Greenwashing at the Green Festival?

Last weekend my fantastic assistant Lisa Fiorvante and I attended the NYC Green Festival. This event, hosted in a number of cities around the country is a project of Green America and Global Exchange which aims provide a platform for organizations & business to showcase their programs and products to forward thinking, socially, ethically, and environmentally conscious consumers. Just our kind of place! While this event didn't focus specifically on the issue of "environmental toxins", being a "green festival" meant that nearly all the vendors there were offering programs or products that were connected to this conversation. This part ofREAD MORE

Creating A Spring Cleaning Gift Basket For Your Clients

Ahhh spring! The time of renewal and the time when so many people are thinking "spring cleaning". This includes your clients. This is also the time of year when more people are participating in diet cleanses and detoxes then any other time AND when they're also looking around their homes getting ready to a do a deep clean there as well. Think these things are unrelated? Think again! In traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is the season for cleansing... so it only makes sense that our attention and mindset are fixed there. As a health coach, or wellness practitioner it's smartREAD MORE

Is It Chemicals, Not Calories?

Ok. I’m going to just say it. I’m probably going to offend a few people, but that’s not my intention. Here goes: We’re FAT. In fact, we’re super fat, and it’s not okay. Over the past 50 or so years, obesity - that ever popular killer - has risen from 13% of the US population, up to 35%. That’s massive. That is a MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. Good old America has some of the highest rates of obesity in the entire world. Yay for the land of plenty (note heavy sarcasm here). Medical costs associated with obesity were estimated toREAD MORE

How do I get rid of what’s already in me?

If I had to write down the most frequently asked questions about environmental toxins, ‘how do I get rid of what’s already inside me’ would surely top the list. This is an important question, and definitely the most obvious one when thinking about chemical-build up in the body. Just this past week I attended a lecture at the New York Academy of Medicine that addressed in part environmental toxins presence in human breast milk. Sitting behind me was Doula and Lactation Consultant who asked about how someone can remove toxins that have built up, and is there ever a pointREAD MORE

Does "detoxing" miss the point?

As a health coach, and part of the community of health & wellness practitioners, you know how front and center detoxes are. There are literally hundreds of detoxes out there - from short ones running only 5 days to longer ones running 3-4 weeks. Sugar detoxes, junk food detoxes, green juice detoxes, the list is long. The point of these short detoxes is to give your clients a supported leg up on getting their health on track - they're designed to give your clients a taste of what feeling really good actually feels like - and they're designed to beREAD MORE

Hormones & Chemicals - Small Doses Matter

Did you know that there are around 70,000 checmials in the US that exhibit hormonal effects in the body? Yikes! Couple chronic toxic exposure with poor eating habits, too much sugar and processed foods, not enough exercise, stress of everyday life, and we've got a recipe for some seriously out of balance hormones. This hormonal imbalance is likely at the root of most people's weight problems, infertility, reduced sex drive, increased cancer risks, and could very likely be a significant factor in increases in childhood diseases and developmental and behavioral problems. Although I'm not the hormonal exerpt that Andrea NakayamaREAD MORE

How What's In Your Vitamix Could Make You Fat...

Okay, so the title of this post seems like a bit of a stretch, right? Because you're probably thinking that I'm talking about blending up pints of ice cream up the Vitamix and eating those day in and day out. While that might certainly cause you to gain a couple extra pounds, that's actually not what I'm talking about at all. In fact, I'm not talking about what you put in your blender, but rather, what your blender is made of.  In the health coaching and health & wellness world in general, the Vitamix (or Blendtec, if you bend thatREAD MORE

Why does your shower curtain stink?

Close your eyes. Transport yourself to the bath section of your local Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, or other big box store. Imagine yourself in plastic land, surrounded by  dozens of new plastic shower curtains. I don’t know too many people who aren’t familiar with that “shower curtain smell”, and I know less people that enjoy it. It’s sharp, strong, and gives me a headache. And it’s categorically, no way around it, super bad for you. That’s right “Bad For You” - just like Big Mac’s, partially hydrogenated oils, and deep fried Mars bars. Shower curtains are made with PVC,READ MORE

Does Your Detox Go "There"?

  See that photo on the left? How many times have you seen that specific image? If you're in the Health Coaching world, you've probably seen it a trillion times! I know I have! It's graced dozens and dozens of health coach websites AND detox programs. Why am I sharing this with you? To illustrate the fact that with sooooo many health coaches hitting the scene (which is amazing) it's more important than ever for you to set what YOU do apart from the pack (I'd start by NEVER using this photo - no matter how great it is!). CheckREAD MORE

I'm Okay, You're Okay.... Well, Sort Of

Last week I gave a talk to a group of parents at my niece's preschool about toxins in the kitchen that might be impacting the health of their children. These parents dragged out on a rainy night to hear me talk and were hungry for simple solutions to avoid or minimize toxic exposures at home... there were lots of questions, a bunch of gasps, and a few "omg"'s throughout the night. But them my favorite question came up: "I was raised using all these same products, and I'm okay... is this really a big deal?" The answer: YES! It's aREAD MORE