Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a chemical used to make baby bottles, water bottles and food containers.  BPA is also found in the lining canned goods.  The risks of this substance has been in question for years.  As recently as 2008, the FDA stated that low amounts of exposure to BPA would not have any adverse health effects.  However, a friend of mine emailed an article to me with a headline that caught my eye: Human placenta cells die after BPA exposure.  The researchers findings indicate that exposure to BPA during pregnancy can hurt the baby.  Very small amounts of BPA caused severe damage during their experiment.

Can someone explain to me why the FDA hasn’t banned this chemical altogether, even though they have acknowledged the risks of BPA?  Let’s take a tip from Canada.  Our northern neighbors, along with several US states, have banned BPA from children’s products

While the debate continues, it’s important for us to share our concerns, and spend our dollars supporting healthy products. In response to consumers freaking out about the risks of BPA, a lot of manufacturers now offer BPA-free bottles.  A couple of great examples are Nalgene and Born Free.  Also check out the love bottle – it’s a reusable glass bottle that you can write on.  How fun is that?!?

-In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.  ~Author Unknown

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Consumer Reports published a study that reports finding fecal bacteria in bagged salads!  Never again will I fall victim to believing that “pre-washed” or “triple-washed” means that I can just pour my bagged salad into a bowl and start chomping.  Now that I think about, it makes sense that there would be a lot of opportunities for the greens to become contaminated during the production process.  During its journey from the farm, to the factory, to the supermarket, the greens are likely to be exposed to animals, manure, chemical washes, and other pathogens.  In fact, I remember last September when there was a recall on loose spinach due to Salmonella contamination.  Of course there are government regulations and voluntary programs to ensure these natural greens remain a healthy food for us to eat.  However, it doesn’t hurt to be on safe side and make sure that we are washing our foods, even if the bag says it was quadruple-washed, before we enjoy a healthy salad. 

Madonna is going cuckoo for coconuts, and maybe we should too!  She has invested nearly $1.5 million in a New York-based company called Vita Coco that makes coconut water.  Some other celebrity investors include Mathew McConauhey, Demi Moore, and singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Read About Madonna’s Investment in Vita Coco

What is coconut water

Coconut water is a liquid that is extracted from the inside of young, unripe, green coconuts.  A lot of people confuse coconut water with coconut milk, which is made from pureeing coconut meat and water, then straining it to remove some of the fat. 

Health Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water

  • Naturally Boost Immune System
  • Improves Intestinal Health
  • Increases Metabolism & Weight Loss
  • Balances Body PH
  • Detoxify & Fight Viruses
  • Stops Fatigue
  • Prevents Hypertension
  • Controls Diabetes
  • Aids in Circulation
  • Reduces Cancer Risk

Alternatives to fresh young coconuts

I mentioned Vita Coco already, but some other brands of coconut beverages include Zico Pure, and O.N.E.  I’ve tried two flavors of Vita Coco.  The passion fruit is a big thumbs up, and the acai flavored is a big thumbs down.  Go out and try one and let me know what you think!  Could coconut water become a threat to sports drink brands like Gatorade?  Would you switch over knowing the benefits? Or do you not believe the hype?

Source: holistic-nutrition.com, slashfood.com, bevnet.com

The other day, a friend told me that she really misses eating turkey sandwiches now that she is pregnant.  Doctors recommend that pregnant women should not eat cold cuts because of a harmful bacterium called Listeria. 

I posed the question to my husband, “Why would it be unhealthy for pregnant women to eat cold cuts, but it is safe for everyone else?”  To which he responded, “Well, our stomachs are stronger so we can fight things off more easily.

Fair enough. But I did a little digging and found that it’s not just Listeria that can make cold cuts harmful.  Sodium Nitrates are found in many processed meats, which react with stomach acids to produce nitrosamine, which has been linked to cancer.

If you have to buy cold cuts, purchase nitrate-free cold cuts, because they don’t contain any preservatives, and read this article from Supermaket Guru to be a little more educated about of what you are biting into.

Supermarket Guru Talks about Deli Meats

Additional Sources: family.com, TLC cooking, WebMD


Do you ever feel like it’s hard to get out of “work mode” once the clock strikes 5PM on Friday?  Simple solution – Hit the gym!  There is nothing like the feeling of sweating off the work week to relieve stress and unwind.  My husband and I have started to incorporate a workout into our Friday date nights.  When we are feeling really frisky, we’ll shake things up a bit with a spin class, or as he prefers to call it, indoor cycling.  There is still plenty of time afterwards to have a nice dinner together, where we try not to eat back all those calories we just burned.  Hey – we aren’t perfect okay?  I thought I would share a few tunes that have been keep me going at the gym recently, so check them out! 

Vampire Weekend – Horchata

Passion Pit – Little Secrets

Train – Hey, Soul Sister

Phoenix – 1901

MGMT – Time to Pretend

One Republic – Good Life

Simply put, I want to cause ripples.  I’m just an average girl who reads a lot of books, talks to a lot of people, and has the World Wide Web at my fingertips all day long (for better or for worse).  So let’s start a discussion, because the simple ripples on this page, could invoke a positive change, both big and small, all around us.

Speaking of invoking positive change, Whole Foods is offering discounts to healthy employees! 

I already love shopping at Whole Foods, and now I want to work there too.  Whole Foods gives all of their employees a 20% discount, and now they are offering a larger discount for employees who don’t smoke, and meet other healthy standards.  I think this is a great dose of tough love, and is a positive way of motivating people to start eating right and exercising.

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