It has been almost 1 year when my then 6-year-old girl decided to skip eating meat altogether.
While my son loves his meat every now and then and my husband his sausages, I started cooking several different meals per meal time. Like every mum I was a bit concerned but since we are living a fairly healthy lifestyle since years I was not too thrown off by her decision to go meat-less. We own a ton of cook books (from ‘uncooking’ to full on cooking) and it was a good new challenge.
Below I put a small Infographic together which we use as our shopping list. We eat 100% what is in season which makes it a whole lot easier to decide what goes on the table. While we eat a ton of greens (raw, steamed and sautéed), we still eat what each of us likes (my son likes his rare piece of meat). We just made it a habit to always have a balanced meal with all named vitamins and nutritions in my cheat sheet below. Milk is definitely out though. Homemade Nutmilk and Seedmilk is our basis for smoothies, baking and milk for my coffee.
If I have time on my hands, which is rare these days, I do love to dehydrate our summer fruit and herbs. We also use our juicer as much as we can.
I do believe it takes time to get adjusted to healthier eating habbits and I’m also not the person who wants to stand in the kitchen all day. So it is still a constant adjustment and sometimes even fight to make my children eat what is on the table. But overall we have come a long way. For some we are way too healthy and for others not enough. But don’t we have this no matter what we do?
Anyway, I hope you will find some use in my compilation below.
How to avoid chemicals on a daily basis. It’s a start!
This is a quick share from David Suzuki’s site (Solutions are in our nature). This Foundation works mainly to protect the diversity of nature and that we can make enough people aware of protecting the future for our children. This is such an in depth piece of work especially when clicking on the links he provided.
You can avoid harmful chemicals and here is the list. You can also choose to download this little pdf file through the link below and stuff it into your purse.
There is so much work still to be done around the world but I know that there is a glimpse of hope because YOU are reading this page. So, Thank you! ~ Katrin
1. BHA and BHT
Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »
2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).
Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Read more »
3. DEA-related ingredients
Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA. Read more »
4. Dibutyl phthalate
Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. Read more »
Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. Read more »
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »
8. PEG compounds
Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol). Read more »
Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Read more »
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »
11. Sodium laureth sulfate
Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate). Read more »
Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »
I have heard of cilantro being a killer ingredient when it comes to vitamins and detox. I’m just not a cilantro fan but might be able to drink this combination.
I have taken Cilantro Essential Oils in Veggie Caps as a cleansing & detox oil. This might be another option. Add 2 drops of Cilantro Essential Oils to the smoothie if you don’t have the fresh herb avaialble.
2 cups wild blueberries
1 cup cilantro
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp barley grass juice powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 small handful of Atlantic dulse
Optional: water to blend
In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. If a thinner consistency is desired, add up to 1 cup of water. Enjoy!