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Are You Sabotaging Your Self-Care? Here's My Cautionary Tale

  Photo credit: Jakob Owens   This may sound like an asinine question and completely counterintuitive to the practice of self-care, but it’s a real truth that’s pervasive with today’s self-care practices. As you know from my posts, I’m very active. I enjoy weightlifting and as of last year, I began running. Those are my self-care activities. I realized firsthand that my self-care outlook had gone amiss. When I was really busy with work, other responsibilities and didn’t have time for working out, I became agitated with myself. I was annoyed by not accomplishing my self-care goals for that day. The less time I had to dedicate to self-care, the more my agitation grew. I felt stressed, anxious, and guilty....

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Is Fragrance-Free A Marketing Catch-Phrase That's Causing More Harm Than Good?

My husband has sensitive skin. Products with questionable ingredients make their presence know after a couple of uses. The telltale sign of a cluster of tiny red pimples form on his skin. Recently, I purchased a fragrance-free, toxic-free laundry detergent that is supposed to clean your clothes like new. I’d heard a lot about the product, so I decided to give it a try. After a couple of days, my husband developed a red streak of tiny pimples going down his leg. He asked if I used a new laundry detergent. I replied, “Yes, but it’s fragrance-free and non-toxic.” Usually scented detergents cause his skin to react. That was the only change in products coming in contact with his skin....

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Sustainability: More Than A Media Buzzword

Photo credit: Miriam Espacio Sustainability is the latest buzzword in the media. We hear about sustainable living, corporate sustainability, and sustainable farming. But what does it really mean? Is it using LED lights? Taking your shopping bags to the grocery store? Using less water when you shower? Riding your bike instead of driving? Yes. It’s all of the above plus more. Let’s start by defining sustainability. Simply put, sustainability is creating what we need in the present without causing deleterious effects on future generations meeting their needs. (source) There are three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental, and economic. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “A sustainable approach is a systems-based approach that seeks to understand the interactions which exist...

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Are Your Haircare Products Hazardous To Your Health?

Photo credit: Dellon Thomas Did you know that hair products for Black women and children tested for 45 endocrine-disrupting or asthma-associated chemicals? The culprits include: relaxers (lye and no-lye), hot oil treatments, leave-in conditioners, anti-frizz/polish, root stimulator, and hair lotion. These products have endocrine-disrupting chemicals like phthalates, phenols, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and more. These chemicals, particularly in relaxers and hair oil, are associated with higher incidences of hormone-mediated diseases like fibroids and increased risk of breast cancer. They're also linked to a higher prevalence of asthma. Several of the chemicals found in these hair products are prohibited by the EU (European Union) and California Prop 65 due to their link to reproductive toxicity and cancer. To add insult to injury,...

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