Showing posts with label health and beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health and beauty. Show all posts

Thursday, May 23, 2019

best healthy natural sunscreen guide

You would probably have to be living under a rock to not know that sunscreen has come under fire recently. 

Sketchy ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate have been demonstrated to cause harms to coral reefs and in some areas like Hawaii and Turks and Caicos have banned sunscreens that use those ingredients.

A study published in early 2019 showed that common sunscreen chemicals are absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream in amounts many times higher than FDA standards (read Consumer Reports' write up about it here)

Mermaid inspired DIY bath bombs

These delightful mermaid-inspired bath fizzy sprinkles are easier to make than a bath bomb but just as fun to use!

Instead of having to make sure your moisture balance is just right for packing the bath bombs into molds, the fizzy bath sprinkles get the same bath-time effect but with less work and a larger margin of error.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

AvoBath Inspired Lush Bath Bomb recipe - make it with or without soap coloring to make your homemade bath bombs your desired color

Lush is highly regarded as the makers of some of the best bath bomb recipes. This recipe will teach you how to make bath bombs with avocado and essential oils just like the AvoBath bath bombs at Lush!

The official Lush bath bomb recipe is a little different (and of course top secret!). We do know that they use avocado and extra virgin olive oil along with bergamot and lemongrass scent.

These homemade bath bombs use avacado along with coconut oil and essential oils that still capture the same scent profile as the Lush AvoBath recipe. 

Rumor has it that the real Lush bath bomb recipe uses rosewood essential oil. Even at my favorite provider of essential oils for bath bombs, it's really expensive!

To make our DIY Lush bath bomb recipe more affordable, we use the Love essential oil blend.  It still uses bergamot and other yummy citrus oils. We also add in lemongrass oil for that fresh, avo bath scent.

I start with lower amounts of essential oils in my DIY bath bombs so that they are safe for everybody. If you love a really strong scent to your homemade bath bombs and you know you don't have sensitive skin, go ahead and add more! Sniff and adjust as you go!


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Detox water (AKA infused water) is SO EASY to make. Here are 11 easy recipes to get you started. Pop over to the post to download the ebook with 120 recipes!

Is one of your new year's goal to drink more water? Are you looking for great ideas for ways to help you drink more water? Infused water to the rescue!

While there are plenty of gimmicky "drink this much by this time" water bottles on Amazon, these water bottles still turn drinking water into a chore.

But what if you could enjoy drinking your water instead? What if, instead of sad tap water, you were sipping on a delightfully delicious beverage, flavored with fresh fruits and herbs?

By making fresh infused water (some call it detox water) with fresh herbs and fruit, you elevate your water drinking experience from a chore to something you enjoy.

If you have questions about infused water, how to make it, if it really works and more, I have answers!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Bath bomb recipe with activated charcoal

So you want to learn how to make black bath bombs? Want to make your bath water black? I've got you!

Last year, black bath bombs blew up on Instagram (check out black bath bombs on Instagram here).

For the most part, black bath bombs are made black by their use of activated charcoal rather than black dye or soap coloring.

Activated charcoal has been used in traditional health care settings as something you take internally (you swallow it!) to help poisoning or overdose for basically forever (learn more about medical use of activated charcoal here).


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cake Mix Bath Bombs with essential oils and sprinkles

Bath bombs make a wonderful Christmas gift! Luckily, learning how to make bath bombs at home isn't hard!

This Christmas bath bomb recipe features some yummy smelling essential oils. It might just end up becoming your favorite bath bomb recipe yet!

These DIY bath bombs smell like a vanilla cake topped with candy canes! Of course, you can use whichever essential oils you prefer for your homemade bath bombs but I especially love how these smell together!

You could even make this a family project. Make some bath bombs with your kids for winter break. They make lovely gifts and will make you kids look forward to bath time!

Tell the Lush bath bomb recipes to move over - this yummy cake mix inspired bath bomb recipe is the bomb!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yellow, green red and blue vintage pyrex bowls for cooking
photo by Emily Carlin. See the original here.

This article was originally published October of 2015. It was last updated October 28, 2018

If you are wondering if your old Pyrex dishes contain lead or are still safe to use in your kitchen, you have come to the right place!

I grew up using (what are now considered) vintage Pyrex bowls and baking in vintage Pyrex dishes. 

In fact, my mom and grandmother both owned a set of the same colorful Pyrex nesting mixing bowls shown above. 

These were the same Pyrex bowls I hoped to own one day as well.

My whole life, these colorful Pyrex mixing bowls have been my very favorite to use. 

As a child, I learned how to cook eggs in a microwave in the little blue one. I've made a hundred batches or more of muffins, cookies, and pancake batter in the big yellow one. 

Here is picture of me with my mom making a pie crust in the green one:
mother and child baking together with vintage pyrex mixing bowl

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bubblegum scented DIY bath bomb recipe inspired by Lush
Looking for a Lush inspired bath bomb recipe that's perfect for your kids? 

You're in the right place!

Learning how to make bath bombs isn't hard to do and the results are magical! Let me show you how to make a fun bath fizzy that smells great and is perfect for gift giving.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Easy bath bomb recipe - the best basic bath bomb recipe to learn how to make bath bombs for kids

Are your kids obsessed with bath bombs? I can teach you how to make bath bombs for kids!

This easy bath bomb recipe features simple ingredients and teaches you how to put toys inside bath bombs as well! Fun!

Some DIY bath bomb recipes include essential oils that aren't kid safe. This super simple DIY bath bomb recipe is the perfect plain, basic bath bomb.

If you are comfortable using essential oils on your kids, you can try a soothing kid-safe oil like this Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Rocky Mountain Oils, which is a kid safe oil that promotes relaxation.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to make green tea bath bombs with essential oils - even better than Lush
If you've been near a Lush store, you have probably figured out that bath bombs are all the rage.

These giant fizzing balls release ingredients that feel nice on your skin and can have other therapeutic properties. 

This particular bath bomb recipe features green tea along with lemongrass and lavender essential oils. These three ingredients together are great for helping you relax achy muscles especially if you have had a hard day gardening or working out. Just draw a hot bath, add your bath bomb and relax.

Monday, April 30, 2018

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How to make bath bombs - even better than Lush bath bombs

If you are looking for the best bath bomb recipes, you are in the right place! 

If you are addicted to Lush bath bombs, why not save some money and learn how to make bath bombs at home? Most of these bath bomb recipes make multiple bath bombs, so keep some for yourself and give some as gifts! 

Bath bombs make an easy DIY gift idea that everyone loves!

Who wouldn't love a little bath fizzy that you can drop in your bath tub to make bubbles, soothe your skin and make you smell good? 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DIY face scrub recipe with essential oils
Making a homemade face scrub isn't hard! You can whip up this easy DIY face scrub recipe and have a soothing spa experience at home all for pennies on the dollar compared to expensive pre-made face scrubs (not to mention sketchy ingredients like parabens and phthalates and hormone disrupting chemicals, oh my!). 

This homemade face scrub is made with aloe, sugar and lavender oil. Aloe is a natural skin moisturizer and is used in a Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for all kinds of skin problems (read more about aloe in skin care here). Lavender essential oil is very soothing to the skin and helps reduce redness and irritation. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells without the use of microplastics found in some storebought scrubs. 

I'm sure you will love this soothing homemade face scrub recipe! Just as with any face scrub (even the kind you buy at the store!), be sure to keep it away from your eyes and if any sign of irritation develops, discontinue use immediately. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

How to make a body scrub at home - ideas for homemade sugar scrubs, salt scrubs and coffee scrubs  #creativegreenliving #giftideas

Have you been wanting to learn how to make sugar scrub? It's so easy to make a great homemade sugar scrub with ingredients you already have in your cabinet. 

Making your own scrubs also lets you avoid the sketchy ingredients in some store bought body care products (parabens and phthalates and synthetic fragrances, oh my!).

Try making your own DIY sugar scrub, salt scrub or coffee scrub with this collection of homemade recipes. Or try all three! 

Body scrubs are super easy to make and make great gifts. I've collected more than 20 tried-and-true body scrub recipes from my favorite bloggers to share with you here - including my own peppermint sugar scrub recipe that went viral last Christmas!

If you are looking for high quality essential oils to use in your scrubs, be sure to check out Rocky Mountain Oils - their oils are high quality, reasonably priced and you always get free shipping (even if you just buy one bottle!). 

I also love that they release the GCMS test results for every batch of oil they produce - this is something that DoTerra and YoungLiving consider proprietary information!

But now what you came here for!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

menstrual cup dangers - lead, cadmium and heavy metals in lena cup
UPDATED 2/25/2018 to include current information available about the LENA menstrual cups, Diva Cup, Luna cup and Angian EvaCup. Posts linking to product provided for informational purposes may be affiliate links.

Tamara, The Lead Safe Mama broke the internet again! This time it was over menstrual cups. People have been asking us to test their Diva Cups, LENA menstrual cups, Lunette cups, Luna cups, EvaCups and more for lead, cadmium and other heavy metals for the last six months or so. In February, while doing a healthy homes visit, she had a chance to test two different menstrual cups from LENA, the Diva Cup, a Luna cup and an Angian EvaCup.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Best detox water recipes - strawberry infused detox water recipe

Have you caught on to the infused water (or as some like to call it, detox water) craze yet? Why drink boring, plain water when you can make healthy flavored waters at home for hardly any money?

Doing something as simple as add fresh fruit and herbs to infuse water with flavor increases how much you enjoy your water - which makes you want to drink more - which gets you to drink more of the delicious infused water effortlessly!

Pssst. Incase you didn't know, I wrote THE BOOK on infused water / detox water recipes. Check it out on Amazon here!

....but back to the strawberry mint infused water recipe, because that's why you're here, right? 
This is one of my favorite recipes in the book! 

Something about the combination of sweet strawberries and fresh mint just mingle together in a way that is crisp - yet slightly sweet - in a way that is oh-so-refreshing!

We grow a mint plant mostly so I have a ready supply of fresh mint available for infused water! If you don't have your own mint plant, that's okay! Just pick up a small pack of organic mint in the produce aisle of your local grocery store or at your local farmers market. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#DIYbodyscrub #DIYgiftsforher #creativegreenliving
Making DIY body scrubs like this yummy cinnamon sugar and coffee scrub are a great way to energize at the start of your day. Making this homemade sugar scrub means you can avoid sketchy ingredients that are often in commercially produced scrubs like artificial fragrance, parabens, phthalates, petroleum based ingredients and more.

The coconut sugar used in the scrub lends a toasty, caramelized scent while the coffee helps wake you up. Caffeine is known to be great for your skin as well and this coffee scrub is a great way to get it! The sugar and coffee work together to gently exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling soft. Overall, this homemade body scrub will leave you feeling energized and your skin will feel pampered as you get ready to take on your day.

This sugar scrub makes a great gift as well - maybe even add an "I like you a latte" tag for a little punny humor.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

healthy non-stick cookware alternatives

You've been thinking about it for a while. That nagging thought in the back of your head: Maybe nonstick cookware isn't as safe as they say. And while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, that nagging voice in the back of your head is right: This is the year you need to get serious about ditching nonstick cookware.

Is nonstick safe?

Before we get started, I have a confession to make.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to make sugar scrub with peppermint essential oils
If you want to learn how to make sugar scrub, you're in the right place! This peppermint sugar scrub recipe combines vanilla and peppermint essential oils to get a yummy smelling scrub that you layer to get a pretty candy cane effect - perfect for gift giving!

I love giving healthy personal care products for quick and easy Christmas gifts. Using staples that you already have in your kitchen and some yummy essential oils, you can create a great peppermint sugar scrub that will exfoliate dead skin and smell delicious at the same time! One of the best parts about this project is that you do not have to be crafty to pull it off.

To make a delightful peppermint scrub, start with an organic peppermint oil and combine it with sugar and coconut oil to make an awesome sugar scrub. I love using mine to exfoliate my whole body in the shower or to scrub dirt off my hands after I have been in the garden.

Update: This recipe was originally created by using Rocky Mountain Oils' "Blend of Vanilla" and "candy cane" oils. Due to shortages in the worldwide vanilla crop, vanilla essential oil is in short supply and RMO is no longer carrying it. This recipe was updated in 2018 to reflect oils that are currently available on the market.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today I am thrilled to declare victory on behalf of parents everywhere who want to trust that when they go to Target to buy toys for their kids that they will be getting SAFE and LEAD FREE products!

Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe Mama and I have been covering the safety of lead in fidget spinners for five months now. Wednesday morning we were thrilled that CBS This Morning ran a report about the recent study conducted by the US Public Interest Research Group that was triggered by our research. Based on our previous study of more than 80 fidget spinners, it was no surprise that they found high levels of lead in two different fidget spinners sold at Target.

USPIRG sent a letter to Target with the results of their tests and Target responded that they would not pull the fidget spinners containing high levels of lead off their shelves. They said that since the spinners in question were labeled for use by children 14 and over that they did not meet the legal definition of "toy" and were therefore NOT subject to Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations requiring toys contain less than 90 PPM lead.

After CBS and local Fox News stations ran the story nationwide, Target relented and removed the highly leaded spinners from their website and said they would remove them from store shelves. VICTORY!

What did we learn?

In the two press interviews I gave this week as well as the Facebook Live video we made after our interview with Fox News, I said that the thing that has affected change the fastest regarding toxins in consumer goods over the last decade is angry moms. When moms get educated about toxins in consumer goods, educate their friends about toxins in consumer goods and then reach out to companies and demand safer products, change happens.

This is exactly what happened with Target this week. Target wasn't going to change anything because 
legally they didn't have to. Cue the moms:

After two full days of pressure, Target finally decided to do the right thing and pull the fidget spinners off the website and off store shelves.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have you seen the headlines floating around that there is lead in fidget spinners and that they could kill your child and that you should throw them away now!!!! (so much drama!) If you are wondering if that's true, you have come to the right place! As of this date, the Lead Safe Mama, Tamara Rubin and I have done the most comprehensive testing of fidget spinners that we are aware of and have an updated set of data to share!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Does it seem like every child (and half of the adults) in America has a fidget spinner? Fidgets are a tool used by educators to help kids who need to wiggle or move in order to keep their body moving so their brains can be open to learning. Now that nearly everyone has one or more of these spinning toys, some schools are starting to ban them as they become a distraction.

But what about safety? Two weeks ago I read a harrowing story on facebook about a kid who got part of the bearing from his fidget spinner stuck on his finger and after hours and hours at the hospital, he had to be put completely under to get it removed (finally!).


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ten days ago I published a blog post telling you about lead that was found in the paint on the glass inner liners of Green Sprouts "Glass Sip N Straw" sippy cups. You can read that whole post here: Update on Lead in Green Sprouts Sippy Cups: What You Need to Know!

Since then, Green Sprouts' parent company, iPlay has hired a lawyer to try to bully me into removing the post. Their lawyer, Heather Jones of Spilman Thomas & Battle, called me and told me I was publishing "false and misleading information" about her clients. Interestingly, when I asked which information was false or misleading so I could correct it, she told me it's not iPlay's job to tell me that

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If your child's sippy cup had lead paint on it, would you want to know? Would you want the cup recalled? If you own a Green Sprouts Glass Sip n' Straw Cup, keep reading!

UPDATE II (Feb 26, 2017): Green Sprouts has sent me a "cease and desist" style letter via their lawyer because they do not want this blog post to remain on the web. Read the letter and what I am doing about it here: Green Sprouts Hired a Lawyer to Shut Me Up. I Will Not Stop Talking.

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UPDATE (Feb 25th, 2017): Green Sprouts issued a statement on February 22, 2017 saying it will not recall these cups despite the high amount of lead in the paint because it "meets all safety standards." See their statement here.

The only way I can fathom that this would be possible would be if they chose to do their testing via a method called "digestive testing" where 
you grind up the object being tested down to dust and then test to see how much lead is present in the dust. A lawyer representing Green Sprouts called to tell me this is NOT how they tested their cups but refused to tell me how the testing was done or what the results of their lab tests were. Interesting.

Regardless of how Green Sprouts conducted their testing, the truth is that the paint on the glass liner still reads as containing 3000 - 4000 PPM lead when tested with an XRF. For context: if the paint on the walls in your home contained this much lead, your home would be considered a "lead paint hazard" and HUD would say it is unsafe for children to live there until the lead paint has been sealed or removed. Do you want paint with this much lead to be part of your child's sippy cup? I don't.

The paint on the cups ALSO tests positive when tested with a LeadCheck swab. LeadCheck swabs are specifically designed to test paint and wil turn red when 600 PPM of lead or higher is present. I am aware of at least a dozen leadcheck swab tests done by moms across the country where the paint on their Glass Sip N Straw cups turned red and the swabs turned red when tested with a LeadCheck swab. Clearly there is lead in this paint. Even if that is unflattering information it doesn't make it untrue.

Conclusion: there is lead in the paint on the glass inserts of Glass Sip N Straw Cups tested by Tamara and at least a dozen other moms across the country.

Green Sprouts is offering paint-free glass liners to parents who call and request them. 
As a mom, I personally think that I should not have to call a company to specifically request a lead free option of a sippy cup for my child. I will be purchasing sippy cups from other companies whose products have tested lead free and will no longer be purchasing any products from Green Sprouts.

If you would like to call Green Sprouts at 1-800-876-1574 you can tell them how you feel and request a lead-free glass inner cup if desired. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Have you ever felt tired, sluggish or just in need of a pick-me-up? What do you normally do when you feel like that? Instead of coffee or an energy drink, next time try one of these natural essential oil boosts that really work!

When I’m feeling drained, tired or simply overworked I use essential oils to rejuvenate and perk me back up. I have come to appreciate how powerful they are and now use them as a regular part of my life. They provide therapeutic benefits in a natural way without crazy stimulants.

I’m sure there are days where you, too, need a little extra pick me up. I can help! Here are my favorite ways to energize the body and mind with essential oils.

All the links below go to Rocky Mountain Oils - a company whose oils I love and use due to their quality, reasonable prices and free shipping (no MLM membership required!). If you make a purchase after clicking, I may get a small kick back from the company as a thank you for sending traffic their way without costing you extra. I only provide these types of links for products I really use and enjoy.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In case you haven't been in the know about food trends lately, the Instant Pot is taking the world by storm. 

It is popular with moms who need to get dinner ready fast (and may have forgotten to thaw meat before they left to go to work) as well as healthy lifestyles advocates because it is free of non-stick coatings like Teflon (read more about health concerns related to non-stick coatings here). 

Maybe you even have one in your kitchen.

I recently bought an Instant Pot for myself and love it. 

This weekend I had the chance to work with my friend and lead safety advocate, Tamara Rubin, to test my Instant Pot for heavy metal contaminants including lead. 

Wondering if your Instant Pot is really as non-toxic and lead free as you thought? Read on!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Vintage Pyrex
Last year, after spending a weekend with Tamara Rubin, the founder of consumer advocacy nonprofit, Lead Safe America, I came home and wrote an article on lead in vintage Pyrex. And I struck a nerve. This article has been shared thousands of times now--both from people who love it or hate it. 

Then the trolls came. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Recently, a lot of shocking and horrifying information has come out about non-stick cookware.  Carissa wrote a very informative article about why you should get rid of any non-stick pots and pans that you own.  You should go read it now, and then throw yours out immediately.  

I decided to toss mine a few months ago, because I had a small metal frying pan to supplement the non-stick one, but honestly after trying to use it as a replacement for a few weeks, I realized it just wasn't cutting it.  

Thankfully, a few weeks after mine got thrown away, my mom sent me this beautiful Lodge cast iron skillet.  It was a perfect replacement, because cast iron develops a non-stick surface over time if properly cared for.  

Also, it looks WAY better in photos than my old half-broken frying pan did.  I now want to cook everything in it, just so I can photograph it!  

Whether you are thinking about replacing your non-stick pans and aren't sure how to care for a cast-iron skillet, or you already own one and are struggling to keep it looking beautiful, look no further!  

Cleaning and seasoning will keep your cast iron skillet functional and beautiful for years to come!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

As a child, I never had seasonal allergies - even to the Pacific Northwest allergy sufferer's nemesis: Scotch Broom. When I was 21, I moved to Boston and three years later when I came home, I realized I was suddenly allergic to quite a few of the things growing here.

My husband, on the other hand, has suffered from all sorts of allergies his whole life. From pets to dust to pollen, poor air quality definitely has an effect on him. During the winter, he wants the windows open to help get relief from what's bothering him inside and during the summer he wants them closed to keep out the pollen (during prime open window weather!). And often, he feels he has to take allergy medicine anyway.

Air quality affects quality of life

If you suffer from allergies like we do, you know that your air quality directly affects your quality of life. Nobody wants to feel sniffly and sneezy or have puffy, itchy or watery eyes ever - but especially not at home.

We've talked about getting an indoor air purifier for a few years but never bought one because we were overwhelmed by choices and honestly, down deep I think we were mostly scared that we'd spend the money to get a nice one and then find out it didn't make a difference.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Adorable newborn baby photo

When I told my husband I wanted a doula for the birth of our second child, Joe was more than a little hesitant. 

Even after he met my doula, Marta, he still wasn't sold. 

Not because he didn't like Marta - but because he still wasn't sure why I felt like I needed a doula if he was going to be present at the birth. 

After our baby was here, though (read my birth story here), things changed significantly and Joe has become the biggest advocate for doulas that I know. 

Each time we find out a pair of our friends is expecting, he immediately turns to the husband and says "You need to make sure you hire a doula for your wife - trust me."

Since Joe has become such a huge advocate of doulas, I asked him to write his thoughts down for me so he could share a husband or birth partner's perspective about why doulas were so beneficial to the birth process. 

If you are a husband or birth partner, I hope you find this to be beneficial. Please feel free to ask Joe questions in the comments as well!
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Four reasons why you should hire a doula

Watching my wife endure pain is stressful for me.

It's stressful for any guy. 

Especially when I can't fix it, don't know what's normal, don't know what's a problem, and don't know when to intervene and rescue. 

No matter how many birth videos, or birth books I may read, it all tends to go out the window when the person who is my emotional support system is screaming.

That is why every guy will thank themselves for getting a doula to help them through the birth process. 

A doula is a coach. A doula equals both convenience and peace of mind.

Here are my top four reasons why you, the husband, need to hire a doula.

1) Nurses and doctors will continually come and go, but a doula will stick around.

Doctors operate on their own schedule but a doula is there for you through the whole process.

2) I can't rightly ask a doctor to help me and hand me a wet cloth to brush my wife's forehead, but I can ask the doula to help me.

This is huge since many pain management techniques impair mobility of one or both partners.

3) When I feel like everything is chaos, the doula can say, "this is normal,” or “try this."

As the birthing expert, my wife will believe her before she believes me.

This really helps both soon-to-be parents to let go of their worry and relax, which in turn helps labor progress.

4) With a doula present I felt at liberty to leave the room for a breather without feeling guilty.

It might be to get a drink, use the bathroom, or just decompress with a brief lap around the ward. The point is my wife is not abandoned with no one to help her.

The saying goes that the first time the wife hires the doula, but the second time the husband does.

Don't let the price tag make you blind to the help you both need.

Many doulas will work out payment arrangements with you to help fit the cost more easily into your budget.

If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, I highly recommend our doula, Marta of Dragonfly Doula. Do yourself a favor and get in touch with her or a doula in your part of the country today. You'll both be glad you did.

About the Author: 
Joe describes himself as a skeptical researcher and a hesitant convert to an eco-friendly lifestyle. While many of the healthy choices his family makes were initially driven by his wife, Joe has come to embrace several greener lifestyle changes after seeing the financial and health benefits firsthand.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Interested in trying Whole 30 but not sure what you'd eat? I've been sharing my weekly meals with you to help inspire you to see that you can do it, too! 

If you're interested in doing Whole 30 with me? Get started here.

Each week I'm be posting about what we ate. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what the program is like and maybe even inspire you with your own food ideas, too!

Day 15

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with guacamole, frozen peaches with coconut milk.

Lunch: Egg salad served in celery sticks

Dinner: Chicken cooked in green salsa. Served with pico de gallo and guacamole. Sauteed mushrooms and zucchini on the side.

Day 16

Breakfast: Sweet potato hashbrowns, overeasy eggs, berries with coconut milk

Lunch: Aidell's chicken and apple sausage, salad, peach.

Dinner: Italian sausage with onions, mushrooms and peppers sauteed in coconut oil

Day 17

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, lox, guacamole

Lunch: Chicken sausage, banana, nuts (cashews and macadamia nuts).

Dinner: Cube steak (dipped in almond flour and fried in coconut oil), sweet potato fries, broccolini

Day 18

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and lox.

Lunch: Aidells chicken sausage, salad

Dinner: Chicken cooked in marinara sauce, tomato and olive salad

Day 19

Breakfast: Sauteed mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, berries with coconut milk

Lunch: Attended a party so I had strawberries, apples and carrots from the party food. Had some shrimp (from a shrimp cocktail tray but without the sauce). olives and a banana once I got home.

Dinner: Thai coconut milk chicken (cooked bone-in thighs in a skillet with garlic, coconut aminos, coconut milk and curry paste), asparagus sauteed in coconut oil, salad

Day 20

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, lox, guacamole.

Lunch: Roast beef slices, salami, hard boiled eggs, blueberries with coconut milk.

Dinner: Asian chicken (without the honey), broccolini sauteed in coconut oil.

Day 21

Breakfast: Italian Chicken Sausage, hard boiled eggs, berries

Lunch: Nuts (cashews and macadamia nuts), mixed fruit, grapes, shrimp (from a shrimp cocktail tray but without the sauce).

Dinner: Burger patties (mixed garlic into the beef)served over romaine with guacamole on top. Sauteed asparagus and roasted purple potatoes on the side.

Notes about Shopping:

We did most of our shopping at Costco to stock back up on staples like frozen berries, organic sweet potatoes, shrimp, organic chicken, macadamia nuts, eggs (2 dozen raw and 2 dozen hardboiled) and smoked salmon. I also picked up some supplemental produce and condiments at Natural Grocers

Need more Whole 30 ideas?

Follow my Whole 30 board on Pinterest for more Whole 30 recipes and ideas:

See all of my Whole 30 posts and Whole 30 recipes here

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