Why You Should NOT Buy BPA-Free Plastics

March 17, 2014 by Roxanne | 8 Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living


Not long ago, in 2008, when the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA) first came to our attention it was something that made me stop and think about plastics. Plastics are a huge part of our lives. They are used in so many ways that its nearly impossible to avoid them all together. Personally, I made a decision a long time ago to avoid plastics as much as possible – especially plastic that comes in contact with our food.

The problem with BPA is that it mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a long list of serious health problems. Estrogen is essential for everything from bone growth to ovulation to heart function. Too much or too little, especially during pregnancy or early childhood, can alter brain and organ development, leading to disease later in life. In addition, elevated estrogen levels generally increase a woman’s risk of breast cancerIn recent news, we learned that although children’s products, like sippy cups, are now being manufactured BPA-free, the BPA is now being replaced with other things that may be even worse. This article on Mother Jones states:

“CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner, who is also a professor of neurobiology at the University of Texas-Austin, had recently coauthored a paper in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives. It reported that “almost all” commercially available plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. According to Bittner’s research, some BPA-free products actually released synthetic estrogens that were more potent than BPA.”

The new replacement for BPA, called Tritan, has been marketed as a plastic free of synthetic estrogen. It is now being said that this may not be the case. Ever since BPA came into the news, I’ve had the nagging suspicion that this was going to happen. I’ve been just waiting for something like this to come out in the news so I am not the least bit surprised.

What Should You Use Instead?

  • Food Storage Containers – Replace plastic containers with glass like Pyrex or CorningWare
  • Water Bottles – Replace plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel like LifeFactory or Klean Kanteen
  • Sippy Cups – Replace plastic cups with glass or stainless steel like LifeFactory or Thermos
  • Baby Bottles – Replace plastic bottles with glass like these from Evenflo

Have you tried to eliminate plastic food storage? What is the hardest thing for you to replace? Let us know in the comments.


Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Why You Should Never Use Non-stick Cookware

March 12, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living


If you haven’t noticed already, I cook a lot. Since I do, I own quite a bit of cookware and none of which is non-stick. Often people notice this because it’s a bit unusual and ask my why.

Here is why…

Non-stick cookware contains a coating that contains PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and other perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are used to make grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant clothing as well. The widespread use of these toxins is having an impact. The first study to investigate temporal changes of PFCs over the past 50 years found there was an approximately 10-fold increase in blood levels of PFOA from the 1960s to the 1980s, followed by a slight drop in 2009.

Why is non-stick cookware dangerous?

You might be wondering, what is so dangerous about PFOA and other PFCs? As stated by the CDC:

“PFOA can remain in the body for long periods of time. In laboratory animals given large amounts, PFOA can affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to PFOA.”

The Environmental Working Group, writes about a study done by the EPA which found exposure to PFC’s may have caused low birth weight, damage to organs, reproductive effects, and damage to major organs of offspring.

EWG also reports that the federal government considers PFOA to be carcinogenic — causing liver, pancreatic, testicular, and mammary gland tumors in rats. Three of these four cancers have been increasing in the US population in recent years.

There is also evidence that shows PFA’s can cause damage to the thyroid. In eleven studies conducted between 1978 and 2002, scientists have documented damage to the thyroid gland following exposure to PFOA and chemicals that break down into PFOA, in monkeys and other animals. The damage includes cellular effects on the thyroid and hypothyroidism, a condition characterized by low levels of thyroid hormones that control growth and metabolism and that are critical for proper brain development.

Based on all of this, and a long list of other studies, we can assume that non-stick cookware is not the ideal choice. It is important to do everything we can to reduce toxins in our food by eating organic whenever possible, using safe toxin-free cookware, storing food in non-plastic containers, etc. to avoid the possible health effects of all of these toxins.

What types of cookware are safe to use?

There are a lot of healthy cookware choices that do not use non-stick coatings. These options are easy to use and easy to clean. Here are my favorites:

With all of these options in cookware, non-stick cookware is easy to give up.

What is your favorite type of cookware?


Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


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Candida Recipes that Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth & a Giveaway

March 10, 2014 by Roxanne | 4 Comments | Filed in Giveaways

softcover & saleI’m excited to announce the arrival of my friend Paula’s book, The Sweeter Side of Candida dessert cookbook in softcover!

Candida is a health issue that effects many of us. It’s a internal fungus that almost everyone has. No one really takes notice of it because it’s usually harmless. . .until it begins to grow out of control. The resulting list of symptoms are long and harmful to our health.

The kicker? Two of the foods we love most, sugar and starches, are a huge part of the reason candida becomes a problem. When a person eats too much sugar and starch, they’re feeding the candida monster. A significant part of reversing that growth is by eating a healthy candida diet.

For many that’s a lot to ask. No cookies, no brownies, no ice cream. . .and not many people stick to it long enough to heal themselves. But today, all that has changed!

The Sweeter Side of Candida is a dessert cookbook with over 70 safe recipes that anyone on a candida diet, who eats sugar or gluten-free, or who struggles with diabetes can enjoy.

Do you eat a Paleo or Primal diet? Many of these recipes are for you too! Are you a THMer (Trim Healthy Mama fan) – get on over here! Wanna lose weight and still enjoy dessert – yep, you too!!

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Now can you enjoy molasses cookies, lemon bars, pumpkin cheesecake, and even caramel candy without hurting your diet or harming your health. Look through the Table of Contents and take a peek inside to discover a world of desserts nearly anyone can have.

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