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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating.

This month I’m teaming up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States.

When I started prioritizing my health and wellness years ago, it was a one-dimensional effort focused on food. But now I know a green, eco-friendly lifestyle is about a lot more than eating broccoli. There’s so much toxicity that surrounds us not just on and in food but in the products we put on our bodies and use to clean our homes. Long-term exposure to toxicity causes inflammation which is what makes us sick.

There are more than 80,000 chemicals in the US that have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on health and environments. That’s scary. And what’s even scarier is that scientists have linked exposure to these chemicals to health issues like cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects and reproductive problems.

This is why David and I are committed to creating a healthy home not just for our sake but for our future family. If you’ve been navigating the world of healthy eating, you know it can seem daunting at times; and now here I am telling you to  start worrying about your beauty and cleaning products, too? Don’t stress because it’s a lot easier than you think. All it takes is a little thought.

Here are some simple steps you can take to cultivate a healthier home: 

  • Open your windows to let fresh air into your home
  • Unwrap dry cleaning from plastic and store it in a ventilated room for up to two days or launder  “dry clean only” clothing at home after it they have been dry cleaned once
  • Use a cast iron skillet
  • Use incandescent light bulbs or rely on natural light during daytime hours
  • Trade aerosol room sprays for spray bottles of water infused with citrus-scented essential oil
  • Choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
  • Read labels and eliminate beauty products with parabens, phthalates and formldehyde
  • When you wash your sheets, leave your mattress bare for up to a day with the window open to let it air out and “off-gas”

And there’s more!

Congress passed The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)  in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, it has never been updated. As it is right now, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace (since the 1970’s) without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.

  • Become a Toxin Freedom Fighter: Click the badge above to sign Seventh Generation’s petition to urge Congress to reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976. The goal is to collect 100,000 signatures by April 24.
  • Spread the Word: Urge others to do the same by sharing this blog post on Twitter and Facebook using the social share buttons below and hashtag #FighToxins
  • Be Vocal: Once you’ve signed the petition and shared this post, leave a comment below to let others know you support this effort to #FightToxins

Want to learn more? Go to the  Natural Resources Defense Council website.


Building Muscle Strength: The Les Mills Approach

April 3, 2014
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  The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Les Mills.  This winter I’ve been on a mission to build strength. Training for half marathons and triathlons involves a lot of cardio, which is a good thing, but last year I realized my workouts were becoming imbalanced and building muscle strength was […]

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Spring Cleaning Mind, Body & Home

March 13, 2014
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I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Modere I received a promotional item to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. Earlier this week we had our first sign of 60 degree weather. That didn’t last long as we’re back to the cold temps now. Regardless, the first sign of Spring […]

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A Day in My Life as a Health Coach

March 6, 2014
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Last week I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I needed some blogging inspiration. Crickets. (Really, guys???) Except for one brave soul, Kara. She tweeted that she wanted me to write about a day in my life as a health coach. I need some blogging inspiration. What do you want to read about most? Comment […]

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10 Superfoods That Love You Back

February 13, 2014
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I had the opportunity to preview the newest edition (3rd ed.) of Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness. This book has been like my nutrition bible since attending IIN five years ago. But I was pleasantly surprised to see a TON of new content, including a sidebar about global superfoods. Eating the […]

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The Biggest Loser Controversy: A Health Coach’s Perspective

February 7, 2014
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So, about this Biggest Loser controversy. Unlike most of the rest of the country, I didn’t watch this week’s finale. While I’ve seen the show many times, I don’t tune in regularly. I have mixed feelings about it. There are plenty of articles out there taking side on the Biggest Loser controversy so I’m also not […]

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Meditation Made Easy

February 6, 2014
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One of my goals for this year is to be more consistent with my meditation practice. Yes, I’m putting it out there to keep me accountable. For years, I’ve been on and off with it, but so far this year it’s going better than ever (no, still not perfect, but I probably won’t ever be!). […]

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Why Getting Off Track Can Be A Good Thing

January 8, 2014
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Confession: Over the holidays I got off track with healthy eating and exercise.  I didn’t plan it that way. The opposite, really. But it being the holidays and us getting engaged in Paris, it happened. I ate, I drank and I didn’t workout — the worst possible combination. Though I don’t really weigh myself, I […]

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A Paris Engagement Story

December 31, 2013
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I rarely get super personal here but since I’ve been gone longer than usual I thought an explanation was in order. I got engaged in Paris! The plan was to go to London and spend about five days there before heading to Newcastle, England where we would spend Christmas with David’s family. On our first […]

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