“Because food systems are a major driver of poor health and environmental degradation, global efforts are urgently needed to collectively transform diets and food production.”
That’s the urgent call from leading scientific researchers in a new report in The Lancet. After reviewing the effects of food production on human health and the environment, they concluded that a dietary shift toward plant foods and away from animal products is vital for promoting human health and the health of our planet. Continue reading “How Eating More Plants Can Save Lives and the Planet”
I am currently in the middle of renovation chaos. Everyone told me it would be hard, but I don’t think anything really prepares you for it. Truthfully, I thought not having a functional oven, or running water, would be the most difficult thing to deal with (yes, I know, first world problems), but it is the amount of dust that really is the hardest. But even if you aren’t going through a renovation, dust is everywhere and can aggravate allergies and asthma. And it’s not just dust… there are many items in your house that can be less than healthy for you and your family. Continue reading “10 Tips to Make Your Home Healthier”
In last week’s blog about the importance of iron, it was mentioned that one of the ways to get iron in our diet was using cast iron cookware. Personally, I believe that everyone should own at least one heavy, good quality cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet is an oven-proof, naturally nonstick tool that will actually last you a lifetime and could be also be one of the most used items in your kitchen.
Aside from helping with iron levels, a cast iron pan is free of toxins such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), which can be a worry with many nonstick options.
A favorite quick dinner meal is a frittata, using my cast iron skillet. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Cast Iron Frittata”
During the holidays, Americans use about 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags and that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of waste. According to the EPA, household waste increases by more than 25% over the holidays. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
So what can you do? Here are some tips to help you cut down holiday waste and have a greener holiday season.
1. Give the gift of time or an experience: A homemade certificate for helping dig a garden, creating a picnic, or providing pet-sitting services is great for the person who could use an extra hand. Personally, the gift of babysitting my children would be appreciated! Tickets to concerts, plays, or sporting events; memberships to museums, art galleries, or science centers are also great gifts that will bring lasting memories. A donation in the recipient’s name to a cause or organization he or she is passionate about is also a thoughtful gift. Continue reading “5 Tips to Cut Down Holiday Waste”
I don’t know about you, but spring cleaning is a big job around here. However, many of the products we may use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have proven negative long-term effects on our health. Ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass and mirror cleaners. These ingredients can linger on just cleaned surfaces and are easily absorbed by human tissues, exposing us and our children to hazardous chemicals with unhealthy side effects. For more information on what’s in your cupboard, check out the Environemental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
Although there are some fantastic safe products available to purchase, there are also plenty of tried and true items sitting in your pantry right now that can clean your house from top to bottom without any harmful effects. And they work! Here are four recipes for green spring cleaning. Continue reading “Green Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home”