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How protecting our Health and the Planet is linked.

Protect our health and Planet
Protect our health and Planet

Protecting our Health and the Planet are linked.

For me it means thinking about how my daily actions affect my own health, that of my family and also the impact it has on the environment.

Many people associate going greener just with the environment but on my journey I have realised that actually a lot of what is having a negative impact on our environment may actually impact our health negatively too.

A lot of the products people buy for cleaning their home, washing their clothes and personal care items such as soaps, shampoos, sprays etc can be damaging to both health and the environment, instead of cleaning your home and making it safe it can make it toxic!

Manufacturers want us to belive that using their heavy duty chemical cleaners will bring harmony and loveliness to your life and make life easier. The fact is that fewer than a 1/4 of 70,000 chemicals used in these products have been fully tested for safety and substances classified as hazardous waste are found in many common cleaning fluids.

60% of any substances directly applied to the skin surface is readily absorbed, so our bodies may take in up to 2KG(4.4lbs) chemicals each year. The above information was taken from the book Organic Home by R. Richardson.

Unfortunately many people wait for either a health issue or health scare or an environment problem close to them until they start to open their eyes and start asking questions WHY?. Why wait when there are fantastic products out there at reasonable prices which are not only better for the health and well being of everyone but which also don’t add to the already horrendous problems faced by the environment?

Chemical experiment on ourselves

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Stop and think just how products we use on ourselves and in our environment on a daily basis and consider how many different chemicals are in those products, some cocktail wouldn’t you say?

Are we all really happy doing a chemical experiment on ourselves each and everyday ?

Awareness of the products and their ingredients has to be the first step, we can all look at labels but would be know what they are are if we can even pronounce them in the first place? Many of the ingredients are written so small that you have difficulty actually making them out or they are there but you have to lift a label to see them.
Awareness has to be the first step to understanding, then people can make their own informed decision.

Why take even the slightest risk by carrying on using products that contain potentially toxic and harsh ingredients?

My daughter has slight eczema but she has had no problem since we have been using ecofriendly products in the home, a pair of school trousers were washed recently in a shop bought biological washing powder (she didn’t know this) and within a few hours of wearing them her eczema had erupted quite badly on her legs.
My eldest daughter also recently used a well known facial wash/moisturiser after reading good reports about what it could do to help teenage skin, she woke up with blisters on her face.
So many irritations, allergies i believe are caused by using chemical laden products in the home, environment and on ourselves, we do all really need to stop and start thinking for ourselves.

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Sweet and Sour Noodles

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Serves 4 (approx 352 calories per portion)

10 mins prep time and 10 mins cook time.

Taken from Practical Cooking – Wok and stir fry published by Parragon in 2002. Its a book we use regularly.

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp distilled white vinegar

2 tbsp caster or palm sugar

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp sunflower oil (we use a small amount of coconut oil instead)

3 crushed garlic cloves

350g rice noodles soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes

8 sliced spring onions

175g grated carrot

150g beansprouts

2 eggs – beaten

225g peeled King Prawns

50g chopped peanuts (unsalted)

1tsp chilli flakes to garnish

  1. Mix together fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and tomato puree
  2. Heat the oil in the wok
  3. Add the garlic to wok and stir fry for 30 secs
  4. Drain noodles thoroughly, add to Wok along with the fish sauce mix and mix well to combine
  5. Add spring onions, carrot and beansprouts and stir fry for 2-3 mins
  6.  Move the stir fry mix to one side of wok and add beaten egg to empty side of wok, cook until egg sets  (we find cooking the egg in a separate pan worked better for us then add it to the wok)
  7. Add the prawns and peanuts and mix it all well
  8. Serve up and garnish with chilli flakes and serve hot