When I first started blogging back in 2009, I didn't know other moms were blogging. I didn't know there were other moms who parented the way we did and ate the way we did. I didn't know that my little hobby of writing about natural living would be the very thing that supports my family and allows us to live freely.
It was several months into blogging before I discovered I wasn't alone. There were other moms out there sharing their voices and their experiences to create an online community of like-minded moms.
One of the first “big” bloggers I encountered was Leah Segedie from Mamavation. Back then she was inspiring other moms to lose weight, mostly through conventional methods.
Even though we weren't on the same page back then, I looked at her presence on Twitter (because back then, that's where we all hung out) and was inspired by her ability to inspire other moms to seek change.
I remember when she first discovered GMOs and started sharing about them online. I saw a spark come alive in her that inspired me and so many others.
She has literally driven a movement. One that is inspiring families to live greener and healthier. One that definitely aligns with the messages I enjoy sharing each and every day.
So when she was given a book deal a few years back to write Green Enough, I felt a sense of pride in my heart for her. She has put herself out there in the crossfires to make sure her message is heard so many more times than I think I'd have the confidence to do.
A copy of Green Enough showed up on my doorstep while I was at Expo West. And let me tell you, it's Leah through and through!
Her personality and spark really shine through in the writing. Everything is super well researched, but presented in an entertaining and informative way.
If you're starting on your journey of going green and living healthier, I recommend picking up a copy of Green Enough. It's a great read and lays out a plan of how to clean up your home so you can live green without going crazy.
Here's an excerpt from the introduction of Green Enough*
TOXIC FOOD? TOXIC HOME?
What would you say if I told you . . . That cinnamon oat square cereal you bought because it’s chockfull of fiber and protein is not only loaded with sugar—more than 2 teaspoons per half-cup serving—but also butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT, a scary, petroleum-derived preservative that’s banned in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and throughout Europe),2 genetically modified organisms (GMO) galore in the sweeteners, maybe some monosodium glutamate in that mystery “flavor” listed on the label, and potentially a huge dose of pesticides in the oats and wheat.
If you’d say that’s un-freakin’-believable, I’d totally understand (personally, this makes me want to rip my hair out.)
When you microwave that handy bag of popcorn, you are unleashing tons of toxic substances inherent in the packaging materials and chemicals that are strongly suspected of being potent hormone disrupters and carcinogens.3
If your response to the oh-so-convenient bag o’ hormone hackers and cancer is a big eye roll and a heavy sigh, I’m right there with you.
Ninety-nine percent of conventionally grown strawberries tested by the USDA in 2014 and 2015 came up positive for contamination with
pesticides—and that’s after the berries were washed. On 20 percent of samples, the pesticides included a fungicide that has been banned in
the European Union because of its intense toxicity.4
It’s a total horror show.
Eighty-two percent of ground-turkey samples collected for a study in 2012 were contaminated with E. coli—and more than half of the bacteria found on the ground turkey were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to FDA scientists.5
Shrieking is totally understandable at this point, as are gagging noises.
AND HOW ABOUT THIS:
Ninety percent of household dust samples from multiple studies of American homes contain 10 harmful chemicals that may be linked to infertility, birth defects, autism, early puberty, obesity, diabetes, and hormone-related cancers, as well as a flame-retardant (TDCIPP) that is known to cause cancer. But wait, there’s still more! One-hundred percent of the dust samples contained large amounts of substances called phthalates, which are believed to interfere with hormones in the body and are linked to declines in IQ and respiratory problems in children, poor sperm quality (among other reproductive problems), and many other health hazards.6
I’d hazard a guess that you’re mighty tempted to slap this book shut and go vacuum the bejesus out of your entire domicile.
AND (LAST ONE. FOR NOW.):
Most shampoo, soap, lotion, and other personal care products we slather all over ourselves and our children on a daily basis contain
hormone-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obesity, type 2 diabetes,
low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, breast cancer, altered reproductive development, and male genital defects and fertility problems. These chemicals are called phthalates. And they only rarely are listed on product labels.7
Are you thinking, Leah, could just shut up?! I feel ya. But no.
Have you read Green Enough yet? Tell me your favorite part!
* Reprinted from Green Enough by Leah Segedie. Copyright ©2018 by Leah Segedie. By permission of Rodale Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Available wherever books are sold.