Margaret Floyd Barry is the author of the Eat Naked books and a nutritional consultant. She explains that there are two parts to detoxifying: cleaning house at a cellular level and drainage to make sure the toxins have an easy exit. This second part is essential and often forgotten in a person’s enthusiasm to get…
Women who breastfed their babies talk about it as one of most wonderful, intimate things they have ever experienced. This may be because years of harmonious snuggling stand between them and those early weeks of figuring out how to do something considered so natural that it should be simple. But I have seen more tears…
This recipe has changed and morphed over the years – but it is basically the simplest and best skin hydration I’ve found. Not only do I make it to use at home, I make extra when I blend a batch to share with new mamas in my community. No photos will be shared of this…
Breastfeeding: Mandate, Monetize, or just leave-it to Mom?
The United Arab Emirates’ Federal National Council recently passed a clause mandating women breastfeed their babies for two years as part of their new Child Rights Law. And, of course, the world is going crazy over the news with every North American journalists and women’s organizations rushing to condemn the move (or so it would seem by reading some of the American
What to learn from Angelina Jolia’s preventative mastectomy and how mama’s everywhere can empower themselves towards better breast health & worry less about breast cancer
The other day a mama I know blushed as she was talking about nursing with me and said, “But I guess breastfeeding isn’t really an environmental issue.” It is something that I think is important, but is it an environmental issue? There are three components of “green” that apply to this question: impacts on the environment, impacts on health, and economics.
I love reading. My children love reading. Much of our family culture is modeled around reading. I read for work and for pleasure everyday and most days I also read to my children for at least an hour. Thanks to the advent of audiobooks, I also listen to hours of audiobooks. Indeed, my children are…
Meaningful, Ethical, Green & (Not-too-late) Gift Ideas for the Kids and Mamas in your Life Want presents this holiday that are less about stuff, yet still allow you to enjoy the act of giving and receiving? Of course you do. Here’s a look of what some of our TheGreenMama.com team are doing! (And, yes, this…
What a parent should know about ensuring a vegetarian baby is healthy I was a vegetarian, and for some years a vegan (strict vegetarian), during my early adult life. I chose this path for a mixture of health, environmental, and ethical reasons. But I do not recommend this for the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum years….
Well, it depends on who you ask. Nalgene, probably the best known maker of the hard, plastic water bottles that adults use, says “Of course not!” but they are still phasing out their polycarbonate lines. (Polycarbonate is that rigid, clear plastic that almost all of their bottles were made of.) Nalgene, along with many other bottle companies, are phasing out polycarbonates due to consumer pressure around Bisphenol A (BPA).
Why eating organic is important, how to prioritize what foods to buy organic, and organic shopping 101 Organic Eating 101: Why It’s important It’s important to eat organic. Every functional nutritionist, toxin scientist, and holistic medical professional that I spoke with for both of my Green Mama books said that children and parents-to-be, especially moms…
How to Find Healthy & Safe Seafood & Fish: Without Antibiotics, Mercury, GM Feed, or Cloned Genetics
Demystifying Eating Fish: How to find baby and mama (and earth)-safe seafood When I lived in the Midwest, I didn’t think much about fish and seafood. The fish that came out of Lake Erie weren’t particularly appetizing. Now, that I live on the coast, fish and seafood are a regular (and tasty) part of my…
A truly healthy, green mattress might be the most important investment you make in your home. Certainly, it is in your child’s bedroom. Why get a truly natural mattress? Because conventional mattresses are toxic and the toxins they release (and continue to release throughout their entire life) have been found in the blood of newborn…
The Green Mama gives a few tips for shopping green, ethical, and last-minute
No worries, I am not one to lecture about leaving shopping to the last minute. I am pretty sure it is the only shopping my family ever does. It seems to be made worse by my family’s disdain of typical consumerism. Yet, to handmake all the gifts I so desperately want to bestow on the teachers, friends, family, and many other loved ones I know, I would have needed to start months ago. And, I didn’t.
Soy versus milk formula? Breastmilk is the healthy and green choice. However, if a baby does need formula, what next? The issue isn’t being talked about enough in the right circles because mom’s still have lots of questions, despite the fact that the research in this case gives us a clear answer to questions like…
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