Podcast Episode 51 – Announcements: Updates & Winners

Planning Notebook

Today we have a few announcements: (1) The winners selected from among those who sent emails or posted comments on the YouTube videos. (2) A new schedule for podcasts and videos

Thanks for your support and encouragement!

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Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

About Stress

Got Stress? Let’s Deal with It

The Need for Exercise

Real Food and Drinks Resources Page

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hi, this is Shonda. Today's the day we reveal our winners that were picked from those who made comments on videos or sent an email to real food and drinks in the month of September.
[00:00:14] Well, we had two participants and those winners are Dawn - The Singing Nurse and Bill Dube.Yay, Dawn and Bill. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I'll be contacting you directly regarding your prize options. So be on the lookout for an email or direct message.
Here's another important note. I'd also like to take this time to say that.
[00:00:46] Well, I know we just transitioned to the monthly podcast from having been weekly for about 50 episodes prior, yet it's time that we make another minor adjust. So for now the podcast and any recipe videos will not be following any particular schedule. Personally, I simply want to be motivated to share based on inspiration. Inspiration by daily living. Inspiration about new things that I'm learning from others or figuring out for myself.
[00:01:25] I personally need some time to take a step back to assess things in my life. And so, yes, it's time I take some time to rest and put into practice all the things that we've been sharing with you about the real food and drinks lifestyle. When things get overwhelming, we must take some time to adjust properly and make changes if needed.
[00:01:50] This is a definite must. If we're going to live in ways that sustain us and keep us healthy. So as you likely know, if you've listened to any of the previous podcasts, a healthy lifestyle is not just about the food we eat, but also includes how we live our lives and reduce stress whenever possible. There will be some helpful links below to webpages and previous podcasts to help you discover the area in your life where you may need to give the most attention to sustain any healthy lifestyle for you.
[00:02:27] But we'll still be here, just not on any particular schedule. So please stay tuned and hit the subscribe button so that you will be notified when Patryce and I have content available to share with you via podcasts or recipe videos. And perhaps even live events.
And we want you to keep in touch with us.
[00:02:51] You can reply to the weekly emails if you're a subscribed to our email list or see the show notes below for more ways to contact us.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement, and we'll be popping in as we have new content and new inspiration to share with you.

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Podcast Episode 50 – Be Intentional, Simplify, and Love

Let's get healthy in a good way

In today’s episode, let’s be intentional about putting to practice all the things we’ve learned and discussed during these last 50 episodes. Let focus on being intentional about what we are doing and how we are doing it, by simplifying things and doing them with love.

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Office/Desk Stretches

Make Room for Growth (Chanty Bloom creates wonderful, encouraging videos to prepare yourself for success. )

David’s Harp and Psalms for Peace and Healing (Music to help calm you and relieve stress.)

Young At Any Age (80+ Year-olds share their secrets to healthy aging.)

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] I want people to see my shirt, but you can't. It's the inhale exhale. We need to do this or that.
[00:00:06] That's a good way to start. Let's exhale. Wow. We made it to episode 50, right? Wow. Wow. Is right. 50 episodes. I'm excited. Yeah. So this is kind of like our celebration episode. So we welcome you all to today. Uh, this has been a wonderful journey for me and I hope you too, Patryce? It has, it's been enlightening.
[00:00:39] And even through the challenges, this has been something I've looked forward to every week and actually a lot of good feedback from my own family. So, they've been able to tune in even my young adults so that I think it's good for our family too. So that's good. Great. I mean, I think I've learned a lot.
[00:00:57] I mean, there are things we're learning right along the way. Yeah. So, uh, you never know at all, you just continue to learn and continue to try and improve and, and just build up on your knowledge and, you know, try to implement new things and one step at a time, right? One step at a time. So that's another reason this has been encouraging because it encourages me to keep going.
[00:01:24] And sharing, . Okay. So what are we doing today? What are we talking about? Wow. Well, I think we decided to talk about how do we just summarize or hone in on some takeaways. And so I think we, we settled on three takeaways. I-S-L. So intentionality isthe "I", and simplifyis the "S", and "L" is for love.
[00:01:54] So we can start by talking about what do we mean about being intentional? What should we be intentional about? And, um, well, let's start with how we think, how we eat. And how we move, which really means exercise . So let's be more intentional about these three things in particular. And regarding how we think, uh, listeners can tune in to our last podcast podcast, 49 to get more detailed about just how important our thought life is. And to be intentional, to be disciplined about our thought life, especially when we have toxic thoughts. So they can tune into that to get more detailed about our thought life and, and how , doing things like, um practicing affirmations, positive affirmations, prayer, and journaling. These are just a couple of things that we talk about more and episode number 49. And then also we talked about eating in many of our episodes because we are all about encouraging more of a plant-based diet.
[00:03:07] And so one thing I'm always bringing up. You're right there with me I think the importance of reading our labels. Be intentional when we're purchasing food or just whatever we're putting into our bodies. Let us read the labels. Label reading it's a good start, a good start. And I think to that end, we can read labels, but when you're making food yourself or preparing your own food, you don't have to read as much, you know, more about what you're putting into your body in some ways. And maybe you can talk to that more.
[00:03:44] I think the most important thing to do is to eat the colorful fruits and vegetables. So the most important thing to do is just to eat them. You know, go shopping for them, pick something that looks fresh and pretty, um, fresh is the goal.
[00:04:07] That's key. That's something that I think that a lot of people miss out on their diet is fruits and vegetables and especially vegetables and probably especially like leafy greens and maybe like, um, like, uh, Bell peppers, you know, the bright pops of color. We just need a rainbow of colors on our plate or throughout the day, you know, that's the big thing.
[00:04:36] If you're not preparing any now just start with preparing some meals right now. That's a really good way to begin. Um, I know that for me, most of the label reading involves like maybe pasta. You want whole grain, pasta, that's the goal. Also whole grain rices . When I'm thinking about reading labels, I'm thinking about is this a whole grain product?
[00:05:03] I guess, nuts seeds, things like that. We want them to just be nuts, seeds, and basic ingredients. No added oils, no added sugar, things like that. So those are the kinds of things that I buy that may have labels on them. But other than that, I'm really. Focusing on the produce section where I'm just buying fresh food.
[00:05:27] You know, sometimes it's organic. Sometimes it's not. Our recent episodes, we have links there about the clean 15 and the dirty dozen, you know, maybe those that you may want to avoid. Uh, if they're not organic, but remember organic is not always possible. There's lots of foods still available that you can buy that don't have to be organic, but can really boost up your, um, your nutrient levels.
[00:05:56] So, yeah. The goal is to prepare more foods at home. Okay. Start with basic ingredients and you will just be amazed at the flavors that you can get out of basic ingredients. Sometimes we take little shortcuts using a sauce or whatever. On the website, there's also many dressing recipes that are oil-free and just tasty recipes that you can do by adding, you know, your own spices, such as ginger and garlic and, you know, salt, pepper, fresh garlic, you know, or powdered or whatever.
[00:06:37] We're going to switch over to once a month podcasts so that we can bring more, um, recipes to you. Okay, that's fun. That's going to be a lot of fun.
[00:06:49] I love that you talked about just preparing at home, how we can be intentional about that. And we understand people are very busy and there are times when you do buy packaged foods. And that's why we did start with a reminder to read the labels and as long as you can pronounce all the words, that's a good start too, on these labels.
[00:07:08] But to ultimately just start with whole foods, whole foods. Start in the produce section and stay there and do the outer edges maybe not as much. And because you're in the produce section, like you've said, Shonda, we're preparing at home foods that should reflect the rainbow. Because the more colors, the more nutrient dense our meals will be. And I'm just, as you were speaking, I was just thinking about the fact that we have orange potatoes and yellow, white potatoes. We have dark green leafy vegetables, spinach and kale. But then we also have the carrots which are orange, and then we have the bell peppers, green, yellow, orange, and the list goes on with how many colors of the rainbow that we can find in our produce section of the grocery store.
[00:08:01] Were also, you know, reminded that, uh, moving, just moving. We need to be intentional about that. And I can just be, I'm just gonna put it out there.
[00:08:11] I'm not one of those people. Who's like, oh, I'm looking forward to working out today. And I'm an hour at the gym. No, I'm just not. And there are people like that where they are looking forward to their run or jog. More power to you. That's awesome. But if you're not that way, that's okay. That's okay. Just start from where you are.
[00:08:31] Maybe it's just walking on a regular basis or stretching. You've talked about that so often. How simply stretching is a plus that's very important and, um, just so many things we can do to move. And I think we've talked about also, uh, just being more active in your day. Making sure that whether you work outside the home or, or don't, you can be intentional and take breaks.
[00:09:00] I know people who work at a desk, there is nothing wrong with once an hour, you get up, you stretch your legs, you go walk around or you meet some of the people that you might just make a phone call to in your office. Just go say, Hey, can I meet you at your desk? Or. What have you, uh, and if you're at home, there's certainly opportunities in and outside of our homes doing some work around there. Cooking, preparing these wonderful meals we're just talking about and then being in our gardens or just being outside.
[00:09:29] Yeah. Yeah. Those are all really good reminders. And I thought about, you know, the purpose of stretching is kind of like to relieve muscle tension. It really relieves muscle tension, especially if you're sitting at a desk , it's really important to stretch those shoulders and things like that.
[00:09:49] So, you know, just Google it and see what the best exercises are and just do a few. And another thing you talked about yard work. Yeah. I like to do exercises that produce something. So I do like walking, walking is relaxing, so that produces relaxation. Right. But also I like to cut the grass, you know?
[00:10:12] Um, I have a push mower. And if it doesn't get too high, it's pretty easy to use. And I'm not calling it, you know, my exercise thing, but it is exercise. Yeah. Do you know? So that's just something don't, don't discount your yard work and things like that.
[00:10:31] That is your exercise. So keep doing it. So true. I've been pulling weeds lately with all the rain. We have plenty of weeds. I felt some muscle aches because I think you use different muscles when you're doing the weed pulling than I do, maybe when I'm walking. So that's a great, great reminder, Shonda that we shouldn't discount the exercise we received by doing yard work.
[00:10:55] Yeah. Awesome. so I get the big message is to be intentional about how we're living out our daily lives. And those are just some of the things we wanted to hone in on. And then we also wanted to talk about simplifying life.
[00:11:13] That's important too, right? That can release stress. It means, for example, just let's keep it simple as much as we can and, and start doing it today. Don't delay at looking at opportunities on how to simplify our daily lives.
[00:11:30] There was a TV show. I think it is called unplugged nation. It may not be going on anymore, but anyway, it was a reality TV show where families felt that their lives were too busy actually. And often they had children, um, different ages, but they wanted to unplug.
[00:11:48] So whether they were living in a city or not, they had the computers going on. They had the cell phones going on. They had working all the time and they, they said they wanted to unplug from technology. So the reality show would have these families check out a couple of properties and pick one.
[00:12:06] And sometimes it was a whole farm that they would have to run and other things. And although they may not have ended up living that way every day after that, they always said they learned so much about how their quality of life could be better if they slow down some. Simplify.
[00:12:27] I remember it was a while back. We didn't have power due to a hurricane and, uh, it was like 12 days. I so enjoyed that. But just being able to be with your own thoughts, I think is important in a person's day, you know, we do so many things and we have a quick thought here, but we don't really take time to process our thoughts. So I think taking time in the day, and I think it's good in the middle of the day. You know, you can do this in the beginning. You can do this at the end of the day, but there's like part of your time out in the middle of the day just like taking a stretch or a walk, you know, to process your thoughts.
[00:13:12] Hmm, to not just wait to do it at the end of the day or just when we begin our day, that way, but throughout the day, to be intentional, to process our thoughts to be present. To be present in the moment. That I think lends itself to simplifying our lives. That's great. And yeah, I think you also had some other tips here about maybe incorporating routines.
[00:13:38] Uh, that's another way to simplify our lives. Right? And going back to how you shared about planning or making our own food at home or meals. Well, let's simplify that process by planning. If we plan it, it won't seem so overwhelming, you know, to, to do that. Right um, so yeah, if you have something that must be a part of your routine, ask yourself, how can I simplify this? You know, what steps can I make to make this an easier task on myself? And so what can I do in my kitchen to make cooking easier? You know, it may be, uh, you have to declutter the kitchen, you know, maybe there's just, maybe you have too many pots and pans.
[00:14:27] You know, just sitting out and you just, you need, you need a focus space. I think, you know, being more intentional about being focused, you know, for what you're doing. So you're not distracted, you know, maybe put the phone down or turn it on some music, you know, while you're cooking or something, you know, what can you do to put yourself in a more relaxed state when you're cooking?
[00:14:52] You know, um, give love to your food, you know, and it'll taste better than a rushed meal, you know? Um, Um, I like that tip about de-cluttering and just organizing your kitchen in a way that works well for you. If you're the main person preparing these meals, how does that look for you? And if that means organizing the refrigerator and the pantry once a month, or just have a system to lend itself to you, not being stressed about preparing these meals.
[00:15:24] And again, um, I'm not as good as you use Shonda. I do buy more things, but even, yeah. Like I'll buy vegetables for example. And especially during holidays, instead of going to the beauty shop or whatever, I will spend that money on getting chopped vegetables already. Especially when I'm going to have a large group of people and I have so much going on already. There's just three or so vegetables that take a little more time .So I can decide, well, those are the things I'm going to have already chopped up for me. Uh, just whatever it takes to simplify your life and help to minimize stress.
[00:16:03] Yeah. Sometimes you have a lot of time to cut vegetables. Sometimes you don't. It can be relaxing, it can be stressful. It depends on where we are in our life or each day changes. Each day changes and allow it to change and just go with the flow and work with what you have.
[00:16:24] Right. So, yeah. And so decluttering still is in my mind, you know, about the kitchen, maybe the stacks of paper, you know, maybe in the kitchen, you know, cover them up, move them to the side where you can't see them while you cooking. So you can focus on what you're doing. Um, we talked about the mind being decluttered, you know, uh, thinking about that and, and, um, I did have to put in the finance part.
[00:16:53] I know we don't talk about that much here. But that's just part of simplifying our life. So we're wanting to talk about the real food and drinks lifestyle, you know, we want to encompass every part of living. That may be something that's that's causing issues.
[00:17:10] , if finances get in the way of eating a healthy diet, we need to create a video on how to eat on a budget. How's that? I think that's a great idea. Seriously. Yeah. We have to put that on the to-do list. You because I hear so many people say, oh, it's too expensive to eat healthy.
[00:17:31] And my husband who is into finance he even suggested that we do that. Because that would be yet another thing he can incorporate when he's talking to people about their financial planning. So, yeah, we just don't want you to not think about your finances when you're simplifying your life.
[00:17:47] That's you know. Major impact on who we are, how we live our life. I think you mentioned was taking inventory of how we spend our time. So that can mean a lot of things, but let's just be honest. We have a lot of distractions in 2021, and I don't think that those distractions are just going to go away with each coming year.
[00:18:12] We have phones, we have the TV, we have the radio. We have our own thoughts. And I liked what you said earlier about not just doing something in the beginning and the end of the day, those are fine time to do things, but to take inventory of even how we're spending our time throughout the day, that's a healthy, healthy exercise too.
[00:18:31] Yeah. To ask ourselves, is there something more important than I should be doing right now? . Yeah. Focus, prioritize. Make a list. A simple list, but just make a list. Yeah, I like it. I like it.
[00:18:45] And then what was the, oh, the third thing we were going to focus on is love. Right?
[00:18:52] And, uh, let's start with let's love more. Okay. Starting with ourselves. I think we take that for granted that it's understood that we should love ourselves. But honestly, I don't think everyone's there. So that's okay. If that's something you need to work on then work on it. And the reason why it's so important is if we learn to love ourselves, well, we'll be able to love others better. Yeah. So what does that really look like? Learning to love ourselves. What are some ideas? So, yeah. Um, some things that I thought about when you were talking about it is there's two different things. There's like, maybe we're not loving ourselves in our mind.
[00:19:45] Like we talked about the negative thoughts back in episode 49, you know. We're talking down to ourselves, you know? So that is something that we can think about. So go back to episode 49, if you need a reminder there. We can love ourselves better through our thoughts. I thought of that too.
[00:20:04] When you just asked that good question. It starting with our own positive thought life, hopefully versus having negative self-talking thought. Right. That's good. And then I thought about like, Taking time for relaxation, like give yourself a foot rub, you know, if you need it, or, hands or shoulders or whatever.
[00:20:29] I mean, those are just some areas that tend to hold tension and we can, you know, love ourselves by giving ourselves some massages. Take time out to to help your body. To take care of, of ourselves. And that just quickly reminds me of on the airplane when they say in case of emergency, even if you have a child next to you, make sure you put the mask over your own face before you try to help your child. And it's the same thing we need to take time. I love the idea though, of massaging ourselves or even I'm like rubbing my own back or the pat my back, these little things. Or just tell yourself," I love you." There's nothing wrong with that. Standing in front of the mirror and saying, "I love you."
[00:21:20] And just reciting positive affirmations can be very uplifting. And like you said, I think you mentioned music earlier, different things that, you know, might bring you joy or do bring you joy. Practice them. So, yeah, so that allows us to pour love out to others when we're recharged. Right?
[00:21:41] And we're feeling great and relaxed. So then we're not all frazzled and worried about this, worried about that. We're in a better state and we can love on others. Yes, we're more accessible and we're in a better mood. I honestly, and I, I hate to say it. One thing I can work on is loving myself by getting proper sleep because if we get enough sleep, then we'll be more patient. Hopefully we'll be more patient so that we can love other people.
[00:22:12] Which leads me into something you brought up... how can we show other people love? And one way is through volunteering. Yeah, that's a great way.
[00:22:21] I've even known, um, friends or family where maybe it's been a really hard time in their lives. They've lost a job or, or there's just different situations that can happen. But then even in the midst of those challenging times, that's when they were intentional about volunteering. And they said they were so blessed by that.
[00:22:40] I mean, I, I love that you brought up volunteering and, and there's no shortage of where to volunteer. You just have to be intentional to seek out opportunities. Yeah, there's always an opportunity to volunteer. Right. And it's so good like we said, take care of yourself, but you know, to sometimes take the focus off yourself, especially, you know, when something is not going your way or whatever to switch over into serving someone else is a good way to get over
[00:23:11] whatever you think may not be going well for you that day. So you're serving yourself and serving others at the same time. Win, Win! Yes. Excellent. Thank you. That's good.
[00:23:25] Is there anything else? Um, the last one was to, uh, encourage others to love themselves. You know, like we're hoping to encourage everyone to, love yourself
[00:23:37] you know, by doing all these things and implementing these ideas. And then in turn you get filled up and then it pours out. Yes, it's so good. And well, I can't help but bring up, but we're loving ourselves also by looking at what we're putting in our bodies...Being intentional.
[00:23:58] And that's why we're all about our plant based suggested to empower our bodies. To fuel them up in the best way we can. Yeah. No, that's all good stuff. What else did we have for today?
[00:24:14] Well, today was just like a summary. You know, we just wanted to celebrate, this is our celebration episode for episode 50. And now we just want to remind you of some changes that are coming. You know, I think we've mentioned it a couple of times, but, that we're going to start re releasing it once a month only, which will be the first Wednesday of each month.
[00:24:41] Right. And the other weeks, and Patryce I'm hoping you're doing me in some of these, we want to bring, helpful recipes to you and food prep ideas on the YouTube channel. So it's not going to be like you don't hear from us for another month. They're going to be other ways that you'll be hearing from us.
[00:25:06] So stay tuned. The best way to be in touch is to become a subscriber on the YouTube channel. Yeah. In the show notes, there's a link. If you're not already watching through YouTube, there's a link to become a subscriber. Please subscribe to the YouTube channel.
[00:25:27] When we reach 1000 subscribers, we'll get a community tab and that's going to allow us to communicate more easily with you and we can chat back and forth on that community tab. So we need you to tell everyone, you know, to become a subscriber to The Real Food and Drinks YouTube channel. And that will just put more things in motion for us.
[00:25:55] Yeah. Yes. We thought it would be fun to put out there a challenge for everyone listening to us. And, and of course we hope that you will tell other people about us. But the challenge is that you share any comment or feedback about any of the subjects that we've touched on, or even a comment that, Hey, I've enjoyed some of your podcasts, but I really wish he had talked about this too. Or just somewhere you felt like this helped, or this is something I'd like to hear more about, or just any communication we get from you we want to put into a drawing. And then we're going to draw, three names and we will be sending a surprise gift to encourage you on your journey of living your best life. , Hopefully more of a plant-based incorporated life, but living your best life. So we hope that our gifts will just be an incentive to continue making changes in a healthy way.
[00:26:53] So we're challenging everyone to just communicate with us, send us a form of communication and we'll put you in the drawing for that fun gift. Yeah. I think we'll do one per week for the, for the month of September. Yep. Once per week. So get the word out there everyone. Get the word out. Anything you wanted to add to that? No, that's all good. Okay. Sounds good. I'm excited. I'm looking forward to all the comments and input and feedback that we get and I'm sending out these fun prizes
[00:27:32] . So have a good day, everyone. Good week we look forward to hearing from you. Go to the show notes. Yes. Everything Shonda said. Bye.

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Podcast Episode 49 – Top 5 Toxins – Negative Thoughts & Self-Defeating Beliefs (Part 5 of 5)

Negative Thoughts

Have you considered how our thought life affects our physical and mental health? Our thoughts mold how we see ourselves and the world. Negative thoughts and self-defeating beliefs negatively impact our mental and physical health as well as our relationships. It can lead to moodiness, anxious thoughts, or even anxiety disorders.

Today, in Episode 49, Shonda shares some personal areas in her life concerning stress-producing thoughts while Patryce encourages some helpful tips and promises to hold Shonda accountable. Yes, stress is real in all of our lives, let’s tackle our thought-life that can add to the stressful load. Let’s learn how to overcome stress and create a sense of peace.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins.

Previous Articles and Episodes About Stress

Matthew 12:43 – 45 (NIV): (A symbolic reminder that we cannot clean up our thoughts and then hope they remain clean on their own. We must replace them with good thoughts.)

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen (Vegetables and Fruits):

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Okay. Hi, Patryce. How are you? Well, thank you. I'm hanging in there too. Yeah, me too. Yeah, I'm hanging in here. Talk about stress, right? Yes. We all have it. We all have it. So that's why this is a great topic. You want to get us started on it,Shonda.
[00:00:18] Yeah. Cause I've been thinking about, you know, last week you talked about external stresses in our life.
[00:00:24] Right? And so one that comes to mind for me that is, are my dogs. They require so much. I have four of them. My husband brought home a pregnant dog and it just happened. But yes, the, the feeding, the care, the washing, the teeth, the, bathing the cleaning up after them.
[00:00:45] I mean, they're like little kids. So it's like, I really just can't get away from it. But you know, then, you know, I've been trying to work along the years on refining the process of taking care of them. And I guess if I think about it, it has gotten a little better.
[00:01:02] And so with today's topic about toxic stress, like our thoughts, I think there's still probably some thoughts I could clean up about the dogs that would help me better deal with them.
[00:01:18] That's a great, that's a great segue into negative thoughts, thoughts, and then self-defeating beliefs really can add stress to our lives and the negative thoughts, for example, like with your dogs.
[00:01:31] And for me, you know, I have stressors too. Or even just the whole COVID climate. Not that I'm constantly in stress or anxious, but you know what, that's why I limit my amount of news I'd take in because it seems to change daily.
[00:01:47] And does anyone really know the whole truth and nothing but the truth? So I, again like your, your external stressors, we have to learn ways to manage them. And instead of me having negative thoughts, I take away the source of those negative thoughts. For me, not overindulging in the news or social media, but instead, just focusing more on things that bring me peace.
[00:02:16] Right. Yeah. That's a really good idea. Cause I'm just thinking about a lot of the things that we watch. So those thoughts, the things that we see, right? They like make a real imprint on our brain and we play them over and over again.
[00:02:33] Yeah. That's a very good point. And that leads me to touch on self-defeating beliefs. Like you said, these thoughts can be ingrained. So self-defeating beliefs are with us all the time because they are things that we allow to penetrate our belief system. And so those have to be recognized and then we have to change a self-defeating belief system to non self-defeating, you know, positive.
[00:03:05] So it's, again, I think for negative thoughts and self-defeating beliefs, both situations we have to be intentional about recognizing where they are in our lives. And then addressing them head on and with, I want to change this. I'm going to change my thought process. This self-defeating belief that I've had forever.
[00:03:23] It's not true. That's number one, like check yourself. I'm stupid because maybe you are at work or maybe it's a hard, yeah. And things aren't working according to plan, and you can find yourself saying things like negative self-talk - "I'm stupid. Why do I always," - do we always do anything?
[00:03:41] No. But self, , self defeating beliefs and negative thoughts are things that we should start intentionally identifying in our lives and then we should be intentional about changing them.
[00:03:54] Yeah, I don't know if I'm skipping ahead, but I just had a thought what about this perfectionism? I usually have a positive outlook on things like, okay, I can do this, but at what point is it enough for me? You know what I mean? Maybe my perfectionism is holding me back because I never make it to the place that I want. I want perfection, you know, instead of accepting the little progress that I've made, which I have, I know with these dogs, I have made a lot of progress, you know, but it's like, I just want, I want. the ultimate thing. And it's not about anybody else. It's just about me. It's what I, what I want from, from me. And it just not practical.
[00:04:43] That's a very good way of describing it. And I'm glad you brought up perfectionism. A lot of times we don't even identify in our own selves, but I think what you just described is something common among all ages, all people that at the end of the day we're not able to be content with where we are.
[00:05:02] Not that we shouldn't strive to do better, but always beating ourselves up by doing more and more instead of saying, look, look how far I've come. Like you said, with the dogs. And if everyone who's listening actually knew the whole story about Shonda and the dogs and how they saved one of them at birth.
[00:05:21] That's another whole podcast. But, I think what you just said was so on the money that we sometimes embrace perfectionism. And honestly, I think even as a child, we sometimes have parents who may be practicing perfectionism, unbeknownst to us and them, for sure. And without us realizing it becomes a self-defeating belief because we start trying to achieve perfectionism because our parents may have encouraged it subconsciously.
[00:05:53] So again, I really love that explanation you gave and hey, you already have identified something that's probably adding stress. And so now you can see how you can change it.
[00:06:05] Yeah, that's true. Yeah. Hold me to that. I will.
[00:06:11] So Shonda, do we want to talk about what these negative thoughts and self-defeating beliefs can lead to? Well, it can contribute to you. , self-esteem issues, even depression, even, , anxiety disorders, poor appetite. You know, a lot of kids in college. I think they have that going on the poor appetite or the digestive system being negatively impacted all of these things and more can be a result of just continuing to have negative thinking and self-defeating beliefs. So, gosh that doesn't sound that intense, but over time, there are people who have gone to doctor after doctor taking test after test and the tests come back negative.
[00:07:01] Oh, that was me. For the IVs that I had so many years I had it for at least five years. I was trying to figure it out. I mean, all kinds of stuff, but yeah, I did. It was really 2018 that I was like, this has got to stop this, this, this is, you know, and so I did recognize some anxious thoughts that I was having and I had to stop.
[00:07:24] I had to stop speaking those anxious thoughts that I had, and even when my stomach was still giving all the upsets and the bloating and the pain, I stopped talking about it, I was like, I'm not going to give life to this anymore. And like within months I'm telling you that went away and I have not had it since.
[00:07:46] I mean, every now and then, I'll have like, you know, maybe a day, a moment, you know, but, oh man it was meal after meal, you know, with IBS issues. And it was all, I was just, in this anxious place at one at that gone. I wanted other stuff changed, so, yeah.
[00:08:08] I love what you just described. Well, not that you had to go through that, but when we have those negative thoughts, it's powerful to just identify I'm having this negative thought. Let me stop having it. The next part, which I think sometimes we forget is to replace that negative thought with a positive. If, for example, I know the Bible is where I find peace and because I practice, what God says in his word. That when I say things like I'm stupid or something like that, I can say I'm a child of God I'm fearfully and wonderfully made. Or, I am loved a lot of people just have positive affirmations, whether they're Christian or not, they put things like, I love.
[00:08:50] Patryce. I, you know, I'm, I am able to do things and just, I guess I'm thinking about positive affirmation. So, not only stopping these negative thoughts, but replacing them with good thoughts and the truth. And that whole thing I read in an article is so powerful. And we're in the midst of these, negative thoughts and self-defeating beliefs, just check ourselves and say, is this true?
[00:09:17] What I'm saying, is it really true? And if that's not enough for you go to your friend or your family member and say, you know, I'm thinking these things, can you help me here? Is this true about me? Would you say this, you know, get help. And that leads me to, we can also get, you know, like you said, we have these thoughts, we identify it and then we can, stop them and then change them. And we can always seek counseling.
[00:09:42] Hmm. Okay. Yeah. That's all good. I think about, replacing those thoughts. That's important. You don't want to leave it empty, right. So other bad thoughts can go, come in the place. And there's a scripture that goes with that too. We need to put that scripture on there, you know about sweeping out the house.
[00:09:59] I've never been a journaler, but I think it does help some people and it probably would help me, you know, so maybe I'll try, like on a piece of paper, you know, above my computer, I can write better thoughts, you know, turn those thoughts that I know I'm repeating. Write a better outcome.
[00:10:25] I love it. It sounds like positive affirmations. I do them on stickies. I put them on my mirror. I used to have on the refrigerator. Those are helpful ways to combat our thoughts because we're constantly having thoughts. So why not have good thoughts and not the bad.
[00:10:43] Yeah. And the good ones feel so good. They, they affect us so positively. Right? I know, because, along my health journey I was like, why am I not getting better? I'm doing all these things. And I remember the time that I was the most relaxed, like when it kind of all came together when I was enjoying the process of taking care of myself, You know, not like, oh, I gotta do this.
[00:11:07] I gotta do that. I gotta, you know, whatever, but taking time to be thankful that I can do it taking time to enjoy it, you know, and maybe share it . But being at peace does a lot for your body. And we're talking about these toxic things take a toll on our health. So we want to take out these toxic thoughts and we want to move towards peace.
[00:11:33] Yes. I love that. Move towards peace and remove those toxic thoughts. And then we're able to spread out to others and just be a more uplifting part of society. I think we all could use peace in this world, and it's not about the peace from the outside. It's from peace from within. And what you just described is something I think we should all be trying to work towards.
[00:11:58] And I love the fact that I may be saying it not like you did, but that when you got to the point where you were enjoying the process, moving into a new habit or moving along. Instead of I'm so not into this process. Just let me get to the end. Let me get to my success instead of just like embracing that process, I guess that's what people mean when they say like take things one day at a time. And I think in our society, we rush rush, rush. So. Maybe that's another thing we can do is to not be so rushed and to practice just taking your time and gratefulness.
[00:12:37] I think I heard you speak about gratefulness. And I have not done that lately to be intentional. I mean, I actually have an app where each day at the end of the day or beginning, I would write what I'm grateful for. And that was just another way to renew my mind and change my thinking. I I'm glad you reminded me of that. I'm going to try to do that again. It's like journaling but on your phone.
[00:12:59] Okay. Yeah, that's really good. That's really great.
[00:13:00] So Shonda. Why don't we pose this question to our audience or anyone out there listening? Um, if you were to ask yourself the question, do I see the glass half-empty or half-full when it comes to how my life is? And if it's that you see it's half-empty. Reconsider thinking of life as a glass half-full. So that's the challenge we want to present to everyone out there, including ourselves.
[00:13:28] Yeah. That's a good challenge. Cause if it's half-full, you just keep filling it up, right. You're on your way. Yeah. Okay. We'll do that. That's a good challenge.
[00:13:39] And let's just be encouraged that it's day by day that we can be more intentional and that we can then feel more empowered.
[00:13:49] Yeah. See y'all later. Bye-bye.

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Podcast Episode 48 A Quick Reminder About Stress

Just Breathe

Hi. We just want to remind you to take some time out to just breathe (and relax). Taking some time out to just breathe is exactly what we are doing this week. Thus, today’s mini-episode. And come to think of it, we should probably focus an entire episode on ‘just breathing’ and so we probably will.

We’ve been working on a series of the top 5 toxins that impact our health. Stress plays a huge role in our health. Stress can be from outside sources such as our environment, various life situations, and even from other people. We definitely need to learn how to deal with these types of stress. We discussed many of these in Episode 1 (Covid-19 and stress) and in Episode 25 (Got Stress? Let’s Deal With It).

Yet, another source of stress is the type WE CAUSE through negative thinking and self-defeating beliefs. This type we have control over. We will focus our discussion on these concepts in next week’s Episode 49. In today’s episode, Patryce gives us a brief introduction and reminder for what’s coming your way next week.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

We want to come alongside you, as well, as we all continue moving toward a positive direction to support our healthy lifestyles. If there are any specific ways that we can be of assistance, please contact us through our contact form or send a verbal message through Speakpipe.

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SHOW NOTES:

The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen (Vegetables and Fruits):

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

Also available on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/EdrNe7LC8wk

Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hello everyone. This is Patryce. Over the last few weeks, Shonda and I have talked about toxins. Toxins in food, our water, our overall environment, as well as in body and personal care products. And to see and hear more detail about what we discussed, you can check out episodes 43 to 47. Today, we wanted to remind you that stress is also toxic. Stress can be very toxic.
[00:00:34] So stress can come from outside sources and we need to learn how to deal with these. We discussed many of them in Episodes 1 and 25. So you can check those out on the real food and drinks website or YouTube. Yet, there's another source of stress and this type we can control more. And it is caused by negative thinking and self-defeating beliefs.
[00:01:09] And we want to share more about this type of stress and how we can manage it, minimize it, identify it. In our upcoming episode 48. So until then we encourage you to send in any, um, specific things that you want to discuss regarding stress and any questions you might have so we can discuss that during episode 48.
[00:01:41] I don't want to forget to remind you guys that we'll have a new podcast schedule starting September 1st. We will be releasing just one podcast a month, but it'll be the first Wednesday of every month. So you can look forward to a new podcast the first Wednesday of every month starting the month of September.
[00:02:05] Until then everyone have a wonderful day. Bye-bye.

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Podcast Episode 47 – Top 5 Toxins – Body and Personal Care Products (Part 4 of 5)

Body Care

In podcast episode 47 we discuss specific toxins that are found in our body and personal care products. Yes, we can get a great deal of exposure to toxins in the products that we put on our bodies. Therefore, it’s just as important to take care in choosing these products so that we aren’t overloading our immune systems.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

We want to come alongside you, as well, as we all continue moving toward a positive direction to support our healthy lifestyles. If there are any specific ways that we can be of assistance, please contact us through our contact form or send a verbal message through Speakpipe.

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SHOW NOTES:

The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins

EWGs Skin Deep Database to search for body and personal care products.

Twelve Toxic Chemicals and Contaminants in Cosmetics

Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide is the main ingredient)

Browse EWG Products By Category on AMAZON

Homemade Product Recipes:

DIY Spray Deodorant (You can simply swap out the essential oils used in this recipe with those that you prefer – just make sure they are for use on the skin. You could also replace some of the witch hazel with water.)

Whipped Body Butter (I also mix this with a little baking soda and use it as a deodorant.)

Simple Ingredient Foaming Hand Soap or Multi-Ingredient Foaming Hand Soap

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen (Vegetables and Fruits):

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

Also available on YouTube:

Transcript:

[00:00:00] Okay, so welcome back, right? Yes. Our part is it for now? Yeah. We're talking about part four, which we want to talk about body care products and personal care products and all those things, because we may not think, you know, we may think that we're go to the store and we pick out these different products that we want to use.
[00:00:23] And, but we don't think about how they can contain toxins, you know, and unfortunately, um, there are many toxins that probably get inside of us from these products, maybe even more than the environment, because we're applying them directly to our skin, you know . So that's just something to think about.
[00:00:48] Right. It is, it is so let's get right into it. Uh, I think we talked about, uh, body care products such as lotions and moisturizers and wow. When you talk about sunscreen, right away. I think about that, I know were advised to put on sunscreen to block the harmful rays, but at the same time, we need to be mindful we're not putting harmful product on.
[00:01:21] Right? Yeah. I know, like in, um, sunscreens and body care moisturizers, is this what we're talking about now? Like parabens were high on the list of ingredients that are considered toxins. And I think they're mostly considered hormone disruptors and things like that.
[00:01:38] So, you know, uh, if you go to EWG's website and we have some links below this podcast, and they describe all these things that we may talk about in detail cause there's like reproductive toxicity, there's, uh, you know, our respiratory toxicity and. What did I say? Did I, I just said reproductive didn't I, there was something else, but there is out there and we'll definitely put the link out there.
[00:02:11] I was trying to remember all of them, all the different, uh, categories that they hit on, but, uh, yeah. Parabens are high in sunscreen. Sunscreens are very toxic. The basic ones that, I mean, there are so many out there. Um, But, you know, I think just a little sun exposure of day, is this as healthy for us?
[00:02:33] Right. So, oh, I definitely agree. A little exposure is good, but there is the overdoing it part. So we're not discouraging you from using a sunscreen. We're just saying, be aware of the ingredients in the sunscreen you choose. And it's been a long time, but I used to, I, is it sunscreen? That's like zinc or it's like white.
[00:02:56] It was supposed to be without a lot of extra stuff. And I may, it may not look as pretty, but it was protecting you from the sun because I know when the kids did track, they would be out there for hours. So at that point, it's a good time, especially around the face to have, um, just well-researched or just some sunscreen you feel is healthier. Okay. Yeah. And when you said zinc, that reminded me of, uh, like zinc oxide. I don't know what the brand is, but it's like for baby bottoms, like for diaper rash. So zinc oxide is good for the skin. Zinc is good for the skin, so yeah, you just brought that to my attention.
[00:03:42] You know, I heard that eating your vegetables is good for your skin and to protect you against the sun's rays, the more vegetables and fruits because of the antioxidants. So they you know help protect against cancer. And most people wear sunscreens to protect their skin against cancer. Well if you're getting lots of fruits and vegetables, you're getting your antioxidants, which is going to protect your skin. So I just wanted to throw that in there. We're not talking about food today, but you know, um, that is one way to protect your skin also.
[00:04:18] Are about the importance of a plant base or the benefits of a plant based diet.
[00:04:24] Yeah, so baby products, um, wow. I mean, we don't want to start putting toxins on our babies, right? I mean, and many of us, I know I have done so without knowing I was not aware of this. And I mean, the top products, when I Googled, you know, baby products and I looked at them at the EWG website, They were very high in toxins, unfortunately, some of the most popular brands.
[00:04:54] Exactly. So it is unfortunate. I I'm like most people, uh, when the kids were young, I was getting, we're not going to name names, but certain brands that are very well known and you even know their scent. And those very scents are indication of the, um, toxicity. There's toxins in there. A lot of extra ingredients.
[00:05:16] I'm thinking about the children because there's just, they're so little, but the diapers. And I understand that it's convenient to have the disposable diapers. I'm not saying this is for everyone, but there are people who have chosen to for at least the first few months go to the cloth diapers that we wash the old fashioned way. And even if you can't do that, maybe you're a busy single mother. You work a lot of hours. There are different kinds of disposable diapers. Because they will say some are chlorine free, or I don't remember exactly what they're free of, but that saying, you know, traditional diapers, the disposable have perfumes.
[00:05:54] They have, they have chemicals in them. Where, if you're doing the cloth diapers, you're not having to deal with that. And other brands of the disposal diapers will limit that. Yeah. Good point.
[00:06:05] Again, we're not focusing on food, but just like reading labels for our food. We need to read the labels for the products, especially for our young ones. Yeah. Yeah. Because some of those fragrances I did see on EWG website that they do, um, disrupt many organs of the body, you know, organ system toxicity and, and your eyes and your lungs and skin.
[00:06:32] So fragrance, when you see fragrance, it's. it's probably not good. When you see fragrance listed on a label, um, we can have natural fragrances, like essential oils and things, which we'll touch on a little bit later, and there are some links that I'm going to provide to make your own products that include some essential oils as fragrances. But, when you see that on just a commercial brand you probably want to avoid that item because they can be highly toxic. Fragrances can.
[00:07:10] Definitely. And getting back to the babies, um, even like you mentioned, uh, or we will, there are lotions, bath bombs or bubble bath.
[00:07:23] I know growing up, we used to love those, but especially for young ladies, it can be an irritant. So we, we want to just be mindful and read those labels. If you're having a time with pronouncing the words, then maybe that's not the product that you want to use. And then there's also the we'll talk about later, but you can make your own products.
[00:07:42] That's a very good point. Like you said, if you can't pronounce it, you probably don't want it and look at the labels. And so then it was still on baby care and then, you know, children, you know, toothpaste. So, and then they add all these colors to make it pleasing to the eye. And these colors are toxic. If you see like FD&C, I think is yellow and blue, those are toxic.
[00:08:06] You can find more information on EWG's website by just putting those in the link that we're going to provide here, but you can read all about you know, the different things and why it's toxic there. So. Thank goodness for these links, because we are not an expert and it's an exhaustive list that EWG has done all the work for us.
[00:08:30] So it's a great reference for everyone. Yeah. EWG's Skin-deep website. So that link is below. We're going to keep reminding you about it cause it's really important and really helpful. So, um, so that kind of talked, we talked, you talked a little bit about bath soaps and hand soaps and antibacterial sprays again, you know, fragrances and other things in there that you know, contain toxins.
[00:08:59] Um, but you know, alternatives there are Castile soaps, which are easily found. It's just a basic soap and sometimes they have essential oils added to them. Or you can add your own essential oils to them. And you mentioned earlier about like going to farmer's markets. Farmer's markets are a popular place to find a handmade soaps, right?
[00:09:29] Talk to the vendor there and ask them what's in this soap, how is it made? And you know, why is this good for me? Are there toxins in here? You know, so. You're right. They're excited to share how they make their products and what they're made of. They're not trying to shy away from that. So that's a great resource.
[00:09:46] Yes. Yeah, I think so. Okay. So let's move on to deodorant and body sprays. Yeah. Wow. The body sprays and well, deodorants, let's start there. That's a simpler one for me. I was able to, you know, make a change. There are our alternatives because it's mainly not just deodorant, but when it's deodorant, I believe anti-perspirants.
[00:10:10] Yes, those have, uh, aluminum. So you can find the, the aluminum free options. And, um, there's a lot of, if you Google, I think it's milk of magnesia. There are other alternatives to the traditional, um, aluminum, heavy, uh, deodorant, and aluminum is not good for us. And so, yeah, two things aluminum has been found to be a link to Alzheimer's and dementia. And I believe it's the antiperspirants that block the lymph nodes and the sweat glands. And so all those toxins back up and to your glands and cause breast cancer. Yeah, good to know. That's why we want to look at some alternatives and we can start changing to those.
[00:11:00] So when we're talking about body sprays, we're just. Um, I'm taken back to the idea of fragrances. What are those fragrances? You know, recently I was at a, um, store it's a sprout store and it's a grocery store, but in their essential oil section, they have some body sprays that are made using those essential oils. You know, those options are there if you like it. but yeah, again, avoid fragrances.
[00:11:29] Yes. If you cannot read half the ingredients.. Yeah. And you know what I'm reminded of deodorants especially, and body sprays that are aerosol. You know, like the cans, those are so toxic and they stick around in the air forever. They don't leave, you know? And so you're constantly breathing those in and you're getting you know, things into your respiratory system.
[00:11:57] Yes, you're right. And they, I thought they were outlawed for the deodorant at one point. They're not good for the environment either. Yeah. Okay, so we want to avoid those. So I do have a link, to some, deodorant sprays and this was mostly women, links to deodorant sprays and like the alternative and the things that I use.
[00:12:18] So it's, it's, it's out there. So you can just go out there and go to the links and find what you need or what you're looking for. So, and I don't know about this one. I was just, I just, just trying to list everything. The thing about like shaving creams and things. Cause I know a lot of people use shaving creams.
[00:12:37] I thought maybe just, soaps and, um, a moisturizer after you shave Dave would suffice. I'm not sure I know men need, after the shaving cream, they use something to like close the pores.
[00:12:53] So I think like maybe like witch Hazel or something on a cotton ball would probably do like a, like a toner or something. I think, like, to make sure you close up any cuts or nicks. Yeah. I did not research that, but I'm sure that would suffice. Sounds like what I would try if I had to shave.
[00:13:12] Well, that's a good point. I don't shave often, but, um, now that you're mentioning it, I could just shave with just some basic soap and water, and then use shea butter afterwards. And speaking of Shea butter is also a nice thing, even on your child's skin. I mean the 100% Shea butter with nothing added, you can get that.
[00:13:30] And then also for moisturizing the hair too. It's like a head-to-toe type of a product that you can use. Yeah, I've never tried Shea butter for hair because I've the one, the shea butter that I buy is really, really thick and dense. So I'm not sure. (You just have to rub-rub-rub-rub-rub.) Okay. Well, the whipped body butter recipe that I put out there uses Shea butter and coconut oil and essential oils.
[00:13:57] And I mean, if you do it properly, It is light and fluffy, so. Wow. That's probably good for shaving. Probably is. So, okay . You, you mentioned hair, so I find that a lot of hair products now advertise paraben-free sulfate-free, you know, and things like that. So it's, it's a little bit easier to find it, but still, when I'm at the store looking at it, I still put it in the EWG. Database, just to see if I'm going to buy something.
[00:14:34] So. But shampoos conditioners... hair products let's talk about other things that I think women may not use this much as many women may not, but permanent relaxers or permanent curls, you know, and things like that. I know growing up, I don't know. Maybe it's just because I'm a different age now, but back growing up, I mean, that was a very popular. And those things...
[00:15:01] I think that's probably the most toxic thing we could ever put on our, on our body are permanent hair curls and relaxers and things. I mean, those smelled, I mean, they burned immediately. I mean, you know, it was just such a bad thing. And so. Yes, thank goodness a lot of people have just chosen not to do those, not to apply them anymore.
[00:15:29] And many beauticians have said, I, I can't keep applying these, I don't service people who want that because they were taking it in and it found it was impacting their health in a negative way. So that's a very good point that if people are still doing that because a lot of people aren't, but if they are be aware of what is the product you're using, uh, and see if there is alternatives to what you're using. And I have to mention permanent color too, because there's a lot of coloring of hair. Um, and there are other options instead of the permanent and the perms and permanent color and perm, just all these things where, like you said, you can smell them and they don't smell good.
[00:16:09] They're not good for you. Right. Okay. So, Yeah, use the website, find an alternative that is lower in toxicity. That's a good one. And we did talk about toothpaste a little bit, and I'm just reminded of fluoride.
[00:16:30] You know, I know many may not agree, but. The great debate still Shonda. I know it is, but I have chosen not to use fluoride. I think many dentists don't use fluoride in the polish for adults, but they still use it for children. So I found that odd. So that was a real surprise. But, you know, and then, so when we're talking about toothpaste, you know, there's colors again, the blue, the yellow, the whatever red, I mean, they're all, you know, toxic and, uh, we want to avoid those.
[00:17:05] So just get plain toothpaste, fluoride-free toothpaste using natural ingredients. And you can, if you're desperate and you just really want to avoid it, baking soda. Wow, my father grew up in a family of 11 baking soda and lemon juice was their toothpaste. They couldn't afford anything else.
[00:17:24] And that's great whitening, right? Baking soda and yeah maybe throw a little coconut oil in there or something, and we've got some good toothpaste. And I know there are a lot of brands out there that have changed their formula. So, just look for it through EWG or like, like I said, EWG now has, those, , certified friendly products on Amazon. So there's a link there in the show notes too.
[00:17:56] Um, so now, but here's the big one. Here is a big one. So hair products are high on women's lists, but what about cosmetics? Yeah, especially in the younger group and maybe the older group, I think work on in the middle where, well, I don't know, are we in the middle? Where we're just like, Hmm, not you really using that many or ? I don't really use cosmetics, but I've had relatives and friends where they did use them and they moved to more response simply made cosmetics. So there are options out there. I know for the younger ladies, though, if they're wearing makeup often, it's a cost issue, honestly, um, to get the better products with less toxic toxins, unfortunately they're more expensive. So maybe you look at how much or how frequently I wear makeup, because there is a lot of toxicity there.
[00:18:55] Yeah. And I think those are some of the popular brands. I don't know what makes them popular or not, but like Burt bees products are usually low on the toxicity level. If you look at the EWG website, but I think their products are kind of in line with some of the more popular. Brands, you know, that are just as expensive.
[00:19:17] I think their, their price is comparable. I agree with you. They just don't have as much of an offer. I'm thinking about the persons who are really into makeup with the contrasting the bases. Yeah, I went and listed all these things and I'm like, wow, that is a lot. I mean, you know, concealers foundation, mascara, eyeliners, powders, lipsticks, nail polishes, which I haven't even used.
[00:19:43] And you know, it was funny because I saw, uh, someone posts about this nail Polish is vegan. I'm like, I never even thought about that. Nail Polish not being vegan. That was just something that caught my attention. So, I mean, there are just so many ingredients that can go on a product. That's just, you know, that's just the point.
[00:20:03] There's so many ingredients that, you know, it's like, Ooh, wow. So yeah. I have not used nail Polish in a few years now. But, I'm sure there are some none toxic things out there. And, I know some grocery stores like the Sprouts and like Whole Foods and things carry some makeups.
[00:20:24] I mean, it's not like, yeah, it's not like the high style stuff is just the basic stuff, but you know, if you want just a little enhancement, that's one place you can look or back on Amazon's certified EWG product list. So, wow. I mean, yeah. I mean, and think about it. You're putting them near your eyes.
[00:20:44] You're putting them near your mouth, your nose. So we just want to be careful. Yeah, research, do your research, and we're not telling you how to live your life. We're just encouraging you to be aware about what you're putting on and in your body and to be more intentional and, and maybe you just make some different choices.
[00:21:06] Maybe choose not to wear makeup seven days a week. Um, and then fewer days a week, uh, things like that, but just do your research. Yeah. That's really good advice. Yeah. Yeah. Not every day if you're going to use it. Not every day. Definitely. Okay. So I think that was it. You know, I may put a link to some of these other things.
[00:21:30] Uh, I know. So let's re-track just one instance. What about the, is it talcum powder? That was highly you babies. Remember it was in baby powder, but I think now the message is out.
[00:21:46] And it had a high risk for cancer. Sure. So we want to make sure we're avoiding that we don't want to, say, well, this is old school and whatever, but we have high incidence of cancers now. So, you know, we want to avoid that.
[00:22:01] That's a good point. I remember myself in the day, it was the thing to do you feel fresh, you smell fresh, but then now I see those commercials.
[00:22:10] If you're suffering from female cancers that are specific to females and then respiratory, so you're right. That's a good heads up. If anyone is still doing that, there's other things to keep yourself fresh. Yeah. So be sure to check the show notes, go to the EWG website database.
[00:22:29] The link is there and a few products. Uh, recipes using essential oils and just basic things that you can find in your home that you would use, like baking soda, coconut oils, or different skin oils and, and things like that, to prepare these products.
[00:22:48] That's exciting.
[00:22:49] So, I think that's all we have for sharing today.
[00:22:54] And if anyone listening has anything they want to share with us in the community send it to us. Send us the information. We love to share information and have information shared with us.
[00:23:05] Yeah. Yeah. That'll be really good. Thanks everyone. Thank you.

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Podcast Episode 46 – Top 5 Toxins – Environmental Toxins (Part 3 of 5)

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In podcast episode 46 we discuss specific toxins that are found in our home – where we live and spend most of our time. We will also discuss how we can detox our homes. It’s important to keep our living environments as toxin-free as possible so that our homes can be a safe haven for detoxing and building up our immune systems.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins

Spruce.com – explanation of off-gassing 

Spruce.com – best indoor plants for clean air

Natural Weed Killer Recipe: 1 gallon white vinegar, 1 cup salt, 1 TBS liquid dish soap (Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and treat weeds at the sunniest time of day.)

Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Spray (This is the recipe I used at home.)

Here are the air filters that I use in my home: (AMAZON Affiliate Links)

I have one that has an ozone option that works really well for getting rid of odors. But it can also be run as a simple ionizer/air filter. I use it in my car too periodically. Make sure you leave the room/car when using the ozone mode.

EWG’s Tap Water Database (Find out what toxins are in your environment/water)

Browse EWG PRoducts By Category on AMAZON

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] I wrote a little introduction today, so are you ready? There's just so much to talk about. Right. And as far as toxins, but we want to remind our listeners to not get overwhelmed, just take little bitty parts of this and use it where you can , things that stand out to you, perhaps those are just the areas that you may need to touch on and get to the other items later if necessary, right? Yep.
[00:00:26] One day at a time, one day at a time.
[00:00:28] One day at a time, one moment at a time . So, um, today we're going to be talking about environmental toxins, but I want to remind everyone that in our previous podcast, and it was really specifically episode 43 and 45 that we talked about.
[00:00:45] Toxins found in food and water. And so, um some of them such as uh, preservatives and some specific pesticides, you know, are intentionally put into the food, but also there are just toxins that exist in our environment, you know, that are in the air, that are in the soil, and the dirt and the ground and things that we get exposed to in our foods.
[00:01:13] So this is just a reminder that it is important to choose our foods wisely and when we can maybe we want to choose organic when we can, or we want to grow some ourselves. Um, so those are just some options to help avoid toxins, even the toxins that are in our environment.
[00:01:34] Um, and one thing that came to mind when we were discussing earlier that there are other toxins that we breathe such as gas fumes, you brought those up, right? So we don't want to be breathing in our gas fumes when we're pumping gas, you know? And then that led me to think about like my son's a mechanic, you know?
[00:01:52] So when he tells me he breathes in toxins all day from all the different mechanical sprays and lubricants and things and stuff that he has on his job. And I'm sure there are other mechanic type jobs or industrial type jobs, and they are also breathing in many toxins.
[00:02:09] So one thing you know, to do. Be careful of what food and water. You don't want any additional toxins, but get some good food and water to help detox your body, you know? And also, I don't think we've talked about that. Maybe we can talk about this next time when we talk about beauty and personal care, but, you know, did we talk about another way to detox is through the saunas through heat.
[00:02:34] I cannot remember if we've done that, but we may touch on that again next week. We should touch on that. Yeah. So, I just want to remind everyone to check out podcasts 43 and 45 specifically for food and water. But today. We are going to talk about toxins that everyone might be, or may not be exposed to in their daily living.
[00:02:59] But these toxins come to us specifically through our home, you know, where we live and spend most of the time of the day. So, uh, I thank you for putting together this outline today that we are going to be discussing. And if you want to introduce that, we'll just move on right into toxins in our home.
[00:03:21] Yeah, that's, that's a big topic.
[00:03:24] Eh, after I started looking into it, there are so many toxic toxins in our home. And, uh, a lot of people are familiar with, if not the new home smell, like the new car smell and so new home, new car smell, we're like, Ooh, well, those are pretty much toxins that are in the environment that we're getting a whiff of.
[00:03:46] So that just led me to just Google that. And I found out about what's called off-gassing. Okay. And off-gassing is the giving off of chemicals, especially harmful ones in the form of a gas. And, um, there's just so many ways, like I said, like in the new home, when you might get paint done or new carpeting, those are things that often we can smell right away.
[00:04:18] Um, the smells, but that those smells are not. So not really good for us. And another thing that I learned about off-gassing, uh, there was a website and it says, what does it mean to off-gas? And this website, the spruce.com explained it this way off-gassing happens when manufactured items in our homes, such as paint, release, volatile, organic compounds, you commonly hear them referred to as VOCs.
[00:04:49] And these VOCs are chemical compounds that have a high vapor pressure at room temperature, meaning they evaporate high rates inside. So to, to kind of boil that all down, when we're smelling things like from the paint or the fresh flooring, these things are not good for us.
[00:05:08] So we want to discover what other things are in our homes as well, that are off-gassing. And it was interesting to find a list of common household items, um, as well. Uh, we talked about the, the paint, the flooring, and a particle board and plywood. I hadn't even thought about that, but a lot of our furniture I think, is made from those materials.
[00:05:37] Right. Right. That's very common right today. I mean, we hardly find solid wood things. They have some sort of particle board in there. And when you were reading that, it reminded me, you said volatile, these things are highly volatile. That's why we smell them right away. And that what makes them most toxic.
[00:06:01] Because we're smelling them and they're highly volatile, you know, they're, they're the things that we really want to avoid. You know, when we can smell chemical smells, we want to avoid those chemical smells. And so we'll get into how to kind of avoid that and reduce some of that. But yeah.
[00:06:17] Particle wood plywood. Yeah. All that. So, yeah, you listed, uh, cabinets. Furnishings. Our furnishings. Like you said, the cabinets, the tables, the couches and mattresses, and you might be like, what is that about? Well, some of these furnishes have glues. And they have formaldehyde in the coatings. And we know like back from school, when we dissected those animals, that weird smell, that was because they were preserved with formaldehyde, but yet we have them in many of our home furnishings.
[00:06:49] So like you said, Shonda we'll talk a little later about how do we minimize or get rid of some of these or avoid them. But yeah, let's, let's continue with the last bit of it. Um, We have our cleaning items like air fresheners, cleaning sprays, these things also off-gas. And some other culprits would be electronic equipment .
[00:07:14] That's another whole topic because they're referred to not VOCs necessarily, but they're emitting things that are not very helpful to our bodies as well. So all these things just to be aware of that they're off-gassing - is important. And then we can talk about ways to help control off-gassing.
[00:07:37] Yeah. Yeah, that's so true.
[00:07:39]There are so many chemicals that are used in these products . You know, a new one I heard about was fungicides, you know, being sprayed on different things and, uh, even in clothing and maybe some of the mattresses and the softer things. So yeah, we really have to be careful. When we get things and it has a smell, you know, there are ways that we could eliminate some of those things.
[00:08:06] And, um, so are we going to go there or are we ready to go there and talk about...? Let's go to some ways to eliminate and getting back to what you said earlier though, when you actually start smelling these smells, that's like, wow, that, that tells you we need to avoid it. And it reminds me of when we were kids, the parents always say, don't be trying to smell the gas at the pump.
[00:08:29] You know, I actually used to like that smell, but anyway, that's a clue. And it says highly volatile, you know, we don't play around when were at gas pumps. Well, the same thing at our homes, and we'll just go right into it. For example, mattresses can off-gas. They are stored in warehouses in plastic, and they're made of synthetics.
[00:08:51] And so that combination of wrapping tightly in plastic in a warm area, and then you're going to take that into your house and just unwrap it and sleep on it. So that's not good idea. So that takes us right into one of the things we can do with off-gassing. If you know, you're going to get new flooring or a new mattress or new paint, give it time, let that room air out.
[00:09:17] Like, we are about to receive a mattress, hopefully in the next week. And I've already decided that I'm going to leave it right outside the house. We have a little porch area where I can leave it and let it do the off-gassing out there before we bring it into the home. So time is, uh a factor that we, we can use time, uh, to help us with the off-gas.
[00:09:39] Yeah. Time is a good thing. And that reminds me that I know we may not want to do that with our mattresses, but with our furniture, we may want to shop resell shops, you know, to get some furniture and things. So that would be a good way to avoid, you know, off-gassing, but also when we do resell shops, we sometimes we could probably find a hundred percent wood too, but then there's still, there's still sprays and varnishes and glues and stuff.
[00:10:08] So yeah, we just need to be careful and allow those products time. So like you said, Leave them in an open airspace, maybe open some windows to get some fresh air circulating or use a fan to get, you know, to get the air circulating around there. And you want fresh air. Most of us have some fresh air around. You know, if you have grass outside your home or, or trees and things, they do produce fresh air, you know, they detox environment. Trees and plants that's their purpose.
[00:10:43] Great, great, great tip. Yeah. So opening the window and getting some of that exchange air would be a good idea.
[00:10:52] So. Do you want to talk about some other things? I probably led us into plants, right? Yeah. Yes, you led us into plants is another way, uh, to , clean up the air quality in your house. Because I know some people, depending on the temperature outside and what have you, they're like, oh, I don't want to open my windows.
[00:11:08] And we're not saying don't, we're saying at some point you want to, because it's like a box. We're in a heated box with all these chemicals. So find a way to open your doors and windows and then bring in the plants. Because those are going to help clean up the quality of our air as well. Indoor plants are a big deal.
[00:11:25] So let's embrace the idea of indoor plants. Bringing the outside in is another great idea. And then I thought you touched on a little bit. Well, one article talked about how we can facilitate off-gassing or control it with temperature. Do you want to talk about that?
[00:11:42] Well, when I read it, he talked about temperature as being like the higher the temperature, the more volatile the chemical becomes. So by increasing the temperature we want to do that in a place that we are not and allow that air to circulate out. So increase the temperature, put it in a hot room, put it in a hot, um, a garage or something and just let it off-gas there. Or, you know, maybe open the garage door and let all that out, you know, and I keep it there a few days.
[00:12:16] Um, maybe, and then a fan, you know, just do what you can, as long as you can to eliminate bringing those toxins in the home. Exactly. And thank you for that great description of that. And in Texas, we do have the convenience of hot weather and even that nice furniture that you're bringing in, you can put it, like you said, in the garage and let it off-gas there before bringing it into your home. That's a great idea.
[00:12:44] And then of course, we've already touched on the ventilation. About opening the doors and opening the windows. I know in some states, people do that weekly, if not more, but I know in Texas we're so hesitant. But at the same time, we have to understand that that's going to be better for us.
[00:13:03] It doesn't have to be all day. But even if it's just a half an hour to an hour for that day, once a week. I think even myself, we're going to start doing that more. We do have screens on our windows, so maybe we pay more attention to our screens and make sure they're in good shape so that we can open up those windows and bring in the fresh air.
[00:13:22] And like you said, bring in some plants. Um, look up some good indoor plants. It's always a good thing. Yeah. Oh yeah. I'll, I'll definitely look up a link and list some there.
[00:13:34] So one thing that we, uh, don't want to forget though, are the other things that we're bringing in such as, um, home cleaning products and sprays and room deodorants and things like that.
[00:13:49] You know, the chemicals, the fragrances that are used normally are not natural for one thing. And so they become toxic in our environment. I don't know how far to go with this, but like even burning some candles can create toxicity in your environment, you know, depending on what kind of candle it is or what that candle was made of. What fragrance that was made up. Well, I have two diff types of diffusers, right? There's two that come to my mind. There's the one that, uh, uses the water and you can put the essential oils in. And it'll diffuse into the air. And then the other is like a heating element. Where you could heat oil, you know, like maybe coconut oil or something and put your own essential oils in there. So those are two ways to get a fragrance, and, , and even, like around Christmas time, it just came to mind, like when you boil cinnamon on the stove or something, or maybe even just bowl some lemons and some seasonings on the stove, you know, Thinking of, you know, ways to get, fresher, cleaner smells in the air.
[00:14:56] That's one way to. Do you have any other ideas about air? Essential oils, I think are very good ones to mention and, and diffusers, but, um, also because I used to burn candles and then I graduated to cleaner burning candles and then, uh, but even the air conditioning guy explained to me that.
[00:15:16] Overall any candle burning in the home is not great for our heating, cooling system filtration. So anyway, I just don't burn any more at all. But, um, I do find that you can get, I don't even know what they're called, but air freshers where, uh, It seems like a waxy substance in it. It's mainly, um, like cans or containers and you just lift up the top and they're usually from essential oils that concentration of essential oils... and cedar blocks.
[00:15:50] That's another great thing in the closets and your shoes. These are great ways because I know growing up, I thought, Ooh, an air freshener that's great. And once in a while you can find natural air fresheners. We do have some made from oil of oregano. So just be mindful of when you're buying products that they don't have a lot perfumes or synthetics in them or chemicals in them.
[00:16:12]There are some natural air fresheners may be maybe it's the oil of oregano or other type of even lavender. You can get that essential oil, lavender and co it's concentrated and dilute it and spray it around as well. So there are other ways to freshen up the, smell your house, including opening up your house.
[00:16:32] Again, I can't say that enough. I'm glad you brought that up. That helps bring in fresh air and take out the not so fresh air.
[00:16:41] Yeah. The other thing I thought about, if you do have a natural based. Um, candle, you could sit that candle on a candle warmer and you don't have to burn it so that there's no smoke.
[00:16:53] Okay. Yeah. So that's one choice. And then I'm going to put the link again to EWGs list on Amazon about, uh, chemical free or the green products that are for sale on Amazon. Yeah. So we can do that.
[00:17:11]Um, so I do mostly make my own cleaning products at home. Uh, I use things like baking soda, you know, to scrub sinks to scrub, uh, dishes to scrub bathtubs, just with the regular soap that I use, mix that soap with a little baking soda. So you do not need chemicals. Um, I know a lot of people use, um, and this is not good for the environment they put like draino down their drains.
[00:17:44] If they get, you know, we didn't think about that, but I have this little zipper, you know, to get the hair out and you stick it in there and you twirl it around and pull it out. It is disgusting, but. I mean, you are preserving the pipes at your home by not using those chemicals, those chemicals can destroy your home over time, they do Draino and a bleach is another common (one).
[00:18:12] Yeah. They smell a lot too, but I will say again, you are so good Shonda with the economical and practical way. And I do that a lot too. I do know when we were moving and we were selling our other house. I was tempted to do the Draino way because we had one of the drains acting a little, whatever, but I found some natural, like they're made from enzymes.
[00:18:36] They're pourable. And if you're in a pinch, you can find some that you can buy, uh, to keep up the maintenance of your drains and not be putting more pollutants down there to get rid of our problems. So that's a very good point about the whole Draino thing, because I'm like, where does that eventually go? And then our water quality over years...
[00:18:56] And we think out of sight out of mind, but really it's not. It's not that easy. So we need to be mindful, especially with things like what we put in our drains or even our toilets and all that. So I'm glad you pointed that out.
[00:19:11] And so just came to my mind. Yeah. What, what are we adding to the environment? Right. So I just noticed this week, uh, that we've talked about it in episode 43 about glyphosate. Well that weed killer, Monsanto. That's the same chemical that's in Monsanto's weed killer or Roundup or whatever it's being pulled off the shelves. Oh, wow. It's going to take a while.
[00:19:41] I think they said 2023. Oh, to phase it all out, but it is out there that it's toxic and that it will no longer be on the shelves now. I don't know what they're replacing it with, but at least it gives a message. Right. Good. So yeah, we were talking about, you know, weed killer. What are we using as weed killer?
[00:20:00] You know, there's a, I'll put that link there too . You can do soap, salt and vinegar. You know, it may take a couple extra days, but it works. I've done it, you know, uh, as far as weed killer and just, yeah, what are we contributing to the environment? And all these things are toxic when we use them, we are going to naturally breathe them.
[00:20:21] So it's not healthy for our body. And, um, yeah, I'll, I'll put some links of different cleaning products you may want to try actually that are natural mixtures of things. Like the things that I use. And then maybe you can share some of the things that you found, like the natural enzymes in place of Draino or things that you found.
[00:20:43]And since you mentioned the, um, whole pesticides and so forth, um, just recently got an exterminator and I was just floored at.... Hmm. Well, let me just say, be encouraged that you don't have to go with the first place you call. Because I ended up calling several of them and it wasn't until I found at least two where they even wanted to entertain my questions about what is it that you're spraying on my lawn and, and the fact that I want to keep the pollinators around, like the butterflies and the bees. We want the butterflies. So, um, the place that we ended up using, they actually introduced us to a mosquito, um, treatment where it's not just fogging. Because we know most cities are already fogging somewhat. Okay. We don't even have control in many instances about that.
[00:21:34] But then on top of that, a traditional exterminator might just come in and fog your yard even further. So again, the butterflies and other pollinators, that's not good for them. So they, they told us about, I'll just call it mosquito buckets. I don't know what else to call it, but it's like a natural substance that they put in these buckets that attracts the mosquitoes and what's a mosquito goes in there, then it takes it back to the rest of the mosquitoes and overall it helps reduce the population.
[00:22:00] And so it might take a little longer. Um, but you know what, I think it's definitely worth looking into other ways to exterminate so that we're not negatively impacting our environment. Yeah. And we have to, I guess be careful about how we expose of that bucket, which brings me to the point that I know that when we throw away, um, paint, we're supposed to allow it to harden and then we can throw it away.
[00:22:31] We're not supposed to throw away liquid paint yeah. So that's just another thing that came to my mind while we were talking about this. So yeah, just be mindful that we don't want to contribute to the toxicity out there. We want to take care of our bodies and we definitely don't want these things in our homes.
[00:22:49] So, I hope this podcast helps, someone who's searching for ways to sort of, you know, lighten up on the toxins that are inside their home.
[00:23:01]And be encouraged. Like we said, it's one day at a time, one minute at a time. And, and, um, you know, some of us are more sensitive than others to toxins.
[00:23:11] So also listen to your body. Um, like there are some people they can live their whole life and certain toxins don't really affect them very much. Uh, where other people, they may break out, they may get stomach aches. No I'm just thinking you don't think it's affecting you, but hey, do you have respiratory issues?
[00:23:33]Do you have, like, would you think is like the common cold and you're like, I don't know why I'm sick. Well, did you just use a lot of toxins to clean your bathroom or your kitchen or your floor? You know, That's exactly what I was thinking too, is that, um, oftentimes we're not listening to our bodies, so you may have lived with a condition.
[00:23:53] I mean, you may not have died from it, or you may have not had it as bad as someone else. Um, but even if you get an inkling of like my eyes get watery when I have certain fragrances, even perfumes, I can't use perfumes because my eyes will water up and so forth. So I'm like, well, there are other options out there.
[00:24:11] So, um, listen to our bodies. And like Shonda said, you know, even if you don't think it's affecting you, maybe do a double check. To see, well, have I just gotten accustomed to sneezing every morning or have I gotten accustomed to having runny nose? And I chalk it up to allergies.
[00:24:28]Don't forget that we can always add, uh, air filters to our home to help eliminate some of those toxins too.
[00:24:35]I'm so glad you brought up that we can look into air filters and speaking of air filters, most homes have air filters for our AC systems and those need to be switched out. They need to be changed. It depends on the type of filter you buy. Maybe it's every six months or three months, but whatever it is, please change them because you can see when you take them down dirty.
[00:24:58] That's all the stuff that if you don't change them, that's what you're taking in. So change those air filters.
[00:25:07] So we'll put some links to some common air filters and, um, Go from there. And if you have any questions, please send us your questions and we'll be happy to answer them or try to help you find an answer. Yes.

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Podcast Episode 45 – Top 5 Toxins – Water (Part 2 of 5)

[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda. [00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce. [00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip. [00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon. [00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox. [00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body. [00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed. [00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water. [00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body. [00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow. [00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining. [00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there. [00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips? [00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even. [00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water. [00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion. [00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason. [00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me. [00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant. [00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water. [00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house. [00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water? [00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website. [00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines. [00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that. [00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas. [00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated. [00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it. [00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about. [00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our [00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up. [00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true. [00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider. [00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up. [00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well. [00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup. [00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available. [00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool. [00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing. [00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called? [00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they... [00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths. [00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful. [00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes. [00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider. [00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source. [00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us. [00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah. [00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water. [00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget. [00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit. [00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products. [00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below. [00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water. [00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing. [00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us. [00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy. [00:15:54] Stay well.

To survive our bodies depend on water. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water helps our bodies maintain their temperature, lubricate our joints, and remove waste (toxins).

Today we also look at the importance of our water source and how to avoid toxins in our water, plus other ways to use water for removing toxins from our bodies.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda.
[00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce.
[00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip.
[00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon.
[00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox.
[00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body.
[00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed.
[00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water.
[00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body.
[00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow.
[00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining.
[00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there.
[00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips?
[00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even.
[00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water.
[00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion.
[00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason.
[00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me.
[00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant.
[00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water.
[00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house.
[00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water?
[00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website.
[00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines.
[00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that.
[00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas.
[00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated.
[00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it.
[00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about.
[00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our
[00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up.
[00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true.
[00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider.
[00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up.
[00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well.
[00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup.
[00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available.
[00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool.
[00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing.
[00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called?
[00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they...
[00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths.
[00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful.
[00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes.
[00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider.
[00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source.
[00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us.
[00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah.
[00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water.
[00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget.
[00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit.
[00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products.
[00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below.
[00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water.
[00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing.
[00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us.
[00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy.
[00:15:54] Stay well.

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Podcast Episode 44 – The Roles of Food and Water for Removing Toxins

Lemon Water

Last week Patryce and I talked about the toxins that may be in our food and how to avoid those toxins. But just as important, in this episode, we want to remind you that the right food and water help to detox our bodies.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

We want to come alongside you, as well, as we all continue moving toward a positive direction to support our healthy lifestyles. If there are any specific ways that we can be of assistance, please contact us through our contact form or send a verbal message through Speakpipe.

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The Article that prompted this discussion

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hello last week Patryce and I talked about the toxins that may be in our food and how to avoid those toxins. But just as important, we want to remind you that the right food and water helps to detox our bodies. So you don't want to miss next week when our discussion will be about the many toxins found in water and how to avoid them.
[00:00:24] But for now, here's a little snippet of our conversation about the important roles of food and water.
[00:00:43] Hi, and hello. Welcome to the real food and drinks lifestyle podcast. We're building a community to talk about nutrition, lifestyle choices, and just feeling better. This is Shonda and this is Patryce. Let's just be real.
[00:01:09] Here's our disclaimer, we do not professionally practice in any of the various subjects that we discuss. We are only sharing our personal experiences with you to a healthier lifestyle. Please do your own research before taking part in any of these practices.
[00:01:28] Another way of naturally detoxing is to drink water.
[00:01:33] And I guess I'm just reminded of that because my, I have to remind myself to stay hydrated. Like, you think, like a cup of water or two is enough for the whole day. No, for most people that is not enough water, but you need to be drinking enough water because it is naturally, uh, helping us to eliminate toxins from our body.
[00:01:55] Exactly. And we're going to be talking about water next week. Right? Yeah. More about water. So that's good. And fiber helps eliminate toxins too. So eating a whole food diet, including lots of fiber, which naturally includes a lot of fiber, helps with the detox process too. Yeah. Yeah. So we should just talk about, we don't want to be constipated. You know, that's keeping toxins in. We've got to keep that food moving out on out to get rid of toxins.
[00:02:32] Yes, you're right. Shonda. And I heard a pediatrician recently describe it well. She was just trying to break it down for everyone because she sees these little kids younger and younger kids who are just constipated.
[00:02:46] It could lead to serious problems, but she said it's similar. She described it to the child and the parent. It's like having a trash can. In the beginning, you put a couple items with the trash in there. It's okay. You don't even really smell it. But if that trash can continues to be dirty. Things keep being put in the trash can and you don't empty the trash can. You start smelling the trash. It's not a nice smell. It's unpleasant, but she described that as what's going on in our insides. When we do not regularly use the bathroom and there are kids and adults who don't even go every day, once a day. Let alone that if you should eat, you know, you eat three meals, you should probably go for every meal, but at least once a day. If you're not eliminating that way, having BMS, then there's trash [Putrefying]. It's just collecting in our bodies and it's getting nasty. Yeah, I know you like that illustration and that is a good one. That is a really good one. Uh, so yeah, take note everyone. Um, that is something to be concerned about. If you know, we are constipated and we, we need to address that for sure, because we want to get the toxins out.
[00:04:04] Yes, we do.
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Podcast Episode 43 – Top 5 Toxins – Food (Part 1 of 5)

Toxic Food

Today we are taking our first deep dive into the top five sources of toxins that can be making us sick. Unfortunately, food is at the top of the list. The very substance that should be keeping us alive and healthy can be the very substance that is making us sick.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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The Article that prompted this discussion

Links to the podcasts/articles about stress:

Podcast Episode 1 – Covid-19 and Stress
Podcast Episode 25 – Got Stress? Let’s Get Rid of It!
Podcast Episode 26 – Praying for a Peaceful Lifestyle
De-stress, Dealing with Stress (Covid-19 Pandemic)

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

Glyphosate: Round-up week killer sprayed on grains used in Quaker Oats, Cheerios, etc

Best Foods For Gut Health | Dr. Will Bulsiewicz Live Q&A on The Exam Room (Starting at 24:57, there is a discussion about glyphosate and what it does to gut health.)

Food Additives:
Foods to Avoid for Healing Chronic Illness: natural flavorings, canola oil, processed beet sugar, artificial flavorings/sweeteners, etc
Potassium Sorbate is a preservative that can trigger allergic reactions
The digestive fate of dietary carrageenan

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hi Patryce. Hi Shonda. How are you? Good. How are you doing? Well, thank you. I'm excited about our topic. Yeah, we have a lot to talk about, right. And. We're definitely going to break this up, but, I guess I'll go ahead and just talk about, what we're, we're headed, , today, or today and in the next few podcasts.
[00:00:22] So, we're gonna try our best to take a deep dive into the top five sources of toxins that can be making us sick, you know? It started with a website. It was whatsadetox.com. I'll put that in the show notes. And so let's see, why should you detox? It's a great question. Our bodies have the ability to eliminate toxins and unwanted matter naturally various organs, such as the liver and the kidneys aid in this toxin removal.
[00:01:04] But these organs become overwhelmed over time. So we want to do something about not overwhelming our organs over time. Right. Honestly, I was just glad you brought this up because I see detoxing everywhere.
[00:01:23] Yeah, it's been, a subject for a long time and, you know, I think, I think there's, a right way. Well, let me say there's a, there are drastic ways of doing detox and then there are more simple ways of detoxing and we're just talking about helping your body to do what its normal function is to do, which is to detox. And so if we've overwhelmed though, those organs, that detox, then we may need a little help. You know, we may need to try to avoid toxins so that those organs can work better. You know yeah. Let's concentrate on a specific time of removing toxins and avoiding toxins so that we can heal better during that time.
[00:02:15] And that's why I thought it was so great that we're going to just talk about what are some of the main top toxins, right? Yeah. Okay. So the last point that this website makes is the accumulation of excess toxins caused by poor lifestyle choices and environmental factors. So we're going to be talking about all of those.
[00:02:35] You want to, um, introduce those five sources that we're going to be talking about today and few. Okay. Let me see if I can remember them. If not, I'll look at my notes, but, uh, I think the first was food and then water. And then environment.
[00:02:52] And then the fourth one was uh, the personal care and beauty products. Now that I think about how could I forget? And then last but not least at all would be our mind, our thought life, for sure. Yes. I kind of want to jump into that right away, but you know, we can put a link. We've talked about that a little bit in some segments. So I'll put a link there, but we will talk about that in detail, in an upcoming podcast, you know, uh, and in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that.
[00:03:28 ]We just wanted to discuss ways to minimize our exposure to toxins. Right. And so today let's talk about food toxins. Okay. And there's so much there. you're welcome to start. Wow. Well, you said it well, there's a lot, there's a lot there and there's just so many directions.
[00:03:50] You can go with that, but just from the simplest standpoint, the more we get away from food in its natural state, the more toxin it could be. And what I mean by that is if we're eating food in containers and preserved food with long shelf lives, we have toxins to contend with. And then another toxin that you pointed out is before it even gets to the store, it was grown out in a field.
[00:04:27] And we'll talk probably at more length about the environment. Perhaps, well, we know use of different chemicals being used on crops, so that's another toxin. Um, so there's just different, different angles from which toxicity can be discussed regarding food. Where did you want to start?
[00:04:49] Yeah. Um, well, I want to reference, uh, EWG, the environmental working groups website, because they have a lot of helpful articles there. They have a lot of helpful databases that you can look up products to see what type of toxins are there and what levels of the toxins are there.
[00:05:11] You know? So I really like that. And I've known for a while, but I think you are the first person that pointed that out for me was the dirty dozen, yeah. The dirty dozen, I believe that originated from EWG and I believe it's still on their website and it's the dirty-dozen of fruits and vegetables that have the highest amount of pesticides.
[00:05:35] Yeah, I think they have the clean 15. These have the least amount of pesticides on them... I haven't seen that, but I'm glad to hear about that list too. Yeah, I'll definitely find that in post that below in the show notes.
[00:05:53] So I guess number one is we want to avoid pesticides, right. And another good way when we're looking at that list, a little better way to avoid pesticides would be to choose organic when possible, because there aren't supposed to be pesticides sprayed on organic foods. But there is something that we do have to be aware of when we're going to talk about later the environment, but certain crops are sprayed with pesticides. But hey right across the road, we can have an organic farm.
[00:06:34] That's going to get that same, you know, pesticide residue on it. So, this is just a fact of life, but, uh, it's going to have less pesticides if we choose organic, you know, this is just all possibility. And I don't know to what depth EWG has listed, these pesticides, the contamination amounts. They've done studies. And there is one one, one particular, one that I really want to talk about though.
[00:07:07] And yeah, the chemical that's sprayed very often is glyphosate. Okay. So we spell that G L Y P H O S a T E. And it is something that I learned about a really long time ago. They have many articles dating back as far as 2013, probably even before then. But I found a new article and, um, they're trying to make the public aware, but these are in our children's foods such as cereals Cheerios.
[00:07:46] Is a brand that has a lot of this glyphosate in it. And so does Quaker oats. So I will definitely link that below, but that is really something that we need to think about and what it is is it's the Roundup weed killer. Oh, okay. I've heard of Roundup. You've heard of Roundup. It was specially manufactured for GMO crops and it's soy and wheat and corn, and I don't know, I'm going to have to look up the specifics, but one thing to note about soy is all the soy tofu that's on the shelves. They are non-GMO. But the crops that's being sprayed is that's the soybean for the soybean oil.
[00:08:41] So that's just something to consider. So we really want to avoid soybean oil in our food. So that's an ingredient that would be on the back. Now, glyphosate would not be on the ingredient list, but, um, soybean oil is one.
[00:08:57] What are some other things that you think about avoiding when ... if you are looking at packaged foods? Do you have any specifics? One that comes to mind now that you've I mentioned it and I've seen it more in drinks, especially when the kids did track the Gatorade, the Powerades, and even the track coach used to say, "Hey kids, if you're going to use Gatorade instead of water, water, or coconut water, which is really good, um, please avoid the red Gatorades."
[00:09:26] He would always say, drink the clearest in color that you could, if you're going to drink Gatorade. Because I mean, on the labels that says like FD, different numbers for colors. that's what I've noticed a lot in some of the drinks, but I'm sure in some of the food, there are colors or dyes as well.
[00:09:46] And those are not good either. Yeah, so when we're, when we see colors, F D and C number, whatever there's, yellow, there's blue there's red take note that preservatives are probably included in that food too. I've just noticed that when one's in there they just throw everything in there and, you know, they do that to extend shelf life of those foods. Wow. Okay. Yeah. The colors. And now that you mentioned it, the other thing I've seen is natural flavoring.
[00:10:20] And I always just thought, oh, well, it's natural. But I read somewhere, and I haven't looked it up, but those are not natural really at all. Um, there are things to avoid. You're so right. Yes. I've definitely seen that.
[00:10:34] And we definitely need to put a link to more information about that. And because I have seen lists of what those natural flavors are actually. Yeah, so, okay. There's just so much there, you know, and one that I know... potassium sorbate, that's a preservative and I'll put a link to that and what what's bad about it.
[00:10:57] And these are just some things that I just remember seeing, hydrogenated oils, Although they're supposed to be a move to get those out, but they're just replacing it with something else, you know, some other preservative because they need the food to last on the shelf.
[00:11:12] Right? True. Yeah. So we want to avoid preservatives. We want to avoid colors. We want to avoid all these, you know, oils like specifically soybean oil and there are a few others, I think, canola oil, unless it's listed as non-GMO. Um, wow. Because you know what?
[00:11:37] Like I'm just going to have to call it out the uncle Ben's rice. You know, those little packets that you can get for microwave, which I don't recommend. I know the microwave anyway. Okay. I won't go there. I try and warm up everything in the oven or stove, but those microwave packages of rice.
[00:11:57] If you look closer, these days you'll see manufactured with genetically modified ingredients"- is on that package. Oh, wow. I did not notice that, but I, I'm not surprised. And now that we're going through some of these things to avoid. I don't know if they're in the same category that we're speaking of, but an overabundance of sugar is not good period.
[00:12:23] And, and I, you know, more and more studies are showing that we probably need to detox from sugar sometimes because we just have too much going on in our products, all kinds of sugar from, yeah and then the artificial sugars, which I've read that those may be even worse than the cane sugar.
[00:12:42] I'm sure they're worse than the cane sugar because they're not natural sugars. So the whole idea of just all the sugars, definitely the ones that are the artificial sweeteners, we probably don't want to do a lot of those. Yeah. The others too. The like the ones you said that in the O-S- E. Those are not natural because they have been refined, you know, they're removed from their natural state. And I do want to say though, a lot of the sugar that listed, unless it says organic, that sugar that's listed on many items are from GMO crops. Oh, well, see, I would not have known that. Oh yeah. They're from GMO crops. Beets. Beets is a GMO crop. Yeah. Unless it's organic. Most sugar on products today are from beets and they're GMO beets. Wow. Well, I knew at trader Joe's, once we went to inquire about the corn chips or different chips that were made from corn, , they sit all of our chips are non-GMO.
[00:13:50] So I wonder if. Hold true for everything at their store. I don't know, but I, I will find out because I had never, I just see beets. I'm not thinking non-GMO beets or not. So, um, anyway, that's good information Shonda.
[00:14:04] We do want to let people know that, you know, we're talking about all these things to avoid, and it could sound like a lot. It can sound overwhelming, but it's just a matter of just educating ourselves and making changes. Making changes that make sense for our family and part of making changes that will be healthier for us is eating a more plant-based whole food diet versus more of a standard American diet. So then if you're doing more of a plant-based whole food diet, you won't have to worry as much about these different toxins, um, because you hopefully know where you're getting your food from.
[00:14:46] But, what would you say to that? Because I know when I was a young mother and I start reading all this stuff and learning more and and having a smaller budget. And at one point I did get a bit overwhelmed, to be honest, um, with a young family.
[00:15:00] The only thing I, I would say is don't become stressed out about this. You know, you pray. We know God provides for us our health and our provisions and, and also resources like EWG. If, you know, there are some fruits and vegetables that have more of the, um, the pesticides, then you can go to the other ones that don't.
[00:15:21] So I love how we're providing the EWG link. And on there, it sounds like not only are they telling you which ones to try to avoid, but they're telling you go to these 15 and those are good to go.
[00:15:34] Yeah, you said it exactly. That's exactly a good thing because we don't want to become overwhelmed because that takes us back to creating toxic stress, you know, in our, with our thinking and things like that. But yeah, we are just bringing this to you so that you can become more aware and you can make some wiser choices, you know?
[00:15:55] Um, Just for better health. And like you said, go for more whole foods and it's easier to avoid all of this if we're eating whole foods, you know, and I like to add that whole foods can be made into some really delicious scrumptious food. You know, if, if, if that's what you need to do, I mean, it takes a little bit more work.
[00:16:19] It does, but if that's what you need. Sugar, you know, dates, use dates, you know, and, and just, there are lots of great recipes that use whole foods to make the same food that you may be used to eating, in the standard American diet. You know, you can make cobblers using dates and oats and apples and peaches, you know, there, there's still ways to do this, but you know, it takes learning a different method.
[00:16:52] I mean, just think about it. Well, you learn to bake that cake, you know, you had to learn, if you're making a cake from scratch, I suppose, you know, you learn the steps to make that. So it's just about learning a different method, you know? Exactly. Exactly. I love that encouragement. And, and now with the internet, Hey, you can Google anything, find a video, find people doing it.
[00:17:15] You can have fun watching someone prepare something a new way, and then you can do that and then put your own spin on it. But, um, so we can be encouraged by these different videos out there and, and the food doesn't have to be boring because we're eating it in its whole form.
[00:17:32] Uh, there's just so many things for, for example, carrots, I just like chewing on a carrot, just like it is, but if that's not enough for you, my sister told me. She and her husband chop up the carrots and they cut up the dates that you just mentioned and sprinkle a little salt and that caramelization in the oven, when you bake it with just a little salt... delicious. Sounds like a dessert.
[00:17:58] Yeah. Yeah. For some, yeah. For some, it could be dessert and it could just be a side or something just new to try, right? Yeah okay. That's all great stuff. They're just some really good reference material out there to help get you started. And remember, just start slowly and, and make a little change here and there, and to not be overwhelmed, but just think about, you know, I made a change. I made a positive change and it's good.
[00:18:30] And I'm gonna benefit from it and, and carry on, right? It's all good stuff. I love the idea that we're sharing resources. And if anyone else has any resources, please share them with us because that's part of building a community and encouraging one another. That like you said it's one day at a time.
[00:18:49] It's one day at a time. Yeah, definitely, one day at a time. Okay. Thanks. Thank you. We'll see you all next time.

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Podcast Episode 42 – Raw Foods vs. Cooked Foods

raw food and cooked foods

Today the conversation is about raw foods vs. cooked foods. We share an article (see below), our experiences, and a few tips.

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Raw Food vs. Cooked Food: A Nutrient Analysis (Article referred to in the podcast)

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[00:00:00] Shonda: So I was thinking about raw food and the benefits that it has .
[00:00:04] You know, it was just on my mind to want to express to the community how important raw food and fresh foods are. I'm talking more like salads and, you know, eating fresh fruits and things like that. You know, mostly , I mean, I can't stop talking about juicing. Of course, I do like to juice. That's a raw food option.
[00:00:27] Um, but it was on my mind and then you sent me this article and it's like, oh, okay. So that's what we're talking about today. And it's raw food versus cook food. It also talks about nutrient analysis, but I don't think it goes as deep into nutrient analysis as I thought.
[00:00:45] So we'll just kind of talk about just general raw food versus cooked, and I guess our experiences, and we can talk about what the article talks about.
[00:00:57] Patryce: Excellent. Yeah, it was, it was an interesting article. And when I sent it, the fact that you were thinking about the same subject was awesome. So I haven't eaten mainly raw or a lot of raw but I definitely, even as a kid, I've always gravitated to like the raw carrots and well, like you said, most of our fruits are raw. Apples. How many kids don't like a good apple and especially with almond or peanut butter on it?
[00:01:27] Yeah. This is a very interesting article because it does talk about raw versus the cooked food diet. And, um, I think it starts off by saying that raw versus cooked the answer isn't very clear because there are many different ways of preparing food to start with. Because you can bake it, you can steam it, you can roast it, you can fry it. So. Even if you're cooking it, depending on the way you decided to cook, it can really impact your nutrition.
[00:02:00] And one thing I saw it, I don't know if it was here, but the fact that it didn't seem like boiling your vegetables is the most ideal in most situations.
[00:02:09] Shonda: Yeah, you're right. I think I did read that in this article too. And I know, you know, some people believe that you shouldn't raise the temperature of your foods above a certain point. , But yeah, and just like frying, you know, we're against frying, that's a really high temperature. So, um, you know, some believe that destroys all nutrients in the food when you fry it. So, yeah, but you know, there's a lot of things there there's differences in the way you prepare your food and some nutrients are unlocked by certain cooking methods.
[00:02:42] I know there's a difference between like cooked tomatoes versus not, you know So, you know, it has its benefits. And I think in general, and this is the way I eat. I eat in just a variety. Cooked and raw or fresh foods. And I try to get that all in a same day.
[00:03:03] I try to not eat all cooked foods for an entire single day, you know? And so we can't do that if we are eating fruit, because hopefully we're eating fresh fruit and not just, you know, apple pies and cobblers, somethings like that. So, yeah.
[00:03:23] Patryce: Yeah, I think that's a very good point. You brought up about variety.
[00:03:27] Um, I, I love to do that myself. If you're having some warm food or cooked food. Well, it's good to compliment that with some raw food. And I think most of us do that, um, have some vegetables or the salad. Those are not usually cooked or often the vegetables like carrots may not be and definitely salads are usually not cooked. And it's good to have that kind of variety. And the thing I do want to say is just the reminder that when we're eating raw foods, although they're excellent for us to make sure we thoroughly wash them.
[00:04:02] Shonda: Yeah. Yeah. That is important. Um, especially if we didn't grow them in our own gardens.
[00:04:08] Sure.
[00:04:11] Patryce: Okay. And we can Google different ways to do that because I mean, we can rinse them, but I think baking soda, there, there are different things that you can use just in your pantry to help get a more thorough washing if you want, but definitely rinse them thoroughly. And, um, it's not being finicky. It's just being careful because of diseases. And then let's be honest, the manure, you don't necessarily want to eat that. Yeah.
[00:04:40] Shonda: You don't remember that vegetable has been, so yeah, let's wash our vegetables, even if we're going to cook them, but especially if we're not going to cook them, let's wash them. Yeah. That's a good thing.
[00:04:52] So the, the article will be linked below. You can go and read about all these things: antioxidant differences and vitamin differences. It's a really short, it's like five minutes, really, I think. Um, but. I think it did summarize there's a bottom line here. And like we've talked about before, , it says, and I'm quoting "numerous research studies show that eating more plant sources of foods, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and seeds, and legumes is a key strategy to improve health and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer".
[00:05:35] Patryce: I'm glad you highlighted that. And, and, and I'm sorry, I couldn't help, but mentioning that, not only does it help her overall health part of that overall health is our oral health.
[00:05:45] And maybe we can talk about it another day, but, um, you know, our teeth, our mouth, our gums, that's a big part of our overall health and a more plant-based diet will be better for that as well.
[00:06:00] Shonda: Right? Yeah. I think we've both seen that in our lives and our visits to the dentist . Yeah, we both get good dental reports. Right. So that is something it is for your overall health. But yeah, just recently we both visited the dentist. So we just want to share that with you.
[00:06:18] So what else do we want to talk about? I know what else we can mention here before we let you guys go. We can talk about how we stir steam, our vegetables instead of using oil. So that removes frying... no longer frying vegetables. But we stir steam them and you can do that on a very low temperature. And it only takes one pan and a little bit of water.
[00:06:46] And a lot of times the lower temperature that you use, the less water you need because vegetables have their own liquids. And, they'll taste sweeter and things like that just as if you bake them. I know there are, there is an option to bake and the lower temperature that you bake the better too.
[00:07:04] It's just all about preserving nutrients in the food. So let's try to go for the lower temperatures, especially when we have more time to cook and it's more relaxing to take it at a slower pace and love your food so it can love you back.
[00:07:22] Patryce: I love that love your food so it can love you back. And to your point about the lower temperatures, it did mention in this article about dehydration.
[00:07:31] And if you have a dehydrator or you can pick one up at the garage store or find one on, on a good, for a good sale, you can do that for your kale chips or your fruits. And, um, if you don't have a dehydrator and not investing right now, like you said, just a low, low temperature in the oven should give you similar results.
[00:07:51] Right? Right. Yeah.
[00:07:53] Um, so yeah, this is just. Pretty short article. And, and like you said, the bottom line is regardless. We're not saying that there's only one way to eat your vegetables. We're just concurring that let's eat our vegetables and eat plenty of them.
[00:08:11] Shonda: Yeah. There's a variety of ways to eat vegetables and yeah.
[00:08:16] To make them more enjoyable or just enjoy a different variety. So that's what I try to do.
[00:08:23] Patryce: I do too. Yeah. And, and also for your, when you have young kids, you know, maybe your kids say, oh, I don't like carrots, but then that's because they've only had them a raw, but then maybe you steam some carrots or even bake them.
[00:08:39] And then the kids are like, oh, I really liked those. So just encouraging the parents that if you've baked your carrots and the kids are like, I don't like it. Don't despair. Try to give them to them in another form. Maybe then you give them to them crunchier by giving them raw carrots. So especially with children and when they're young, let them experience the vegetables in different forms.
[00:09:00] Shonda: Yeah. Yeah. That's good. That's another take on raw versus cooked. Yeah, that's a good one.
[00:09:05] Patryce: Another way to incorporate our raw vegetables would be smoothies. You mentioned juicing, but also smoothies and soups.
[00:09:15] There's some, some cold soups, but, uh, that's another way we can enjoy our raw veggies or just enjoying the vegetables again is through smoothies and, uh, soups.
[00:09:27] Shonda: Like for me, I notice a difference of when I don't eat raw food in a day, you know? , but I noticed a difference in energy levels.
[00:09:36] If I don't, if I skip out of raw, fresh food in a day, my energy level is much lower.
[00:09:45] Patryce: Wow, that's powerful. And I think that's good to share because we don't know who out there is, like lacking energy, big time or fatigue, big time, and they've tried everything else. And so there are people who do juice feasts and, and things like that.
[00:10:00] So maybe for that person, who's like no energy. They've tried everything they may want to try just some staight raw vegetables or some juicing, uh, to see if that does up their energy level. I think that's, that's great. And that's worth mentioning, um, because everyone's body is different and I think you've brought it up before that.
[00:10:21] Uh, you can explain it better than me, but it's live, Right?
[00:10:27] Shonda: It's living. It's still living when it comes out of my fridge. It's still living when I consume it. So it's live food, giving life. And you know, when we juice, we get a compressed amount
[00:10:43] of nutrients. Because we're taking two pound of carrots, which I can't sit here and eat two pounds of carrots but I can drink two pounds of carrots.
[00:10:50] So I know a lot of people are worried about the sugar in there and stuff like that. And that's a whole other thing and I'll just have to refer you to Dr. Montgomery. But, um, I've never had problems with that.
[00:11:01] I've noticed a difference. Some people don't. Some people do. If you're lacking energy, try juicing some vegetables and see how it affects you..
[00:11:11] Patryce: Exactly. Great. I'm glad you brought that up because uh real quick, I had an example where we were traveling somewhere and, and just could not find a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, raw foods raw vegetables.
[00:11:25] And it was a very big difference in how I felt. After a day of not being able to eat any raw or fresh fruits and vegetables. So I think people might underestimate how nourishing that can be to your body. So again, I would just encourage you if you've tried everything else, try juicing and, or try just some raw foods for a couple days, uh, and see if you feel better.
[00:11:54] Shonda: So I really liked the bottom line of this article because, um, you know, that's the bottom line. Um, we're talking about upping our plant intake, right? And whether you do it raw or cooked, we recommend that you do both.
[00:12:16] Patryce: True. I love that bottom line.

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