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Safe and Chic Food Containers for Your Family

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Safe and Chic Food Containers for Your Family

No Comments 20 April 2010

Earth Day Awareness!

Its time to dive into our kitchen cabinets and take stock of the harmful plastic baby bottles and storage containers that we use daily.

You’ve probably heard of BPA, the chemical used in polycarbonate plastic food and beverage containers and in resin linings for cans. Originally considered safe, the FDA has now acknowledged concerns about the potential effects of BPA on the brain and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children.

Women are usually the decision makers in regards to the kitchen products purchased. We owe it to our families to research

these basics and provide them with the safest alternatives possible.

Action we can take to protect our families:

1-Choose glass,  or BPA free plastic containers and baby bottles, pacifiers, etc.

2-To store hot foods, leftovers, etc. use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers.

3-Avoid BPA laden plastic containers with the No. 7  recycling label.

4-Dont microwave plastic containers.

5-Use dried beans, fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned foods which contain BPA- containing resin.

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Sugar Detox Day 9 and 10

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Sugar Detox Day 9 and 10

1 Comment 18 April 2010

Hi Detoxers,

This week, I  had the privilege of accidentally being included in a chat session with a bunch of girls that are on our “30 Day Detox Challenge!” I was SO impressed by the support and dedication that they were giving each other. I couldn’t believe what was going on…questions, answers, thoughts, and  simply being there for each other. It truly brought tears to my eyes. It was a wake up call to me…as I was reading, I was thinking “this is really happening!”  Its not just a bunch of emails. There are really groups of girls that are really  coming out of their comfort zone… changing the way they are eating, and looking to make long lasting changes for the betterment of their health and wellness. Who knows how this is going to snow ball. All I can say is “Hooray to US!”

A major part of the success of this challenge is your “e-mail buddy”
I’m still pairing people up, so send me a note if you need help!

I’m  receiving such exciting feedback  on how  women on the Detox are beginning to gain awareness of what foods are being put in their bodies-more awareness than ever before!
For instance, a bite of “this” and taste of “that,” – usually the thought was, oh, its only a little piece of cookie…cake..etc..

Most people never realized the hidden sugars that are found in many foods like breads, dressings and white rice sushi. Others are just amazed at how well they are doing!

Here is the question of the day:
 Can I use cane juice or cane fiber? How about honey? After researching a little, this is what I came up with:

”One hundred grams of dried cane juice is pretty much the same thing as 100 grams of other sweeteners, no matter what you call it,” says a nutritionist at the respected Bastyr University, in Seattle, Washington.

“Dehydrated cane juice is sugar. It simply sounds like a whole food.”

 The author thinks that virtually every commonly used sweetener is as bad as sugar when it makes up a significant part of the diet.

Albeit, evaporated cane juice does not undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does. 
It’s benefits is that it does retain trace vitamins and minerals. 
Cane juice has the same amount of calories as sugar but since its  sweeter, you might get away of using less of it than sugar-which is always good!

There are mixed results about whether honey is better than sugar. It depends on the individuals health and condition. Consider- Honey is a sweet, thick  fluid made by honey bees from the nectar of flowering plants. Honey is sweeter than sugar (100% sucrose), has more calories than sugar and raises the blood sugar even more than white sugar. The plus side is that  raw honey reportedly has medicinal benefits and contains enzymes and small amounts of minerals and B-complex vitamins.

Whether you’re talking about cane sugar, honey, barley malt or Sucanat , they’re all primarily simple sugars, simple carbohydrates.
  People should understand that, if they’re eating 150 pounds of sugar a year and you change that to 150 pounds of barley malt, you’ll have the same problems with your immune system and blood sugar levels you would have if you are eating the sugar.

The bottom line is- use these sweetener substitutes sparingly!

From my own experience, I  use as much “real” food  sweeteners as possibly. Eating a sweet potato  is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth. If someone told me that last year, I would of thought they were crazy. A sweet potato vs. Oreos? No way!  I can assure you, its works. If you are new to detoxing from sugar it will take some time to retrain your taste buds. When you can start tasting the sweetness of a carrot or even the sweetness in brown rice, thats when you know you’ve got it.
Until then, use sweeteners such as Agave, Stevia,(more about these next time) honeycomb honey, cane fiber or cane juice,-use it sparingly and if needed. Notice how you may need  a certain amount on week 1, and less of it by week 4 and so on.

To my “Detox Buddies”:

Another great Sugar Detox on Friday and Saturday,(though splurged on empanadas!-but no sugar)  I visited my sister in law Olga on Shabbat who is doing great on the challenge, I have to say I was so impressed, her house was filled with great choice snacks, such as, dried mango from the health food store, raw unsalted pecans, fruits and dates- way to go!
my mind and body are feeling good.

Send in your questions! I will address questions through this News Letter. There may be a delay when answering individual questions-but I will get to them!

Send me your comments on how you are doing. The challenges that your facing, and/or the success that is coming your way. You can sign it anonymous or your name-your choice! We all want to know what’s going on!!

Note: since my email list grew considerably, I needed to upgrade my Blackberry. Upon switching phones, I lost many valuable email addresses and cell phone numbers. So, I have a favor to ask of you. When you receive this e-mail news letter, please ask your friends or family if they received it as well-if not-please let me know!

Pass it on: Smartbells Class Fridays @9:45
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Sundays @9:15

Let me know if you need info on it.

I am reserving spots for friday May 7-an exciting class experience. 10:00-12:00 RSVP! (Free Class) my gift to YOU!

What you DESIRE you will ACHIEVE.

Till tomorrow!

Sari

Group Movement Lifestyle Enthusiast

Sari Dana
917-517-7542
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Detox Your Home – Today!

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Detox Your Home – Today!

No Comments 11 April 2010



Your home should be the cleanest place in the whole world… and you may think it is, but by using cleaning products filled with hazardous chemicals, you are actually doing more harm than good!!! You can read the alarming facts HERE. The good news is that keeping your home clean and healthful (to you and the planet) is not as hard as it seems.  And contrary to popular belief, these green cleaners work just as well as the chemical ones. I know because I use them!

So I’ve gathered some easy tips from Shaklee’s website. They make my favorite products for keeping my house squeaky clean.

  1. Get the dirt.
    Educate yourself about what you bring into your home at www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov
  2. Have a clean-for-all.
    Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.
  3. Welcome healthy into your home.
    Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep. Here are some safe, healthy things to have in your home: 

    • Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.
    • Essential oils. Use these instead of air fresheners.
    • Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air.
    • Organic cotton bedding. Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals.
    • Floors made of recycled and renewable resources.
    • Healthy paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.
    • Cleaners that are truly cleaner. Look for these clean credentials on Get Clean products: non-toxic, natural,
      biodegradable, concentrated, and hypoallergenic.
  4. Clean up our collective home.
    Make the earth healthier for all of us who call it home by using these things in yours: 

    • Compact fluorescent lighting. They last a whole lot longer.
    • Energy Star-rated appliances. Save money and energy.
    • A low-flush toilet. Replace the largest user of water in your house. Ultra low flushers cut water use by one-fifth.
    • Low-flow showerheads. Same pressure. Less water.
    • Your flicker finger. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
    • Gray water system. Install one to recycle used household water for your lawn.
    • Tankless water heater. Save money, energy, and space in the broom closet. Use it to store your new
      Get Clean Starter Kit.
    To buy Shaklee products you can email Renee Braha at mailto:Rbraha@aol.com.
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