Do you get too much junk in the mail? Make it stop…Please…

Are you constantly filling up your recycling bin with a bunch of junk from your mailbox?  Constant coupons, catalogs, and credit card offers? Make it stop….Please!!!! Here’s an easy step to take so you can reclaim your mailbox.  In my effort to go green, I decided something needed to be done about this.  Below are the exact steps I followed to stop all the Junk! Save some trees people!

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Go sign up for this website: dmachoice.org, It’s free.

This website breaks down your mail into 4 different categories: credit card offers, catalogs, magazine offers, and other bulk mail offers. You can manage to start, stop, for a time frame or permanently.  You can choose which offers to start or stop, as well as stop an entire category.

Credit Card Offers

I was most interested in the credit card, because I hate having pre-authorized credit card offers sent to me in the mail.  I think it’s also dangerous for identity theft.  When I signed in there was three different options.

 Opt-In: Your name will be eligible for inclusion on lists used for Firm Offers of credit or insurance.
 Electronic Opt-Out for Five Years: Your name will not be eligible for inclusion on lists used for Firm Offers of credit or insurance for five years.
 Permanent Opt-Out by Mail: Your name will no longer be eligible for inclusion on lists for Firm Offers of credit or insurance (In order to complete your Permanent Opt-Out election, you must print and mail the Permanent Opt-Out Election form. See FAQ – What is Permanent Opt-Out)

Your request will be processed within 5 business days.  This does not stop it right away because your name may already have been provided to some companies, but should stop after a couple months.

While your name will be removed from the lists that Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion provide to businesses for the purpose of making you a firm offer of credit or insurance, you may continue to receive offers from sources that do not use Consumer Credit Reporting Companies to compile their lists.

Other mail offers:

For Catalog, Magazines, & Bulk Mail offers, I chose remove all from the bottom of the list.  You can also go one by one and choose which ones to remove if you would like.  There were a couple that I decided to keep, but only asked for the holiday catalog, instead of receiving one all year long.

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Winter Breakfast Favorite

This is one of my favorite breakfast idea’s this time of year. It’s so easy and can be used for multi meals.  This is just what I had left over on my counter and needed to use.  You can put almost anything in it.  In this recipe I used it as a base for my breakfast. I also like to make it and throw on top of some green for lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • a couple small sweet potatoes
  • some slices of onion
  • 3 fresh carrots sliced
  • 1 or two beets slices
  • seasoning: Turmeric and some sea salt
  • coconut oil melted
  • Quinoa
  • Organic Eggs

Serves 4

How to make this yummy dish:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

1) Peel and chop all vegetables

2) Melt the coconut oil and mix everything in a bowl.  Add the spices

3) Throw on a cooking sheet, and cook for 35-40 minutes. (make sure to stir so it doesn’t burn)

4) Put your roasted vegetables in a bowl, top with 1 tablespoon of quinoa, and put on a fried egg.

Voila! Serve hot!

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Healthy Snacks

I have been asked by several people what I snack on, here is a quick reference list. However, before you snack, alway ask yourself if you are hungry first. Most the time you are dehydrated and need to drink a glass of water. If you drink a glass of water and still feel hungry proceed.

1) almonds or any kind of nuts

2) Kind Bar. Check the sugar amount, and opt to have a half instead of a whole one.

3) yogurt with berries. I use the frozen variety, then you feel like you are having dessert 🙂 sometimes with a scoop of peanut butter. In our house, we call this the peanut butter surprise.

4) Chia Seeds in Juice. This is extremely filling and can last a few hours until your next meal.

5) Protein Shake-Opt for Whey Isolate

6) Green Juice – choose your greens (romaine, Spinach, kale), add a lemon, cucumber, and 1 inch of ginger root. (I also add an inch of turmeric root). Throw in some flax seed for those omega 3’s.

7) Piece of fruit

8) any kind of vegetables. My favorite is a handful of spinach 🙂

9) Hummus

10) My favorite: Kombucha

11) Hard boiled egg (pasture raised of course)

12) frozen grapes

13) Nori Sheets

14) Two moms in the raw bar (there is two servings in 1 bar)

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Benefits of Houseplants

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I was at home depot yesterday, buying some salt for our water softener.  I noticed a bunch of new flowers being filled in the aisle.  I decided to stop and look at some houseplants.  I quickly scanned my brain to think where I had houseplants in the house, and realized I didn’t have any! I recall growing up in Russia with houseplants in every room.  I picked up three plants, and saucers and threw them in the cart determined to have living plants in our house.  3 should be enough to start right? Let’s see how long they live.

As we go through our daily lives, there is lots of air pollution that we just cannot avoid.  In fact, every morning when we watch the news, they tell you what the air quality will be for the day.  The focus is always been on outdoor air, but have you stopped to think what the air quality inside our homes is like?

“In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”1

 Check out these 15 plants that are recommended by Nasa to clean the air you breathe.  Not only do they produce oxygen from CO2, but also absorb benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene.

http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

The quantity needed depends on the size of your house. The general rule of thumb is one large plant for every 100 square feet of your home.  So for a 1,800 square foot  home you should have between 15-18 plants.

Plants have been known to increase humidity, lower blood pressure, lower anxiety, decrease headaches, colds, and flu like symptoms. Go out and get some!

1 – http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidestory.html#Intro1

Organic Cheese Tortellini Soup

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This is a throw together last minute recipe, that is yummy and no one will know you forgot about the dinner plans 🙂 It’s great at the end of a long day where you want some healthy but don’t have the energy to cook.  I usually have all of these ingredients at my house.

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Ingredients:

  • package of organic frozen tortellini from Whole Foods 365
  • 1  quart of Organic Chicken Stock (I buy the kirkland, Costco brand)
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach (or as much as you like)
  • 3 fresh carrots sliced

Serves 2

How to make this yummy dish:

1) I put the stock in a pot to boil.

2) throw in the cheese tortellini to cook in the stock per the instructions in the package.

3) add carrots and spinach (or whatever veggie’s you like)

Voila! Serve hot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been detoxing…It’s not what you think

This post is definitely personal, but I think it’s important to share.  I’ve been detoxing.  It’s probably not what you think.  I’m talking about sweat people!!!

First let’s explore why we sweat.  Sweat is natural.  It’s supposed to happen. Everyone sweats differently.  Some people sweat more than others.  also, we sweat in different areas.  Some think sweat is attractive, some think it’s gross! Either way sweat is vital for good health.

Sweat does several things, 1) allows you to naturally cool down 2) detoxify’s dissolved solids, 3) sends sodium back into your blood to control the saline level.  In fact, you can even die, if you don’t expel sweat. Sweating cleanses your body.  Certain cultures embrace this by making it a part of their culture and routine.  In the Russian culture, bath houses and Sauna’s are a part of everyday life.  We believe that sweating releases your toxins and speeds up your metabolism.

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Let’s talk smell…Everyone smells differently.  Some people smell worse than other, this is called odortype. It’s based on a different things including what you eat and genetics.  Sweating wasn’t always considered a turn off, until the 1950’s deodorant and antiperspirant marketing campaigns.  This has turned into a huge business, not effected by any type of economy.  In fact today, “The $2.9 billon antiperspirant/deodorant market posted a 5.9% increase from 2006-11 (source: Mintel Report).” There are so many sweat stopping options out there.  The craziest I’ve heard is people getting Botox injections in their armpits to help stop sweating! Who would do this?? You are paralyzing the muscle that needs to sweat.

Now, it’s time to get personal.  I have been using prescription strength deodorant for a very long time.  I have a sweating problem. I sweat when I’m nervous, I sweat when it’s hot, and I sweat when I work out.  I’m embracing this.  Sweat is a sign of good health! I will not be embarrassed by it any longer. So why this post you ask? Let’s get to that.

“Antiperspirants are a common defense against embarrassing underarm wetness and the unpleasant aroma caused by odor-producing bacteria. By temporarily blocking sweat ducts, antiperspirants are able to reduce the amount of perspiration produced, which means less sweat in the underarm area (source: International Hyperhidrosis Society).” The main ingredient in deodorant is aluminum.   There are lots of studies out there that question whether your body can even absorb this and whether this contributes to breast cancer as well.  “Aluminum compounds, such as aluminum zirconium and aluminum chloride, have estrogen-like properties. Because estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer tissue, there’s concern that aluminum may have the same effect when absorbed through the skin (source: National Cancer Institute).”

So why do we do this?  Why do we ingest all these chemicals? I’ve made a pledge to change out to an all natural deodorant and let my body detox!  I’m going to use deodorant, not antiperspirant. I figured take care of the smell not the stop the actual sweat. I started with Tom’s-extra strength deodorant.  It did not work.

I’ve now switched to Primal Pit Paste.  It has all natural ingredients: organic coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, and arrowroot.  I will let you know how it goes.  If nothing else, take a look at your everyday products.  These products you put on your body day in and day out.     You don’t have to go to the extreme like i did.  But switch to something a little more natural, or at least with no aluminum.