Today is Blog Action Day! After coming up with the title for my post, I was amused to note that Jen’s contribution is entitled “Respect Your Mother,” by which she means respect the Earth. When I say “Listen to Your Mother,” what I mean is listen to my mother. Long before trans fats became the villain du jour, she was exhorting me to check labels for hydrogenated oils and shortenings; well before the presence of Bisphenol A in plastics started to receive media coverage, she adjured me never to put plastic wraps or containers in the microwave. She knows stuff, my mother – and in me she has a rebellious daughter who never takes her warnings quite seriously enough. So as an act of public service today, I thought I’d pass along to you some advice my mother has given me – perhaps you will reward her efforts better than I have done.
- Avoid body lotions that contain parabens. They are bad (I forget why). Here are some good alternatives:
(Avalon Organics hand and body lotion and Alba Botanica sunscreen, in case you're having trouble making out the labels.)
- Take vitamin D supplements and Omega-3 fish oil capsules once a day. They’re good for you.
- Buy organic milk, apples, strawberries, and peppers. Don’t worry so much about organic bananas or potatoes, though, unless you plan to eat the peel.
- If you or your children are depending upon chick peas for iron, be sure to drink orange juice with it. The Vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron.
- If you or your children are depending on peanut butter as a source of protein, be sure to drink some milk with it (you need the dairy product to make a complete protein – not sure what you’re supposed to do if you’re a vegan).
- Give your children cod liver oil. It comes in tasty berry-flavoured drops!
This has been a public service announcement. While you’re considering how to implement this good advice in your life, you can also click over to Toxic Nation and sign a petition asking the Canadian government to ban Bisphenol A, a chemical compound found in cans and plastic containers that leaches hormone disruptors into the foods we eat. I especially like this initiative because I’m lazy and I’d rather not have to avoid canned goods or transfer my foods onto glass plates every time I microwave them.
It’s not every day you can foster your health and the environment and make my mother happy.