It's that time of year again, and Natural Girl Diary is in the
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Giving gifts that lean towards healthy, more natural ingredients is always a good idea - even if you don't have any health nuts on your Christmas list!
For the Family
This gift basket includes spiced cider with a mug for each family member. Holiday characters (available at Michael's craft stores) hold organic candy canes by Tru Joy brand all natural confectioners.
For the Naturalist
This gift basket contains Skin Food nourishing lotion by Weleda, a selection of herbal teas, a handmade essential oil bar soap, Burt's Bees lip balm, and Simply Organic brand natural shampoo and conditioner.
For the Teacher
Angie's brand specialty popcorn is highly addictive! Made with Non-GMO corn and NO high fructose corn syrup (thank you Angie's!), dark chocolate drizzle completes this delicious holiday treat.
( Check out the company at angiespopcorn.com.)
For the Beauty Lover
This all purpose kit contains Soap bark and chamomile cleansing cream, milk and honey body lotion, coconut foot cream, beeswax lip balm and hand salve.
For the Health Nut
For the Tea Drinker
Fill a brand new mug with a quality selection of herbal teas. Perfect for those whose traditions include a "cup of Christmas Tea"!
Beloved by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, GT's Synergy and raw kombucha drinks are SUPER healthy, effervescent probiotic drinks that come in over 20 flavors. As a bonus they're vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
During this month of November and Thanksgiving in the U.S., we reflect on giving thanks for our blessings. Here's a little story that I hope will encourage you to BE a blessing.
Many years ago, I worked in the professional beauty industry and had to attend a trade show just days after the death of a friend. I shouldn't have been there, really.
I couldn't work, couldn't think, and I was crying.... A lot.
Most people ignored my sorrow, but not David Wagner, a.k.a, "The Daymaker". He took me for a walk, let me talk about my friend, and gave me a copy of his book, Life As A Daymaker. While the sorrow was still there, his gesture left me with a warm glow of kindness that was like a hug on my heart.
We all know people who are a blessing to others, but have you considered what you can do to BE a blessing FOR others? David started the "Daymaker Movement", encouraging people to commit intentional acts of goodwill. I'd like to share just one act of goodwill from the Daymaker blog.
Steven in Seattle writes:
Recently, I was at a gas station getting a snack. A man came up to the counter next to me and gave the cashier $1.37, for gas for his car. I overheard this, and a few things crossed my mind. First, I was thankful that I am able to fill my own gas tank. Second, I felt empathy for the man with so little at that moment. Finally, the logo of the Daymaker website flashed across my mind and the tag line was, "FILL THIS MANS TANK!"I immediately plopped down my debit card to pay for a full tank of gas for the man. The man with $1.37 teared up.
The gas station employee teared up. And I teared up.
It was great! But, it gets better.
The lady behind me in line offered to buy the snack I was getting for myself. Then the man behind her offered to buy the milk she was in line to get. So we all had a moment, and then went our separate ways. The cashier asked me what to do with the original $1.37. He gave it to me, and all I could think of was to go outside and give it back. A few more tears were shared at the pump, and I walked away feeling 100% sure that I had gotten the most out making that man's day. It was great to see the Daymaker ripple effect among 4 strangers at a gas station on a rainy night in Seattle.'
I hope this idea will encourage you to consider the many ways in which you might "be a blessing" in the life of another with an intentional act of kindness.
Here's to paying blessings forward!
Gluten e-Summit: November 11 - 18
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Hooray for Hawaii!
| || |HISTORIC ANTI-GMO BILL PASSED IN PARADISE: HAWAII COUNTY SETS U.S. PRECEDENT IN BANNING MUTANTS FROM AGRICULTURE
Kona, HI (Oct. 17, 2013)—A historic
vote by lawmakers on the Big Island of Hawaii yesterday banned open-air research
and agricultural usage of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Read More HERE....
Breast Cancer: Empower Yourself with Prevention
| || |October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Are you aware that many healthy lifestyle strategies have been scientifically tested to cut your risk of cancer by 50% or MORE?
The following article by Dr. Mercola shares how "turmeric can slash your risk by about half, while optimizing your vitamin D levels has been shown to cut breast cancer incidence by 77 percent".
Read more HERE.
Additionally, eat less sugar to combat cancer and a host of other "sugar toxicity" diseases (see "Sugar Toxicity and How to Reverse It below) .
Was Your Halloween Healthy - Or Horrifying?
Sugar Toxicity & How to Reverse It
| || |Ken McCarthy of the Real Food Channel shares the following report from 60 Minutes:
Sugar is highly addictive and we pay an extremely high price for overindulgence.
The good news? Switching to a
diet of whole, unprocessed foods can reverse the effects.
Take the time to watch this video (14:09):http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/10397.html
It's that time of year! Kids are back in school and that means everyone in the household could use a little more energy to keep up with hectic, dynamic schedules. Enjoy these ideas and tips for starting the school year right.
Protein packed energy nuggets give kids and grown ups real fuel with brain boosting nutrients. Click here
for the quick, no bake recipe.
Try a berry treat with a chocolate chip surprise inside. How fun is that?!
(photo & idea by saucysprinkles.com)
Create a butterfly with a ziploc bag and clothespin, providing two healthy snacks in one container. (photo & idea from why not do it yourself on tumblr.)
Place a rubber band around an apple after you slice it to prevent the individual slices from turning brown.
20 Quick & Healthy Snacks
I love the selection on the right from the website keepyourdietreal.com for its heavy emphasis on plant based foods.
Since the average child in the U.S. does not get enough fruits and vegetables into their daily diet, these suggestions can help when you are racking your brain for new ideas. (Click on image for list).
Additionally, check out the list of
The 50 Best Snacks for Your Child's Backpack
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Finally, I couldn't resist including this neat idea (left) for using chalkboard paint to create a message board on the inside of your child's lunchbox. Write a love note, or include a positive quote to let kids know you are thinking of them in the middle of the day.
Sometimes, a little encouragement goes a long way!
Get the tutorial by clicking HERE.
Photo & idea from the blog Scissors & Spatulas.
Playful arrangements using natural items such as edible flowers, mint leaves, and berries take plain old cake from ordinary to extra-ordinary!
Above: Echinacea flowers and mint leaves are added as decorative elements for a Tinkerbell party cake.
Right: A plethora of berries and edible flowers have been added to this fairy themed cake.
Would you consider adding natural elements to a cake like the ones pictured above?
Would you go completely "au natural" with cake-like creations using only fruit as seen in the photos below?
I love these eye-catching, super healthy stand-ins for cake. We could all use healthier ideas for our celebrations, don't you think?
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Cupcake replacement? Hollowed out halves of citrus are filled with a variety of colored melon balls topped with a sprig of mint.
We all do our best to eat healthier, but celebrations can prove challenging. Would you ever consider trying any of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
In case you missed any of the posts I created for How Does She this summer, here's a round up of the most recent that will help you eat healthy, stay cool, & keep everyone creative with simple DIY, repurposed craft projects. Click on images below for tutorial.
An easy, inexpensive water balloon alternative.
Beat the Heat
Foods & activities to help you stay cool.
A quick craft for kids made from empty soda bottles.
Simple DIY & stellar gift idea made from tin stars and paper.
For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have understood that all foods possess a naturally warming, cooling, or neutral temperature. Watermelon has a cooling effect on the body, making it a perfect summer food. Click on the images below for watermelon recipes that will truly help you "stay cool!" through the rest of summer.
Just For Kids
Watermelon Health Benefits
They even help protect the skin against sunburn!
Drink Container Idea
Hollow half a small watermelon with a melon baller, puree the flesh in a blender, and pour back into melon. Enjoy!
| |If you have never picked your own produce, or have never taken your kids to pick their own, be sure to put it on your bucket list and get it done!
Getting acquainted with how our food is grown and then eating it fresh from the garden or an organic farm is an invaluable experience that entire families enjoy. Kids actually become interested in eating healthy foods when they participate in some part of the growing and harvesting process.
Find a participating farm today!
Are You Choosing Healthy Thoughts & Actions?
Our combined efforts make up the collective pool of humanity. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all contribute thoughts, emotions, and actions to the pool that affect the whole. When we are conscious of this perspective, we can choose thoughts, emotions, and actions that are healthiest for the "I", and for the "We"!
"All mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.
And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be - this is the interrelated structure of reality."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
from his commencement address at Oberlin College