Freedom from Toxins!

Independence Day is a day of celebration, which undoubtedly suggests indulging in sugary, fatty, delicious foods. Although even imagining the smell of BBQ sizzling on the grill and Mom’s gooey, fudgy, homemade brownies makes me drool, what if this holiday looked different? Instead of flooding our bodies with empty calories this week, let’s embrace our independence by choosing to live FREE from toxins! The world we live in today is full of toxins that disrupt our natural body processes. Chemicals we ingest from the environment, like air pollutants, heavy metals in our beauty and skincare products, pesticides in/on our food, and even the technology we use each day affects us in many ways that we might not even realize. Symptoms like fatigue, digestive issues, weight gain, joint pain, sleep difficulties, brain fog, etc., may all be related to the toxic overload in our lives.

So, how do we avoid these toxins and start living our best lives? A good way to start is by avoiding these commonly found chemicals in our foods: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), palm oil, vegetable shortening, hydrogenated oils, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Aspartame, Sweet N’ Low, etc.), sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate, sodium nitrates and nitrites, and artificial colorings. Reading your nutrition labels to avoid consuming these toxins is highly important. However, the easiest and best way to avoid toxicity intake is by avoiding foods that come in boxes in general and, instead, nourishing your body with whole, real, unprocessed foods. When choosing these whole foods, be sure to buy organically to avoid exposure to pesticides. Organic foods are becoming far more available and affordable, even being carried at wholesalers and discount grocery stores like Aldi.

Aside from food changes, living free from toxins means making simple changes in your daily routine. What are you cleaning your home and your body with? Steer clear of chemicals in cleaning products that contain these ingredients: phthalates (in many artificially fragranced products- look for products that are unscented or scented with natural oils), tricolsan (in many anti-bacterial products), borax and 1-4 dioxane (in many laundry or dish detergents), sodium hydroxide, chlorine. Purchase products that claim to be free from harsh chemicals and are made with all pronounceable ingredients.

This all might seem a little overwhelming, but making small changes and taking one step at a time towards a life more free from chemicals truly will make a huge difference in how you think and feel each day! A good link for suggestions on the safest foods, skin care products, cleaning products, and other household items is the Environmental Working Group: https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/content/cleaners_and_health#.WzTcQNVKiUk

Let this Independence Day be the week of declaring a more healthy life for yourself by living free from toxins! For a recipe idea on a clean dessert, check out this festive fruit pizza!

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Ingredients

For Crust:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ¼ tsp celtic sea salt (could be another unprocessed, raw salt)
  • ¼ tsp baking soda (Bob’s Red Mill is a trusted brand)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tbs water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

For Frosting:

  • ½ cup unsweetened Almond Milk Yogurt
  • 1-2 tbs raw honey (if you want a more sweet frosting)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a measuring bowl, stir together all ingredients for crust until dough forms. Transfer the dough to an 8in spring form pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  3. Place another piece of parchment paper on top of dough and use your hand to flatten out dough evenly in pan. Remove top piece of parchment paper.
  4. Bake 12 minutes on the center rack.
  5. For the frosting, combine yogurt and honey, and spread evenly on cooled crust.
  6. Top with organic, fresh blueberries and strawberries to make it red, white, and blue!

If you have more questions or greater interest in living free from toxins through recipe ideas or lifestyle advice, definitely reach out by email (eatingwithallie@gmail.com) or connect with me in the office!