What is Greenwashing?

greenwashing explained.

Have you ever been fooled by Greenwashing? Have you ever even heard of greenwashing before?

Since becoming really interested in the health effects of certain substances used in food and body products, I’ve become more and more aware of the deceptive labeling many companies utilize to fool consumers.  The move toward protecting our bodies and the environment is being hijacked by corporations to make a quick buck.

Meanwhile, they undermine the movement with unsustainable practices, whilst taking money from those who want to protect the planet. They use many tricks including confusing terminology like “biodegradable” and words that have strong meaning for consumers like “natural” “good” “pure” to hide the nasty ingredients in fine-print on the back.

With these labeling tricks they inflate the price of still-toxic products to make more money for themselves.  Here’s a guide to understanding and identifying greenwashing, and all the reasons such products should be avoided.

A Guide to Non Toxic Materials for Cookware and Food Storage

best non toxic materials for cookware and food storage

Looking to detoxify your living environment? It’s always best to start with your kitchen and the things you put directly into your body and anything which may contaminate those things. In this post we are examining the various types of cookware which are hazardous to your health. Recent research has shown that metals and harmful substances can leech into your food from your cookware causing various effects – neurotoxicity, hormone disruption, and increasing your risk of developing cancer.

While we may not be able to avoid all toxic exposures in our lives, we can at least do our best to reduce them as much as possible. Cleansing your food supply (reducing processed foods and additives) and reducing sources of contamination is a great place to start with any detox regime. So here are the safest materials to use around food, as well as ones to avoid.

How I managed gestational diabetes with diet and exercise only

How I managed gestational diabetes with diet and exercise

Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes is tough. When I got pregnant, I knew I had a lot of risk factors, but the diagnosis was still a bit of a shock. Before pregnancy, I had made a lot of progress with weight loss. I was hoping that this would be enough to reduce my risk, but it wasn’t. At 26 weeks I had the glucose tolerance test, and was informed of the bad news. I was devastated. I let myself be sad for a couple of days, then I started doing research.

This second part, is the important part. I took the initiative to learn about it myself. I was booked in to see a dietician after my results came back, but I can say that if I tried to follow what she said I would not have been able to stick to it, felt a failure, and ended up on insulin or other drugs to control my sugar levels.

What they advised was, heavy restriction of both carbs and fat. What is left after this? Fibre and protein. A great way to rapidly become emaciated. It might be an ok diet for short term weight loss, but this is not particularly appropriate during pregnancy.

What I opted for instead was a low carb keto diet. It kept my blood sugar in a great range, and I maintained a decent weight range. Growth scans also showed my baby was growing normally, not the high growth rate you’d expect with gestational diabetes. He was born at a healthy, normal weight of 3.5kg, and I was also able to carry him to my due date and avoid an early induction.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I hope you can be inspired by my story.

This is what I did…