday Americans can let the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) know that they have the right to know what’s in their food, especially when it comes to GMOs.

     

    But until we have federal rules in place requiring labeling, concerned consumers will have to take matters into their own hands when it comes to ferreting out the GMO content of what they eat. Luckily the Non-GMO Project is helping make it easier by offering verified products the opportunity to display its “Non-GMO” symbol on their labels. Currently the group has verified some 35,000 food products across 1,900 different brands commonly available on U.S. store shelves as GMO-free, representing annual sales topping $13.5 billion. Meanwhile, Whole Foods has stepped up its support of GMO labeling by instituting a new policy of “full GMO transparency” in all of its North American stores by 2018.

     

    Beyond just labeling, though, Whole Foods is also working with many of its suppliers to transition to ingredients from non-GMO sources altogether. Activists hope that this leadership will trickle down to mainstream grocers as well.

     

    CONTACTS: Monsanto, www.monsanto.com; Non-GMO Project, www.nongmoproject.org; Just Label It, www.justlabelit.org; Whole Foods, www.wholefoods.com.

     

    EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss & Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: editor@earthtalk.org , earthtalk@emagazine.com.

     

    Posted in Creating A Healthier Home, gmos, Organic, Pesticides, Produce