Sunday, January 27, 2013

Good Health With Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil [Review]

I believe that a vegetarian diet is better, healthier, and easier on my body. However, several months ago, the need for a high-protein and high EPA/DHA/Vitamin A/D/Omega-3 diet became my new reality. I know that I cannot get all of the nutrients my body needs from a strictly vegetarian diet. I thought long and hard about eating fish and meat again (one of the highest sources of these nutrients). I started off with finding plant-based sources of protein and taking Krill Oil. I added eggs to my diet. The more I read about EPA/DHA, Vitamins A and D, and Omega 3, the more I knew that bringing fish back into my diet was absolutely necessary. However, eating fish again after not eating it for 10 months did not sit well with my stomach. If I was going to continue with my vegetarian diet (plus eggs), I knew I had to find the best Fish Oil out there. Several sources pointed me right to Green Pasture products. I settled on Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil. For a strong mind, body, spirit, and well-being, make Green Pasture's Cod Liver Oil part of your daily diet.

Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil    ($44.00, 118 servings)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
High quality, natural cod liver oil
Fishy taste (this is fish oil!)
Wild caught

Affordable price per serving

Glass bottle can be reused/recycled

I received Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil very quickly. I could not wait to get into it and try it. Yes, I know you might think I am crazy. This is Cod Liver Oil, non-flavored, and fermented. How good could it taste? Actually, I liked it! The flavor reminded me of canned sardines. The flavor is not really a gross fishy flavor, but the flavor of small little sardines that have been marinating in oil. After a couple of weeks, I liked the flavor even more and more. Before your take the Cod Liver Oil, watch this video to find out how best to swallow the oil. Sometimes, I follow with water and sometimes with milk. The taste does not phase me at all.

I take Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil every morning. I will admit that I do have a some "fishy" burps for a few hours after taking it, but they usually go away by lunch time. Honestly, the fishy taste and fishy burps are really not that bad. For the amount of nutrients and vitamins I am getting, I will gladly take a couple fishy burps. If you are averse to fishy tastes, Green Pasture also offers Arctic Mint and Cinnamon Tingle flavors and Non-Gel Orange capsules. These flavors are great for kids!

Let me talk a little bit about real food. Real food is what our grandparents and generations before them ate. This is real food that is caught or grown in the wild, not the packaged convenience snacks and meals that are found on grocery store shelves (even at Whole Foods). It is crucial to eat real foods, real butters, real meats/fish, and real produce because that our bodies are meant to eat. We get the most nutrients from eating real food and we avoid many diseases and problems that are present in our society. Cod Liver Oil is a real food, as opposed to synthetic, man-made supplements. Synthetic supplements are not absorbed as well by our bodies and do not provide the same benefits as taking the real, natural forms of the same nutrients. Ask your grandparents, even your parents, about Cod Liver Oil. In Eastern Europe, as is done in other countries, my mom used to receive a daily tablespoon of Cod Liver Oil in kindergarten. In orphanages, babies and kids are fed Cod Liver Oil. Why? Because it is one of the best sources of nutrients to keep babies and kids growing and support adult bodies.

Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil can benefit adults, children, and especially pregnant and nursing women who need all of these nutrients and vitamins to ensure healthy development of their babies. Babies in the womb and up to 1 year desperately need DHA and Omega-3s for healthy brain development. Real foods are very important because they also provide crucial nutrients. Eating foods like eggs, coconut oil, raw milk (if available), raw milk cheeses (readily available), cream, fish eggs, etc. are going to provide the foundation for healthy future generations. The more and more I read about pregnancy and breastfeeding diets, the more I realize that real food (including fish, fish products, and whole dairy) is more important than my beliefs about a vegetarian diet. Whether you switch to whole/raw dairy, supplement with Cod Liver Oil, or eat a little bit of fish, your body and your children will greatly benefit.

I would highly recommend Green Pasture products because of the high quality, natural, wild sources of oils that offer the highest amounts of nutrients and vitamins. Whether your diet consists of meat/fish or not, supplementing with Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil will keep you and your family strong and healthy.

Disclosure: I received the sample from the company in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. I am under no pressure to return the product to the company or to write this review. This product review is based on my personal experiences. This review is objective and completely honest. I am not a medical professional. The intent of this review is not to provide medical advice. Please speak with your doctor if you have any questions about taking this product.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eco-Friendly Resolutions Update

We are about three weeks into the New Year. I decided to do a self-check on my eco-friendly resolutions. Updates are in blue.

Eco-Friendly Resolutions
  1. Continue the switch to non-toxic cleaning products - We cleaned out the cleaning supplies and organized by toxic vs. non-toxic. I would love to throw out the toxic ones, but that would freak my husband out. I did dispose of some toxic cleaning products that were almost empty. My goal is to continue to slowly replace the toxic cleaners with non-toxic cleaners.
  2. Make more homemade cleaning products - No progress.
  3. Use my new dehydrator to dry in-season produce - I dried pineapple! It was easy and delicious! There is not a lot of in season produce right now, so I am planning on dehydrating a lot during the summer. There is a berry farm trip on the agenda!
  4. Can fruits (jams, jellies, etc.) - No progress. Once we get into the summer fruit seasons, I will kick this into full gear! My sister-in-law is on board (berry farm trip!).
  5. Find a new CSA farm and join - I researched and made a list. Now to select the farm and submit the paperwork. is a great resource.
>> How are you progressing toward your eco-friendly resolutions?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winner Announcement

The giveaway for the Eco Lips Care Kit has concluded! Thank you to all those that entered! Winner is listed below and has been confirmed.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

No nonsense Affordably Enhances Your Wardrobe

This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

My fashion style is comfortable chic. I like clothes that fit and are functional for different types of occasions. I am slightly obsessed with the recent trend of tights with dresses, long sweaters, and jean leggings (jeggings). Tights and leggings can make your wardrobe go so much for further. 

I received a pair of denim leggings and a pair of fishnet tights from No nonsense. No nonsense tights and leggings can be found most food and drug stores, as well as mass retail stores. They are very affordable and fashionable. 

The denim leggings are dark washed, made from polyester, cotton, and spandex. I usually go up a size when buying leggings/tights, but I felt that No nonsense denim leggins were pretty true to size. I recommend buying the size  you usually wear. One thing I did not like about the denim leggings was the elastic waistband, which could result in a muffin top. I really like that the dark wash has a little bit of a shine to it. No nonsense denim leggings would be perfect for a date night, night out, or an evening party. I would wear these denim leggings with a silk top, blazer, and tall boots.Photobucket

The fishnet tights are black in color and are made from nylon and spandex. The tights are sheer to the waist. I like that the tights are thick, so I do not have to worry about them ripping or running. I could see myself wearing No nonsense fishnet tights to a holiday or evening party with a colorful sweater dress and fun little booties.Photobucket

I would recommend No nonsense leggings and tights if you are looking for an affordable and quick way to spruce up your outfits and wardrobe. If you are looking for some tips on how to incorporate leggings and tights into your wardrobe, fashion expert Jill Martin, an Emmy-Award winning TV personality and co-author of “I Have Nothing to Wear!,” is here to help as the new No nonsense brand ambassador. She provides fashion tips through social media and online vignettes to show women how to wear the latest leggings and tights trends. To learn how No nonsense leggings and tights can accent your wardrobe, follow No nonsense on Facebook and/or Twitter, and check out the video below.  


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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Eco-Friendly Resolutions for 2013

This year, I have made great strides in changing some of our eco-UNfriendly habits. Even those these changes seemed like they were fairly small, they do add up and make an impact. Here is a summary of what was accomplished in 2012 and what I hope to accomplish in 2013.

2012 Accomplishments
  1. Stopped using Tide and switched to a natural laundry detergent (Tropical Traditions)
  2. Used reusable grocery bags 95% of the time (there were a few times I was not prepared)
  3. Completed 2 vegan fasts and switched to a vegetarian diet
  4. Participated in a CSA farm share
  5. Expanded the garden
  6. Canned hot peppers from the CSA farm
  7. Cleaned out remaining toxic body products
Eco-Friendly Resolutions
  1. Continue the switch to non-toxic cleaning products
  2. Make more homemade cleaning products
  3. Use my new dehydrator to dry in-season produce
  4. Can fruits (jams, jellies, etc.)
  5. Find a new CSA farm and join
Blog Resolutions
  1. Post vegetarian and vegan recipes
  2. Post about my personal dilemmas and challenges with green and eco-friendly living
  3. Determine what you (my readers) would like to know more about

>> What are your eco-friendly resolutions for 2013?

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