Look Who's Nominated For the One Lovely Blog Award!

One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks so much to FIT FARMER for nominating me for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD! I’m super excited to be part of this supportive blogging community, and I hope everyone who reads this will check out my blog recommendations.:)

The Rules
– Thank the person who nominated you for the award
– Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog
– Share 7 facts or things about yourself
– Nominate 15 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog

7 facts about me:
1. I’m a writer. I began with my first book (Happy Healthy Gut), and then I started writing for magazines (like Vancouver’s alive Magazine), and now I just write to get reactions, make a difference, and challenge myself. I’ve always loved to write.
2. I am 33-years-old. I have three kids, one husband, zero pets, and no more apples in my apple tree. (Because I picked them all to make applesauce, which I talked about a couple of blog posts ago.)
3. I used to have IBS, but I don’t anymore. 4 years ago, I began a whole food, plant-based diet that changed my life from the inside out. You can read all about it in Happy Healthy Gut!
4. I love to sing. Even though most people who have heard me will say I definitely can’t carry a tune, it’s because I have a VERY hard time singing in from of anyone aside from my kids (even my husband). But I can sing–for real.
5. I’m obsessive-compulsive. I didn’t really know this until I was a parent, but when you start comparing things with other moms and realize that you’re the only one who tracks days you work out, have a glass of wine, or feel overly emotional, you come to understand that perhaps you’re slightly ridiculous.
6. I love to eat! I’ve always been a major foodie, and I’ve always been willing to make myself sick for that extra stuffed mushroom. (Although I have to say, now that I’m 4 years in on the whole food, plant-based bandwagon, I can eat way more without feeling sick. It’s seriously ideal.)
7. I LOVE trash TV. Particularly the Real Housewives franchise, and especially New Jersey. Yup.

My 15 nominees:
1) Kitchen, Uncorked
2) Just January’s Jargon
3) Oh She Glows
4) Love Food
5) Love.Peace.Hapiness.Cooking
6) Taste of Colours
7) Bucket List Publications 
8) My VanCity 
9) Forks and Beans
10) Pickles & Honey
11) The Kind Life
12) Living Food Love
13) The Garum Factory
14) Fiona Grows Food
15) Good Girl Gone Green

Happy blog perusing! xo

Toxic Overload: is YOUR body begging for a detox?

Detox Smoothie

The subject of toxic overload is something that I’ve been hearing about for years, but one that I haven’t given much thought about—until now. I’m currently writing an article for Vancouver’s alive Magazine on the harmful effects of colouring one’s hair. As always with the research involved in these topics, I’m overwhelmed and feeling guilt-stricken. I suppose some things are nice not to know about, but I’m always happy to improve my knowledge on topics like this—especially when it comes to the health and safety of my family.

Needless to say, my daughter will NOT be colouring her hair at age 15 like I was. (Unless it’s with henna.)

Anyway, this blog post is not specifically about hair dye—it’s about toxic overload—literally overloading our bodies with chemicals we use on a daily basis. Everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink to the cosmetics we happily slather on our skin each day contributes to this problem.

Our bodies are designed to deal with a certain amount of toxins and dispose of them through process of urination, elimination, and perspiration. But when we push our bodies to the brink by consuming too much alcohol, smoking cigarettes (among other things), rubbing Bio-Oil all over our scars (read the ingredients list for this product if you’re interested in becoming even more depressed with this subject), and dyeing our hair every 6 weeks, we are practically begging for the development of chronic illness.

So, if you think you may be overdoing it on the chem-end of things, here are some ways you can help your body detoxify (keep in mind that your skin is your body’s largest organ):

  • Drink TONS of filtered water—it helps to detoxify your skin and kidneys.
  • Eat lots of fibre—this helps with better elimination of toxic food.
  • Exercise regularly—this helps your skin and lungs to detox and contributes in a plethora of ways to better your overall health.
  • Begin taking milk thistle supplements—these help detox the liver.
  • Cut back on consuming harmful foods and drink, such as sugar, processed food, animal products, alcohol, caffeine, and trans-fats. (This will help cut back on the toxins you take in on a daily basis.)
  • Take up yoga. (Many yoga postures are designed to massage your organs and initiate the detoxification process.)
  • Search for better alternatives to your favourite beauty products—this will cut back on the amount of chemicals you absorb into your skin.
  • Take baths with Epsom salts—they help to detoxify your skin.

Bottom line: we can all help ourselves by reducing our toxic overload. If it can prevent future chronic illness and give us bright eyes and shiny hair, why not?

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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