Why Your Hand Sanitizer Doesn’t Stop the Flu (and Might Make You Sick)

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This blog was written by Gimme the Good Stuff president Maia James as a guest post for Dr. Frank Lipman's website. Despite my longtime annoyance with Purell-toting moms, once I had my own children I found myself--to my horror--becoming something of a germaphobe. When my sons are sick, we all suffer--they miss school, I can’t work, and no one sleeps. I’m judicious with the use of fever reducers and painkillers (here’s why), so some level of misery is inevitable. And in New York City, it’s hard to ignore how much exposure the kids have to germy surfaces, especially as babies (when mine can

5 Ways to Get More Energy Without Coffee Or Sleep (And You’ll Lose Weight, Too)

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As a health coach, I work with lots of busy moms--and most of them complain of feeling exhausted. While getting more and higher quality sleep is vital to feeling good during the day, there is a lot you can do with what and how you eat to give yourself more energy. Here are the tips that my clients tell me have been most helpful. 1. Eliminate packages and containers (read: processed foods). Many of my mom clients have a habit of grabbing chips or crackers or whatever is convenient because they are often eating with one hand and holding a baby in the other. Unfortunately, I have seen again

Safe Wall Paint Brands Roundup

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I'm working with an Atlanta-based client right now who wanted to know which paints are truly safe to use in her new home that will house her 4-year-old daughter as well as a newborn. I'm sure others of you are in the market for paint, so I thought I would share the list of Good Stuff we compiled for this client. A few notes on selecting safe paint: A "low-VOC" paint isn't enough; there are plenty of zero-VOC choices out there. When selecting paints, you can look for certifications (such as Greenguard or Greenseal) which indicate that at least some of the very worst stuff has been left

3 Dips and 4 Tips for More Veggies in Your Lunch

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Because I am a mother, grandmother, and teacher/educator (and always consider myself a student of life), September signifies the beginning of a new school year and a time when lunches often move from being made and eaten at home to being packed and eaten elsewhere. And because I believe that food choices can be powerful and far-reaching, I want to pack lunches that are healthy and give me (and anyone that I am packing for) more energy to continue the day. When I was a child growing up in the 50’s my lunch consisted of a bologna sandwich on white bread, potato chips, a cupcake or cookie, and

Win a Stork Set from Anna’s Naturals!

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We were thrilled to discover a new line of totally safe, totally natural baby and momma products. Introducing Anna's Naturals--which we aren't selling in our online store, but which definitely gets our big old seal of approval. Nope, they aren't paying us to say that, but they are giving away a bundle of products to one lucky reader. Click here to see what you'll get, and enter the giveaway below! Good luck!

Why Beef Tallow Soaps Aren’t Gross

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My friend L. wrote to me the other day, and told me she was boiling beef tallow to use on her newborn's dry patches, and that her husband, "as usual, thinks I'm insane." While L. did have a natural birth and encapsulated her plancenta, she also lives in Manhattan and wears high heels and is actually a sorority sister of mine (yup, I was in one). So it appears that tallow is no longer just for the babes named Twig or Rainbow that my friends in Vermont are popping out. Tallow has made it to New York City! I've been selling tallow soaps in our online store for a few years now, and they have a

Nontoxic Deodorant Roundup

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Deodorant is probably the very toughest product for me to source for my clients. If you're going to switch to safe, natural deodorant products, you're going to have to accept the fact that none of them will not work as well as Secret. I am not a big sweat-er, so natural deodorants work fine for me--I use baby wipes to freshen up once or twice throughout the day, after which I reapply whatever natural deodorant I'm trying out that day (one big perk of this job is lots of awesome product samples arriving at my door every week!). I am working on producing a Safe Product Guide for

Win Natural Hand Sanitizer and Nose Wipes!

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Like it or not, back-to-school season means colds and other viruses are in your future. Help stop the spread of germs without gross chemicals by using Jackson Reece Mucky Mitts Hand Sanitiser...and when your kids DO get the sniffles, gently clean noses with Jackson Reece Nose Nuzzles. Next week, one lucky reader will win both of these products! Ps: Speaking of getting sick, you might like to read these blog posts: -Children's Tylenol Linked to Asthma -Fevers: To Treat or Not to Treat? -This Cold/Flu Season, Just Say No to Antibiotics! -7 Ways to Enjoy a Cold or Flu

The Healthiest Gluten-Free Grains (and an Awesome Millet Burger Recipe)

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Many (in fact, most!) diet books today recommend avoiding carbohydrates and particularly grains. Grains have been cultivated by ancient people and eaten for thousands of years. My opinion is that whole grains contain many nutrients essential for human development, vitality, and prevention of disease. (I do feel it's important to soak all grains before cooking to make them more digestible.) With that said, I generally don't recommend grains that contain gluten when someone is trying to eat healthier or suffering from health problems. I occasionally eat gluten grains myself, especially

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Burger This Summer

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  As a foodie, when I think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind isn't swimming or catching lighting bugs, but rather picnics and barbecues. When I was a child, we often had cookouts with burgers and hot dogs. For those of us who continue to enjoy cookouts and perhaps even summertime meat, I invite you to upgrade those burgers (or hot dogs) in the following ways): Always buy organic, grass-fed (pastured) beef. Opt for unsweetened ketchup. Most at the healthfood store have lots of sugar, but here's one I like. Go better than whole wheat with a sprouted whole grain

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