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HEALTHY FOOD STORAGE : FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

HEALTHY FOOD STORAGE : FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

Whether you realize it or not, what you store your food in can be just as important as the cookware you use to cook your food. After all, your containers are also in direct contact with your food items and should be given the same amount of consideration as it relates to your health. If you haven’t watched or read the replay of the healthy cookware chat, please start there. You are barely in the game if you aren’t using proper cookware. Click here to see that blog post review and to watch the video.   At the end of the discussion of food storage, I have included a link to every other Facebook Live chat we’ve had so be sure to review any that you’ve missed.        HEALTHY FOOD STORAGE Now, to the topic of today’s discussion. Here’s the video replay.                                      Plastic tupperware are the #1 source of food storage in average households because they are inexpensive and easy to carry. However, there are many health precautions to consider.   Plastic containers have been shown to have an estrogenic effect on

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9 FOODS TO KEEP OUT OF THE REFRIGERATOR

9 FOODS TO KEEP OUT OF THE REFRIGERATOR

In the last Facebook Live chat, I told you there were some foods that don’t belong in the refrigerator that you might not be aware of. This post is a breakdown of those foods for you.                    POTATOES   When placed in the refrigerator, the starch in potatoes turn to sugar. This disrupts the normal texture of the potato leaving with a grittier texture. Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place like the pantry. To take it even one step further, they can be placed in a paper bag for longevity as the bag creates a darker environment.          UNCUT ONIONS AND GARLIC The air in the refrigerator is more moist than the air outside of it. This moisture will lead onions and garlic to become moldy and mushy. Once you cut or peel them however, be sure to place the leftovers in the refrigerator. Also, keep onions away from potatoes as onions cause potatoes to sprout prematurely and can deteriorate the onion.         TOMATOES I have to admit, up until last year I was putting my tomatoes in the refrigerator. I noticed they

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HEALTHY COOKING BASICS: FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

HEALTHY COOKING BASICS: FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

In our previous Facebook Live chat, we discussed healthy cookware, and hopefully by now you’ve thrown out all the teflon and aluminum in favor of cast iron, ceramic or stainless steel. And although I didn’t go into great detail, in our Facebook Live chat covering the 3 Simple Steps to a Healthier Life & Home, we discussed the importance of choosing food wisely. We went over the importance of making some organic selections, avoiding pesticides and avoiding gmos. So now that you’re all set up with what kind of food to buy and which cookware to cook it in, let’s talk about a few healthy cooking basics that will help maintain the integrity of your food. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the full video replay)     BRINGING FOOD HOME   We pick up this discussion after you’ve made it home from the grocery store, with all your nutritious food.   When you bring food home from the store, you have 3 options for storing them.   In the refrigerator In the freezer Left out (in the pantry/on the counter)     TEMPERATURE SETTINGS   First of all, your refrigerator needs to be set at a temperature between 32-34

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ALUMINUM FOIL : IS IT SAFE FOR COOKING OR BAKING?

ALUMINUM FOIL : IS IT SAFE FOR COOKING OR BAKING?

Last week we discussed the importance of healthy cookware for your home. We talked about avoiding Teflon and aluminum cookware, and the overwhelming question I received is, “Is it okay to use aluminum foil while cooking or baking”.     When it comes to aluminum,  there are many health concerns to be aware of (click here to read this post for more details). The International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease states that aluminum is a well established neurotoxin and is suspected to be linked with various neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and ALS. In laymen’s terms, aluminum is proved to be toxic to your brain and could lead to various diseases.     So, your question was a great one. Should we, or should we not, use aluminum foil when cooking or baking?       The simple answer, no.     Aluminum foil becomes problematic either when it is heated or when it comes in contact with hot, wet, seasoned or acidic foods. This problem eliminates all cooking methods. When heated, the aluminum that makes the foil, is in essence mobilized and leaches into your food during the cooking process. And because we are now aware that aluminum is bad for

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COOKWARE 101: FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

COOKWARE 101: FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP

In our last Facebook Live Chat, we discussed 3 simple steps to a healthier life and home. One of the three steps was to watch what you put in your mouth and what you feed your family. I encouraged you to choose fresh, healthy and organic (where necessary) foods to feed yourself and your family. And while I hope you are making great progress as it relates to food choices, today’s post on cookware is equally crucial to ensuring you get the maximum benefit from your healthy choices. It has been said that your food is only as healthy as the pots and pans you cook them in. And I don’t know about you but I hate the thought of buying high quality, organic food and then ruining it because I’m using the wrong cookware. The Healthy Kitchen Guide covers exactly which cookware are safe to use and which aren’t and I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy. I’ve covered the basics in Saturday’s Facebook Live Chat. Read below for a full recap and to see the video. *I will answer viewer questions in upcoming posts this week so that I can provide a detailed answer. There were some

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FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP: 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER LIFE & HOME

FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP: 3 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER LIFE & HOME

Regardless of where you are on the spectrum of living a healthy lifestyle, we can all agree we’d welcome having a healthier life and home for our family. That was the topic of the Facebook Live chat I hosted on Saturday.  For those that didn’t have a chance to join us, you can scroll to the very bottom of this post to view it. Or, read today’s blog post recap highlighting what was covered.  Here’s to a healthier life & home, one pinch at a time! 🙂       IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY LIVING IN GENERAL As a people, we can now expect to live longer than ever before. In the 1950s the average life expectancy was around 50 years give or take a few. Nowadays, people can expect to make it to the age of 80 and beyond.   It’s important to realize though, that the longer you live, the greater chance you have of experiencing different diseases. And yes, we all will die of something, but don’t you want to live out the rest of your years feeling great with a sound mind?   Diseases and major health issues don’t develop overnight. Rather they are the accumulation of years

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CLOROX®

THE TRUTH ABOUT CLOROX®

Clorox® is one of the most well-known and highly used brand of cleaner on the market today. There are Clorox® wipes, Clorox® sprays, and let’s not forget the ubiquitous Clorox® bleach. And while I would never argue that Clorox® products don’t get the job done when it comes to clearing germs from surfaces, I would however suggest that there is much you don’t know about Clorox® as it relates to your family’s health. Well, today’s post is here to shed some light and give you the truth about Clorox®.   No time to read the full post? Watch this 20 second review of what is covered instead. http://pinchofhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Truth-About-Clorox.mp4     EWG When discussing cleaning products, I often reference the Environmental Working Group (aka EWG). The EWG is a non-profit organization aimed at empowering the public to live healthier lives. They do this in a number of ways including populating their database with product reviews based on the ingredients in each. They’ve recently added hundreds more products to their Guide to Healthy Cleaning analysis. Using their database and knowledge of how chemicals affect our bodies, they rate each product on a scale from A-F. Here’s what they found about Clorox® products. When considering

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FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP: HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME

FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP: HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or if you subscribe to the newsletter, you know I’ve been doing Facebook Live chats every other week. This past Saturday we chatted about how being organized, or disorganized, can affect your health and your family’s. To see the full video, click here. Otherwise you can read the recap below. Follow my social media accounts below to make sure you catch the next one. I love to connect with you live and be able to answer your questions live.                                                 PURPOSE The purpose of the chat is to learn how the organization of your home can affect your health as well as to your family’s health.   HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME   LOSE WEIGHT Being unorganized in your home can often lead to stress. Not being able to find the important piece of mail, your child’s field trip permission slip and everything else that seems to come up missing on a daily basis can make you want to pull your hair out.   Being stressed is detrimental to your

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F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 2)

F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 2)

Hopefully by now you’ve recovered from the shock of the first list of “F” ranked cleaning products, because today I’m back with more “F” ranked cleaners to keep away from your home and family! 14 more to be exact. In addition, I’ve included 4 “D” ranked, honorable mention products I ran across and wanted to share. Be advised, the two lists I’ve presented are not the only “F” ranked products to avoid. Rather, I’ve chosen those that I thought were most prevalent in your homes. Scroll through these products to make sure they aren’t lurking in your cabinets.      THESE PRODUCTS ALSO RECEIVED AN “F” IN TERMS OF SAFETY FOR USE IN AND AROUND YOUR FAMILY     MURPHY OIL SOAP ALL PURPOSE MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER   WALMART GREAT VALUE ALL PURPOSE CLEANER WITH BLEACH   PLEDGE MULTI SURFACE EVERYDAY WIPES   GREEN WORKS NATURALLY DERIVED COMPOSTABLE CLEANING WIPES PLEDGE MULTI-SURFACE EVERYDAY CLEANER, FRAGRANCE FREE   PLEDGE MULTI-SURFACE SPRAY, LAVENDER FRESH SWIFFER DUST & SHINE FURNITURE SPRAY ALLERGEN REDUCER   MR. CLEAN MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER WITH GAIN, LAVENDER LYSOL ANTIBACTERIAL KITCHEN CLEANER, CITRUS   MR. CLEAN MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER WITH FEBREZE, HAWAIIAN ALOHA LYSOL DISINFECTANT FOAM CLEANER FOR MULTIPLE SURFACES   SOFT SCRUB WITH

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F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 1)

F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 1)

As I was posting the “A” ranked cleaning products that are safe for use around your family, it dawned on me that it’s just as important to know the products that absolutely should never enter your home. Probably even more so than what to use. As I perused the list of the most toxic cleaning products on the EWG, I was appalled at the number of products I saw that I know 100% many of you have at one point, and possibly even now, use in your home. The detriment to your health that some of these toxic products subject you to should make them illegal in my opinion. But nevertheless, they are readily available and have infiltrated many of your dwelling places. Please, please, please look at this list and share with others that you know need to hear it. And be on the lookout, this is only part 1 of the products on the “F” list. Other posts coming soon. And if you just can’t wait, head over to the EWG and check other products now.      THESE PRODUCTS ALL RECEIVED AN “F” IN TERMS OF SAFETY FOR USE IN AND AROUND YOUR FAMILY     GREEN WORKS ALL PURPOSE

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