Category Archives: Getting Started

10 simple tricks to sneak more vegetables in your diet

Do your meals tend to look mostly beige on your plate?

When was the last time you had a portion of veg?

Can’t remember? Don’t worry – you are not alone! According to latest research, nearly 70% of Brits don’t eat their ‘5 a day’! *

How much is enough?

Nutritionists and food experts have been saying for some time now, that the  ‘5 a day’ rule is outdated and should be seen as the minimum, not the optimum recommended daily intake. But does this mean five apples a day will keep the doctor away? What are the rules?

Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at www.SuperfoodUK.com, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing explains, “People don’t generally seem to have a problem eating fruit and the 5 a day concept is confusing – with some thinking that the message translates into 5 portions of fruit per day. Fruit, while nutritionally good for us, does still contain natural sugar (fructose) so the ratio should be 1 portion of fruit to 4 portions of vegetables. If you eat more than 5 portions of vegetables in one day, do not exceed more than 1-2 portions of fruit”.

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What are toxins and how to avoid them

After an influx of new readers (hello you beautiful souls) I thought it would be good to tell you how NWF came about and why we live without toxins and how you can get started on your journey to a purer life free from toxins and find out how to avoid them.

So what’s my story?

Well I will explain how it all started a few years ago. My eldest son James was diagnosed with some kind of autism, ADD and dyspraxia. The doctor was rather vague about this diagnosis and to be honest not very helpful but she was quick to prescribe a ‘cure’ in the shape of Ritalin. I had already read about the effects of Ritalin and other medicines given to children with ADD and ADHD, I knew the outcome wasn’t good all types of side effects including death!

I didn’t want my child on this horrible mind numbing medication but also didn’t want to live with someone who flipped out, had major anger issues, was violent and had no sense of danger. So I did the only thing I could and researched other options, I was surprised how much there was out there to harm our minds and bodies, many of which are in our foods and all have been passed by the food agencies and government as perfectly fine to consume.

I was shocked, outraged and felt overwhelmed by it all. I spent hours, days and weeks on the internet, reading books and researching all the different chemicals, additives, toxins, preservatives, E numbers, MSG, dairy, gluten, colours, flavourings, fillers, caffeine and much more.

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Open the door to a new you eBook

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Do you want to learn about making your own natural cleaning products? What to use to replace cancer causing body products? What flowers are good for your skin, Why root canals are bad for your health, How to get rid of cavities naturally, Find out if your deodorant is toxic.

Ready to embark on a new you journey?

Then you need this eBook

After 9 years of research and living this way, I have made a handy guide for you.

Special limited offer only £4.99

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What is earth day? share your tips and win a zine!

Today is earth day!

Although I personally think everyday should be earth day, it’s nice to remind the ‘normals’ about saving the planet. There are so many events going on to celebrate all around the world, you can find one near you by popping over to the map.

So what is Earth day all about?

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.

Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

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Things to know before you spray perfume on your body

Have you walked behind someone and inhaled a massive stench of sickly perfume or been on the bus when some idiotic teen is spraying lynx all over themselves? It’s gross right, especially if you don’t wear it yourself, it catches the back of your throat, irritates your breathing and feels claustrophobic.

Well not only is it offensive to your nose, it’s also really bad for your body.

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According to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, seventeen name brand perfume products were found to contain a “complex cocktail of natural essences and synthetic chemicals – often petrochemicals,” including diethyl phthalate, a chemical linked to sperm damage in adult men and abnormal development of reproductive organs in baby boys. Lab results revealed an average of 14 chemicals secretly lurk in common fragrances; some of which have been linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions while others have not even been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics, and personal care products are absorbed through the skin and inhaled with applied or sprayed. This pollution begins in the womb: a 2009 EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants.

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A to Z of natural living. Letter B.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter B.

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Backache:

Backache affects so many people now, from sitting in offices most of the day to car journeys, sitting down a lot can increase the lack of moveable muscles in the back and the core is not properly supported. Not being aligned properly, having one leg shorter than the other, throwing you out of balance or an injury can cause back ache too. Sometimes stress and inflammation can make the problem worse. Read More →

Top 5 tips to a healthier YOU!

To help you on your way to living purer without toxins I have compiled a handy top 5 tips guide to enhance your health for you to browse through, if you can do all 5 then you get an A star, but seriously even changing one thing makes you awesome and on your way to detoxify your body from years of nasty chemicals.

1. Avoid contact with synthetic pesticides, this is a biggy and impacts your life in many ways, things like flea treatments, head lice shampoo, non organic fruit and veg, insect repellent, bleach, some swimming pools and some paint. Look for alternative chemical free treatments such as essential oils and coconut oil. Wash non organic veg in cider vinegar.

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2. Always filter tap water before drinking it to remove impurities, we have a Brita filter and can tell the difference when drinking un-filtered tap water, we get sore throats and it taste quite chemical.
3. If you eat fish avoid farmed Salmon ,Tuna, Swordfish (the older and bigger the fish the more mercury and chlorine they have ingested) Eat an apple or wholegrain beans with the fish as it binds with the mercury in the intestine and most of it comes out in your poo. Take chlorella or psyllium husks,you can also get mercury free omega 3 oils.

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4. Don’t microwave or heat up food in plastic containers particularly if they have a high fat content as the heat will make the plastic chemicals leach into your food and this can cause fertility problems, cancer, asthma, brain and nervous problems and obesity.
5. Avoid mercury in dental fillings, ask for porcelain or white fillings ( the dentist will try to convince you they don’t last as long as amalgam ones but stay firm) Mercury has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney and brain damage.

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Do your best and just change what you can, when you can, just start now for a healthier you!

A series of vegan and holistic wellness charts

I love charts, yeah I’m a bit sad like that, I think I learn better in pictures rather than reading loads of words so when I was seeing if the lovely Rachel from One part Gypsy had had her baby yet I found this brilliant post she had done:

“If you don’t know about Matthew Kenney Cuisine, they are a cutting-edge culinary academy based out of Santa Monica and own several raw and vegan restaurants across the country as well. We just finished this series of educational graphs for their online program-a project has has not only been super fun, but informative too!” Rachel from One Part Gypsy

A series of vegan and holistic wellness charts for Matthew Kenney Cuisine’s nutritional programs.

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Best morning routine for health

What do you do when you wake up?, do you jump out of bed, rushing round to get ready, not really living in the moment but thinking more about the day ahead and what work you have to do? STOP!, wait a minute. This is no way to start your day, if you want a wonderful life filled with happiness and health you need to adopt a better routine.

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So what is my morning routine?

Without fail, even if I have had a really crappy sleep I wake up and thank the universe that I am alive, I never used to do this but a few months ago in the middle of the night one of our dogs started being sick, I leapt out of bed, scooped him up (to take him to the bathroom) but because I was half asleep and dizzy I fell backwards onto the bed (thankfully my bum hit the mattress first) and whacked the back of my head on the solid wooden bed surround. In that moment I realised just how lucky I was to be alive, I was millimetres of the sharp edge of the wood, it could have been a fatal fall. We take it for granted we will wake up tomorrow, so I am thankful every day now.

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Low impact living in a town – what can be done?

We live in Blackpool which is a seaside resort in the Northwest of UK, population of roughly 142,000, so we are a large town. Contrary to popular belief from my photos, we live in a terrace house surrounded by neighbours and the normal trappings of large town life. So until we get our dream home in the countryside what do we do to have a lesser impact on the environment and to live a ‘back to nature’ way of life. A simple guide to our low impact living.

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