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The Story Behind: Violet

As I’ve shared with you in Back to Basics: Clean Eating and Clean Living, my mission is to get back to nature. I want to reduce the harmful chemicals my family and I voluntarily encounter on a daily basis. I sense your hesitation. You’re thinking, who voluntarily exposes themselves to harmful chemicals? We all do, albeit unknowingly, on a daily basis through our foods and personal care products. According to a survey of 2,300 people conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in conjunction with a coalition of public interest and environmental health organizations, the average adult uses nine personal care products each day. That doesn’t sound so bad. What’s the big deal? Well, within that average of nine products...

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Berries: Your Anti-Aging Ally

As I stroll the farmer’s market, I get excited seeing the first signs of berry season. It brings back fond memories of my childhood when my grandmother would take my aunt and me to Styer Orchard for berry picking. We would get a basket upon entry and stroll the seemingly never-ending rows of bright red jewels. We picked two strawberries for our basket and ate one for pure joy. By the time we got to the register to pay, our fingers were red and our tummies were fuller than our baskets. Another reason I get elated about berry season is because berries are powerful anti-aging allies. The old adage, good things come in small packages, is true. And berries don’t...

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Naturally Intelligent Skincare

Recently, I read an article about how value-priced personal product brands are transitioning to more natural ingredients. One of the dermatologists interviewed for the article praised these companies for offering more “intelligent” natural ingredients than the kitchen ingredients that are being shared on the Internet. Whoa! Stop the presses. That comment put a burr in my saddle. Granted, he’s a trained, licensed physician who took the Hippocratic oath to Western medicine. But does he realize that Hippocrates and early Greek physicians based their healing on herbal medicine? They watched what plants the animals ate when they were sick and followed the same example when humans got sick. If Greek medicine believed that Mother Nature was a healing goddess and remedies...

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UV Protection from the Inside Out

While growing up, who remembers hearing, “Eat a piece of fruit instead of eating candy,” or “You have to eat your vegetables before you can have dessert?” Once, my father made me sit at the dinner table until I finished my peas. We laugh about it now, but back then it was torture. I’m sure you all can relate. Our parents reasoned that it would help us develop strong, healthy bodies. Little did they know that it would also contribute to guarding our skin against the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Eat for Sun Protection The first line of defense for protecting your skin from photodamage (sun damage) begins on the inside. Eating foods rich in phytonutrients (plant-derived compounds)...

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Why You Shouldn't Share or Swap Makeup

Recently, I’ve noticed posts on some of the Facebook groups I belong to where women are selling or swapping ‘gently used’ makeup. When I first saw it, I brushed it off as an isolated incident. Later, I saw more posts asking if anyone was interested in buying or swapping makeup that didn’t work for them. That stopped me in my tracks. Did I miss something in my sixth grade health and hygiene class? We’ve all bought cosmetics that didn’t work for us. You get excited seeing the product’s results in advertisements. You run out to buy the product with grand visions in your head. Only to get home, use it, and be disappointed. Now what? You’re stuck with this product...

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