The Story of Cosmetics

I don’t know about you, but I care about what I put in my body for the most part and I also care about what I put on it. Over the years I have tried to find healthy products but learned along the way that many store brands weren’t being totally honest or I would grab something that said it was healthy only to get home and really read the ingredient list.
Yes I read the list, I don’t always know what everything is, but I try and look it up. I like to keep things simple and easy and when there are alot of chemicals in things, it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t care if my lipstick will stay on for 8 hours, or my face will look 10 years younger, what is it doing to for the long run and will it give me cancer???

The Story of Cosmetics is a good short little video on cosmetics and other toxic products. Always be aware of what you are using, by not buying these products you are helping yourself, your health and the environment and hopefully eventally more people will change too.
Find a product or company that uses only safe ingredients. For me, that is why I choose Miessence. Whether or not you choose them (they have sample packs of alot of their products to try out and you can read all the ingredients and know what most of them are!!), find one that works for you.
To Your Health
Jodi

Summertime

I love summertime as I love being outside. No socks, either barefeet or flips flops as often as possible. The sun makes one feel so much better, I guess it’s all the rain and grey we get through the rest of the year here in BC that I love summer even more now!!

We were enjoying backyard or beach fires, but now there is a ban on, so that is now happening, but walks on the beach in the evenings and watching the sunset is beyond words. We have also been so lucky is seeing the Eaglets take flight, a grey whale in close, a seal pup coming up on shore waiting for it’s mom, then the next day finding a seal pup that had washed up on shore and not sounding too good. Ken and I got it to the Gibson’s Wildlife Centre which was hoping it could help before turning it over to the Vancouver Aquarium. Fingers crossed that it survives. All of this in one week, oh yeah I forget to mention that our dog Spirit treed a couple of bears in our backyard…….summertime is pretty interesting around here!!!
Also, outdoors Markets, I love them!!! All the artists and their beautiful works and the plentiful, fresh, beautiful fruits, vegetables and herbs. There is so much to choose from and it is so easy to eat healthy in the summer.
If you haven’t been out to your local farmer’s market I highly recommend it. Not only are you able to eat healthier, but have usually better selections but also support your local farmers and that is so important.
I love all the fresh produce, but I find I get inspired too from all the neat things that I see.
Go and enjoy.
Here’s to your health.
Jodi

Commercial Drive

Lately, I have been loving heading down to Commercial Drive or just ‘The Drive’ in Vancouver. Now I know some people have been hanging out there for years, but some of us have been hanging out in the back woods!!!

I love going down there, it’s alive, full of energy, artists, cultural, outside patios and little store front markets which of course I love seeing the fresh food, but all of it.  Living on the Sunshine Coast is great, I mean it’s beautiful here and so close to being on the ocean almost every day, but getting a little bit of different energy is always good too!!  And the fresh food is oh so cheap.

This past Saturday, I had to go into to the city for a bit and of course I headed over to ‘the Drive’ where I got as much as I could carry, fresh food and I soaked in the atmosphere even to a quiet, while I was there at least, protest for the G8.

For me, I find that when I can find little ways to re-charge myself, get my creative juices flowing again, it’s always good.  I come back  refreshed.  it’s always good to find the little ways to do that for yourself if no ‘big’ holiday is in the cards, squeeze some time out to re-charge yourself, you might be surprised at how good you feel!!

Healthy people find ways to unwind that build them up, not tear them down.

What could you do this week to do that for yourself??

Have fun!!

JB

What ARE you putting on your body???

After reading last post’s on David Suzuki’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ cosmetic chemcials to avoid, this is just to go a little further.

Everyday, we slather ourselves with lotions, potions and liquids from shampoos to soap to deodorant to make up.  After all, we want to look, smell and feel good.  But did you also know, that your skin is the biggest organ on your body and things that go on your skin get absorbed into your bloodstream.  Now, it does depend on the molecular structure of the product, but since they don’t give us that information, do you really want to take the chance with some of the toxic chemcials that they do use when making these common products???  Hmmmm…….we wonder why things like cancer are on the rise? Could it be a coincidence? Now, I am not a doctor or a scientist, but I am into my health.

We don’t think that our personal care products could be full of toxins, but U.S. researchers found that one eighth of the 82 000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemcicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductives toxins, plasticizers and degreasers. (David Suzuki)

Take a look at one of your products ingredient lists and just try and figure out what some of them are? Can you even pronounce them? Kind of makes you wonder doesn’t it??

We are not sure of why we feel certain ways sometimes, like maybe why we’re getting headaches as an example.  Here are some things to  think about for that. First, are you getting enough water, good water? Second, how is your diet? Are you getting enough or any live, fresh foods or is it mostly dead, over cooked or processed ‘food’? THird, what kind of products am I putting on my body? Are they full of chemcials or parfums? The negative effects of some fragrance ingredients can be immediately apparent, especially for the growing number of people who are becoming sensitive.

Again, I recommend using the KISS method, you know, Keep It Simple Silly!!  I should be able to read, understand, know and say the ingredients that go into my skin care products, I may not know all of them, but I have informed myself with most of the ingredients that I should and want to stay away from.

Get yourself informed, aren’t you worth it??

JB

If you like or eat KFC…….

I must admit, I used to love KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) once in awhile. I know, when I stop and think about it now, it’s pretty gross and I haven’t eaten it in a long time.

When I came across this article by Mike Adams on Natural News the new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, “Buckets for the Cure” I got curious and read it.

What really got me was  the website www.KentuckyFriedCruelty.com and how it reveals the horrifying details of how KFC suppliers treat chickens before they are served up to consumers in pink  or even the regular barrels.

I felt I had to do my part in sharing what goes on behind the scenes and share it with as many people as possible so that we can put a stop to these kinds of ways of things being done.

They may be just animals but they still don’t need to be treated as such, sign the petition and lets stop animal cruelty!!!

If you don’t want to sign the petition then, please at least stop eating at KFC.…..I have!!!

Thanks for listening

JB

Organic Cheaters Exposed……….

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Organic cheaters exposed by public protest at health products trade show……..great article by by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com

Not Sure if your product is on the list or not, read Mike’s article here.  It frustrates me when I go to the store and purchase products for myself and family thinking they are healthy only to find out the labeling has been misleading. Another reason I have choosen Miessence, and they were on the good list!!!!

Food Inc

Last night I finally sat down and watched the movie Food Inc ( you can watch the trailer here). You should be able to get it at your local video store or library. I must admit, I put off watching it for awhile as I knew, but didn’t really want to know, know what I mean!!
If you haven’t seen it yet and your food and your health are a priority, then I highy recommend watching it!!
We are worth it!!!
So run, don’t walk to your video store or library to get this video and watch it. Make your health a top priority by knowing what you eat!!  This is another reason to support your local farmers!!

To Your Health
JB

Why Organic???

You are what you eat and your skin is the largest organ of the body, everything you eat makes a difference and everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream.  For me, if I am going to eat healthy& raw, I want it to be organic as often as possible, and I want to put healthy organic products on my skin as well.

WHY????

We already get exposed to enough toxic chemicals and if we have a chance to reduce that, why not??

Foods and products that are organic are not gentically modified (GMO), don’t have pesiticides, herbicides and other chemicals.  These chemcials are detrimental to your health and are usually cancer causing.

Organic foods and products reduces overall toxins in your body further increasing your health and vitality. They are more nutritious, safer, have more vitamins and minerals and are better tasting.

I find everytime I go to the store and try and find a safe, healthy or organic product, reading the labels is quite amusing to say the least!!  I don’t know what the guidelines are but to put on the labels nautral or organic and to find out they still have toxic chemcials in them is frustrating.

These are some foods that have high amounts of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics etc

– beef, chicken & pork

– dairy

– strawberries, raspberries and cherries

– apples and pears

– tomatoes

– spinach and salad greens

– peaches and nectarines

– coffee

– potatoes

– grapes (imported from Chile)

– celery

– peppers red and green

Organic may be more expensive, but for me, I feel it’s worth it.  A good way of getting fresh, organic and usally well priced produce is through your local organic farmer or at farmer’s markets.

Looking for organic skin and body care products?? Look no further, these have been the best I have found globally.

Our Food

In our local grocery stores there are isles  and isles of ‘food’, over 47 000 items actually, but how much of it is really food????

As I have become more and more aware over the years, have tried to eat healthier, I have made a rule to myself to keep things simple when I have boughten package foods ( before I became raw and of course with teenagers now!!).

I use the KISS method, you know, Keep It Simple Silly, or Sweetheart of whatever you would like:)!!

Here are my guidelines that I follow……

–  If I have to learn ‘swaheli’ (is there really such a language??), just to learn how to pronounce the words, then I didn’t buy it!

– If I had to carry a dictionnary around to look up the word (and there really is no such thing as some of these words aren’t there!),  then I didn’t buy it and why is it so hard to find out what some of these words are, like the dozen or so different names for MSG????

–  If it has a shelf life longer than my dog’s life, another NO!

I kept it pretty simple, and for anyone starting out and going Raw is just to radical, just try these simple rules.  I will post again on where you can then proceed from keeping it simple to even eliminating more and still keeping it simple.

Eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated or hard, it’s just like learning how to ride a bike, it’s something new, but over time, the choices get easier and clearer and you will feel the benefits of it!!

You will probably also start to notice that you won’t be going down as many isles for so called ‘food’!!

Here’s to Your Health!!

JB

Hey Canadians…..We're in Debt!!!

And what are we or should I say you going to do about it???  eh??

I guess we always think that it’s just us or the grass looks greener on the other side, but not according to this
recent article and report, if you’re in debt……you’re not alone!!

Average Canadian family debt reaches $96,100 in 2009, study finds …….

Once you finish reading the article and you find yourself relating, ask yourself what is it are you doing or going to do differently to make 2010 better…….is it a budget? second job? cut way back on spending? take out any extras? eliminate things like camps, dentist, hair cuts and so on? possible to create another revenue income? network marketing?
WHAT??

I would love to hear what you are doing differently to make this year better financially especially if it’s working for you!
JB

Tapping World Summit

Here is some exciting news for you…the doors
for the 2010 Tapping World Summit are officially open!

This is a free online event that last year had over 81,000
people in attendance. This is the biggest event in the
EFT / Tapping world.

The event features some of the top EFT / Tapping
practitioners in the world such as Carol Look, Patricia
Carrington, Brad Yates, Bob Doyle, Carol Tuttle…in fact,
there will be over 18 instructors in all with over 20
presentations…

You can listen to all of the presentations or just a
few of them, you get to pick the topics that interest
you.

If you’re looking to create prosperity, clarity,
energy focus, better physical and emotional health
and much, much more than you need to register for
this free online event, how this simple, weird, but
really easy, amazing tool can help, you need to
check it out by some of the best.
And the best part is it’s FREE!!

Take a look at my EFT page to get an idea of EFT or Tapping
and click the link to get registered for the Summit and pick which ones you want to listen into.

The best part is you can do it right from your own computer in your own house…….see you there, well sort of!!