Cupboard food Storage

Refridgerator Food Storage

Mason Jars – Wide mouth quart or half-gallon size jars work perfectly to store everything from soups and sauces to broths and casseroles. I even use them for ingredients that I’ve prepped ahead of time, such as sliced carrots and bell peppers.

Glass Pyrex Containers –While these do have plastic lids, I haven’t found glass containers I like better than those made by Pyrex. Plus, the sets are pretty inexpensive. Definitely a great place to start if you’re switching from plastic containers.

Collapsible Silicon Containers – Lacking storage space? Collapsible silicon containers take up very little space in the cupboard and are super easy to clean.

Bees Wrap – Bees Wrap is a wax-covered fabric wrap that can be used to cover and store cheeses, bread and just about anything else you can think of. It’s the perfect zero waste swap for plastic wrap.

 

Freezer Food Storage

Leftovers can be stored in the freezer for three or four months. Just make sure they are kept in airtight containers to prevent loss of moisture and flavor.

Parchment Paper – Natural parchment paper can be used to wrap everything from fish to bread for freezer storage. Plus, it can be composted or recycled when you’re done using it.

Stainless Steel Tiffins – A tiffin is a type of multipurpose container that is both airtight and watertight when latched. They are non-breakable and can fit a lot of food, making them perfect for freezer meals!

Glass Containers – I used to think that freezer foods needed to be packed in plastic to avoid freezer burn. That’s not the case! Your food will hold up perfectly in everything from mason jars to Pyrex containers. Just make sure you leave liquids enough room to expand as they freeze

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Nature can recover …… I have watched it happen with my own eyes.

As a child one of the first events that opened my mind as to what we were doing to our water was the day Lake Erie started on fire it was so filled with toxic chemicals. This even t was not even due to a spill but a general overall dumping of toxic waste into the rivers over 50 or 100 years.

http://www.environmentalcouncil.org/priorities/article.php?x=264

 

But nature can recover …..

Grassroots organizations fought and struggled to

https://phys.org/news/2017-02-nature-fungi-relationships.html

It takes a while but

 

Environmentalist’s have been writing about the effects of agricultural chemicals on bird’s since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962 to warn people about the effects of DDT.

It took 10 years before DDT was finally banned; even then it was not until a class action suit was  The Environmental Defense Funds

wrote about the increase in bird populations after the use of DDT declined.

There are articles online about her saving the Brown Pelican;

http://eap.mcgill.ca/MagRack/JPR/JPR_14.htm

 

In the mid-1960s fewer than 500 nesting pairs of bald eagles existed in the continental U.S.; today, thanks to the DDT ban and other conservation efforts, some 10,000 pairs of bald eagles inhabit the Lower 48—that’s a 20-fold population increase in just four decades! In 2007 the federal government removed the bald eagle from the Endangered Species List. 

As I travelled through

Studies

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/07/10-7

Do we really have to wait for our bird populations

A class of insecticides linked to the decline of bees may be even more ecologically damaging than previously thought, possibly causing declines in birds as well.

The new findings by researchers from the Netherlands was published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

The researchers looked at one neonicotinoid or “neonic” called imidacloprid, and found that where the concentrations of that insecticide were more than 20 nanograms per liter, bird populations dropped by 3.5 per cent on average annually.

“In ten years it’s a 35% reduction in the local population, it’s really huge,” study co-author Hans de Kroon from Radboud University told BBC News. “It means the alarm bells are on straight away.”

The scientists suspect that the imidacloprid builds up and can persist for years in the soil, killing insects that the birds depend on for food, therefore leading to their decline.

“Our results suggest that the impact of neonicotinoids on the natural environment is even more substantial than has recently been reported and is reminiscent of the effects of persistent insecticides in the past,” the study reads.

The new study comes on the heels of an analysis by a global team of scientists whichfound “clear evidence” that neonics—the most widely used insecticides in the world—pose threats to bees, other pollinators, earthworms and ecosystems across the globe.

“Our study really makes the evidence complete that something is going on here,” de Kroontold the Guardian. “We can’t go on like this any more. It has to stop.”

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/about/types.htm

 

When temperatures rise, people instinctively resort to air conditioning. But that comfort comes at a price: in 2005, for example, 91.4 million U.S. households consumed 258 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity running air conditioners, according to the Energy Information Administration. That translates to about $24 billion in energy costs and 171 million tons of global warming emissions.

 

To keep both you and the planet cooler, consider these energy-efficient alternatives:

Evaporative coolers, also known as “swamp” coolers, use a fan to draw outside air through water-saturated pads, making the incoming air 15ºF to 40ºF cooler. They work best in dry or desert climates with little humidity. Two-stage coolers, which first pass the air through a heat exchanger, are effective in areas where temperatures reach or exceed 100ºF. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), evaporative coolers use about 75 percent less energy than a central air conditioner and cost half as much to install, but because they can consume up to 15 gallons of water per day, their use might be restricted during water shortages.

Whole-house fans installed in the ceiling pull cool evening and morning air into the house, while forcing hot air out through the attic. They use just one-tenth the electricity of a comparably sized air conditioner. Because of the heavy volume of air flow, you may need to install additional attic vents.

Ceiling fans help circulate the air, making it feel cooler. You can even run a ceiling fan in conjunction with an air conditioner set 4ºF higher than you otherwise would, with no change in comfort and less energy use overall (especially when using an Energy Star-rated fan, which is up to 20 percent more efficient than a standard model). To move air effectively, fan blades should be 10 to 12 inches from the ceiling.

Passive cooling strategies are electricity-free ways to reduce the amount of heat entering your home. For example:

  • Trees—Planting deciduous trees on the south side of your home can help block sunlight in the summer but allow it through in the winter. According to the DOE, trees can reduce the surrounding air temperature as much as 9ºF, and the air within their shade as much as 25ºF. Keeping an air conditioner in full shade can increase its efficiency up to 10 percent. 

  • Solar screens—This window-covering fabric blocks up to 90 percent of incoming solar heat without obscuring your view. 

  •  Awnings—These can reduce solar heat gain by 77 percent on west-facing windows, according to the DOE.

 If you do decide an air conditioner is necessary, buy an Energy Star-rated model sized for your needs. Switching every room air conditioner sold in the United States to Energy Star models would avoid 650,000 tons of global warming emissions—the equivalent of taking 115,000 cars off the road.

I remember catching a ride from Napanee to Ottawa Canada in the 1970’s. I still remember the reasoning I had with the doctor who picked me up that day. One of the statements he made I have never forgotten.
“If a man from Mars landed on earth right now they would think from watching TV commercials that the most important concept is to not smell; armpit; foot; vagina; mouth; deodorants as well as creams; oils and perfumes to ensure a cloud of scent all around us.”
Just  few decades ago at least half the deodorants available at your local grocery store did not contain aluminum.
Now 100% of all deodorants available in Dominica contain up to 25 percent aluminum salts by weight.
The problem is this: nobody really knows what aluminum does in the human body. In the case of deodorants, you’re applying aluminum directly to the skin and leaving it there. With women, in particular, that skin might be broken from shaving.
You’ll notice most antiperspirants contain a warning to discontinue use if you experience irritation from its use, and quite a few people are sensitive to the aluminum salts, parabens and triclosan common in over-the-counter products.
But what really worries some health experts is aluminum’s possible connection to breast cancer and dementia. Other experts say there is no connection. There are few studies.
Dr. Philippa Darby of the U.K.’s University of Reading. She’s recently published a paper in the Journal of Applied Toxicology showing that aluminum salts increase estrogen-related gene expression in cultured human breast cancer cells. In other words, the aluminum appears to mimic estrogen under lab conditions. Elevated estrogen levels are tied to a higher risk of breast cancer.
More study is in order, but Darby’s research raises new question for investigators.
aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium — and they’re cheap!
We all want to smell good and feel clean. Those not-so-fresh moments are caused by bacteria which thrive in warm, moist places. Armpits are the Monte Carlo of the single-cell jet set. But you can deport them with an inexpensive deodorant stone.
These stones — sometimes called by one of their trade names, Thai Sticks — are large, smooth crystals of potassium alum (potassium aluminum sulfate). Potassium alum is a naturally occurring form of aluminum salt. The difference between potassium alum and aluminum chlorohydrate is that potassium alum is a much larger molecule, not thought to be absorbable through human skin. Wet the stone and apply it like a conventional roll on. Rinse and set it aside to dry. That’s it.
There are no perfumes or additives, and you probably won’t need any. A deodorant stone doesn’t stain, and it works all day. If you want something fancier, there are spray and roll-on versions with additives such as aloe and essential oils. Jason, Alba, Thai Stick and Kiss My Face are among those you’ll find online or at your local natural health store.
A plain stone will cost you $5 or $6, and could last up to a year.
If you’re looking to completely eliminate aluminum from your deodorant and your medicine cabinet, there are other options. Tom’s of Maine makes a well-regarded line of non-aluminum products featuring zinc ricinoleate and natural ingredients. Zinc ricinoleate is also the basis of Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh in scented and floral formulas. Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant uses oil of sage for its active ingredient, and Trader Joe’s sells a natural deodorant which relies on a cotton product to approximate the antiperspirant action of aluminum zirconium. Surprisingly, mainline manufacturer Adidas also makes a non-aluminum deodorant: Adidas 24-Hr Control. It’s not expensive, and the sort of thing you’d find in a conventional drugstore.
Alternatives to boughten deodorant
Good old Hydrogen Peroxyde. I began to stink worse than any construction worker – You can laugh but trust me it was no joke. The first time I noticed the smell I looked around expecting to see a street dude in rags (no lie). I shower twice a day and always use deodorant. I won’t name names but I’ve tried the strongest stuff out there. My best friend’s grandmother (she’s like my mom) told me to do this: cottonball with H2O2 right after your shower. IT WORKS LIKE A MIRACLE!!!
I know I’m long-winded but I was actually in tears over this problem and turning down invitations to go out – and I really feel for any woman who has to deal with it. Try it, and if you use an aluminum-free spray on top, you’ll still be fresh 24 hours later.
lime works just as well. if possible try not wash ur pits a day or two ( or a lil if ur heavy on BO) and just squeeze the lime juice on the pit and u will notice the odor go away right away! try it!

Yeah, really: baking soda. 🙂 I keep a half-and-half mixture of baking soda and corn starch in a little glass jar on my dresser. I just sprinkle a little on after each shower — and sometimes dab a bit on other body parts if needed — and it works GREAT! I’ve been doing that for years now, and have never had any problems. The corn starch keeps me dry, and the baking soda combats odors.

(I also wash my hair with baking soda, and use apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. And I cleanse my face and moisturize my whole body with plant oils [avocado, almond, jojoba, grapeseed, castor, etc.]. I use coconut-based castille bar soap in the shower. The end result of all of this is that I smell like myself, instead of being perfumed by a thousand different “hygiene” products. And lots of folks seem to like that. I think it makes my pheromones more potent or something.

I found Arm and Hammer Essentials, Natural deodorant. It is aluminum and paraben free. It is better stopping the odor than anyother I have tried.

QUOTE

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer

 

RESPECT to those who refuse to dump more chemicals into our drains and therefore our environment by using eco friendly cleaning products. ………. Nuff respect.

 

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There have been some interest

Avandia can cause or worsen heart failure.” That’s what the drug’s black box warning states. But in a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, PCRM is asking the agency to require wording on the label that also alerts patients to safe dietary alternatives to Avandia and other diabetes drugs that may increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, targets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., for failing to act on a PCRM administrative petition. The petition urges the FDA to require that diabetes drugs carry warning labels telling patients that low-fat plant-based diets can effectively treat type 2 diabetes without dangerous side effects associated with oral medications.

A 2006 study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a low-fat plant-based diet was as effective as oral medications at reducing blood glucose and cholesterol in people with diabetes. In July, other researchers unveiled data linking Avandia to life-threatening side effects that might have killed or injured tens of thousands of people. Following these findings, the FDA took expert and public testimony on Avandia at a special joint meeting of two advisory panels.

“A plant-based diet is as effective as drugs for lowering blood sugar, and much more effective for trimming body weight,” says PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. “Doctors and patients need the facts.”

As the lawsuit points out, “PCRM’s petition requested that FDA require a disclosure in the labeling of drugs, such as Avandia, used to manage blood glucose in diabetes treatment. The disclosure would state that a low-fat plant-based diet has an efficacy and safety profile that can be as favorable as, or more favorable than, oral diabetes medications. FDA has failed to provide a substantive response to PCRM’s petition in a reasonable time, in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.”

This month, PCRM also educates health care professionals about the benefits of a plant-based approach to treating diabetes at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting. Dr. Barnard’s research on how a vegan diet can prevent and reverse diabetes will be presented in a session titled “Insulin Resistance and Diet: Effective Nutrition as First-Line Treatment.”