The Savvy Path

    An Intimate Peek at a Superstar Chapter

    Support is a powerful thing and “strength in numbers” is far more than a simple cliché.

    These are two things Savvy women know to be true and the precise reason why chapters are so important to the existence and vitality of Savvy Women’s Alliance. Chapters include five or more women who meet at least eight times a year to discuss their personal journeys in nontoxic living and provide support for one another. Every chapter is unique and comes with its own challenges and triumphs. This month, I interviewed Beth Newberry and Trina Lavoie – two superstar women and co-founders of the Providence Chapter of the Savvy Women's Alliance – to ask them about their evolution and success as a chapter.

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    Navigating Healthy Eating With Our Daughters

    Raising children. No other job provides infinite new challenges that often need immediate attention. Some are easy– like finding a last minute ride to practice. Others have life-long implications. The decisions we make can leave us feeling frightened, vulnerable and skeptical. Am I saying the right things? Are my choices demonstrating the behavior I want my kids to follow? What can I do to teach them how to be strong? How do I keep them safe and healthy? 

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    Meet Cheryl: Heart Disease to Passionate Advocate

    It started watching my Dad live with a severe genetic heart condition.... 

    As a kid, I didn't understand it but I knew something was wrong when life started to change.  As a family we were fairly healthy - we ate wheat germ, liver, spoonfuls of molasses, and took Vitamin E gel capsules.  Processed food was never in our house, but if my dad snuck out and purchased a bag of Fritos or box of Captain Crunch it was gone within an hour.  It was not beneath me to hide a box of sugary cereal because I knew with five siblings it would quickly become everyone's snack for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    Meet Janet: A Flight Attendant With A Big Heart

    Imagine navigating your way through a busy airport with a broken wrist and ankle, towing baggage and dodging nearly late passengers. Then imagine flying across the country to volunteer with an organization, not knowing anyone, and just jumping in with both feet, limping slightly, where needed.

    Last February, Janet Conroy, Savvy Women’s Alliance Volunteer of the Year did just that. Janet is an airline attendant and is no stranger to airports and airplanes, so she may have a bit of an advantage -  getting there was the easy part. Walking into a room of strangers and asking, “how can I help,” takes courage, enthusiasm and commitment to a cause.

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    The State Of Nontoxic Living & What it Means For Us

    This is the second in a series of four video from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated volunteers while sharing hot topics from powerful speakers.   

    Next Stop? Adventure!

    From young breast cancer survivor and mainstream mom to national protector-and-educator of women’s “eco- health,” Kristi Marsh is the founder of the Savvy Women's Alliance and Choose Wiser.  Here she weaves real life emotions and humor into a meaty, must-know mesmerizing climate of environmental health - and what is ahead for all of us. 

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    Our Writer Of the Year...

     
     
    "I want to congratulate you, Julia, on your outstanding achievements in writing and volunteer work in the Savvy Women's Alliance. To balance a college course load and still find the time to give back to the community is truly re markable. I encourage you to keep up the good work and continue to inspire others in your path. Congratulations!"  ~ Jeff Kinney, Diary of A Wimpy Kid 
     
    The Savvy Women's Alliance blog wouldn’t be possible without the talents of a group of volunteer writers, who use their wordsmithing capabilities to give you the blog posts you read each month. Although all of our writers are rock stars, this year we chose one writer to celebrate at our Talk Savvy to Me event that was held in June.
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    Making Real Food Cool

    This is the first of four videos from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated our volunteers and shared hot topics from powerful speakers.  We hope you can attend our next Talk Savvy To Me in late 2018.  

    Making Real Healthy Food Cool For Kids:

    Donna Morin, M.Ed, is a nutrition and lifestyle coach trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She began her practice after diet and lifestyle changes resolved her own health troubles, but her biggest lesson so far has been recognizing that good, lasting health is about so much more than food.  

    Get ready to go on an amazing learning adventure as Donna makes food cool for kids and us as well.  Watch for the brilliant way Donna uses analogies with a  garden hose, a zoo and a circle of Barbies to bring microbiomes to light.   

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    Meet Margie | From Asthma to Interior Design Advocate

    “When you can’t breathe nothing else matters” was the campaign slogan of The American Lung Association in the mid 90’s. It came as a postcard with a photo of a cute little boy with an oxygen tube draped across his tiny face. It resonated with me as I sorted through the remaining pile of mail. As an asthma sufferer myself, I knew all too well the helpless feeling of shortness of breath and panic....how frightening it must be for a young child I thought.

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    A Story of a Runway Model

    My journey to living a toxin-free life began on a beautiful New York City afternoon when Armani's model booking agent sat at the next table at an outdoor café. It’s every model’s dream to be discovered by a happy accident and that happened for me. From that moment, my modeling career took off. Being a fashion model was exciting and exhausting at times. Endless amounts of makeup were dabbed, smudged, powdered, and brushed on my face and body.

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    Mirror, Mirror – The Beauty Fairy Tale

    Once upon a time, there lived a wonderful and most bat-shit crazy Queen. Within her castle were rescued animals galore, four princes, one spirited princess and the strongest coffee maker in all the lands.

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    Food Can Be Your First Love

    Health Was Becoming So Much Bigger Than The Food I Loved  

    As a food blogger, I knew the dangers of white sugar, refined foods, preservatives and super long words to avoid in foods. I knew how animals were treated in factory farms and how pesticides had caused health problems with field workers. I was eating and cooking healthy, shopping at my farmer’s market and buying organic or no-spray produce, eating less processed foods, working out. I thought I knew it all when it came to healthy living. 

    The more I explored the healthy eating community, I found more voices. And they had a lot to say, and they had facts to back it up. The voices started to get louder, and I couldn’t ignore them anymore. Health was becoming so much more than the food I ate.

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    A Before & After With Ursa

    The Before...

    Way back, ten years ago, I did what everyone else does –

      • visit the pediatrician when my kiddos were sick and on schedule,
      • take myself to the doctor when I was (REALLY) sick,
      • filled my prescriptions,
      • used the food pyramid as a guide – lots of grains and dairy,
      • colored my hair,
      • used off-the-shelf vitamins and supplements,
      • stocked microwave popcorn in the pantry and Yoplait Go-Gurt™ in the fridge, along with conventional meats,
      • bought all our personal care products at the local big box store
    … you know, the ‘normal’ life.

    The After....

    How does my life look different now?

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    When The Urge to Share Keeps Surfacing

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    Autoimmune Disease: Changing the Game Brynn's Way

    Really, it’s all about CHOICE.

    “A funny thing happened on the way to the doctor’s office…”

    But, there’s no punchline.

    There is a “thing” that happens when one is diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease: one changes. Is this a good “thing”? Is this a bad “thing”? In the fall of 2010 I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus. An autoimmune disease with no known cure. It was like getting sucker punched.

    In the face. With a train.

    Sweet mother of buggernackles, friends.

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    My Full Fragrance-Fail Confession

    A Suspiciously Tiny Package

    My daughter skipped toward me swinging a two-toned striped bag.  With a glance, I assessed that nothing from Victoria's Secret, that could fit in that teeny tiny bag, should be in my 13-year old's hands.  I knew Victoria's off-shoot brand, Pink, had imprinted its marketing claws into my daughter's Pinterest page, but she had only 45-minutes with her besties to walk the mall while I scanned for Whole Foods sales. Images raced through my mind of red and lace and less. What could she have purchased with only $15 dollars cash? 

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