The Savvy Path

    BPA & Canned Food Report | Where to Start, Where to Look

    The Canned Food Dilemma

    Together, we just turned the phrase bisphenol-A (BPA) into a discussionable, do-able topic and shared practical ways to reduce our exposure.  We focused on compelling points everyone in our generation should know:

    Yesterday? The responsibility of reducing exposure rested on our shoulders, the consumer.  This is about to change. 

     Welcome to the BPA Revolution.

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    Focusing on Preventable Causes of Breast Cancer

    We all want the same thing

    On January 12th, 2016 in his final State of the Union address, President Obama announced a national "moon shot" effort to cure cancer, stating, “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”  You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone unwilling to get behind that cause. You’re a statistical anomaly if your life hasn’t, in some way, been touched by the disease – especially breast cancer. 

    • Excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers, breast cancer tops the charts with more than 234,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2015 (1), accounting for just under 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women (2).
    • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide(3).
    • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime(3).

    Here’s another staggering statistic that may be a little less ingrained in your mind: 

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    A Can-Do Girls Night Gathering For A Summer Evening

    If paint nights can become a thing, you know anything centered on food will be  a hit. 

    When it comes to fun, an interactive activity is the name of the game. Start now and plan a Girls Night Gathering during the summer.  Host an enjoyable evening where girlfriends learn about canning, and can a few foods  just for the hands-on take-home fun.

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    Mesmerizing Plastic-Free Inspiration : Beth Terry

    Through her Ted Talk and blog at My Plastic-Free Life, Beth Terry, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can, Too has reached tens of thousands of people who are now striving to live as plastic-free as they can. Beth could have taken her deep desire to help the planet in many directions. Instead, she chose to focus on the one thing she felt most passionate about and where she believed she could truly make a difference.

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    Kids, Sports, Schools & Fundraisers

     

     Are you a parent of a baseball, soccer, football or hockey player? A dancer or cheerleader? Volunteering in a troop, chapter or booster?  Pretty soon it will be time to fill out another form and hand over a check. Or maybe you lead or run the fundraiser?  Flip your typical fundraiser of cookie dough or yet-another-candle on its head with this fresh idea:  offer stainless steel reusable bottles with team/school/chapter logos on them!  

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    A Thoughtful BPA-Free Gesture


    If you are reading this from a smart phone or computer screen, chances are you are in a better place in life than so many others.  

    In 2014, almost 47 million people lived in poverty, while another 48 million Americans lived in food-insecure households. These families and children rely on the support and food donations from organizations such as the Feeding America Network. This non-profit organization is a network of food banks nationwide and serves 46.5 million people each year, of which 12 million are children. What does this have to do with Savvy's monthly challenge?

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    BPA: The Basics

    The journey toward nontoxic living is akin to standing in the hub of a 10 speed bicycle wheel.  Each degree we turn we see yet another path, another topic, and another area to learn about, sometimes leaving our minds spinning just as fast as that wheel.  No more. We are taking this on together, at a nice pace. 

    The purpose of the Savvy Path is to take a step down one path, one topic a month. We’ll learn what we can, figure out what we need to know, and who we need to support our growth.   (It’s our own getting Savvy version of 99 Bottles of Toxins on the list…“Take one down, pass it around, 98 toxins left on the list…”) 

    For our inaugural, themed month (sound the trumpets) we introduce you to the ubiquitous, Bisphenol A, a.k.a. BPA.

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    Cutting Back on BPA | A Journey Worth Taking

    When I first heard about BPA and its potential to disrupt hormones, I was in disbelief.  After all, I had been drinking from plastic water bottles for years. Surely I would know if plastic- specifically bisphenol A- was harmful!

    However, after our health crisis in 2008, I learned to ask questions about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. I learned not to assume anything when it comes to toxicity in our environment. 

    Because we were radically altering everything about our lifestyle, the thought of eliminating plastic was overwhelming. But I knew from experience that every change matters, no matter how small.

    Small Changes

    My first step was to eliminate plastic water bottles. After reading that it takes anywhere from 400-1,000 years for one plastic water bottle to decompose, I felt compelled to make the change. I learned that BPA-free didn’t necessarily mean toxin-free. Studies now tell us that the common substitute BPS (bisphenol S) may be just as hazardous. I transitioned to glass (with silicone sleeves) and stainless steel water bottles. They come in handy during the summertime in Arizona!

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