7 Easy Tips to eat more fruits & veggies

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1.  Pack your lunch. Make your sandwhich’s to include some lettuce, a tomatoe slice and some sprouts!

2. Add a handful of carrots as a snack.

3. Remember the celery & peanut butter snacks as a kid?

Try the update version and use almond or cashew butter-( go ahead and make some eyes on it with raisins)

4. Apples are natural and easy ‘fast’ foods. Take 1 with you on the go

5. Instead of chips, try crunchy peas as a evening snack.

6. Start the morning out right, dice up some bell peppers & onions in your eggs!

7.   Bored with carrots & celery-try jicama.

Jicama is a root that is sweet and crunchy to eat. It looks like a round brown ball in the vegetable section at the grocery store.

Just peel the skin off with a knife and you have a new and tasty veggie!

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Grocerys are expensive…here is a coupon to help save you some money!

Hi,

 With the cost of oil and energy on the increase, the cost of groceries have been getting higher as well. 

I have complied a list of coupon sites to help you save money! ~ Enjoy

http://www.grocerygame.com

http://www.mommysavesbig.com

http://www.couponmom.com

http://www.mygrocerydeals.com

http://www.stonyfield.com/coupons/signin.cfm

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30 days no sugar- a 1pd success! ~lol -but I learned about Me

After 30 days of no sugar, missing ALL the valentines day chocolate, cakes at the office and controlling the mid night munchies- I lost 1 pd.

To say that I was disappointed is an understatement.   And this is embarrassing, the day after my 30th day I pigged out! Cake, ice cream, M& M’s, everything-it was no hold bars.

And as I laid in bed clenching my stomach it occurred to me that while I didn’t lose the 15lbs, I gained self control and the ability to recognize when I am emotionally eating.   That’s worth about 14pds.

I am going to try again. However, this time I am going to make more time to exercise and plan my meals better. 

 Check back to see my progress!

~ Melody

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What can we do to ensure the safety of our drinking water?

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What can we do to ensure the safety of our Drinking water?

5 helpful tips that YOU can do today to ensure that you & your family clean drinking water

  1. Proper disposal of Prescription drugs. 

The US govt put out a fact sheet on how to properly dispose of RX drugs.  Read it and apply the steps.

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/factsht/proper_disposal.html   

 2.  Be aware of the type of Personal Care products that you are using this includes:

Make sure that they contain paraben free, sulfate free ingredients. It stinks, but read the label.

3.      Check out the Safety of your Local drinking water here

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/  

4.      Use filter water whenever possible.  

  If it’s more feasible buy, the Corn water bottles with filters so that when you fill  up at a water filter at least it’s safer.

•5.      Oh, yeah and use less prescription medicine if possible. 

Do your part to ensure that we have clean drinking water

~ Melody

 

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Disgusting- RX Drugs in our drinking water

Is American Drinking Water Safe?  

Recently, there was an article done on our American drinking water supplies containing a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs, caffeine, sex hormone and other prescription medicines that American’s routinely ingest.  

Read the Full Article below:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-drugs-tap-water_N.htm?csp=34

 

As an obsessive water drinker and concerned Mom, this article made me concerned.

The Question: How do PPCP’s Get in our drinking water-making it unsafe?

The Answer:

1.    Through human waste, when the medication passes out of our bodies into the sewer lines.

2.    When all of our shampoos, conditioners, body wash, hair colors, and other personal care products are washed down the shower drain they enter the sewer line

3.    Discarded or expired medications thrown away in the trash.

4.    Poor Manufacturing practices from Cosmetic manufacturers

And that there are many types of drugs to be concerned about,

Read below from a list from the EPA’s site: 

There are many drug classes of concern:

  •  antibiotics which are actively being researched
  • antimicrobials
  • estrogenic steroids
  • antidepressants. Profound effects on spawning and other behaviors in shellfish can occur with antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
  • calcium-channel blockers. Dramatic inhibition of sperm activity in certain aquatic organisms can be effected by calcium-channel blockers.
  • antiepileptic drugs (e.g., phenytoin, valproate, carbamazepine) have potential as human neuroteratogens, triggering extensive apoptosis in the developing brain, leading to neurodegeneration.
  • multi-drug transporters (efflux pumps). Possible significance of efflux pump inhibitors (EPIs) in compromising aquatic health.
  • musk fragrances are bioaccumulative and persistent
  • genotoxic drugs (primarily used at hospitals)

The EPA states that our Sewage systems are not equipped to remove the PPCP’s ( see below for definition) drugs from our water.

  • Sewage systems are not equipped for PPCP removal. Currently, there are no municipal sewage treatment plants that are engineered specifically for PPCP removal or for other unregulated contaminants. Effective removal of PPCPs from treatment plants varies based on the type of chemical and on the individual sewage treatment facilities.

What are “PPCPs”?

As Defined by the EPA A PPCPs is “ Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PPCPs) refers, in general, to any product used by individuals for personal health or cosmetic reasons or used by agribusiness to enhance growth or health of livestock. PPCPs comprise a diverse collection of thousands of chemical substances, including prescription and over-the-counter therapeutic drugs, veterinary drugs, fragrances, lotions, and cosmetics” http://epa.gov/ppcp/faq.html#define

What Can we do to ensure the safety of our Drinking water?  

  1. Proper disposal of Prescription drugs.  The US govt put out a fact sheet on how to properly dispose of RX drugs.  Read it and apply the steps.

 

  1. Be aware of the type of Personal Care products that you are using, shampoos, conditioner, etc. Make sure that they contain paraben free, sulfate free ingredients.  It stinks, but read the label.

 

  1. Check out the Safety of your Local drinking water here

 http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ 

  1. Use filter water whenever possible, if it’s more feasible buy the Corn water bottles with filters so that when you fill up at a water filter at least it’s safer.
  2. Oh, yeah and use less prescription medicine if possible J

 Let’s work together to ensure safe drinking water! ~ Melody

   

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