104: The Good, The Bad, The Yummy: Wellness Mama, Teflon, Almost Oatmeal

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This Week’s the GOOD, the BAD, the YUMMY!

Welcome to the third installment of this new weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe. You can find the first one here, and last week’s right here.

the GOOD: Wellness Mama website

Katie, the Wellness Mama

Katie is the “Wellness Mama” – one of my favorite go-to resources for all things natural living and wellness-related. Some of my favorites posts that give you an example of the diversity of her topics:

the BAD: Teflon and Non-Stick Cookware

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  • Teflon sucks. Read my full post about this toxic household product: “Can Cookware be Toxic?”
  • Want more info? Here’s the experts’ take: 
  • So, what are your options?
  • What if you have no choice? Maybe you’re visiting friends or spending a week in a vacation home. Here are some tips for when you are stuck with the nonstick cookware as your only option:
    • Don’t preheat – heat at the lowest temperature possible to cook your food safely.
    • Don’t put nonstick cookware in an oven hotter than 400 degrees.
    • Use an exhaust fan over the stove.
    • Keep pet birds out of the kitchen — the fumes from an overheated pan can kill a bird in seconds. For real. Read the article!
  • Did you know? Skip the self-cleaning function on your oven. It cleans by heating to high temperatures, which can release toxic fumes from non-stick interior oven parts.

the YUMMY: Almost Oatmeal by Paleo Plan

Almost Oatmeal

You Need:

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small pan over medium heat, stirring often until all is thoroughly combined and warm.
  • Try it topped with pears, bananas, fresh or dried berries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, grated apples, or sliced almonds, and serve it with sausage or eggs for a truly satisfying morning meal.

See the original recipe here, and a TON of other simple recipes from Paleo Plan.

Paleo Plan Recipes Galore!

What do you think about this week’s choices? Please share your feedback with me. 

And, if you’d like to learn more about how some of the links above help support the show, read this.

xoxo Ella

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101: The Good, The Bad, The Yummy: Vitamins, Air Fresheners, Spaghetti Squash

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This Week’s the GOOD, the BAD, the YUMMY!

Welcome to the second installment of this new weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, easy, clean recipe. 

After last week’s inaugural episode of G/B/Y, I received a question from Riana about vegetarian sources of collagen. Here’s what I learned about supporting collagen production from vegetarian sources alone. (Spoiler alert: eat seaweed ;-)).

 the GOOD: Liquid Multivitamins from Mary Ruth Organics

  • Mary Ruth Organics Premium Supplements – I was introduced to Mary Ruth Organics by a listener, and on a whim decided to try out both the morning and evening liquid vitamins. (I try to get most of my vitamins from REAL FOOD – especially after this interview with Gary Collins! – but I know I’m lacking in magnesium, vitamins D and B).
  • I started these about 3 months ago, and judging by my fingernails and hair, there’s something to this (they’re growing like crazy!).
  • I’m now on monthly auto-ship (saves 10%), and I find this far easier than pill-popping for some reason. Get a one month supply for $39.95 per bottle, or auto-ship and save a bit more. It comes to about $2.40 a day, and I am a total convert.

 

 the BAD: Air Fresheners, Fragrances & Diffusers

 the YUMMY: Spaghetti Squash Frittata

Ode to the Spaghetti Squash

You Need:

  • 1 small spaghetti squash (need ~2 cups shredded)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup organic kale or spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced (or another veggie)
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp oregano (or spices you like!)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Bake the spaghetti squash: Wash and slice the squash in half (length-wise) and place cut sides face down onto a baking sheet with some water in the bottom of it. Roast about 25-30 minutes at 350F (until tender). When done, shred the insides with a fork into a bowl and set aside.   *I do this in advance and keep in fridge until I’m ready to make something!
  • Sauté your chopped onion, mushrooms, etc – add the greens last and don’t overcook
  • Crack the eggs into the bowl with the squash and mix in the spices
  • Stir in the veggies and then pour the mixture into the sauté pan, cover and cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.

photo cred: constantlycooking.com

BONUS! 5-minute version: I will often shortcut this recipe for a simple, SUPER easy dish with pre-cooked squash. Simply scoop some squash in a bowl and stir in 2 eggs and S&P. Cook as you would an omelet. Makes a big, fluffy, easy egg dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

More great ideas for spaghetti squash:

What do you think about this week’s choices? Please share your feedback with me. 

And, if you’d like to learn more about how some of the links above help support the show, read this.

xoxo Ella

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100: Healthy at Home with Meghan & Josh

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Health Starts at Home

90% of the lead dust in our home can be eliminated with one very simple and free change. Can you guess what it is?

You don’t have to. Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis are giving us the scoop! Join us as they take us on a virtual tour of our home and tell us what to look for, and how to make simple changes. Look below for details about Meghan and Josh’s online course!

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84,000 chemicals have been approved for use in everyday consumer products. Only 2,000 have been tested for human safety.

Resources Mentioned:

  

  • We talk about this incredible story of DDT in the 1940s – read about it here and here – this chemical was liberally used before anyone was fully aware of the dangers. Has much changed since then?…
  • In the U.S., 84,000+ chemicals have been approved for use in everyday consumer products. Only 2,000 of them have been tested for human safety.

  • Want to replace your shower curtain? see these washable hemp options 
  • How toxic is dry cleaning? 
  • Air fresheners – we talk about why you should avoid the nasty chemicals in these toxic bombs. Some of the most deleterious ingredients (volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and formaldehyde) can cause headaches and nausea and aggravate asthma, and have been linked to neurological damage and cancer. Even more alarming are the phthalates that cause hormonal and reproductive issues, birth defects and developmental disorders. Why bring that into your home, when you can learn how to make your own?
  • Cracking a window and keeping house plants are a great way to keep the air in your home clean
  • Here’s a full list of helpful house plants
  • Or, try a HEPA filter or these cheap charcoal filter bags

Want More?

About Meghan and Josh

Meghan Telpner is a two-time #1 bestselling and award winning author (UnDiet and The UnDiet Cookbook), speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Her husband Josh Gitalis is a clinical nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner with a private clinic in Toronto. Merging the fields of functional nutrition and therapeutic supplementation with the healing benefits of key foods and lifestyle practices, Meghan and Josh are on a mission to inspire people to take their health practices beyond diet, fitness and lifestyle and start taking action to reduce the toxins they are exposed to in their own homes.

  xxoo Ella

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