Strong, Flexible Heart

Some days are easier than others, remembering lush green forests and incredibly clear water. Deeply acknowledging that we share this planet with all the amazing beings in the forests and oceans, and back yards. For me, making positive change includes greatly reducing any use of products with palm oil. Finding palm oil free products takes a little time and a flexible heart: Feel the pain of the devastation consumerism is causing the planet, move forward with knowledge, compassion, and power of our spending dollars. Consume less and consume smarter. Of course, looking for other healthy ingredients and plastic free containers and packaging. Sound like too much effort- hopefully not, given that our choices are directly effecting our air & water quality and all life that earth sustains.

Palm Oil Free Products

Palm oil is in so many products from baked goods, cereals, to soap and cosmetics- ugh!

There are sites to visit to educate yourself about palm oil and palm free products.

https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/palm-oil/palm-oil-free-list

https://greencoast.org/palm-oil-free-products/

treehugger.com  also has info and is a fun site.

Some of my palm free adventure has included:

*Close to local, Alo Goods in Denver Colorado makes palm free and plastic free soaps, shampoo and luxurious conditioner bars:

Naturally crafted for a nourished “you” and a sustainable “all”.

Our goal is a return to sustainable, natural living for all.
With products handcrafted from natural ingredients and packaged in either recyclable, compostable, or reusable materials…
you can help us all live closer to nature.”  http://www.shopalogoods.com

*I also like Ethique soaps and shampoo bars- palm free plastic free, but buy it thru Amazon. ( I like to rotate soaps, shampoos, foods)

*I love Booda Organics powdered laundry soap- truly awesome and no powdered flake residue. Booda is also palm oil free and plastic free- including incredible ecobalm for lips:)

❤ Pure, Simple & Fresh! ❤

***From a Chinese Medicine orientation, the emotion of heart is joy. Making choices for a healthier planet and self brings my heart joy, join me!?!

Timely addition from: productswithoutpalmoil.com

Holiday Candy Without Palm Oil ~ Palm Oil Free Christmas Candy

M&M’s Milk Chocolate, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses, and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars are fine if you are avoiding palm oil.

You can also find original Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups which don’t list palm oil ingredients. Read labels.

From Mercola- STOP BUYING PLASTIC!!!

They’re the World’s Worst Polluter – Do You Encourage Them?

“Story at-a-glance

  • A number of chemicals found in plastic products are known to act as endocrine disruptors. Some of the most pervasive and well-known include phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA)
  • As the harms of BPA have become more widely known, many companies have started replacing it with other chemicals. However, these replacement chemicals also have no safety record, and as time goes on, we’re finding they’re just as hazardous as BPA
  • A recent study showed that 97.5% of children and adolescents had detectable levels of BPA in their urine; 87.8% had BPS; and 55.2% had BPF. All three chemicals correlated with an increased risk for obesity, even after the researchers controlled for caloric intake
  • A scientific review found BPB has endocrine disruptive effects; it affected reproductive function, damaging sperm and lowering egg production, lowered testosterone production and had estrogenic activity, “similar to or greater than BPA”
  • For the second year in a row, The Coca-Cola Co. was found to be the most polluting brand in a global audit of plastic trash. Coca-Cola is responsible for more plastic litter than the next top three polluters combined”Read More >>

I will write more about changes I have made and changes I have started…

Yikes! Happy Belated Year of the Earth Pig- Earth being focus

It is already April 2019! In Chinese astrology it is another year of Earth element.

For now, just a reminder of the macrocosm – microcosm: how we treat the earth effects us, how we treat ourselves effects the earth. Healthy means good for you- good for the planet, air, water, animals, 2,4 5 & 8 legged, winged, scaled, etc. It is important not only to eat clean healthy foods, but to also use ‘clean healthy’ products. For example, from NRDC

From GreenMedinfo.com, time to pay more attention to what you put on your body- and the packaging of it.  ‘If You Won’t Eat It, Don’t Use It‘ Be aware Mineral Oil is Petroleum- not good for you to put on or ingest:

Massage is one of the best ways to pamper yourself, but did you know that a massage can be extremely toxic? Unless you know what questions to ask, your massage could include a significant dose of crude oil distillates and hormone-mimicking chemicals that are on the world watch-list of carcinogens, but are somehow still allowed into your personal care products. Read More

2018 Year of the Earth Dog

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Year of the Earth Dog!

Some random ideas/info:

Energy of the year supports positive Dog attributes including loyalty, friendship, and service. The energy also supports caring for the earth and our internal earth energy.

After a fiery 2017 Chicken year, nice to get grounded in 2018 Earth energy. Mercola’s website has great information on ways to get grounded- besides the best= getting your feet directly on dirt, sand, soil as temperature allows. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/01/20/grounding-benefits.aspx

In Chinese Medicine, Earth represents Home, nourishment, digestion (Stomach and Spleen), center, grounding, wholeness. Time to tend to what we eat and our digestion. Choosing clean, organic, locally grown foods (when possible) is a great start. Check local farmers markets and COOP’s for healing & delicious whole foods. Ewg.com has great information pesticides in produce. Look for their ‘Dirty Dozen’ lists.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, Spinach Top EWG’s List of …

Also remembering to choose animal products consciously. Love choosing eggs from Cornucopia’s scorecard, https://www.cornucopia.org/scorecard/eggs

How we move forward is important. How we treat ourselves, each other, the earth, all beings, all creation matters!

Perfect year to remember Chief Seattle’s wisdom:

Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”

Internet searches will give you tons of information and perspective on this year’s, Earth Dog. I hope to add info thru the year!

For now, Happy New Year!

Above picture of ‘Year of the Earth Dog’ from Google images!

 

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