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Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge…

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Hi,

Since couple years I am continuously reading a lot of books and articles about food industry, and watching documentaries in regard to this topic. My interest concerns not only food but also daily life products such as cosmetics, packaging, dyes, electronics, toys, and clothing! I am terrified with the negative health effects that these items have, including high amount of people with cancer. This seems to be the most common “killer” of today’s society. I bet all of us know at least one person who has/had cancer.

I’d like to shed some light to scientific jargon and then show you the list of products containing EDCs.

edcs-substances

 

The reason of many new, serious civilization diseases are among others EDCs (endocrine disrupting chemicals) such as: brominated flame retardants, well known Bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates (four types: Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) and Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)- these are luckily already banned by REACH* in toys and children’s products and will be restricted in electrical equipment by RoHS** from July 2019). Unfortunately the list continues and there are even more substances listed by the EU as Category 1 potential EDCs including several other phthalates, tributyltin compounds, Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), nonylphenols and their ethoxylates, octylphenols, Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCP) and several metals including aluminium and copper.

Let’s focus now a bit on a definition of endocrine disruptor, the definition developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and widely used on a global basis: “An endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub) populations”. These harmful effects on humans (and animals) are: sexual dysfunction, loss of fertility, cancer, hindrance in natural hormone production resulting in destructive effects on metabolism, hair loss, obesity, growth and development, sleep and mood… Shall I list more?

As you see, in the marathon for more, cheaper, smaller/bigger, whatever you think of… in the race for better future we kind of forgot about our health and the natural environment.

marathon-to-better

Luckily there are great initiatives such as the one started by a group of young researchers from Gdańsk, Poland (my hometown:)), owners of Detoxed Home LLC business, an initiative called “Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge” . Their mission is to show and implement recommendations for reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in daily life. Their challenge is to change the lifestyle into free from EDCs, without sacrificing the benefits of the civilization. If you want to read more about Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge I encourage you to subscribe to their page, here. I fully support their mission and join the challenge as well.

To make this story more real, I’d like to list some of products containing EDCs:

  • Canned food (containing Bisphenol A)
  • Plastic containers (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)
  • Plastic bottles (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)- the smaller the bottles, the worse because the proportion of EDC to liquid is high
  • Plastic bags (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)
  • Cosmetics (containing Bisphenol A, Phthalates and Parabens)
  • Electronic devices (containing Bisphenol A and Phthalates)
  • Clothes/textiles (containing brominated flame retardants)
  • Thermal printed receipts (containing Bisphenol A)- yes, the receipts you get in a shop or restaurants…
  • Eye lenses (containing Bisphenol A)

products-containing-edcs

It’s not possible to avoid all products… But you can try to make at least small steps, same as I did.

I’m not able to escape from electronic devices… and I will not resign from cosmetics but I try to choose the most natural ones, without parabens and the ones that have the least ingredients possible. I switched from cremes to natural oils, etc. I minimised using plastic bags and try to use material or paper ones instead. I hardly eat/drink canned products. Whenever possible I try to store my food in glass containers instead of plastic ones, like in below example…

Just look how simple that is… empty jam glass jar can make your food look more attractive and of course more healthy :):):)

glass-container

Are you with me? Will you also join the “Detoxed Lifestyle Challenge” and detox your home, relatives and environment? You can start to change now…

Greetings,

Anna *OnMyDish.wordpress.com*

If you are interested in my other posts, I encourage you to make use of “Post Index” where you can locate and learn about all the posts on my blog.

 

Regulations and Directives:

* REACH- European Union regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

** RoHS- European Union directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment

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It’s now two years… 2012-2014

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Hi,

 

On 14th of May it was my two year anniversary.

2 year anniversary

I still remember the day when I put my first post🙂

As working mom who loves sports, I have very limited time to put any other posts than about my baby.

 

As recently said, I want to write at least one post per month. That’s good for now on:)

My head is full of ideas and I hope I finally will find time to share them with you. I hope in the next year my blogging adventure will be more exciting!

what is next

Let’s see what the next 12 months will bring “on my dish”.

 

Hugs to you all!

Cheers,

Anna

 

If you are interested in my other posts, I encourage you to make use of “Post Index” where you can locate and learn about all the posts on my blog.

 

Happy mother…

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Hi,

 

I just want to shortly update you and share the reason why I stopped posting.

I became a mom. I have very limited time at the moment. I need some time to get used to the whole situation but as soon as I am more comfortable, I’ll come back to posting!!! 🙂

 

Happy Mother

In the meantime, click here to see Leon’s blog 🙂

 

Greetings,

Anna

First year of blog 2012-2013

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Hi,

 

It’s been a while since I wrote my last post. My life has changed in the last months what you also see by decreased number of posts.

I really miss the time when I posted delicious recipes a couple times a week. Now it’s rather just a couple times a month.

 

Well, it’s been now a year since I put my first post 🙂  I still cook every day and I still love it. I just have limited time to take photos, edit, write text, etc.

 

It’s now almost the end of May and still in the Netherlands there is no spring. That’s a bit demotivating 😉

Nevertheless, I am optimistic and very curious what the other year of my blogging adventure will bring 😉

what is next

Well, for now on I congratulate myself on what I did the last year!

Let’s see what the next 12 months will bring “on my dish”.

 

It’s again asparagus season, so I hope in the coming days I will show you an interesting recipe with the use of green asparagus 😉

 

Cheers,

Anna

 

If you are interested in my other posts, I encourage you to make use of “Post Index” where you can locate and learn about all the posts on my blog.

 

 

Time for pizza?

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Hi,

I love Italian cuisine and I do like pizza. If I recall correct in 2012 there were three times that I ate pizza.

May 2012- when I bought pizza for dinner…

October 2012- when I moved to my new house and I had no kitchen running…

November 2012- at my friends’ place…

I am normally very enthusiastic about cooking dinners but sometimes you just can’t avoid eating pre-packaged food. When I choose on my own, I try to buy as healthy food as possible. I must say, the pizza I present here is was really good- with mozzarella, salami, dried tomatoes, spinach and walnuts… Nutrition and ingredients were very acceptable. The taste was really great! Not mentioning aesthetic aspect…

pizza rom Albert Hein pizza pizza backed pizza backed pizza from AH

How often do you eat pizza? Is it homemade, from a supermarket or pizza in a restaurant? What are your favourite ingredients?

Best greetings,

OnMyDish.wordpress.com

Waffles…

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“I love waffles…”

 

This is pretty awesome in USA…Many hotels offer you waffles for breakfast!

That’s really great way to being your day:) Sweet, delicious, positive….

 

Ahhh, I really miss it!

waffle- breakfast

 

 

Do you remember a movie: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas? 🙂

It would be nice to have your own “Wafflebot”:)

wafflebot waffelbot

 

Greetings,

OnMyDish.wordpress.com

 

 

Sweets…

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Hi,

Sugar addiction is one of the most common addictions. It affects not only adults but also children.

my chocolate

Why people eat so many sweets? Why parents feed their children with cookies, candies, cakes, soft drinks, ice creams, chocolate bars, etc.? Often it is a reward for good behaviour or just everyday habit. If parent eats sweets, kid will eat sweets as well.

There are people that ignore this problem; there are also people that try to combat their weakness.

If you grew up with sugar, it will be difficult for you to reduce it from your diet. Simply, things will not taste that good. If you grew up with little sugar, you will not need it as much as the other people. Take advantage of it and do not fall into sweets habit…:)

So what do you choose? Sugar or no sugar???

 

Best greetings,

Anna

 

 

Picture source:

http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/how-choco-works-1.jpg

http://imgs.mi9.com/uploads/other/4835/chocolate-wallpaper_1920x1200_88865.jpg

http://images.wisegeek.com/chocolate-is.jpg

http://stuffpoint.com/chocolate/image/164615-chocolate-chocolate-waterfall.jpg

http://groovyfoody.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/liquid_chocolate.jpg

http://makeupandbeauty.com/chocolate-addiction-women/

http://hqwallpapers4free.com/girl/women-chocolate-desktop-wallpaper-1153400/

http://relatie.blog.nl/algemeen/2011/01/14/zwart-als-de-nacht-zoet-als-de-liefde

http://www.medimanage.com/my-kids-health/articles/Are-we-feeding-Too-much-chocolate-to-our-kids.aspx

http://lh4.ggpht.com/HrY9lQd5d4onIV7s2zgz5j135DJonb6vpULmxZW6Qoy9S32wZ8MS5lJCcPrKBn3_SSKOrsGTmGxA0nStBLb39RY=s285-c

12 grapes- New Year’s Eve 2012

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Hi,

How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

For the first time I celebrated it a bit differently:) I do not mean being on party but what happens at midnight:)

In Poland, people open Champaign and drink it, wishing each other Happy New Year. This year I followed the Spanish tradition of eating twelve grapes.

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12 grapes

The idea originated probably in 1909, when grape producers promoted eating the grapes due to an overproduction…

We took twelve grapes and ate one with every chime of the clock. By the time the clock has finished we were supposed to have finished our grapes as well. If you eat all 12 grapes you will have 12 months good luck… I managed to eat all on time. Sounds promising, doesn’t it? 🙂 So let’s see what 2013 will bring…:):):)

my 12 grapes

In case you suffer from energy depletion today, I present an interesting table with caffeine content:)

Product Mg/100ml [2] Approximate applied quantity Mg/unit
Coffee- filter 70 250ml 175
Decaf 2.5 250ml 6.25
Tea- black 15-30 250ml 37.5-75
Cola 10 330ml 33
Ice tea 9 330ml 29.7
Energy drink 30 330ml 99
Pure chocolate 70 17g (1 line- 4 cubes) 11.9
Milk chocolate 20 17g (1 line- 4 cubes) 3.4

Enjoy your evening!

Anna

Source:

[1] http://rock-ur-party.tablespoon.com/2011/12/22/new-years-party-themes/

[2] “Voeding Nu”, p. 18, Nummer 11, November 2012