Toxic Chemicals in your Bathroom

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By the looks of it, we’re unknowingly making ourselves sick. I mean, who wants to wash their face with engine degreaser?! Our soaps, shampoos, body lotions, makeup and so forth contain more than 125 ingredients known to cause cancer.

Just look at the back of your beauty products and you’ll see that the majority of them contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). 

Most of these chemicals cause a host of problems, such as hormonal disruptions, allergies, headaches, depression, chronic fatigue, birth defects, weakens your immune system, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, irritability, memory loss and even CANCER.  

Please try and avoid using products with any of these toxic chemicals.  Remember the companies putting these deadly ingredients in your favorite products are out to make lots of profit.

Oh, and one more thing… You’re going to have to check the labels of products claiming to be “NATURAL.” Why? Even those contain toxic ingredients. Maybe not so many, but they’ve got some of them in there. So, read labels very carefully. Below are some of the most common ingredients you should look out for:

  • Fragrances
  • FD&C Color Pigments, ex: Blue No. 1 or D&C followed by a number and color
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – use this if you want to age your hair and skin.
  • DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), & TEA (Triethanolamine)
  • Triclosan
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol – will age your skin faster than you can say, “Wrinkles.”
  • Mineral Oil – Use this baby if you want poor saggy skin. Don’t ever use BABY OIL!
  • Parabens (Propyl, Methyl, Butyl, or Ethyl)
  • Imidazolidinyl & Diazolidinyl Urea

Want to check what ingredients are in your favorite products? Check this website out:  Skin Deep Website

Hummus Recipe (without the Gas)

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Raw Hummus VV

Who loves eating hummus? I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love it.  I avoid hummus if I have an important occasion the next day because it makes me really bloated. As many of you know, I eat a mainly raw food diet – so I got excited when I stumbled across this gem of a recipe.  It’s 100% raw and believe it or not, it actually tastes like hummus minus the gas! Ha ha! And yes, it tastes delicious.

I recommend you give it a go. Best of all, no cooking involved! Please let me know if you make it. Oh, and apologies for the blurred photo. Instagram doesn’t rate high in clarity.

NO-BEAN HUMMUS

Serves 3-4

A THICK, bean-less raw hummus made with zucchini and raw sesame tahini.

2 zucchini, peeled and chopped

3/4 cup raw tahini

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

4 cloves garlic, peeled (obviously! who eats the skin?)

2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

IN A HIGH-SPEED BLENDER, combine all of the ingredients and blend until thick and smooth.

Serve with slices of cucumber, zucchini, celery sticks, carrot sticks or rice cakes. It’s your meal, be creative and daring as you like.

Recipe taken from: Matt Amsden’s Rawvolution book.

Whitney Houston Dies at 48

I can’t believe it, but another famous singer is gone! Pop singer Whitney Houston has just died!

I used to listen to her music all the time while getting ready for school. God gave her so much talent, and now the world will no longer hear her phenomenal voice.

Her publicist Kristen Foster didn’t give any details on how she died, but we’ll soon know how and where she passed away.

Who knows if drugs played a role in her death. 😦