Tips and Tricks on Keeping Your New Years Resolution of Eating Healthier

(and saving money at the same time) With another year behind us, and the years do seem to go by faster and faster, many of us have made new years resolutions to eat better and exercise. It is a very common new years resolution, but unfortunately, not very well kept. I hope if you chose to resolve to eat healthier and better, that you not only keep your resolution, but also make it a lifestyle. So here are some tips and tricks to help you with that. Continue reading

My First Book Review! A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

This book was definitely not on my list of reading for reviews, my goal was to review books that are related to health and beauty, not entertainment. But a co-worker of mine recommended the book insisting that I will be laughing out loud with every page. I had lent my co-worker a different book, and felt obligated to read this one even though I wasn’t really interested. After all, I work full time while trying to manage a start up business. My choice of books are usually Continue reading

Quality and Value Shouldn’t Require a Large Advertising Budget

When it comes to skin care, competition can be tough. Don't get me wrong, I think my products offer a value that few other businesses offer, and that is the value of knowing that your skin is being taken care of by healthy all natural ingredients, no added fillers, and especially no unnecessary ingredients that would only result in harm to your skin. Continue reading

You Had What For Dinner?

I don't know what it is about me, but most people I meet, automatically presume I am a vegetarian. I am not, I was once, but haven't been in almost a decade. I happily eat organic non-GMO meat. Actually, I enjoy the flavor of different meats very much, and I think some meats can be healthy. So why people see me as a vegetarian is beyond me. This is not to say that I'm a strict carnivore, quite the opposite. I eat my three ounces of meat per day, coupled with the Continue reading

What do you mean these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA?

  Before I get started, I think it’s important that I address a very important topic. And that is the Food and Drug Administration known as the FDA. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m not the biggest fan of the FDA, especially since all you hear on the media is about this medication that was approved killing this many people or causing blurred vision. I get it, big money is involved and sometimes drugs pass when they really shouldn’t. This also makes it a problem for the little guy, or gal in my case. I don’t have the revenue to pay off the FDA to approve my products, nor do I have the means to test my products to the extent that the FDA deems appropriate. My products are based on scientific research of peer reviewed journals, but that is not enough for the FDA. Although my products are not supplements that you take internally, I do sell products that you put on your skin, and I make certain claims about my products, such as anit-wrinkle or moisturizing, or whatever. While my claims are based on actual scientific research that is available to me, they have not gone through pre-clinical or even clinical trials. I don’t have the means for that, I’m just a small business. So my claims on any of this blog, are just that, claims. They have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor will I be asking the FDA to confirm or deny any of the claims I make. This is not to say that I’m just making something up. Actually, for that reason, I’m glad the FDA does exist, so that people can’t make elaborate claims about the purple elephant ear wax curing your migraine, and all it costs you is your first-born child and all future financial well being. There has to be checks and balances, and I support that. I just think that some government agencies have run amok a bit, and are… well… out of control, or beyond affordability. And let’s face it, there’s a loop hole around everything. All a supplement company has to do is put the disclaimer on their product that the FDA hasn’t evaluated their claims, and they can sell their products. If you want to read the actual regulation, you can find it here. And if you want to read about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), you can find it here. And here’s a great article that explains what the claims made on products really mean. But does that mean that if such a statement isn’t listed than the claims have been evaluated by the FDA? Nope, if a product falls under homeopathic, it is an exception to the rule as explained here. So what does it all mean? Well, basically, if a small business is just that, a small business, then they have to put a warning label on all their products in order to keep from being attacked by the FDA. This might keep the public informed and protected from buying fake claims, but is bad for the little gal who has done her own research and does have quality products to offer that do what they claim. So in other words, you’re still responsible to do your own diligence and research who you’re buying from. With that said, I’m going to remind you that I’m not some wacko off the street that learned how to watch youtube videos. I have been researching health for many, many years. My hubby and I both used to work in a research lab intent on curing aging, we both have bachelor’s degrees in biology/chemistry studies with emphasis on cellular biology, bio-chemistry, and nutrition. My hubby used to be certified as a personal trainer (one day I’ll write a blog of why he doesn’t do that anymore), and we both currently work in fields that are related to health/research in some form or another. So I guess what I’m saying, when we write for this blog, we’re not just making stuff up. If we post someone else’s health article, it will be well researched before posting. Our intent is not to have your run to snopes and verify our claims as BS, but rather to help not only educate you on healthy choices, but also to show you how to find the information for yourself, so you can make your own informed decisions.