Crazy morning. I find it endlessly ironic that the same week that Iâ€™m closing on my first home, Iâ€™m helping DadHTP look for a rental house. Iâ€™m up to my eyes and ears in real estate! The Charlotte rental market is SUPER tight. When I got a call this morning that a listing was available, I rushed out the door in my pajamas to see a potential place for Dad. Hoping this one works out!
I ended up eating breakfast in the car at red lights (not while driving!). Coffee oatmeal â€“ good at the table, better in the car.
On the stovetop:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup soy milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon instant coffee
1 sliced banana
Sugar on top.
Everything goes into the pot at once. Just let it simmer on medium for 5 minutes or so. Easy, easy.
Seven Awesome Resources from the Environmental Working Group
One of my favorite websites is the Environmental Working Group. The EWG is an environmental organization that â€œspecializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.â€ Basically, the EWG fulfills a much-needed void by providing tons of valuable information to consumers.
I utilized the EWG to write several portions of the Healthy Tipping Point book (which comes out in a little over a month!) and wanted to share with you my favorite resources from the organization. Happy learning!
The EWG Shopperâ€™s Guide: This page provides information on the Clean 15 (the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables) and the Dirty Dozen (the 12 most contaminated). For example, itâ€™s wise to always buy organic apples, celery, and strawberries; buying organic onions, sweet corn, and pineapples may not be â€˜worth itâ€™ because they top the Clean 15 list.
The EWG National Drinking Water Database: This page includes an â€œinteractive ranking system to evaluate 100 water utilities that serve cities of more than 250,000 people.â€ Charlotte ranks #77 out of 100 in tap water quality â€“ boo!
Skin Deep: The general Skin Deep site has a database of more than 69,000 beauty and hygiene products, including makeup, hair products, eye care products, nail polish, fragrances, and baby-specific products. Did you know that public health laws allow almost any chemical as an ingredient in personal care products (the no-no list is very short)? There is also NO required safety testing for new beauty products. Check out myths on cosmetics safety to learn more. â€œEvery product added to Skin Deep is carefully reviewed by EWG staff to identify product type, product use and composition, target demographic, and special product claims.â€
Skin Deep Sunscreens: This is my favorite EWG resource. Skin Deepâ€™s sunscreen section provides a massive database of 1,700 sunscreens. I wrote a post summarizing which sunscreens the EWG recommends; you can also check out their Executive Summary for more information.
Cell Phone Radiation: The government does not require cell phone manufacturers to provide any disclosure information about cell phone radiation output. EWG ranks the top 10 best and worst phones and provides a database where you can look up your specific phone. You can also read the EWGâ€™s full report on cell phone radiation here.
Meat Eaterâ€™s Guide to Climate Change and Health: A very interesting and informative page on buying â€˜greenerâ€™ meat and dairy products. You can read about the environmental impact of traditional farming methods and read the â€˜At a Glanceâ€™ brochure. Did you know that different meats have a different impact on the environment? Lamb, beef, and cheese produce the most greenhouse gases. And if you eat one less burger per week, itâ€™s like taking your car off the road for 320 miles? Neat!
Health Tips: And last, but certainly not least, check out the EWGâ€™s Health Tips page. Thereâ€™s loads of general information, including Preventing Cancer, Guide to Kidsâ€™ Personal Care Products, Guide to Feeding Baby, Healthy Pet Tips, and more.