Friday, November 14, 2008

Healthy Thanksgiving Choices

by Beth Anderson
Thanksgiving dinner is one of those special times during the year when many of us get together with family or friends to celebrate our connections to one another and to our Creator. I have a few tips to pass along that will help you create a blessed and healthy gathering for your loved ones...

CLEANING PRODUCTS: Whether you’re preparing your house to host a dinner for 20, or simply doing your normal weekly chores, use the safest cleaners possible. Need to remove the crust from inside your oven? Instead of using a hazardous commercial oven cleaner, try applying a paste of baking soda and water and using good
old-fashioned elbow grease to remove the mess.
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about safe and healthy home cleaning solutions.

FOOD: Buy organic and locally-produced items whenever possible. In some cases, that may mean adapting a traditional recipe to include vegetables that are currently in season or paying a bit more for a sustainably-raised turkey.

Here’s a link to a resource for making environmentally-conscious food choices while still staying within your financial means and another link to ideas for a local, organic Thanksgiving.

COOKWARE: This tip requires a long-term commitment, and perhaps a bit of an upfront investment, but this seems like an appropriate time of year to consider switching from Teflon-coated cookware to a less toxic option. Our friends at Washington Toxics Coalition just put together some great information on this topic in the article, “What’s cookin'? Make it safe!” They advise switching from non-stick cookware to glass, stainless steel, or cast iron.

Many blessings for a healthy and holy Thanksgiving holiday!

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