20 helpful tips to celebrate Earth’s day!

20 helpful tips to celebrate Earth’s day!

Happy Earth day!!!! Today (and hopefully most days) is the day we celebrate the place we call home, that sheltered our ancestors and the place that hopefully will be the home to our kids, grandkids and later generations.

Fun fact, did you know that back in the 60’s and 70’s the word “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the news or even taught at school! Not only that but air pollution was widely accepted. Until Earth day was born in 1970.

In recent years we have heard more of the effects of global warming, deforestation, pollution, etc, and how humans have (unknowingly) contributed to a lot of what is happening now. Thankfully there is more awareness and institutions that work hard to educate and facilitate resources to the public because the more we learn, the better we can make decisions and act wisely.

So the 3 words to remember, not just today but hopefully everyday: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!!! Learn more here.


For instance, why overusing paper plates and plastic utensils?? I see this so often in many families (specially in the summer season with all the bbq’ing and such). People always look for the easiest way out, no dishes to clean, great! but do you realize how much trash you are sending to the landfill (that it is pretty much filling up quite fast!)

 

Let’s celebrate  Earth’s day by spreading the word and try to incorporate some of these tips in our lives.

 

  1. Be conscious about recycling – minimizes trash and  re-purposes the materials
  2. Fix those leaky faucets – not only saves on water, but also your bill
  3. Find a carpool option for work, or take public transportation, bike to work.
  4. Have sensor light-switches at home, or get in the habit of switching off unnecessary lights at home.
  5. Give up bottled water – get a filtered system
  6. Buy local – support local farmers market
  7. Reduce the use of paper/plastic plates and utensils
  8. Get in the habit of composting
  9. Go paperless – specially when it comes to bank statements and junk mail. Get online statements, bills. You can call you local advertisers to stop sending you ads.
  10. At work, have some utensils and a cup
  11. Use a reusable coffee mug when it hits coffee time at work. Or bring your travel mug to your favorite coffee place
  12. Organize a community clean up
  13. Plant a tree
  14. Grow your own veggies – tomatoes are the easiest
  15. Reuse bags at the grocery store. Seriously guys, not every item has to be in a bag!
  16. Avoid using chemical cleaning supplies – check here for ideas
  17. Get off of staring at the screen, your cellphone, iPad, computer, TV.
  18. Teach the kids at home the importance of being environmentally conscious of our footprint on earth. Someday they will thank you!
  19. GET OUTSIDE! enjoy nature, appreciate what we have around us. So many amazing places to explore, go for a hike, have a picnic,
  20. Hug a tree – this one sounds woo woo and silly, but celebrate nature! Not only that but trees are also living species and they will recharge you with energy 😉

 

4 Superfoods to start adding to your diet (and a video)

4 Superfoods to start adding to your diet (and a video)

Carol& Nick

 

Here is what is juicy at Wendy4Wellness: Superfoods. What are superfoods? they are power houses of nutrients, so nutrient dense that even eating a little bit makes a huge impact in delivering nutrients.

One of the common factors about superfoods is that they are high in antioxidants. Why do you care about antioxidants? Because ANTIOXIDANTS assist in the healing process of the cells, prevent inflammation by removing free radicals from your body, DNA repair, prevents viral damage, cancer damage. BUT they also get extra points for being awesome at other things. Read on….

 

BEE PRODUCTS – such as honey and pollen

  • reduces inflammation (stimulates immune cells)
  • promotes healing
  • hydrates the cell
  • nourishes the skin

TIP: besides using it to sweeten your drinks/foods -> can also be used as a facial mask!!! Mix it with a little bit of turmeric for a glowing skin (turmeric stains, so be careful with it)

Make sure you get good quality honey or pollen. Best from a Farmers Market because it is local, or Manuka honey can be found in Trader Joe’s 

 

SEA ALGAE– Spirulina, chlorella. Check out this blog featuring a showdown of the two. 

  • high amount of protein
  • detoxifies the body by removing heavy metals 
  • provides nutrients, iron, magnesium, Vitamins

TIP: you only need a small amount to add to water. If you’d prefer you can also get tablets.

This is one kind I buy for Spirulina.

 

GOJI BERRIES 

  • contains BETANE, a compound that helps the liver to detoxify
  • a complete protein berry (contains 18 amino acids)

TIP: replace instead of cranberries or raisins with cakes or dessert. I use it with oatmeals. Can also soak in water and drink the water + eat the soften berries. 

I usually buy this brand and you can find it at any health food store.

 

CACAO read more about my journey to a cacao plantation

  • It helps with depression and mood swings
  • it contains co-factors that promote healthy metabolism.
  • It also has healthy fats, cacao butter can be used for chapped lips, stretch marks in pregnant women and even to help new mommies to heal from breast feeding 
  • gives you energy
  • combats premature aging

TIP: make sure you get more than 70% cacao content in your chocolate, watch out for sugar content in the chocolate found at stores. 

You can use them in smoothies, with cereal, power bars.

 


 

Check out this video where I will talk in a little more detail of what it is about these powerhouses of foods.

 

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group -> Your Wellness Lounge and let’s stay connected!!

 

Lots of Love & Gratitude,

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