Let’s be honest and just slap a skull and crossbones on your skin products.

neon green sticker with a cartoon face making a sickly expression. around the face reads "poison help! 1-800-222-1222.

Put this sticker on your ammonia and your face wash bottles. (photo compliments of enviroblog.org)

What’s your largest organ? *insert dirty joke*

The title might give it away, but it’s your skin.

It’s the pretty stuff. The barrier to the harsh outside world. It gives, gives, gives. And we take, take, take.

We want to eat healthy. We want to be fit. We want hearty immune systems.

Well then why would we just slather poisonous chemicals that inebriate our pretty, hard-working skin?

Have you tried to read your face cream, lotion, body scrub or shampoo label? I imagine mad scientists hunched over smoldering beakers of chemicals cackling about the scientific names of them. But we digress. Continue reading

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A few things I’m doing right now to lose weight and tighten up

In no particular order, I’ve incorporated these rules into my life recently and I’m progress in my weight loss and health goals.

I’ve lost three pounds in ten days (and I haven’t even been exercising, but that’s about to change).

half of a tomato slice face matched with half of a bicycle tire to create a circle

(photo compliments of SuperTracker.usda.gov)

1. Consume nothing but plain ol’ tap water after 8 o’clock. Breakfast is around 10 in the morning. If you’re only eating 10 hours a day, it’s easier to trim calories. Besides, I’m not hungry when I’m asleep.

2. Use USDA.gov’s SuperTracker to create goals and track my calorie intake. Reduce calorie intake to 1600 or fewer daily.

3. Drink 10-14 glasses of water daily. This helps me stay full, energized, and saves me from feeling hungry when I’m actually just thirsty. Also, I want my skin to glow and stay hydrated as I make these changes and lose weight, too. Chant with me: No more stretch-marks. No more stretch-marks. Twelve more

Detox diet advice

cruciferous vegetables including Arugula, watercress, cabbage, Napa cabbage, daikon, wasabi, turnip, rutabaga, broccoli rabe, bok choy, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale

(photo compliments of healthyurbankitchen.com/blog)

I’ve been striving to eat clean(er).

I’ve read about The Master Cleanse or lemonade detoxification diet, and it was recently recommended to me, too. I follow a blog that raves about it, mythineats (great blog, by the way), so if it’s for you, power to you.

It seems too simple, though. And potentially unhealthy. So I kept reading and consulted my Dad, a hobby ‘hoping-to-turn-semi-pro’ nutritionist.

His bottom line: you don’t need to throw your body into shock and deprive it of key nutrients to detoxify. Garlic will wipe the metals out of your system, eating clean detoxifies and regulates your body naturally, and anyone will get the awesome results of this Master Cleanse if they quit eating garbage and had two bowel movements (sorry, had to say it) every day for 10 days.

I don’t want the easy way out. I want to learn positive habits that keep me free of toxins.

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See your nutritional health in a daily bar graph with SuperTracker

ChooseMyPlate.gov's SuperTracker Website allows users to input their food and activity information to create nutritional and exercise goals. it provides users with a comprehensive report on their nutrition and links to information regarding the individual's daily habits

The SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate provides comprehensive reports on a user’s nutritional needs and successes.

No, calorie counting is not my thing.

I just posted about it. But while researching for that post, I found the SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate.gov and the curiosity was too much.

All of a sudden I have a profile and I’m entering my breakfast information.

But it’s amazing! And soooooooo much more than a calorie counter.

I set any 5 goals from 5 categories: weight managment, physical activity, calories, food groups and nutrients. Daily, I get to watch a graph display my progress on each goal, and when I succeed at one, I get an email.

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Garden: the easiest way your family can save money, eat healthier, help the environment

basket of fresh garden vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage in a basket sitting in a garden

(photo compliments of wayetlighting.wordpress.com)

If you have a yard, start a garden. The financial benefits of gardening are extensive, the health benefits are obvious, and the environmental benefits are substantial. You don’t need a huge garden, and your family can help out and bond through the care of it.

Here’s a list of ways to maximize the benefits of gardening in your life:

  1. Make your own fertilizer. Get in the habit of composting your vegetable and garden scraps. You will do something nice for the planet, put less into the waste stream, and get free fertilizer for your garden in the process! You can find information on building your own compost bin at www.bluegrassgardens.com.
  2. Plant a money garden. With an eye towards increased interest in vegetable gardening, the Burpee Seed Company has developed a “Money Garden” seed packet. Six different kinds of vegetables are included for $10. The company says the plants will produce $650 dollars worth of produce. Continue reading

Make 8 of your own natural cleaning products to save money and get green

three generic, plain household cleaner bottles, arm & hammer baking soda box, bunch of lemons with one sliced open, Heinz vinegar bottle

(photo compliments of inhabitat.com)

The following advice will help me:

  • save money?
  • use natural products in my home?
  • eliminate toxins from my life?
  • be green and environmentally conscious?
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I wanted to share them with you:
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Yes to natural and organic beauty and skin care and Yes To Carrots

three green and white packages. one reads, "Yes To Cucumbers Soothing hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes (30 Towelettes)." the middle one reads, "Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer (50ml - 1.7 fl. oz.)." the third reads, "Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel (30ml - 1.01 fl. oz.)."

This Yes To Cucumbers regimen is $11 off in the “online exclusives.” (Read on for a 35% discount, too.) Cucumber, green tea, broccoli and spinach are key ingredients. (photo compliments of YesToCarrots.com)

I wanted an affordable natural or organic skin care product with a label that I could read (ya know, with truly natural ingredients). So I went on a journey.

I finally found Yes To Carrots. It boasts wholesome ingredients, and rivals the price of mainstream brands. Plus, you can save 35% on all Yes To online purchases.*

Yes To Carrots Nourishing Exfoliating Cleanser’s bottle says that it’s composed of 95% natural product.

The ingredients label lists water, dead sea water, carrot juice, avocado oil, jojoba oil, aloe leaf gel, zinc oxide, apricot seed powder, beeswax, chamomile, pumpkin juice, sweet potato extract, melon extract, orange fruit extract, honey extract, silt, algae extracts, fragrance, carrot seed oil, vitamin E, lactic acid, and pomegranate peel extract as 22 of its 29 ingredients.

Wow.

An ingredients label I can read!

Why value organic or natural skincare?

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