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Your green shopping bag is making you eat crap

Posted on October 1st, 2015

Good morning, friends. Here’s an eco-conundrum to ponder. A study published last month in the Journal of Marketing found shoppers who brought their own bags to the supermarket tended to buy more chips, cookies and other treats than those who didn’t.

Toting my veggies home from a Saturday farmer's market trip

Toting my veggies home from a Saturday farmer’s market trip

How the goodness does this work?

The researchers found that the shoppers’ self-perceived righteousness ‘‘licensed’’ their self-indulgence.

Ha! I see this in action all the time. Possibly the worst case is the person who drinks bottled water (to avoid chemicals) then lights up a fag (seriously!).

Or health nuts who binge drink.

Prius drivers who no longer walk to the shops.

It all feeds into contemporary psychology theories that tell us that we have a “self-discipline muscle” that can get worn out if overworked.

So what is the gentle salve here? The mindset that can see us push through a little more consistently? I’d suggest it’s to Read more

An open letter to my friends: Your perfume is killing me!

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Dearest Loved Ones,

Your perfume is killing me. I mean it almost literally.

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It’s also affecting our friendship. I can’t hug you, and so you might have noticed my stepping back when we meet up.

I can’t risk dining with you in a confined space and so you might have noticed I’ve been suggesting we meet for a walk instead.

Actually, I probably haven’t always been so subtle. I’ve probably hurt your feelings a bit. This is because perfume, for me, is like a whack in the noggin; I strike out to protect myself.

I’m so, so, so sorry.

I’ve toyed with this a while: how to let you know that I just can’t cope when you wear fragrance (perfume, Read more

Could you have chemical intolerance? What next?

Posted on July 30th, 2015

I make it a personal mission to live my life as toxin-free as I can. High toxic loads aren’t good for any of us…even more so if you’re struggling with autoimmune disease.

Could you have chemical intolerance? What next?

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For anyone with autoimmune issues, chemicals and heavy metals seem to be both the cause and effect. Research published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology shows that approximately 20 per cent of healthy people demonstrate an immune reactivity to chemicals. This essentially means the body flags chemicals to the immune system, which in turn fights to destroy those toxic compounds.

Introducing chemical intolerance

Over time, if the toxic load is too heavy and your immune system starts struggling to fight the toxic compounds, this may trigger an autoimmune process known as chemical intolerance.

Chemical intolerance usually evolves in two stages.

  • In the first stage, the body’s natural ability to tolerate chemicals and toxins is gradually broken down.
  • In the second stage, an ordinary exposure to an environmental compound (traffic exhaust, perfume, a drug, or other chemicals) suddenly triggers an immune response.

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