Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Have a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving by Avoiding Additives in Your Food.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays!
Pic Credit: LakeArrowHeadResort

I enjoy cooking for my family and working in the kitchen with my daughters and sons. Every year I try to make things from scratch in order to control what actually goes in my food.

This year we're having antibiotic-free, grass-fed (non-gmo grain) free-range turkey. I've chosen ingredients that are either unprocessed, certified organic and/or non-gmo free. Such as coconut flour, coconut sugar, millet flour, pink salt, coconut oil, unrefined (sustainable) red palm oil and more to replace processed ingredients and create more wholesome meals. Not everything is certified organic, BUT there are no packaged or processed foods in this meal, which is my ultimate goal.

Industrial Chemicals in Umbilical Cord Blood
Pregnant moms (and breastfeeding moms) are truly susceptible and vulnerable to processed meals. I beg of you to avoid these types of quick and easy meals for the sake of your little ones, or take the time to read the labels and learn about at least ONE of the ingredients on the label.

The EWG conducted an umbilical cord blood study and the findings are nothing short of disturbing. It was largely believed that the placenta shielded the cord blood and developing baby from environmental pollutants. Unfortunately, the study spearheaded by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) dispelled that belief.

Approximately 287 industrial chemicals were found in 10 babies. Eight perfluorochemicals detected - used as stain and oil repellents in fast food packaging, clothing, textiles and Teflon, brominated flame retardants and various pesticides. The scary part for me, personally speaking, is the 100% contamination rate in this study.

Additives in Food, Surprising Facts You May Not Know
The EWG recently released the Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives. Dr. Mercola sums up some pretty interesting information based on this guide.

  • Many additives have been linked to health concerns. Some have even received GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status.
  • Bromide, an endocrine disruptor is commonly found in breads such as hot dog and hamburger buns.
  • Foods may be contaminated via packaging, as shown by the EWG cord blood study. (perfluorochemicals)
  • BHA is banned for use in infant foods in the UK and banned for use in all foods in some parts of EU. The FDA considers BHA a GRAS additive. 
  • "Natural Flavors" are created in labs and can be contaminated with chemicals.

My Thanksgiving Tips

  • Try to make your Thanksgiving meal composed of mainly wholesome foods, made from scratch, by avoiding boxed foods such as instant potatoes & stuffing. 
  • Use quality ingredients - Unrefined, grass-fed, Certified Organic (not organic claims), Non-GMO, raw, low-heat, cold processed, minimally processed are key words, BUT you'll need to know what they mean in the sense of processing and of course-label reading and comprehension is key. My label-reading series can be found here. Unfortunately, many companies use these terms deceptively.

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Non-Toxic Gift Guide #Spa Her

As the savvy consumer become more and more aware of what's in our food and products, gift giving and receiving can be a dilemma! Here are some suggestions from TheOliveParent Organics shop for dilemma free and thoughtful gifts. It it truly vital to consider toxic-free skin care! What is put on our skin can be readily absorbed directly into the bloodstream without filtering. Our skin is a living organ! Read: What You Thought You Knew About The Cosmetic Industry... 

For more **details about products, shipping and discounts, please visit the Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Guide home page.

Gift suggestion... make a Spa gift certificate for that special lady (person) in your life, for a free foot and back rub along with the following organic items....

Inland salt blended with organic coconut oil, orange essential oil, lime, cinnamon, clove, rosemary and jojoba, is sure to create that at home spa environment. Your loved one can use this in the shower or bath
**Retail Price: $45.05

This seasonal, holiday-themed massage oil blends sunflower seed oil, jojoba and avocado fruit oils with clove, lime, cinnamon, sweet orange and rosemary for a rejuvenating, relaxation massage.
**Retail Price: $26.60

While she (or he) is enjoying her foot rub, a mineral mask a favored spa ritual! Sun-dried Kaolinite Clay (white clay) with hops, nettle, horsetail and more make for a gentle, but effective mask. The Rejuvenating Mineral Mask works in conjunction with the Rejuvenating skin type (dry/mature).
**Retail Price: $28.65

For your free product consultation please use the contact form on the sidebar. Gift certificates are available to purchase at the shop.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Remembering Our Veterans This Holiday Season

November 11th is Veteran's Day!

If you're a fan of Nordic Naturals' high quality fish oils, you can support our heros by purchasing one of the following:

***All bottle sizes of Baby’s DHA, Children’s DHA™, Nordic Berries™, Omega-3, Complete Omega™, Ultimate Omega®, Pet Cod Liver Oil, and Omega-3 Pet™ ***

Until December 31st, your purchase will support monthly donations of Nordic Naturals omega oils to veterans and their service dogs via the program, Paws for Veterans.

Learn more by visiting and watching this heart warming video.

Disclosure: This promotional article is sponsored by Nordic Naturals. TheOliveParent received compensation in the form of products for this promotion.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Keeping #Ebola Concerns in Perspective - Dr. Elaine Addresses Your Questions

It is difficult not to be confused about Ebola. Moms and dads, primary caregivers of their families' health have rightful concerns about this viral infection. As a mom of seven children, I too want to ensure my family is safe and well. Unfortunately, information regarding Ebola has been conflicting, confusing, overwhelming and exploited as a marketing tactic.

I am blessed to have a friend in Dr. Elaine Ferguson, the author of Superhealing. She was able to expound to me personally and on her blog just exactly how the Ebola virus works. Not only that, she highlights very common sense information.

*Much of what is being reported is media-based fear and will pass. To keep things in perspective, Dr. Elaine invites us to recall our own history of pandemic reporting,

  • SARS
  • Bird Flu
  • Y2K
  • H1N1
  • MERS
  • Anthrax
*The five Americans that contracted the virus in Africa were successfully treated, as noted by President Obama.

*Ebola is NOT an airborne virus, despite conflicting reports. She points out that viruses do not change their vector of transmission (mode of transmission). For example, HIV has always been 
transmitted via blood or bodily fluids.

*We need to consider the general malnourished state of African countries.

If you're concerned, worried or even fearful of contracting the virus, I highly encourage you to read Dr. Elaine's articles found below. 

As parents and stewards of our family's health, we should focus on what we should always be doing...protecting and developing our immune & gut systems with nutrient-rich diets, exercise and fresh air. With 80% of packaged American foods banned in many other countries due to its chemical content, the chances ofAmericans developing a chronic disease is possibly higher, than the chance of catching Ebola.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

What You Thought You Knew About The Cosmetic Industry, but Didn’t

Beauty sleep can only do so much! We use at least nine products for maintenance and upkeep daily. Soaps, lotions, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners and more. For women we use a heck of a lot more. Think hair style, makeup, skin care…the products I use are literally falling off the shelf, while my husband’s cabinet has plenty of space. Smile

What about product safety? Many of us take for granted that the products we use on a daily basis are safe simply because they for sale in a store somewhere.

“Consumers believe that ‘if it's on the market, it can't hurt me.’ And this belief is sometimes wrong.” – Director of FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors (FDA 1998)

Despite the fact that its explained as clear as day on, many of us are unaware that the cosmetic industry is self-regulated…

“FDA does not have the legal authority to approve cosmetic products and ingredients (other than color additives) before they go on the market. We also do not have a list of tests required for any particular cosmetic product or ingredient.”

If that’s not surprising enough…

“FDA encourages cosmetic firms to report product formulations through the VCRP (Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program). The VCRP database provides important information on these cosmetics. However, the companies are not legally required to tell FDA about their products and safety data.” -

That’s right folks, although companies are “responsible” for ensuring their products are safe, they do not have to provide any safety data showing this. Where does that leave the rest of us? Wading through a wide array of products laded with chemicals that are largely untested for safety and there’s even less information on how they interact with each other.

Nearly one-third of all products on the market contain one or more ingredients classified as possible human carcinogens, And 70% of all products on the market contain ingredients that can be contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and other health problems. (Richard DeAndrea – Holistic Living Guide)

Transforming your mindset with this new knowledge must be taken in conjunction by linking wellness with skin care. Skin isn’t just skin as many would love to believe. Our skin is our body’s largest organ, taking up 11 to 17 percent of our body’s weight. The skin has six functions, but the one function that must be considered is absorption. Skin care is absolutely linked to wellness, if you don’t believe this, think about the birth control or nicotine patch that can control your ability to have children and your desires for a cigarette.

Are Cosmetic Products More Important Than Food?

Whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream without the detoxification support of our digestive system. This should give anyone serious pause before lathering on their favorite lotion. Dr. Joseph Mercola decrees that putting chemicals on your skin is actually worse than ingesting them…

“Putting chemicals on your skin or scalp, such as getting a hair dye, may actually be worse than eating them...when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs.” - Dr, Joesph Mercola -

It would be simpler and more sensible to view our skin as a LIVING organ…like our lungs, heart, kidney and treat it as such. In this perception the best rule to follow in choosing products with safe ingredients is not to put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t eat.

Choose Certified Organic When Possible

According to the Sins of Greenwashing report, the number one greenwashing offense is “No Proof”. Whenever possible, choose certified organic products, especially when selecting products for use when pregnant or caring for young children. Why? Since companies are not legally required to provide safety data to the FDA, we should hold them accountable to prove safety to US, the consumer. A way to do that is an independent third party certification that shows a guarantee of an “organic” claim. Companies that are certified organic or sell certified organic products must comply with stringent international standards, showing and proving an organic audit trail from seed, growing, harvesting, storage, transporting and processing right through to the finished product. Even then, a certified organic certification should be carefully considered. Not all certifying agencies are created equal, however, that is a topic for another article, which you’ll find here: What you should know is that there are two kinds of organic certification; cosmetic and food. Cosmetic standards do allow for some synthetic ingredients, while food grade is much more stricter.

Read “Levels of Organic Certification” for more information

Miessence is the world’s first certified organic skin & body care range, certified to international FOOD grade standards! Learn more here: