“I can’t afford to eat like that!” WRONG! Plant-based foods are some of the cheapest foods on the planet; especially, when you consider the ratio of nutritional value per penny spent. I consider myself frugal (re: cheap). I want to get the most outta my buck, too! Fact: plant foods are much easier on your wallet (and planet) than animal-based foods.
Let’s take a look at these comparisons:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cheapest cuts of beef, such as ground round, average $4 per pound; boneless chicken breasts cost $3.40 per pound; canned tuna costs around $2 per pound and cheese is around $5 per pound. In comparison, dried beans and lentils cost less than $1 per pound, and rice is cheaper than $0.70 per pound. Tofu usually costs less than $2 per pound. Even vegans who buy costlier products like soy sausage, faux meats and nondairy ice cream, cheese, and yogurt can still spend less than people who load up on beef, chicken, and fish.
I would like to share with you five of the, not only healthy, but cheapest foods on the planet!
How does that sound for your bank account?! Did you think eating plant-based was going to be too expensive for your budget? Think again. You can eat plant-based for just a few dollars a day. A healthy life can be a cheap life and that’s what I like to hear!!
I’d like to share a recipe with you that is part of our meal plans. It is so quick and easy, but super delicious and budget friendly. It doesn’t get any better, right? This recipe serves two people, but feel free to double or triple and have leftovers all week!! Yum!! (Click on the image for the printable version)
Peace, Love, Plants,
I hear often that "giving up meat would me easy for me. Cheese is hard!" Many times I give those people perspective when I point out that almost every meal they eat contains meat.
When I went vegetarian in December 2015, my boys declared “We will never give up meat! We love meat!” I prepared the same meal for all three of us, just adding in a little chicken, beef, or fish for them. When I decided to go vegetarian, it was plain and simple; “I don't like meat, why am I eating it?” So, I stopped. I ate eggs everyday, mostly, because we had chickens and we had a lot of eggs to use. I also LOVED cheese. Once I started studying holistic nutrition and learned about the plant-based lifestyle and it's ability to reverse disease, I was SOLD! I'm a type A personality. You've heard me say this before, I'm an all or nothing kind of gal. My poor husband, he loves me anyway!
I started sharing all the information with my boys, educating them on the amazing health benefits of a plant-based life...they were not as excited as me, but I'm happy to say they were a little frightened by what they learned about animal products. *cue evil laugh. I told them that if they wanted meat, they had to cook it themselves. Well, that was easy because no one cooks around here but me. I win, again!! So, that was it, no more meat. That's where we started and then, eventually, weened off of the cheese and eggs. Well, eggs were not difficult for us to cut out of our diets after an eye-opening article that described the chicken's egg as part of their menstrual cycle!! REALITY CHECK! GROSS!!
Our transition consisted of some “fake” meats...meats made with soy protein, vegetable protein, and/or vital wheat gluten. These are not health foods and I would never want to advocate for that as they are highly processed foods. However, they made our transition A LOT easier. These “fake” meats have helped us get on track and stay the course.
Vital wheat gluten, when used to make vegan meat, is referred to as Seitan. I have practiced with this numerous times coming up with some pretty delicious and fun recipes like “chicken” and bbq “ribs”. It's actually really easy to work with, but takes a while to cook. Confused as to what vital wheat gluten is?
My son has always loved pepperoni. After eliminating meat from our diets, he would say “I'm craving pepperoni”...he's a weirdo. Well, being that I love him so much, I went in search of a plant-based pepperoni and came upon the Fat Free Vegan Blog. I haven't adapted her recipe at all, other than subbing what ever nut butter I have on hand when she calls for cashew butter (I have never had cashew butter so I have used peanut butter, almond butter, and sunflower butter on separate occasions.) This recipe is spot on for the “taste” of pepperoni!! The texture is a off...I would describe it as soft and maybe a little doughy. My son likes the softness, but I have tried adding more time to the baking time and have had success with a firmer and drier pepperoni; play around with the baking time and see what works best for your taste buds. I shared this with our nutrition workshop participants and everyone seemed to really like the flavor! Even some of their kids gave it a thumbs up. So, if you are already plant-based give this one a try for some new meatiness, but even if you're not plant-based, yet, give this a try and maybe we can convert you!!
Here are a few tips:
-Get your hands in there and work the dough! It will be too tough to use a spoon.
-The recipe calls for a 7 inch log, this will give you about a 1.5 inch in diameter slice of pepperoni. If you want smaller slices (like you'd find in regular pepperoni), you can create (2)-7 inch logs with the logs being narrower in circumference. Just wrap them separately in foil and decrease baking time by 10 minutes.
-You may prefer a drier pepperoni...just add a little time to the recommended baking time
-I always double the recipe...it lasts for about 2 weeks when sealed in the refrigerator.
-Eastyn's favorite is a pepperoni and mustard sandwich!
Veggeroni (Seitan Pepperoni)
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Well, the days of grand vacations are over as we have upgraded to a new home and our son’s hockey schedule consumes our free time. We still make Thanksgiving about us and keep the focus on fun and not food. We take that day to celebrate our family of 3, where we don’t have to stress over family and what we need to “make”. We now take mini-vacations that are usually part of a hockey tournament. We plan the meal like any other. We are usually in a hotel for Thanksgiving so we bring food from home and give thanks to be together.
We usually host a small meal for our parents in our home before Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a 100% vegan Thanksgiving dinner and the in-laws were impressed with the meatless meal. Thanksgiving may be one of the easier meals to make vegan as most of the side dishes are some sort of fruit or vegetable. Also, you may find you can navigate an omnivore Thanksgiving table fairly easily while still eating plant-based.
If you are hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, we have created the perfect Guide to the Holidays, which you can download here.
If you are a guest at an omnivore Thanksgiving here are some tips to help you stay stress-free and enjoy the time with your family.
- Bring A Main Dish: You know the turkey will be the center piece so bring a dish that serves as the focal point of your plate. Our holiday guide contains two dazzling entrées: Seitan Mushroom Loaf and Lentil Walnut Loaf
- Focus on the Sides: For some people Thanksgiving is all about the sides! Most people’s plate is piled high with green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, oh my!! Play it safe and bring a few of your own side dishes. It’s super easy to fill up on those goodies. We have some great ideas in our holiday guide like Quick & Hearty Broccoli Slaw, Simple Vegan Stuffing, Creamy Green Bean Casserole, Onion-Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Holiday Gravy, Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Acorn Squash Bisque, Harvest Cornbread
- Ask for Help: If your hosts are aware of your lifestyle, they may offer to make some vegan dishes for you or ask your advice in supporting you. Don’t feel like a burden, embrace their love of you and the support they are offering. Thank them and offer to help them out. If you are comfortable, ask your hosts if they would be willing to make a few of the recipes using vegan ingredients and offer to help veganize the recipe.
- Fill up First: Bring an appetizer or two or three! Fill up on appetizers that you bring, knowing that are fitting with your lifestyle and then take some small samples of the items on the dinner table. Our suggestions for appetizers: Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Basil Cheese (vegan) Spread.
- Bring Dessert: When all else fails you know you will have dessert waiting for you! Desserts are, probably, the easiest part of the meal to please everyone. Keep it simple. You could go with cookies, cakes or pies. Some of our favorites, from our holiday guide, are Pumpkin Pie and Rum Cake.
- Stay Positive: Experience tells me that people will tease you and some people will just be rude. But remember that this day is about celebrating the bounty in our lives and being grateful to be alive so don’t let the naysayers dull your sparkle. Give them a smile and pass them some dessert.
Me: Ok, guys, people liked your last interview so we are going to try this again. What do you think?
Me: Do you find snacking on a plant-based diet is difficult?
Me: I thought you'd say something different.
Me: Uh, I thought you said it isn't difficult?
Saul: It is difficult.
Me: Then, why did you say it wasn't difficult?
Me: Because why?
Saul: I guess, it's not, no.
Me: Ugh, then why did you say it was?
Saul: Because they only thing I snack on are those cookies (Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookie) and granola bars.
Me: What are your favorite snacks?
Eastyn: ummmmm those cookie things, those are good, granola bars, apples, bananas. Bananas are like ehhh, but I'll still eat them. That's about it.
Saul: I like bananas and peanut butter (what he means is peanut butter and bananas because he eats about a half a jar of peanut butter with one banana), cookies, and hummus.
Me: and hummus and hummus
Saul: and hummus. And that's all I eat.
Me: That's all?
Saul: Yup. What other snacks do we have?
Me: How about snacking on the go? How do you make that work?
Saul: Same stuff in a snack bag
Me: As long as I pack it.
Eastyn: Yeah just the snack bag.
Me: Do you guys like going out to eat?
Eastyn: Ehh not so much, no.
Saul: It's getting better. I used to love going out to eat because I would get whatever the hell I wanted. It was hard to find plant-based stuff in restaurants, but they are starting to get better and better.
Me: I've never liked going out to eat. I feel like it's just a big waste of time.
Saul: Ummm. If you're going somewhere you gotta eat.
Me: What are your favorite restaurants now?
Saul: I like Chipotle and.....uhhhhhhh Sheetz
Eastyn: hahaha that's not a restaurant!
Saul: Oh, uhhh what other restaurants are there? I don't think there are anymore.
Me: How about Japanese food?
Saul: Oh yeah that's good.
Eastyn: Oh yeah I love sushi and lo mein. I like Chipotle.
Me: How about Wegman's?
Saul: That's not a restaurant.
Me: I know, I'm asking about eating out.
Saul: Oh yeah. You could try pizza places and get no cheese and just vegetables. Although pizza places have a hard time making a pizza without cheese.
Saul: Because you emphasize that and they still put it on.
Me: What are some of your favorite foods when you eat out?
Saul: My favorite foods would include 1, 2 and C, in that order.
Me: *eye-roll. More specific, please.
Saul: Oh. I like black bean burgers or some type of burger like that.
Me: I am so sick of bean burgers.
Saul: Yeah but you gotta go to a restaurant with a speciality burger with a special sauce or something.
Me: How about burritos.
Saul: Oh yeah I forgot about burritos.
Saul: Sofrita burritos are muy deliciouso.
Me: How about when we went to that Melt restaurant?
Saul: What the hell is Melt?
Me: You know, that one that's like all grilled cheese...when we were in Cleveland for hockey? and we got the tofu wings?
Me: you and I shared. It was peppers and onions on a grilled cheese
Saul: it had cheese?
Me: yeah it was vegan cheese.
Eastyn: Dad, it was literally a grilled cheese place.
Saul: Oh, oh
Me: You could sub out all the cheeses and meats with vegan options. It was super cool.
Saul: yeah that was good
Me: I can't wait to go back there. We are definitely going back there when we go for hockey.
Eastyn: Mmmhmmm and we are going to that froyo place.
Me: Oh yeah Picadilly.
Saul: yeah that was good
Eastyn: Putting the toppings on was fun.
Saul: Pretty expensive
Me: Yeah but fun. It was awesome that they had coconut milk ice cream.
Me: Can you think of any other restaurants? I feel like Otto's in State College always has good options.
Saul: Four Mile Brewing in Olean is good.
Me: Yeah they always have good options.
Me: What would be one piece of advice that your would give somebody to help them go plant-based?
Eastyn: Just buy everything online and have it around (hmmm I may be getting too many packages)
Saul: They say quitting cold turkey is never easy to do, but if you ask me it's probably a lot easier. If you have the bad stuff around you are like "Well, I'm going to eat the rest of that crap" and then you don't really transition.
Me: So you were really happy when I took everything out of the house?
Saul: I didn't say I was happy.
Me: But in hindsight, you think I'm super awesome because I did that.
Saul: NO no
Saul: no no don't put words in my mouth
Saul: I guess the best idea would be to join your meal plans so you don't have to be like "what the hell am I going to eat?" because it's all right there.
Me: That's a great plug. I think that's a great way to end it.
I think Saul gave some great advice! He's a smart guy and you should listen. You can try our meal plans out for 7 days for FREE when you sign up here.
Peace, Love, Plants,
I get asked a lot how my family feels about eating plant-based…so, I decided to interview them and let you hear their answers.
Me: What did you say when I said I’m not eating meat anymore?
Saul: That’s fine but I’m going to eat it.
Me: Did you think I was a crazy when I declared I was getting rid of all the animal products in our house?
Me: Do you think I’m crazy regardless of the food?
Me: Were you mad at me when I said I wasn’t cooking meat anymore?
Saul: I was.
Me: Why were you mad?
Saul: Because I liked meat, I lived on chicken
Me: Did you think you would survive without meat?
Saul: No, because I was like “What the hell am I going to eat?!”
Me: Saul, did you think you would still be able to do all the physical stuff and still have energy without meat?
Saul: No way. I said what everyone says “I won’t get enough protein.”
Me: Eastyn, do you hate all the food I cook?
Eastyn: No. Some, but not all haha.
Me: What are some of your favorites?
Eastyn: I like the mushroom potato stroganoff (This kid hated mushrooms). Your pizza is good, roasted buffalo cauliflower mac n cheez and burritos.
Me: Saul, you lost a lot of weight when we first transitioned, why do you think that is?
Saul: I still eat a lot of calories every day, but I guess it was the animal products that kept the weight on. I struggle now to eat enough calories to maintain my weight because the foods I eat now are not as calorically dense as the meat and oils I used to eat. I run, cycle, and weight train a lot so I need to eat a lot of calories each day. I’m always eating.
Me: Do you find you have more energy now?
Saul: Yeah. I don’t feel like shit all the time after I eat. I used to have a big meal and feel shitty and tired afterword, but now the foods give me energy. I feel like I recover a lot quicker now after activities…like, I don’t get as sore. If I do get sore, it’s better in a day rather than a few days. I feel like I make gains more quickly, too.
Me: You run a 50k every year and do a lot of mountain bike races. Do you feel any improvements since going plant-based?
Saul: In terms of cardiovascular endurance, I feel way better. And energy and physical endurance, I feel extremely better…I feel like I could go forever, but my knees don’t agree with that haha.
Me: Eastyn do you have any problems going places with friends or do your friends have any problems with it?
Eastyn: No. I usually take food with me when I go to friends’ houses. The parents are always really nice about trying to make or get food I eat. My friends are usually curious about what I eat and always seem to want to try it.
Me: Do you hate being plant-based? And why or why not?
Eastyn: No. I eat a lot of different foods now. They are healthy foods so I’m proud of that. I used to think if you were vegan you ate disgusting food and ate like a rabbit. But I’ve learned that there are so many good foods.
Me: Do you feel like you are missing out?
Eastyn: Not really. Pretty much anything that isn’t vegan, we can find an alternative or you can make it.
Me: Do you feel any different eating plant-based?
Eastyn: I feel like I have more energy. I hardly ever get sick and when I do, it goes away a lot quicker.
Saul: I feel like I rarely get sick now. A cold now, is like a one day thing.
Me: How about mentally, guys? I feel like you both have become less aggressive and calmer.
Saul: Yeah, I definitely don’t get as mad as easily. I feel calmer.
Eastyn: Yeah me too.
Me: After a year and half, do you still want meat?
Saul: No. I’m not interested. I really don’t think about it most of the time. Although, when someone is eating pizza I feel like I could go for that haha. But I think that’s a mental thing from the social aspect.
Me: Do you feel like you are missing out socially.
Saul: Initially, yes. I would just not bother even going out with people because I felt excluded. But now, I’ve learned what to eat when we are out and everyone is really great about choosing places where we have options.
Me: Do you get any push back from friends and family?
Saul: Oh yeah. People are always saying “you won’t get all the vitamins you need” or “you won’t get enough protein”.
Me: Do you think people are more receptive to our lifestyle than they are negative?
Saul: Yeah because everyone will do the initial poking fun at it, but I think that is just their way of opening up the conversation to talk about it. They are curious.
Me: Will you ever you go back to eating animal products?
They are not big talkers, but I hope this has shed a little light on how they feel about living plant-based. It's like any other big change in our lives, at first, it seems scary and insurmountable. As we move forward and persevere, it gets easier and easier; then, before you know it, this is the new normal and your life is so much better.
Thanks for reading!!
Peace, Love, Plants,
On average, Americans eat just ONE serving of fruits and vegetables per DAY. “If Americans ate just one more serving of fruits or vegetables per day, this would save more than 30,000 lives and $5 billion in medical costs each year.” What? Crazy! Just think how amazing it could be if Americans added two more servings?!?! *Mind Blown* All kidding aside, it really is important to add more fruits and vegetables in your diet. EVERYONE needs more and you can not eat too many fruits and vegetables. They are called superfoods for a reason! Did you know all fruits and vegetables contain cancer-fighting compounds?!?! People who eat just five servings of fruits and vegetables a day lower their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other conditions!
I know what you are going to ask me: “what's an easy way to add in more fruits and veggies?” That is what you were going to ask me, right? I am always looking for easy ways myself! The best way to make a change is to Set Goals! Don't just say “eat more fruits and vegetables”; make it actionable! Set tangible, specific goals! So, let's make this a list, I LOVE lists!!
- Start each day with a piece of fruit. This is a bigger energy booster than a cup of coffee! After waking up from our “fast”, our bodies need fuel i.e. breakfast (see what they did there “break” “fast”?!?! HA!) Our brains function on glucose and what better way to get that to your brain than through a piece of fruit!
- How about smoothies?! Are you fan? I think the consensus is you either love them or hate them; no in-between. I've learned to love them. First, because I can pack several servings of fruits and vegetables into one cup and have it done in minutes! One and Done! Second, I have figured out my favorite and easiest smoothie!
- ¼ cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of frozen berries
- BAM! Done with 2 servings of fruit and 1 vegetable!
- Make a rule: if you want a treat (candy, chocolate, pastry, etc) you must first have a fruit or vegetable! This is a double win; first, you get a serving of fruit or vegetable and second, you fill up on the good stuff so you don't overindulge in the junk!
- ALWAYS, serve a fruit AND vegetable with dinner! Preferably more, but if you're starting small, here's a great place to jump!
- Craving something sweet?! How about some “nice cream”?! If you haven't heard about this awesomeness yet, it's frozen bananas blended up and it tastes like soft serve ice cream! I like to add cocoa powder and peanut butter! Sometimes, I do raspberries. Try your favorites!
- My last tip, I kind of stole from the Happy Herbivore. She made a video of how she makes a big salad and puts it in the fridge and it lasts the whole week. Ok, I didn't “kind of” steal it, I really stole it, it's hers, BUT I have an even better storage idea! She used a big Tupperware bowl, but I still found that the bottom bits get soggy and slimy, ewww! Instead, I found these great produce savers! The large size is big enough to store 5 days of salads for 2 people (10 servings when you really pack it in there!!) I had to do some rearranging to make them fit in my fridge, but it's completely doable. I have always hated taking all that time to chop a salad for one or two servings, it just takes so long! Now, I can make 10 servings in the same amount of time with no soggy veggies. Ok, Ok, here is the produce saver!! (*click on the picture for the product on Amazon)
I use it for fruit, too! I always hesitate buying berries because I feel like they go bad
by the next day. With these nifty contraptions I can store berries in the fridge for at least 10 days!! I know, so exciting, right?! So, the tip is to make a big salad that you can grab at anytime!! How easy is that?! The secret to keeping the salad fresh though is not adding the vegetables that get too wet...I save the tomatoes and cucumbers until I'm ready to serve. I also top with some seeds like sunflower or pumpkin.
Here's what I throw into those awesome containers:
Do you have any tips that can make my life easier?!?! I'd love to hear them; post in the comments, Facebook, Instagram, or throw an email my way!
Peace, Love, Plants,
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It’s estimated the 30 million people suffer from thyroid issues like hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, and hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism is most common, usually occurring in women causing weight gain, depression, anxiety, slow metabolism, digestive disorders, joint pain, headaches and more. “It often leads to autoimmune disease disorders known as Hashimoto’s and Graves disease due to the way the thyroid affects all major parts of the body.”*
The reasons for these thyroid problems can be hard to pinpoint as the thyroid is very sensitive to changes in the body and these changes can quickly cause an imbalance. We do know that these things have a direct impact on thyroid imbalance: a poor diet, too much or too little exercise, consistent stress, trauma, a food allergy, lack of rest, metabolic disorders, other hormone disorders, medication and birth control pills, and so many other things.
One of the main nutrient needed by thyroid is iodine; although, too much iodine will cause hypothyroidism. Assuming taking a supplement will supply you with necessary iodine, is not a good solution. Fish contain iodine; however, they are not a healthy source. Fish have high amounts of mercury and other pollutants making them an unsafe food. We can go directly to the source where fish get there iodine: blue green algae. Blue green algae are excellent sources of iodine and omega’s. In conjunction with a well-balanced diet a person would be able to get proper amounts of iodine. Another good source of iodine is unrefined pink sea salt “from the earth and also contains other alkaline minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium your metabolism needs to function at its best. Too little quality sodium and too much refined sodium can lead to blood pressure problems, metabolic disorders, and also thyroid disorders. Skip iodized (highly refined) processed salts and use real salt from the earth instead.”*
B vitamins are essential to optimal health assisting in metabolism, energy, digestion, mood health and thyroid health. B vitamins are found abundantly in plant foods, with one exception. Vitamin B12 is produced by bacteria found in dirt and soil. In our germ-obsessed society we are not exposed those bacteria and the vitamin B12; therefore, we need to supplement. Find a quality B12 supplement, preferably a liquid form that can be absorbed quickly and efficiently. You can find some here.
The essential vitamin is produced by our bodies when exposed to sunlight on bare skin. The problem is that most people don’t spend enough time outdoors or live in a part of the world where the sun does not offer enough exposure to allow for proper Vitamin D production. Supplementation is important for most people and especially those suffering from a thyroid condition. “Vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body; it plays a part in your mood, digestive, bone, blood, heart, and thyroid health. A shortage of vitamin D can lead to bone loss, digestion problems, depression or just general sadness, and fatigue.”* Fortified foods do not offer the best source of Vitamin D as most are fortified with D2 and the best source is Vitamin D3. Be sure to choose a D3 supplement that is plant-based (some are made with sheep lanolin). Here is a quality Vitamin D3 supplement.
This nutrient is great for skin and hair, but also boosts health promoting benefits like boosts the immune system, promotes prostate health, increases fertility, boosts metabolism and protects the thyroid. “It’s primarily found and stored in the thyroid gland where it’s used to assist with the enzymatic breakdown of the thyroid hormones so they can be used by their body.”* This nutrient is super easy to obtain with just one brazil nut a day, which contains 100% of your daily needs! The great part about these nuts is that they not only give you tons of selenium, but they have been shown to lower cholesterol better than the leading prescription drug AND they contain lots of fiber and healthy fats to protect the thyroid.
A well-balanced diet filled with good nutrition is essential to thyroid health. Greens offer an excellent source of protein protecting thyroid health. Adding more greens to your diet is one of the most important things you can do to promote overall health.
“Excess caffeine, processed food, added and refined sugar, alcohol, and unhealthy fats can all cause problems with the thyroid and prevent optimal absorption of thyroid hormones in the body.” There is a lot of controversy surrounding soy and thyroid health. Dr Greger explains it best here, but soy is a health food. Soy and cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens. Goitrogens have been shown to prevent the use of thyroid hormones in the body; however, studies have shown that these foods do not seem to have these effects on the thyroid in moderate amounts and those who obtain enough iodine in their diets.
OTHER PROBLEM SOURCES
Have you heard of endocrine disruptors? These are chemical compounds found it products in your environment that are causing insane amounts of damage to our bodies. ”The disruptions occur because such chemicals mimic hormones in your body, including the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen, and thyroid hormones. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may block hormonal signals in your body or interfere with the way the hormones or receptors are made or controlled.”** Endocrine disruptors have been linked to ADHD, Hormone issues, Cancer and more. This is not a comprehensive list and I encourage you to do more research on this subject. Personal care products contain large amounts of chemicals and some of those potentially problematic are phthalates, parabens, triclosan (found in toothpaste) and more. Tap water contains large amounts of arsenic, atrazine, and perchlorate which are known endocrine disruptors. Most canned foods are lined with the chemical BPA along with many plastic and paper products. BPA is an endocrine disruptor and carcinogen. Non-stick cookware can also contain BPA and other known endocrine disruptors PFOA and PFAS; look for non-stick cookware free of these toxins. Please investigate this topic further as it is not a commonly known hazard, but avoiding these chemicals is essential to optimal health.
Our thyroid is a very finicky little bugger and needs our help to maintain optimal health. When we strive to eat well, exercise regularly, and avoid unnecessary exposure to toxins we can maintain a body full of health and not have to worry about any one organ, system, or body part in particular. Instead, we can focus on living a happy, healthy life.
Peace, Love, Plants
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