Why I Do Yoga

woman practicing yoga on the beachI have a yogi friend that I follow on Instagram. He posts photos of beautiful, gravity-defying poses that take my breath away. How does the human body do that? I have another friend that I’ve known since high school. We both started practicing about 20 years ago, but she does it #everydamnday and can turn her body into a pretzel. These are not the reasons why I do yoga. I’ll never be able to balance on one hand or flatten my splits to the floor. But I still do it. Week in, and week out—I do it, while my body stays pretty much the same. Because there’s a more important reason why I do yoga. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Pristine Beauty Breast Cancer Kiss Off

products that fight breast cancer without toxic chemicals on white backgroundHere’s something that pisses me off: Companies manufacturing with toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer that stick pink ribbons on their products in the name of breast cancer prevention. Each year, I hop on my soapbox to rail against this practice of pinkwashing—most egregiously by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which you can read about here. During the month of October, I regularly share three easy tactics to avoid pinkwashing in food and beauty products as well as the 17 easy-to-avoid chemicals in everyday products that Harvard University identified as causing breast cancer. But there’s one company that I don’t have to worry about: Founded by a breast cancer survivor who realized early on the connection between toxic chemicals and the disease, Pristine Beauty’s personal care products are carcinogen-free and donate to the fight against breast cancer on an ongoing basis. Plus, they’re really, truly awesome. [Read more…]

Beauty Pros 5x More at Risk for Breast Cancer

We know that breast cancer is now the leading cause of death for women in their late 30s to early 50s, and that one in eight American women–that’s 12% of us–will get the disease. But a recent study from the Breast Cancer Fund found 20 professions in which the risk is staggeringly high. [Read more…]

2 Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Rules to Live By

back of woman wearing pink bra with one strap removedPlease don’t be fooled by a breast cancer pink ribbon on a beauty product made with toxic chemicals that cause cancer—regardless of the amount its manufacturer plans to donate to breast cancer research, these products do more harm than good. Want a short list to avoid? I’ve got it! [Read more…]

10 Ways to Nix Breast Cancer Chemicals Now!

woman self-examining her breasts for breast cancerFor years now I’ve railed against the pinkification of October, when companies that formulate their products with ingredients linked to breast cancer have the audacity to slap pink ribbons on them in the name of breast cancer research. This year, I’ve got even more reason to rail: Harvard researchers recently released information on 17 chemicals that can cause breast cancer—and most of them are in products we use every day. [Read more…]

3 Tricks to Avoid Pinkwashing

Know your ribbon. No more pink washing!Is your newsstand looking a bit flushed? It must be October, when the beauty industry slaps pink ribbons on products that donate to breast cancer research, and writers tint their editorial in solidarity.

Although financially supporting research is lovely, I’m inclined to think that companies should stop formulating products with phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrances and other chemicals that cause cancer in the first place. [Read more…]