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    Amanda Griffith

    Amanda Griffith
    Equal parts healthcare writer and PR gal, PURE Haven Essentials Consultant and wife, and super mom to three human children and a furry one (Golden Retriever). When I’m not writing, I’m running, researching the nontoxic world or reaching for the stars – or for my bottle of Zoloft, depending on the day!

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    Introducing Janna Said | Our Pioneer of The Year

     

    It Is With Great Pride We Share Janna's Story With You...

     
    Janna Said’s passion for nontoxic living is part of her DNA. As she tells it, “My father was recycling back in the 1970s before people even really knew what recycling was.” Janna’s dad would collect and save newspapers and aluminum cans and turn them in at a sorting station in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he would only receive pennies per pound. But he didn’t do it for the money – it was just really important to him that these items didn’t go to the landfill. “As a kid, I did think he was crazy. We’d stop at rest stops along the highway and collect cans that had been left there. It’s not something any kid wants to do but that instilled in me from a young age to care for the environment.”
     
    Fast forward many years to when Janna started thinking about becoming pregnant.
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    6 Actionable Ideas To Create Change in Your Community


    The Medfield Chapter of Savvy Women’s Alliance, formerly known as Medfield Green, began making changes in their community simply enough. Four women came together with different interests but with the same goal: to change the community around them. From legislation on safer alternatives to banning harmful chemicals, from renewable and recycling efforts to food awareness, these women set out to educate their friends, family, neighbors and beyond on how to create a cleaner, greener Earth and a safer environment in which to live. 

    “All of our efforts – including programs on organic landscaping, cooking classes, movie nights, book clubs and trips to local stores with various youth groups to advocate for safer food or products – have led to our evolution from Medfield Green to the Medfield Chapter of the Savvy Women’s Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to all of the issues we care about!"

    How did they do it? Helen Dewey, current co-ambassador of the Medfield Chapter (along with Erica Reilly),  shared some of the ways she and her like-minded friends made their mark, and changed many lives along the way. In doing so they have become the Savvy Women's Alliance 2018 Chapter of the Year.

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     Four Ways To Eat Less Meat With A Family

    My family is trying to eat less meat.

    Not because we want to become vegetarian but because we’ve increasingly read about the impact that adopting a more plant-based diet can have on our health. Eating this way is also better for the environment. According to Nature: International Journal of Science, 20 servings of vegetables have fewer greenhouse gas emissions than 1 serving of beef. 

    What if your child is a picky eater, though? A whole-foods, plant-based diet does not include meat, dairy, eggs, or refined products like white flour, refined sugar, and oil, the staples of any kid’s diet, if given the choice.

    Here are a few tips to make meat less of a centerpiece and more of a side dish on your family table, with the support of your kids:

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    Spa Party for Girls

    Karin Brooks is not only mom to two daughters, but she’s also a Brownie Troop Leader, a teacher and head of her church’s religious school. It’s in her nature to be creative, organized and prepared.  So when her daughter, Amelia, requested a pampered spa party and sleepover to celebrate her 8th birthday, Karin remembered she had saved the July/August 2015 issue of American Girl magazine (just in case…prepared for anything, remember?) That issue profiled a DIY spa party and offered suggestions from facials and sugar scrubs to finger soaks and snack ideas.

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    What We Can Learn From A Small Cup Of Pee

    Yes, I said, “pee.” And not just because I’m trying, and failing, to potty-train my three-year-old at the moment.

    I’ve always had a fascination with health and science. I’ve lived with ulcerative colitis for nearly 30 years, grew up the daughter and stepdaughter of parents in the pharmaceutical industry, and currently work not only as an independent consultant for a better-for-us business but also as a writer and media relations consultant for health IT and consumer health companies.

    That’s why I knew I needed to participate in Silent Spring Institute’s crowdsourced biomonitoring study on exposure to toxins. Pass a cup please...

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    Have You Tried Bee's Wrap? A Plastic Wrap Alternative

    To be honest, when I heard about Bee’s Wrap, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. A food storage product made of sweet-smelling, honey and cotton?  How does this alternative to plastic wrap work? Did it work? 

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    The New Age of Nursing

    We Trust Nurses

     What happens when we seek help for our children, our loved ones or even our own health in this new world of 'nontoxic living'? Nurses are often the first line of defense for patients and, as such, become our most trusted sources for health information. Many nurses are having to respond to questions about the environment and its relationship to health and their response? It can be very powerful. 

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    Living Joyfully | Rising Above Ulcerative Colitis

    Founder's Note: Not many of us were born with a 'sustainable bamboo spoon' in our mouth or raised crunchy green. Many 'arrived' to Savvy after an a-ha moment that shook our beliefs about health. Meet Amanda. Amanda exudes joy but behind her constant twinkle is the story of a fighter.  I am proud to share Amanda's story knowing many will identify with the hurdles she faces.   

    It Makes Me Physically Ill...

    Stress doesn't just make me irritable or snappish with my husband and young children, ages 7, 6 and 1 – it makes me physically ill. I have ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disorder that causes severe pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. The more stressed I get about stuff like mounting deadlines for the public relations business I own or the writing contracts I’ve signed, or just navigating the complicated waters of parenthood while working from home, the more likely I am to have a flare-up.

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