I want to talk to you about something more science-y today, but it is incredibly important so I hope you’ll stick with me! You have probably heard of BPA by now, as we’ve been told to buy BPA-free water bottles and canned items, after it was linked to everything from hormone-related breast and prostate cancers to polycystic ovarian syndrome and early puberty. The issue has gotten some pretty good press, but the scary thing is… BPA is only one of hundreds of chemicals that can interfere with our hormonal systems and most people have no idea they’re being exposed to them every day.
What the heck are Endocrine Disruptors?
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that interfere with our hormone production and delivery. They can increase or decrease the production of certain hormones, imitate hormones, turn one hormone into another, and interfere with hormone signaling. Long story short, they make an enormous and sometimes dangerous mess.
I was talking to a friend of mine today and she mentioned how hard she is on herself. I was like, uh, have we met? I’ve been a professional self-critic for my entire life, and most can probably can relate.
Somehow we fall into this pattern of beating ourselves up for every. little. thing. An awkward social interaction, a bad hair day, and, for a lot of women, our bodies. Growing up, we were taught to be humble, and somewhere along the way that turned into constant self-deprecation!
Negative self-talk is a big problem in two important ways. First, think of some of the things you say to yourself and imagine saying them to a loved one or friend. You would never. The words we tell ourselves are often incredibly abusive and pretty shocking when we remove ourselves a bit to really see what we’re doing.
Second, what happens when you tell yourself something? You believe it. If you tell yourself you’re a big fat failure and nothing good is ever going to happen to you, then that’s the tru...
I have been thinking for a while that it would be fun to pass along my current obsessions every so often so this will be the kick-off of my Loving Lately lists. I explained this to Peter and he said, "like Oprah's Favorite Things?" And I said yes, but I currently can't give you all a free car yet. Bummer. Hopefully some helpful product recommendations will suffice!
Favorite #1 : Hilary's Veggie Burgers
Ok. So I've been in love with these since the fall, but they are SO good that I have to share. You can find them at Whole Foods or probably any health food store in the frozen section. They are made from whole grains (like, actual whole grains. Not the ones Cheerios claims they use...), vegetables, spices, and coconut oil. That's pretty much it! Simple, delicious, good for you, and a few great flavors to choose from. They are my go-to lunch. I heat one in the oven...
As a major plant-addict, I am very excited that spring is here. I'm finalizing garden plans, potting up sweet peas, and continuing my steady effort to turn my house into a registered rainforest. (My husband is less thrilled about that last bit...)
Something that I played with a lot this winter was how to create a space that makes me less susceptible to seasonal depression in the constant rain and gray skies here in Seattle. As a beach-loving Florida girl then transplanted in beautiful, sunny Colorado, the transition to the Pacific Northwest has definitely required some finesse.
As I began nesting in our new place last November, my collection of plants began to
increase and I finally had a realization. My plant-obsession is how I bring nature indoors to help me feel more connected and less caged. I subconsciously began curating a space that created the feelings I was lacking.
My second realization was that this act of curating a beautiful space isn't just helpful for...
I have been consulting for a company in Seattle the past few weeks and am working one-on-one with their employees. In one of my sessions, I asked a client how much water they're drinking per day and they said 2 glasses... a month. I'm sure you can imagine my face when they said that. Probably something like this...
There are two things that are WAY more important than what you're eating. They are how you are eating, and drinking enough water. If you're only drinking diet coke while eating your kale salad in front of your computer screen at lunch, it might as well be a Big Mac. Here are some of the benefits of drinking water...
I get a LOT of questions from clients regarding dairy. Most grew up being told that it is a must for strong bones and an important part of a healthy diet. Nowadays, many are turning away from dairy, especially those following the paleo and plant-based lifestyles. So what exactly is the deal?
Q U A L I T Y ... The dairy we drink today is not the dairy consumed by our ancestors. It is highly pasteurized (heated) to kill bacteria, and many nutrients along with it. This process also denatures the dairy molecules, and studies have shown that some with lactose intolerance actually only have problems with pasteurized dairy. Raw dairy is easier to digest because the enzymes and nutrients are in their whole state (And raw dairy is not as scary as the FDA makes it appear... check out sources here). In addition to the pasteurization, the dairy industry impregnates their dairy cows to maximize their time and production, but this results in excessive hormones coming through in the milk. Some...
Transitioning into the natural beauty world can be overwhelming to say the least. Finding the right products, steering clear of the natural wannabes, and, if you're like me and take your beauty products a bit too seriously, trying to find high quality, luxe products... it can be rough. Enter Claire Molyneaux, my good friend, amazing lady entrepreneur, and the solution to our natural beauty problems.
Claire is the founder of Art of Organics, a natural beauty box subscription program. I asked her about her thoughts on the importance of natural beauty and skincare, how to make the transition from main stream products, and to share her most beloved products.
What inspired you to start Art of Organics?
I actually owned the domain artoforganics.com for 4 years before I ever did anything with it. I knew I wanted to start my own company around the idea of educating people on the realities of the beauty industry and introducing them to amazing clean beauty brands, but I hadn't...
After getting home from Italy, we were zombies for 4 days, got back on a plane to the east coast for a ((very fun)) wedding, came home, got sick, and now are finally living like real live humans again. Hence me writing about it almost a month later! My green smoothies have restored me. So...
We decided to plan a final hurrah before Peter graduates from his MBA program and heads straight into a two-month training in NYC. (( We'll be back in Seattle for good afterwards! )) Naturally, we decided to live it up in Italy.
We flew into Rome, and somehow wandered practically unconscious with jet lag to our first plate of pasta at Roma Sparita in the Trastevere hood. Amazingggg Cacio e Pepe, though experienced in delirium.
The next day we grabbed a cornetto (( Italian Croissant )) and cappuccino and relaxed for a bit, before heading to the second restaurant on my list: Pizzarium. This place is UNREAL. And recommended by all Italian foodies. The owner is considered the pizza guru of...
I discovered Pratima a long time ago, when I was gifted their heavenly 'Love Oil' by a friend. It was the perfect starter item for the line, showcasing their holistic, high quality ingredients, and gorgeous packaging to help make your bathroom feel like an extension of their beautiful spa.
The line (( and spa )) was developed by Dr. Pratima Raichur, an incredible woman passionate about creating holistic wellness and pure, organic beauty products.
I recently decided to splurge on the full 'Pitta' line, and am of course completely crazy about it. It smells amazing, it feels great on my skin, and I feel safe using it, as Pratima only uses edible ingredients.
Because of how much product passes through our skin and into our blood stream, it is important to only put things on the skin that would also be safe to eat. Not many products today allow that... but Pratima does (( not that you should eat them! ))
The powdered cleanser has been a bit of an adjustment, but the rest of the lin...
And I may be biased, but I'm having trouble finding anyone who disagrees with me on this -- Jujubeet is the best juice in Seattle, and one of few local companies providing truly raw, non-HPP'd juice. Jujubeet is also the only juice bar I've ever seen that offers you support from the on-site nutritionists during your juice cleanse. Pretty cool.
For a few years, Jujubeet has offered raw juices, elixirs, delicious salads, and healthy treats. (( Go visit, and try the Cinnamon Rawie. Thank me later. )) Now with stores in Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond, and West Seattle, Jujubeet set their sights on a new goal: a sit down restaurant on Main Street in Bellevue. Well, Bianca, Jujubeet's fearless leader and badass #ladyboss, has certainly outdone herself.
With the extended menu, the new Jujubeet location is the health nut's heaven. Featuring a new kids menu, a gorgeous space beautifully executed by H2 Design, and a new retail space, this new location...