December 28, 2012

Eat Asparagus New Year's Eve to Prevent a Hangover

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In a few days, we will be celebrating the end of 2012. New Year's Eve is night when typically too much alcohol is drunk leaving many suffering from hangovers. Although it is not in season in northern climates, asparagus may offer some relief.

The Telegraph reports:

Scientists have found chemicals in the vegetable also protect liver cells against toxins.

Experiments on human cells found the minerals and amino acids in asparagus can replacing those lost through drink, which can often lead to a headache. They also relieve stress on the liver.

But for the greatest, scientists at the Jeju National University in South Korea recommend serving the leaves as well as the tender shoots.

Researcher B Y Kim, said: "These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells."


Order asparagus for dinner New Year's Eve and eat it for breakfast New Year's Day. Hopefully, you will feel a lot better.

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December 27, 2012

Parenting Help: Taming Aggression in Your Child

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This is another one of those product reviews that makes you wonder why it appears on Really Natural. We are sent products, and I faithfully review them. Even if the topic is not natural living per se, products can have eco-friendly qualities. When reviewing a book that has nothing to do with the green life, I look for recycled material, FSC-certified paper, etc.

Taming Aggression in Your Child: How to Avoid Raising Bullies, Delinquents, or Trouble-Makers by Henri Parens offers sound reasoning for parents:

Taming Aggression in Your Child: How to Avoid Raising Bullies, Delinquents, or Trouble-Makers is a guide to preventing children from developing aggressive behaviors from birth through adolescence. Hostile destructive kids become hostile destructive adults and often create serious problems for society, and Dr. Henri Parens argues that effective parenting can help prevent aggressive behaviors like bullying, delinquency, and even criminal behavior from developing.

Parens explains to caregivers and educators what causes aggression to develop in children and how it affects them as they grow, differentiates between compliance (the goal of effective parenting) and obedience (an often mis-used term, signifying an unquestioning yielding to authority), and explains how to achieve compliance in children through effective limit-setting, discipline, and punishment. He also demonstrates how to help children learn to express hostility in acceptable ways, how to handle temper tantrums in growth-promoting ways, and how to optimize the parent-child relationship in order to minimize the development of aggression in children.

Offering concrete strategies for dealing with aggression, Taming Aggression in Your Child is a must read for all parents, whether you are frustrated by your toddler's temper tantrums or worry that your older child is bullying siblings or classmates.

Although I would not classify my child has aggressive, there are some strong-willed behaviors I think I could positively affect from advice in this book. Two things that struck me about aggression written by the author:


  • It's shaped by our experiences.

  • It's all about how you can optimize your child's aggression profile.


Actually, I think adults can learn a lot from this book too about controlling their anger emotions.

I couldn't find any information about the eco-friendly qualities of the actual book.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 26, 2012

The Peaceable Forest: India's Tales of Kindness to Animals

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The Peaceable Forest: India's Tale of Kindness to Animals by Kosa Ely is a beautiful picture book and story. Based on a Vedic tale, this book teaches respect for life.

"Once," says the old man to the animals, "a hunter lived in this forest. Your grandparents lived in fear of him. The twang of his bow sent them running. Then something happened to change that forever . . . "

In this ancient parable from India, a forest-dwelling hunter learns that cruelty has consequences and that compassion has rewards. When the hunter meets the wise man Narada, "Do unto others as they would do unto you" takes on a very concrete meaning as the sage leads the hunter on an imagined journey in which the hunter becomes the hunted. When the hunter realizes how his actions affect other living things, he has a change of heart and begins to live in peace with the animals he once pursued.

Kosa Ely adapts this traditional Indian tale into an inviting narrative that presents the universal golden rule in a new and appealing way. Anna Johansson's richly detailed illustrations evoke the animal kingdom and enchanted forests with fine lines and luminous colors. The Peaceable Forest is the ideal picture book for inspiring young readers to respect life in all its forms.


I truly love his book! The tale of the hunter who hunts for fun, then realizes the pain he brings reminds families to embrace compassion. It also teaches it is never too late amend one's way and embracer a better path.  This is a lovely book to share with your children!

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December 23, 2012

Really Natural Books: Seeds Time Capsules of Life

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Seeds: Time Capsules of Life is an amazing book! The photographs are amazing and makes one think about the origins of plant life. Such diversity and beauty, as well as pertinent information are included in this book.

In this lavish collection, artist Rob Kesseler and seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy of the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, present a natural history of seeds, illustrated with close-up photographs and scanning electron micrographs. The images afford an unprecedented view into a most astonishing microcosm, where even the tiniest examples are exquisitely beautiful and sophisticated--in fact Kesseler's work has been called "mystifying," "astounding," and "awe-inspiring" by scientists and critics around the world. Seeds constitutes an essential source book not only for those fascinated by the natural world, but also for artists, designers, and anyone interested in the development of biological structures. This brand-new edition features a preface by HRH the Prince of Wales, himself an avid conservationist. With its studied narrative and beautiful photographic eye, this keepsake volume is a stunning tribute to the beauty and marvel of seeds.

Seeds are the most complex organs plants ever produce. A major keystone in the evolution of land plants, the first seeds appeared some 360 million years ago. Since then they have developed into highly sophisticated propagules that have enabled plants to dominate the Earth's surface and conquer almost every possible habitat from the Antarctic to the hottest deserts. The diversity of shapes and sizes encountered in seeds is nearly endless and ranges from the impressive Seychelles nut at twenty kilos to the dustlike seeds of the orchids. No matter how small, packed into every seed is the complete genetic information needed to give rise to a new plant, whether it is a tiny herb or a giant rainforest tree. True time capsules of life, seeds may travel thousands of miles and, if necessary, wait for hundreds of years before germinating.


There is so much to be learned and amazed by this book!

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December 21, 2012

Organic Andean Superfruit: Navitas Naturals Golden Berry Powder

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I love to make smoothies. They allow me to get many servings of fruit and vegetables in one punch. Now, thanks to Navitas Naturals, I can add super fruits to the mix. 

 We were sent organic freeze-dried goldenberry powder to try:

Goldenberries have been cultivated for thousands of years beginning in the Incan Empire. Also known as "Incan Berries" or "Cape Gooseberries", these warm-climate fruits are handpicked and sun-dried. Goldenberries, and this freeze-dried powder made from them, are a tart and tasty source of key nutrients including beta carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamin A and protein.

This golden berry powder is perfect for not only smoothies, but it is also great to use in oatmeal and salad dressing. I love it! It's raw and vegan too!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 19, 2012

Hawaii Handcrafted Organic Ocean Vodka

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Looking for some handcrafted organic spirits this holiday season?

Organic Ocean Vodka is the official vodka of the Aloha state. Even if you can't visit Maui during the cold mainland winter months, you can enjoy the refreshing deep ocean water used to make Ocean Vodka.

The mission of Ocean Vodka is to create a superior organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally based on quality and raises awareness for ocean conservation.

We are eco-conscious producers and our devotion to the preservation of our planet compels us to utilize only the safest, most sustainable production methods available, from seed to finished spirit.

Inspired by our love and respect for the ocean, Ocean Vodka supports organizations charged with oceanic conservation. Since we produced our first bottle of Ocean Vodka in 2006, we have strived to give back and help to protect those ever-so-delicate oceanic eco-systems that so deeply influence our lives. We welcome those dedicated to conserving ocean resources to help us increase awareness about oceanic causes, and are always open to discussing support and partnerships with like-minded efforts.


Furthermore, Ocean Vodka bottles are made with 60% recycled glass. Recycled glass melts at a lower temperature and quicker than virgin glass, thus energy is saved in addition to the recycling efforts.

This is the only vodka made from organic sugar cane!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 18, 2012

Lanfill Harmonic Recycled Orchestra

Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash.

Landfill Harmonic movie teaser from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo.

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December 17, 2012

SeabuckWonders: Affordable High Quality Sea Buckthorn Personal Care

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Dr. Oz, although not my favorite celebrity health care advisor for calling organic food "elitist, has called Sea Buckthorn a "miracle berry". Sea Buckthorn is very beneficial to skin, as it reduced the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, as well as helps reverse the signs of sun damage.

The original company to sell Sea Buckthorn supplements has introduced a personal care line. We were sent the following products to try:
Seabuckwonders Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser:

Super charged with powerful antioxidants and containing more than 190 bioacitve nutrients, vitamins and minerals, Sea Buckthorn has been used traditionally for its amazing cell membrane supporting abilities to nourish and maintain beautiful, healthier skin, hair and nails. Sea Buckthorn Facial Cleanser cleans skin gently, yet effectively, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. It exfoliates to remove dirt and impurities, while hydrating skin for a smooth, clear complextion.

Seabuckwonders Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream
Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream supports a healthy mositure balance deep within the skin. This hydrating, yet lightweight, formula absorbs quickly and nurtures the skin for a soft, smooth complexion.

Seabuckwonders Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum
Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum nourishes and supports cell regeneration to minimize fine lines and help maintain a youthful, healthy glow.

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion - with Organic Sea Buckthorn
The famous pro-skin contents including Omega 7, Vitamins C, E, A, SOD(superoxide dismutase) and about 200 other bioactive elements and their synergistics effect offers excellent protection, restoration and rejuvenation to your fair and young looking skin

Compared to other Sea Buckthorn beauty products, these are very fairly priced. They are vegan and non-GMO, as well as cruelty-free.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 14, 2012

Raw Food for Dummies: Recipes and More!

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Although I find the title of the Dummies books, well insulting, they do contain useful information in a user-friendly format.

Recently, we were sent Raw Food For Dummies by Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann.

Celebrities like Sting, Madonna, and Woody Harrelson have drawn attention to the newest trend in eating: raw foods. Raw foodists--people whose diets consist of at least seventy-five percent raw foods--eat an uncooked, unheated, unprocessed, and organic plant-based diet. For those looking for informative facts about this way of life, the newly published Raw Food For Dummies® shares reasons for incorporating raw food into your diet and tips on how to do it, as well as more than 100 recipes covering breakfasts, lunches, dinners, appetizers, and snacks.

Followers of a raw food diet cite numerous health benefits, including healthy detoxification, increased energy levels, improved appearance of skin, improved digestion, and weight loss. Raw foods are nutrient dense with little to no saturated fats or sodium, and because they're high in potassium and rich in fiber, they are important factors in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic ailments. Raw Food For Dummies covers these benefits, as well as information on transitioning to the raw food lifestyle (including where to buy and how to store raw foods) and the popular methods of preparing meals (sprouting, dehydrating, juicing, greening, and more).

After two of my close friends went on an Ejuva Intestinal Cleansing Program, I became inspired to eat more raw foods. Currently, I eat mostly raw foods. I feel so much healthier!  The only time I eat cooked foods is at dinner.

Raw Food for Dummies has a lot of useful information and recipes for anyone wishing to eating more food the way nature intended. I especially like the "Sweet Endings" chapter. I can't wait to try the Sweet Nut'ins 'n' Chocolate Kiss Cookies (no, they don't use Hersheys).

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 13, 2012

To Fast or not to Fast?

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Fasting is defined as "voluntarily not eating food for varying lengths of time." People fast for a variety of reasons from losing weight to spiritual practice. 

 Fasting makes my body feel good. I do not fast for long periods of times, sometimes I do juice fasts, sometimes just herbal tea; however, some doctors have expressed concern for what happens to our bodies during fasting.

LiveScience explains:

The side effects aren't surprising, said registered dietitian Joy Dubost, a spokeperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

"You're putting the body under tremendous stress," she said.

Within the first 24-48 hours of calorie deprivation, the body depletes its glycogen stores from muscles and the liver -- basically, that's the carbohydrate stores that provide quick energy, Dubost said. Then it starts breaking down protein within muscles and fat to produce energy. During that process, the body's metabolism slows down in order to conserve energy, she said. Meanwhile, hormonal reactions will fluctuate...

While Dubost sees no benefits in complete fasts, others think that a milder form of fasting could help certain populations. Intermittent fasting, proponents say, produces a milder stress on the body similar to exercise.

"Exercise is an energetic stress, where you have a marked increase in energy expenditure," said Mark Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. "Conversely, fasting for even a relatively short period of time like 16-24 hours also puts an energetic stress on the body, but in kind of the opposite way, through reduced energy availability."

And the adaptive responses to that mild stress of not having food? In animal studies, Mattson and other researchers have found positive changes in nerve cells. Intermittent fasting can protect neurons from becoming damaged by oxidative stress, for example, and better regulate glucose.


Most Americans overeat or eat food lacking in quality nutrition. Fasting helps cleanse the body and focus eating on more healthy choices, in my experience. Extreme fasting could be detrimental, but fasting is one of the "oldest therapies in medicine". It is always good to consult health care practitioner and listen to your body.

I highly recommend short fasts (12-18 hours) during the holiday season to compensate for all the feasting!

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December 12, 2012

Kitchen Gadgets: The Garlic Chop

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The Garlic Chop is a kitchen gadget designed to make dicing garlic easier and hands-free, for those who wish to avoid the odor on their fingers.

I grow a lot of garlic, and yes, sometimes I am lazy about using it in my cooking, as I don't want to peal it and clean the garlic press. The Garlic Chop does not change the need for peeling garlic, but it is easier to clean than a press.

The Garlic Chop is powered by your hands and with a simple side-to-side twist, perfectly chopped garlic is revealed. A conveniently placed button on the rear of the design escalates a patented riser plate that pushes the garlic upward, which can be removed with a knife or spatula.

It has the makeup of handheld food processors and quickly dices up to four peeled cloves at a time. Small ribs on the side of The Garlic Chop allows for an easy grip and the interior plastic teeth are sharp enough to create a chopped, pulp-like consistency ideal for fish, meats and potatoes.

It is dishwasher safe.

The Garlic Chop does not cut up the garlic as fine as a press, which is good if you want bigger chunks. It also only accepts pretty small cloves. The first clove I tried it with was way too big, and I had to cut it up to make it fit in the Garlic Chop. I like to grow bigger cloves, as they are easier to use in cooking. Often, they need to be cut up for the press too.

The Garlic Chop would not work with elephant garlic unless you cut it up ahead of time.

There is nothing eco-friendly or natural about this product. It is made in China.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 11, 2012

SportsArt Fitness Green System: exercise equipment that produces electricity


I am fortunate enough that I can get enough exercise to stay fit without the need of exercise equipment or a gym membership. For city dwellers, the gym keeps them in shape, yet there is a lot energy wasted that could be used as people workout.

SportsArt Fitness has developed a Green System that hooks up exercise equipment to an inverter:

What is the green system?
The Green System consists of a pod of products connected to an inverter. The inverter is connected to a 208-240VAC (commonly known as 220 Volt) power supply. Once the users begin exercising, power is generated and fed back into the power grid to offset other power consumption in the facility....

If the green system makes power, why connect to the electrical grid?
The Green System is made to produce power and immediately send it back into the electrical grid. This is much more efficient than battery storage systems which are expensive, environmentally harmful, take up space, and require processing that wastes power. With the Green System, the power produced via exercise is immediately fed back into the grid to be consumed by other electronic devices...

How much energy can the Green System produce?
Up to 2000 watt-hours, per pod of products at maximum capacity.

This green system can be used in both a residential or commercial setting.

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December 10, 2012

Ditch Paper Towels with Jimmy Pocket Towel

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Did you know that:

51,000 trees are cut down every day to make paper towels.

13 billion pounds of paper towels end up in landfills across the U.S.
every year.


Having a new puppy in the house, I fear we are contributing to this problem.

Jimmy Pocket Towel is a new company aimed at reducing the evil paper towel habit by creating a reusable, washable towel in a zipped up case you can carry with you anywhere.

Jimmy Towel is an ecologically-driven product company based in San Luis Obispo, CA. Its first invention, the Jimmy Pocket Towel, provides an alternative to paper towels in hopes of reducing waste in landfills, saving trees and conserving energy.

Who is Jimmy?
Though Jimmy is not directly involved in the company--he runs his own theater poster design studio--he's provided the most critical ingredient to its evolution: inspiration. In 2011 Alec, Lee, Jimmy and 33 other concerned community members joined a yearlong leadership program through the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. In one of the workshops on sustainability, the group was sharing ideas with each other on ways to reduce their ecological impact. Jimmy shared how he hadn't used a paper towel in over a year by simply wiping his hands on his pants. It was a small and simple act, but the cumulative effect over time proved to be significant. The group felt that if everyone in the world made the same small commitment, we could make a big stride in reducing our overall environmental impact.

I do the same thing in public restrooms, often to avoid germs on paper towel dispensers, as well as to reduce my use. I'm not sure I would carry one of these around in my pocket, as they are already pretty full, but I like the idea of keeping one in the car. I always have to pour water on my hands after recycling and never have anything to dry my hands on.
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December 8, 2012

Liberty Bottleworks: The ONLY American Made 100 Percent Recycled Aluminum BPA-Free Water Bottle

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I can't believe I have never heard of Liberty Bottleworks before! This great company makes 100% recycled aluminum water bottles in Washington State. Most metal water bottles are made in China, with the exception of Swiss made Sigg bottles, although the company does not have the best track record with honesty and BPA. Liberty Bottleworks is a fresh alternative!

We were sent a Liberty Bottleworks Pearody Sport Water Bottle. The spout straw tips up easily with the little loop handle, and I do like the lid design.

Product Features

  • 100-Percent American Made on all American Machinery

  • Made from 100-Percent Recycled Aluminum

  • BPA Free Materials provide confidence in your healthy choice

  • Our high resolution textured digital technology allows us to replicate art in full color and "feel" it, too

  • PureShield Liner provides a healthy and easy to clean alternative to porous bare metal that can hold bacteria and odors


Recently, Liberty Bottleworks wons the first American Made Outdoor Gear Award!
The 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Award harvested a variety of intriguing data regarding U.S. manufacturing and sourcing. A sample of statistics from entries include: 80 percent of applicants own their own facility; 74 percent of applicants created new manufacturing jobs in the last year totaling over 500 new jobs; and more than 60 percent of the applicants reported that 90 percent or more of all the goods they sell are made in the U.S.

I love Liberty Bottleworks!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 6, 2012

American Summits Spring Water: Purity in Sparkling or Still

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When I first opened American Summits Mineral Water, I was immediately taken back to Italy. Ironic a product with the name "American" would remind me of Europe, but the glass bottles and refreshing taste reminded me of the question at every Italian restaurant: naturale or frizzante? I always chose frizzante.

American Summits Spring Water is delicious and available in sparkling or still:

Our mission is to provide pure mineral water sourced from pristine American mountain springs. We use sustainable springs that are naturally recharged by rain and snowfall. We will never treat our water with chemicals or preservatives, or with distillation or reverse osmosis. Therefore, we will never use well water as our source. Instead, we seek out untouched springs high in the mountains in remote, protected lands. Our water is organically filtered through layers of mountain rock, and mechanically filtered to remove fine particulates, leaving traces of beneficial minerals and a natural alkaline level ideal for the body's pH balance.

Our commitment to identify and utilize springs in the American wilderness is designed to provide water of the ultimate purity and taste, while reducing the country's reliance on imported bottled water. With more than 98% of glass bottled water served across American hotels and restaurants originating in Europe and the South Pacific, an increase in consumption of American-sourced mineral water can reduce the industry's transportation footprint significantly. Our clear, recyclable glass bottles are produced in North America, as well.


Water from glass bottles tastes so much better!

I tried the sparkling water in a cocktail last night and loved it.

Most plastic bottle water comes from filtered city water, like Aquasana. Other mountain spring water companies wreak havoc on local aquifers. It is nice to find a refreshing, glass bottle alternative. American Summits is sourced in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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December 5, 2012

Really Natural Monthly Round Up November 2012

Beauty

Food

Green Cleaning

Health

Holiday

Monthly Round-Up

Organic Food News

Product review

Really Natural Books

environment

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December 4, 2012

Healthy Gift Giving: NatureBox's monthly snack deliveries

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For many people trying to eat healthier or lose weight, snack time is often a downfall. When the urge to munch hits, instead of grabbing potato chips or pretzels, nuts and dried fruit are a better option.

NatureBox is a monthly delivery service featuring snacks you will feel good about eating instead of guilt.

The company's 'healthy snack box delivered to your door' concept makes healthier snacking easier and provides busy people with a convenient way to have nutritious, wholesome, and minimally processed snacks always on-hand throughout the year. For less than $20 a month, a NatureBox includes 15-20 servings of 4-6 items 'curated' by a nutritionist and sourced from local growers and independent food suppliers across the U.S. Every snack included in the box is free of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. With measured portions, NatureBox snacks make it easier on snackers to resist over-indulging in unwanted and unhealthy calories.

We were sent an October box to try:
It's the time of the year for pumpkin, crunchy leaves, and piping hot mugs of tea. The cool chill that sweeps through the air might also bring with it a few extra sniffles and we want to help you stay energized and healthy! This month's snacks will help to boost your immunity and pack in a serious punch of antioxidants anytime you grab a snack.

The October box includes:

  • Antioxidant Boost

  • Cherry Berry Granola

  • Sun-Dried California Apricots

  • Sticks 'N Stones

  • Blueberry Almond Bites


These snack pouches all look delicious. They blueberry almond bites are my favorite! My only concern is they are not organically-grown, but at least the apricots are gmo-free.

NatureBox donates one meal for every box sold, so not only is this a great way to ensure your friends and family eat healthy snacks each month by giving this gift, but you are also ensuring hungry families get a few meals.

Use promo code : REFER25 to get 25% off!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


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December 3, 2012

GMO Food Fight Continues: I-522 Label it Washington

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Although a GMO labeling law narrowly lost in California, the fight has been renewed in Washington state.

I-522 the People's Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act would require mandatory labeling of GMOs. The initiative is gathering signatures; 241,153 valid signatures are required by 12/31/12.

We have a right to know what's in our food.

We have the right to an informed choice.
Polls consistently show that the vast majority of the public, typically more than ninety percent, wants to know if their food was produced using genetic engineering. Without disclosure, consumers of genetically engineered food unknowingly may violate their own dietary and religious restrictions.

GMOs are not proven safe and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically engineered foods have not been investigated adequately. Accumulating research has prompted a growing number of countries to require mandatory labeling.

49 countries have mandatory labeling laws, including China, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Sweden and other nations in the European Union. Many have bans or other restrictions against GMO crops and foods.


All we need is one state to enact GMO labeling for the rest of us to benefit. Companies will have to spend extra money to create labels or stickers for only one state, so hopefully every GMO product would be labeled in every state if just one can pass a law.

The fight to label GMO food will prevail!

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