As a part of my mission (as a mommy), I want to be more aware of the things we (my family) put in our bodies.

I thought to write this blog after a recent visit with my sister in law at a local holistic store.

I have to admit I get all excited when I find new stores to shop at.  Recently I was made aware there is a Whole Foods only an hour away (yes, I get crazy and drive an hour for this organic haven).  At the store we visited last week, the the owner, whom is also a Holistic Nutritionist that works specifically with mom’s-to-be,  NEW Mama’s and children was FULL of nutritional wisdom. One of the interesting things she said to me was,

“Our family rule is, if you wouldn’t let your baby eat it… we wont use in on our skin”

It threw me for a bit, because I was sitting there thinking, how little we pay attention to all the chemicals we allow to permeate our body via our skin, and some times even our mouths.  This comment was said, because our son has a milk allergy, and when he comes in contact with the diary-beast, he is quick to get a rash on his skin.  I dread the thought of using a steroid on his preciously, delicate skin, so she recommended an all natural skin cream, that astonishingly took my little mans rash to an un-noticeable memory in a few short days.  The ingredients:

Olive Oil
Natural Beeswax (anti-bacterial properties)
Vitamin E

So I sat down to further my research on things we unknowingly allow into our system, and what kind of havoc it could reek on our internal system.  Here is some points I thought to share:

Chemical Found In Effect
Food colouring Yellow (tartarazine) Drinks, cakes, snacks, ice cream and confectionery asthma attacks & hyper activity in children
Diethyl glucol  Ice Creams toxic effects &  it is also used in antifreeze and paint remover
MSG (look for Monosodium glutamate*) Drinks, candy, chewing gym and soups migraines, blurred vision, behaviour problems in children, difficulty to focus
Pesticides Basically everything that is NOT organic cancer, health issues, weakened immune system**
Acrylamide Potato Chips Causes a pro-inflammatory state and is a risk factor for progression of atherosclerosis (clogging of arteries) *note* there is over 500 times of this chemical in potato chips, than allowed by the World Health Organization

*Note that MSG is also on labels hidden under a secret identity of autolyzed yeast or hydrolyzed protein (sheesh yeast and protein don’t sound so bad until you look deeper into the word in front of it, plus any word in front of a natural occurring item i.e. Protein, means that is has been ALTERED, and thus, not recognizable by your super smart digestive system
**What scares me about pesticides’ today, and my baby,  is that he is teeny tiny, and the fact that the use in over 70% of our foods has increased by over  33% in the last 20 years is all the more reason to look organic, especially for your little munchkins!

So, how do we make simple yet effective changes.

1. Shop outside of the box (and the aisles), stay far away from things that last for months, on end.  Sadly the longer the shelf life is the worst for your life
2. Select items that are organic.  Being a mom I know with budgetary constraints this isn’t always easy.  Here are the TOP items that you should consider purchasing organic.

  • Apples
  • Imported grapes
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Spinach
  • Red raspberries
  • Soybeans
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts – including peanut butter
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes

This is also a GREAT article that explains WHY certain items should be purchased organic!
The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Eat Organic

Other items can be washed with a natural fruit and veggie wash available at all local grocery stores.

3. Shop Local. This lets you know that the food was picked ripe, and not ripened on the truck.

Small changes over time will prove to only benefit you and your family! Baby steps to a healthy baby!
As always, if you have questions Im listening!

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