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    Dead Zones: What We Need To Know + What We Can Do 

    When you hear the word “dead zone” you probably have a flash back of that moment when you were in deep conversation with your girlfriend and she kept saying “can you hear me now”? That is a dead zone most of us are familiar with. There is a much more serious dead zone than having no bars on your cell phone, dead zones in our oceans.

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    Rising from Lyme Disease to Health Coach: Pallas Dame 

    Pallas Dame answered the phone on a November morning, the muffled sound of wind and traffic playing into the receiver. As we introduced ourselves she apologized for the noise; she was out walking, she said. She maintained her brisk pace during our hour-long conversation. I learned that this was a new-found joy for her; she had spent many years trying to find her way back to health and vitality.

    A combination of genetics and Lyme disease conspired to send her into a physical, mental, and emotional tailspin after the birth of her first child about ten years ago that left her confused by doctors diagnoses and treatment regimens, and struggling against her body while trying to find answers.

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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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    Seven GMOS + Glyphosate Fundamentals We All Should Know  (video)

    This is the fourth video 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.  

    Let's Break It Down: GMO's + Glyphosate: What We Need To Know

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    Monica Fernandes: From Portugal to the Savvy Women's Alliance Board

     

     

    When I was in high school, I tripped up the auditorium steps to receive an award for gymnastics at Sports Awards Night. Since that time I’ve admittedly shied from center stage. So I have great admiration for anyone who comes up front-and-center not once, but twice in a single day. Meet Monica Fernandes, grace and bravery personified. On June 22, she was introduced as one of Savvy’s new board members. And earlier that afternoon, she was among 3,000 people becoming naturalized as U.S. citizens at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the ceremony attended by 2,000 friends and family. A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Monica has lived in the U.S. for 24 years; she still travels to visit her family frequently.

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    Jan/Feb: Meat & Veggies, Tampa Fl, Arvada Co and more...

     

     

    Food choices are something fundamental you can control about yourself: what you take into your body. When so many other things are out of control and your influence over climate change - all these much larger issues - it's very hard to see any results or any progress. But everybody can see progress around food. ― Michael Pollan

    • Join us in Tampa, FL + Arvada, CO?
    • Start A Chapter: Informal Chat 2/7       
    • Two Month Topic:  Meat & Veggies  
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    If You Choose To Eat Meat, Eat Less.

    You’ve been invited to a friend’s barbeque. It’s a beautiful summer afternoon, so you decide to ride over on your bike, feeling pretty good about your environmentally conscious decision to leave the car in the driveway. When you arrive at your friend’s back yard, 7.3 miles away, you sit down and enjoy a hamburger. A delicious quarter-pounder.

    As it turns out, you could have just driven. In greenhouse gas terms, that hamburger is the same as a 7.3 mile ride in the car. 

    Now what?  If you choose to eat meat, eat less.  It's a deeply personal decision, but here are some mighty meaty reasons to choose wisely.

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    5 Questions to Ask When Considering CSA

     

    Did you know the average American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate? This generates a substantial amount of carbon dioxide emissions. 

    When you make an effort to support local farmers by joining a cooperative called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), you are not only significantly reducing the carbon footprint that your food creates, but the community and local economy will be strengthened and food will be traceable.

    This is just one of the many reasons you may want to consider a CSA for your veggies. There are numerous differences among CSAs, so you may want to interview local farmers to find one that will fit the needs of your family.

    Here are some key questions to ask:

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    When the Little Ones Move On | Finding Your Place

    My journey towards a healthier lifestyle began when I became pregnant with my first child, just over 13 years ago. The idea of bringing a new life into this world made me think more about what I put in my body, on my body, and what products I use throughout my home.  I was overwhelmed, and I mostly bought what I deemed “safer” than the alternative. I didn't have a group of like-minded people to toss ideas around with. Most people I knew figured if a product was on the store shelf, it was tested for safety and fine to use. I didn't fully agree, but I also didn't have enough data to confidently dispute that.

    Time passed. I became a stay-at-home mom and I had a toddler and a baby at home. By the time my oldest daughter was about to start elementary school, and my son would soon begin preschool, I had a third child and things shook up again. My youngest daughter was born with a kidney disease and I was reminded that keeping my family as healthy and safe as possible was my top priority. 

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    Mirror, Mirror – The Beauty Fairy Tale

     

    Note: This blog  post may look familiar to some of our readers. It was originally published in the spring, and has become one of our most popular posts. We are sharing now because the author, Brynn, captures our Girl Power theme perfectly. 

    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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    Share The Gift Of Being Savvy: Donate A Membership Forward or  Gift A Friend

    Did you know that 61% of those who come to our nonprofit want to be around more like-minded women? That 28% feel isolated but want to learn? Or 32% want to make a difference, but just aren't sure how?   

    Our nonprofit erases these barriers. We offer an encouraging community for women to learn and create change. We are fulfilling a missing puzzle piece in the movement.  Will you help us reach out to others? 

    For the same amount of one fancy coffee a month, you can: Donate a Membership Forward or Gift A Membership to a Friend.  What does this mean? 

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    Kristen Arnett, International Makeup Artist

    Health and beauty expert Kristen Arnett is an international makeup artist who has helped thousands of women around the world detox their makeup bags with amazing results. She’s been called a “Green Leader,” a “Top Eco Influencer” and a “Natural Beauty Guru” by some of the top magazines and leaders in the industry.  Not only are we giddy to share her video, but encourage you to download her Toss the Toxins kit. 

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    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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    America's A-ha Moment: Not Just A Pretty Face | 10 Year Anniversary


    Baby shampoos linked to cancer? Hormone disruptors in our skincare? Lead in our lipstick?

    These questions and many more were brought into the public spotlight over the last ten years, turning educated consumers into protectors and activists.  An avalanche of progress rumbled - including a reduction of parabens and triclosan in mainstream products. While we aren't at the finish line yet, it is hard to push a cart through any big box store without seeing some of the impacts on product labels.  One of the avalanche triggers?  Stacy Malkan's  “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of Beauty.” 

    Not Just a Pretty Face is the true story of how Stacy Malkan, who along with several other at the Breast Cancer Fund (Breast Cancer Prevention Partners), Women's Voices for the Earth, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth and others formed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics creating the foundation for a national movement. The goal? To shift the $50 billion beauty industry away from harmful chemicals and toward safer products.  

    In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Not Just A Pretty Face we are proud to place this classic investigative deep dive on our Savvy Bookshelf.  How long has it been since you flipped through it? 

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    Curious About Starting a Chapter? Our Top 3 Q's Answered

    Would it surprise you to learn this about our Savvy Women's Alliance community?  Or maybe not so surprised to learn how our supporters feel?  

    • 23% feel isolated
    • 32% want to make a difference outside their home, but are not sure how
    • 33% are overwhelmed by the topic of 'nontoxic living' 
    • 47% identify with being light-green
    • 61% want to be around more like-minded women

    The need for many new chapters existsHave you maybe kind-of, possibly thought about starting a chapter?  If so, take a look at the top three questions we are asked:  

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