We’ve talked a lot about how to avoid chemicals at home and basically how to make home a safer place for our kids and families. It’s a worthy goal but it’s easy to get overwhelmed when it starts to sound like everything from air to water to candles to carpet is dangerous.
That’s why I love Leah Segedie, my guest today and author of the book Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier — All Without Driving Your Family Crazy. That title is right on the money and something all of us moms are trying to do.
Leah is a food activist and the founder of the Mamavation Community, which teaches moms like us healthy living practices to combat disease starting in the home. Her ultimate goal is to make healthy living easy to put into practice, without living in a bubble or spending thousands on expensive products. She’s always a blast to talk to and I’m looking forward to comparing notes!
Episode Highlights: Green Enough With Leah Segedie
- the biggest source of hormone-disrupting BPA and how to avoid it (p.s. it’s not canned goods)
- three basic things to avoid inside your home, period
- the no-cost way to reduce chemical exposure inside your home
- how to find balance in the quest to have a healthy family
- the ways fire retardants cause damage rather than prevent it
- which plastics are the least harmful, and which to always avoid
- why you should throw out every kitchen utensil made with black plastic
- the places phthalates are hiding in your home
- problems with tampons (and what to use instead)
- and more!
Resources We Mention
- Sign Leah’s petition asking Target to switch to safe receipts
- Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier–All Without Driving Your Family Crazy! by Leah Segedie
- Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?–A Scientific Detective Story by Theo Colborn
- Best dryer sheets: Eco Pure (reusable) or Grab Green
- Best laundry detergents: Attitude, BioClean, Charlie’s Soap, Eco Nuts, Eco-Me, Grab Green, and Molly Suds
- Menstrual cups: Diva or Luna
- Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee
More From Wellness Mama
- 121: Cookware Problems: Understanding What’s Hiding in Most Cookware
- 196: How the Modern World Is Changing Our Hormones (& How to Create a Balance Plan)
- The Dangers of Plastic
- How to Reduce Plastic Use in the Home
- What Are the Safest Cookware Options?
- How to Choose an Organic Mattress (+ My Top Mattress Reviews)
- When A Natural Mattress Isn’t in the Budget
- The Problem with Coffee Pods
- How to Make Better Coffee With Non-Toxic Coffee Makers
- Problems With Perfumes and Fragrances
- DIY Herbal Perfume Recipe
- Menstrual Cup: How to Use One for a Healthy, Eco-Friendly Period
Did you enjoy this episode? What other questions do you have for Leah? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
Thank You to Today’s Sponsors
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