• Top 6 Food Documentaries
  • 4 Reasons To Buy Organic
  • Essential Oil Revolution – FREE Online Summit
  • Homemade Bronzer
  • DIY Hair Mask
  • Lilla Rose Review & Giveaway – Closed
  • Homemade Granola
  • DIY Hand Sanitizer
  • Best Organic Seed Companies
  • Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop – Closed
  • Essential Oils for Weight Loss
  • 4 Reasons Not to Buy Girl Scout Cookies
  • DIY Mascara
  • Meal Planning
  • DIY Stain Remover

Top 6 Food Documentaries

It all started after having my second child. I was desperately trying to lose the baby weight and fit in to my wedding dress, nearly starving myself to do so. When my milk supply began to diminish, I knew I had to do something. I began consuming myself with research on our current food supply. It was then that my real food journey began…

Let’s face it, our food industry isn’t the most open and honest of the bunch. There is a serious lack of transparency and a lot of discrepancy when it comes to what is actually in the food we eat. The marketing labels and nutrition labels can be very misleading with a lot of gray area. Leaving it up to us to educate ourselves on the food we eat and what it contains. Food documentaries are a great way to get insight and experience unseen footage, that you would not otherwise have the opportunity to view. What you will learn from this list of the top food documentaries to watch, will give you the foundation necessary to make better decision when it comes to the foods that you consume.

I have compiled a list of my own personal favorite food documentaries that are easily accessible to anyone who wants to gain knowledge in one of the most important aspects of their life. As the saying goes “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore.

These documentaries include topics such as harmful ingredients (sugar, MSG, etc.), GMO’s, processed foods, and the meat industry/meat consumption. I feel that these specific food documentaries revolutionize and encourage health eating habits that promote overall vitality and sustainability.

 

1) “Food Matters”

Rent, buy, or watch for free (with Amazon Prime) on Amazon: Food Matters

 

2) “Food, Inc.”

Rent, buy, or watch for free (with Amazon Prime) on Amazon: Food, Inc.

 

3) “Hungry for Change”

Rent, buy, or watch for free (with Amazon Prime) on Amazon: Hungry for Change

 

4) “Forks Over Knives”

Rent or buy on Amazon: Forks Over Knives

 

5) “GMO OMG”

Rent or buy on Amazon: GMO OMG

 

6) “Vegucated”

Rent, buy, or watch for free (with Amazon Prime) on Amazon: Vegucated

 

I truly hope that you have found these to be educational and inspiring. What are some of your favorite documentaries? I would love for you to share in the comments!

The Ultimate Green Mom

4 Reasons To Buy Organic

4 Reasons to Buy Organic

The organic industry is growing at a rapid pace. Consumers all over the world are starting to demand organic foods. People are taking a stand against conventional farming and food practices and voices are being heard. But why is that? Why are so many people opting out of conventional food and choosing to buy organically even with the occasional hefty price difference?

There are a number of different reasons why organic is better than conventional when it comes to the food that we eat. Today we will talk about the top reasons why everyone is/should buy organic food across the board. If you are concerned about your health, the health of your family, and the health of this wonderful Earth we are lucky enough to live on, please read on…

1) Harmful chemical sprays – Conventional farming typically consists of spraying crops with harmful fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides to yield more lucrative crops (so they claim). These sprays that are used can leave a toxic residue on the your foods, leaving you, the consumer, with chemical ridden fruits and vegetables. Bon appetit (enter sarcasm).

2) GMO’s – Organic foods are free from genetically engineered food, while over 80% of conventional foods contain GMO’s. The DNA of GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms have been spliced together with the DNA of other species to create a desirable trait, typically to produce an insecticide or become resistant to herbicide application, neither of which are safe or healthy for you or the environment.

3) Your health – This applies to both GMO’s and toxic chemical sprays. The unfortunate truth is that there is a disturbing relationship between the FDA (among other governmental agencies) and the companies producing GMO’s and chemical sprays. So, as to be expected, pro-GMO propaganda is overwhelming and the studies revealing the health dangers of GMO’s and these sprays are limited. Many studies done that shine a negative light on GMO’s and chemical sprays such as Monsanto’s Round Up, have been forced to be redacted or removed from scientific journals, e.g. the Seralini study. However, we are fortunate to have access to 360 pages of an evidence-based examination of the “safety” of GMO’s called GMO Myths and Truths. I strongly encourage you to take the time to read it, or at the very least skim through the parts that are of interest to you. Surprisingly enough, the World Health Organization recently announced the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up herbicide, glyphosate, to be a probable carcinogen. Pretty concerning, eh?

4) Sustainability – Our Earth is seriously taken for granted on a day to day, minute to minute, second to second basis. In order to create a beautiful, safe, and sustainable Earth we need to work together to reduce the toxic load that our Earth’s soil, water, and air endure. We can do this by voting with our dollars. When you buy organic food, you are refusing to support the the application of toxic sprays and genetic mutation of our food supply. You are acknowledging your awareness of the dangers that our current food system poses to, not only our health, but the health of our plant. You are discouraging the continuance of harmful practices that deplete the soil of nutrients, kill our bees, and negatively affect/damage all aspects of our precious ecosystem.

I realize that eating a completely organic diet can put more of a dent in the grocery budget, but I ask you to consider this: We are undoubtedly witnessing the most unhealthy generations in history, and it is only getting worse. Coincidentally, we are spending less than ever on food and more than ever on health care. See the trend? Our recent generations value and prioritize clothes, jewelry, purses, cable TV, smartphone data plans, brand new cars, among many other things, over the food that they eat, the very thing that can make or break their existence.

As the famous sayings go, “The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” by Anne Wigmore and “Pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.” by Jordan Rubin.

Remember, you’re not just buying food, you’re buying health.

Here are a few of my tips on How to Eat Organically On A Budget.

The Ultimate Green Mom

Essential Oil Revolution – FREE Online Summit

Essential oils. Maybe you have heard about them, maybe not, but either way they are becoming an ever growing and unavoidable topic in conversation and all over social media.

Essential oils are taking over magazines articles, blogs, reality TV shows, news studios, and hospital ER departments, and research labs, all for a very good reason. They are wonderful tools for every family to have in their home for their health and happiness.

It is no secret that my love for essential oils runs deep, and I must be honest, I have been a bit disappointed with the misinterpretation and misrepresentation (fear mongering, if you will) of essential oils that has been going around. BUT I have great news! Essential oil enthusiasts, health care professionals, and aromatherapists alike have collaborated to offer a free online summit, that will be packed full of essential oil information for you to listen to and learn from.

In addition to getting down to the nitty gritty of the science of essential oils, a few other topics also include:

  • essential oils for emotional healing
  • essential oils for animals
  • essential oils for birth
  • essential oils for cooking
  • essential oils in DIY beauty products…and many, many more.

If you are beginning to explore an essential oil journey or already a seasoned oiler, I highly encourage you to tune into to this online summit. This will be the FIRST EVER non-branded, non-biased event, geared towards evidence-based research and information about essential oils. Don’t miss out!

Essential Oil Revolution Post Pic

 

Homemade Bronzer

 

Making your own makeup may be a foreign concept for some of you, while others may be a professional DIYer on the verge of starting your own line of natural beauty products. Whether you are seasoned on just delving into the world of naturalness/frugality, this homemade bronzer recipe is simple, cheap, and works wonderfully. I can promise that you will be tickled with the results, and perhaps, feel a bit relieved that you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for your makeup products anymore.

The cosmetic industry is very loosely regulated by the FDA. This means that any of your cosmetics or personal care products can contain an array of harmful ingredients that you would never know was in there, due to the lack of testing, manufacturing requirements, package labeling, etc. Scary, huh?

While my love for things like makeup and other girly personal care products runs deep, I’m not going to risk my own health to wear or use them. This ultimately got me to search for more natural options, and trying my hand at some things I could make at home. Does this sound like you a bit?

Of course this isn’t your only option, you can definitely pay the high prices for “organic makeup” with “natural ingredients” if you choose. However, I will warn you that even those may still contain some harmful chemicals and their “all natural” labels are just as deceiving as the ones on our food.

Some of the harmful ingredients you should avoid in makeup (blush/bronzer in particular) include:

Of course this list could go on and on, but who has time for that? If you have questions about your makeup or want to do some more research, the Skin Deep Cosmetic’s Database on the Environmental Working Force’s website is a great place to look up ingredients in your cosmetics, and you can even look up specific cosmetic brands/products to see what they are rated and if they contain harmful ingredients.

Enough with the bad, and on to the good. There is a very simple and cheap way to make your own homemade bronzer that doesn’t consist of all of the unwanted chemicals, gets the job done, and you probably already have the ingredients in your very own kitchen.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Start with 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of arrowroot powder and add the cinnamon and cocoa powder. Since everyone has a different skin tone, I cannot give you exact measurements of how much cinnamon and cocoa powder to use, simply mix them until you find a color that suits you.

 

See, that was easy wasn’t it? I like to store mine in a 4 oz mason jar (like this) at room temperature. Since the ingredients are a dried powder, this stores for quite some time. I would take note of the expiration date on the food packages and use that as an expiration date for the homemade bronzer for the sake of formality. Chances are, you will love it so much and use it up before then anyway.

Happy bronzing!

The Ultimate Green Mom

DIY Hair Mask

 

I’ve been a bit hard on my hair lately and taking a curling iron to it a bit more than I should. The damage (split ends) were getting out of control, so I did what any natural living person would do and I put food in my hair!

The first time I used this hair mask I was blown away by the results. Not only did it help with my split ends, it added a ton of body to my fine, straight hair. In retrospect, I wish I would have gotten some good before and after pictures to show you the difference, but my little was helping me along the way and we got more caught up in the fun-ness of it all instead.

DIY Hair Mask

DIY Avocado Hair Mask Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 egg yolk

Directions

  1. Place egg yolk and avocado in blender and mix well
  2. Apply mixture to hair from the tips to scalp
  3. Let it sit in your hair for 15-20 minutes
  4. Rinse, shampoo, and enjoy your hydrated, healthy hair!

How Does it Work?

Avocado is great for moisturizing and nourishing hair. It contains proteins, amino acids, Vitamins A, D, E, and B6, which can replenish your hair and help stimulate hair growth.

The egg yolks are packed full of nutrients such as proteins, fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D, and E, which causes it to strength and condition your hair. Egg yolks also prevent hair loss and leave your hair shiney and soft.

NOTE: To further enhance the benefits of this DIY Avocado Hair Mask try adding jojoba oil, honey, olive oil, or bananas to the mixture.