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Avoid Food Poisoning! 10 Steps to Protect Against Foodborne Illness

Statistics show that most of us will, at some point, come down with some type of foodborne illness in our lifetime. According to WebMD, 1 in 6 Americans contract a foodborne illness every year. Of those, “128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die each year after eating tainted food.” Even though most cases of foodborne illness are not life threatening, it’s a good idea to try to avoid getting sick by following a few basic food safety practices. Read on to learn how to avoid food poisoning both at home and while dining out.

Food Safety At Home

Color-code your towels. Keeping the towels you use in different parts of the home is more hygienic and can prevent cross contamination. For example, you might use white towels in the kitchen, yellow towels in the bathroom, and orange towels for cleaning other parts of the home.

Wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water before and after handling any food – particularly raw meats, fruits and vegetables.

Clean all produce – even organic. Fruits and vegetables can harbor dirt, pesticides, and even germs and viruses from other peoples’ hands. Fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw are especially important to clean well.

Disinfect tabletops and countertops with vinegar before and after eating or cooking.

Thoroughly wash all dishes in hot, soapy water.  If you wash your dishes by hand, sanitize cutting boards and cooking utensils with vinegar as well.

Don’t leave leftovers sitting out after grocery shopping or serving a meal. Refrigerate and freeze foods right away.

Don’t thaw meat on the kitchen counter. Instead, use the refrigerator or cold running water. Use a meat thermometer when cooking to ensure that your food is cooked thoroughly.

Avoid Food Poisoning While Dining Out

 Avoid Food Poisoning! 10 Steps to Protect Against Foodborne Illness

Dining out without side effects

Wash your hands (after you order!) You probably already wash your hands before eating at a restaurant – only to come back to the table to grab the very dirty and unwashed menu. Wash up after ordering to keep your hands clean.

Skip the lemon.  While you might enjoy a slice of lemon in your water or tea, skip them when dining out. One study found that 75% of lemon wedges carry illness causing germs and bacteria. The truth is, restaurant staff are not always as hygienic in their food preparation as is ideal and it’s inevitable that someone’s unwashed hands will dip into the lemon wedge bin to garnish a drink – it just happens. Skip the lemons.

Give the booth a wipe down. Carry sanitizing wipes in your bag to give chairs and booths a quick once-over before you sit down. While the tables are washed between each party, sometimes the seating is skipped! You can avoid carrying home a lot of germs and pathogens on your clothing by using this tip.

Foodborne illness isn’t fun – follow these tips to stay safe and protect your family.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Love Your Body, Home, and Family!

Valentine’s Day, make the decision to LOVE yourself and your family by caring for your body and your home!

 Love Your Body, Home, and Family!

Love yourself with whole healthy foods.

Have you ever heard the saying, your body is the temple of your spirit?  Google it and you’ll probably find a variety of passages and links to religious sites.  I grew up hearing my father say this many times and although he is not a religious person he is a big believer in caring for his body and teaching his children to do the same.  I catch myself saying this to my kids at least once a week.  Remember, your body is the temple of your spirit, not a garbage can.  Make good choices!  Love and respect yourself through the long journey of your life on earth, and on and on.  Sorry, I don’t want to bore you with my Mommy Spiel.   Whatever it takes to make the spiritual connection with our mind and body is a personal choice that is taught or acquired.  Some more practical advice for treating our bodies as the temples they are – not defiling them by eating too much or by eating unhealthy food, drinking alcohol excessively, or practicing any other unhealthy habits.

What does it mean to view your body as a temple? Think about it this way: would you enter G-d’s home and make a big mess, throwing garbage around and vandalizing it? Of course not – in the same way, your body is a gift that is meant to be cared for.

Avoid processed food and toxic chemicals!  The store name Whole Foods evokes a sense of unadulterated whole foods not processed.  Don’t be fooled by boxed products labeled organic and yet they too can be processed.  Even at Whole Foods you have to carefully navigate through the store choosing between conventional (pesticide treated) produce vs. organic.   Choose fresh, whole, organic food for you and for your family. Keep your body’s home in good condition by making healthy choices like exercising regularly and reducing your exposure to toxins (like those found in many cleaning products).

 Love Your Body, Home, and Family!

Living a Healthy Lifestyle

When you view your body this way and start to treat it as a temple of your Spirit, you’ll see your health improve, your energy increase, and your body image improve. Your spiritual life is not a separate issue from your health and wellbeing – it’s all connected.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Start the New Year with 3 Natural Pet Care Tips

Even the most eco-friendly homes often overlook “going green” when it comes to pet care. However, if you want to work towards a toxin-free home and live a healthier, greener lifestyle, you should absolutely consider natural pet care!  Considering the joy

 Start the New Year with 3 Natural Pet Care Tips

Eating healthy means making better choices.

our pets bring to our lives and their complete dependence on us, we definitely owe it to them to make good choices on their behalf.

1. Healthier, All Natural Pet Food

The first aspect of natural pet care should probably be to look at the product we have to buy most often: food! The sad truth is that most commercial pet foods have harmful, toxic additives and aren’t really designed with animals’ complete nutritional needs in mind. Think of it this way: boxed cereal might very well be fortified with all kinds of vitamins and minerals that we humans need, but we know that living off of if completely would not be very helpful at all!

Fortunately, there are healthy alternatives to the highly processed pet foods that are now the norm. To choose a higher quality pet food, look for one that is certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Also, make sure that the first couple of ingredients are an actual source of animal protein – dogs and cats need this! Lamb, chicken, beef, fish, and turkey are all good ingredients.

2. Toxin-Free Grooming

When it comes time to bathe your pet, be sure that you’re choosing shampoos and soaps that are natural and toxin free. The ingredients in those products enter our pets’ bloodstream through the skin, so it’s crucial to choose those that are more natural.

The same standard applies to treatments meant to ward off ticks and fleas for dogs. Dr.

 Start the New Year with 3 Natural Pet Care Tips

Are there harsh chemicals in your grooming products?

Mercola offers a completely natural flea and tick spray that uses essential oils to keep pests at bay. Natural alternatives like this keep toxic chemicals off your pet and out of your home.

If you have a cat, you’ll also want to choose a natural litter for them. The standard clay litters on the market often contain toxic fragrances and compounds that make the litter “clump.” Instead, choose a natural version made from nut byproducts, recycled newspaper, or other low-dust ingredients.

3. Green Pet Gear

Finally, you’ll also want to consider going green when it comes to the gear you buy. Pet beds, toys, and other accessories are often made with materials that aren’t sustainable and some of which even contain toxins that you don’t want in your home. For example, some plastic toys and dishes contain BPA. This poison can leech into food and water through dishes or enter your pet’s system as they play or chew on a toy.  Choose stainless steel dishes and toys made from natural rubber or natural fibers such as:

  • Organic cotton
  • Natural rubber
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
 Start the New Year with 3 Natural Pet Care Tips

Dogs can ingest toxins & pesticides by licking their paws after a walk.

Beds, blankets, leashes and other cloth items should also be made from these natural fibers as well. One of the most overlooked and underestimated issues is tied to that healthy walk you’re taking each day with your pet.  Dogs and cats often wonder into the yard or take a daily walk in the park and without realizing it they are picking up harmful toxins and pesticides, lick their paws,  and inadvertently ingest the pesticides causing severe health problems including cancer. Wiping off thoroughly on an eco-friendly, antimicrobial treated doormat helps trap those nasty toxins and can disable unwelcome microorganisms on the mat.  This will add an extra line of defense for your loved ones keeping your home the sanctuary we all would like our homes to be.

Making healthy choices for your cat or dog is a choice you won’t regret.  I recommend that you consult with your Vet for more ideas or suggestions.  These small changes will lead to a healthier home and family – including your pet!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Ring In The New School Year!

 Ring In The New School Year!

The Bus Is Here!

I’m clutching onto the last thread of summer and not ready to let go.  After all, we go from “school’s out” and that wonderful sense of freedom that includes relaxing at extended family vacations, basking in the warm sun, enjoying the lazy days of summer into a brand new school year. The transition seems far more dramatic than December 31st as we ring in the New Year during the gloomy months of winter.  I think we have our calendars mixed up; the New Year and all it’s change and resolutions should come in September when school begins. It’s all about fresh start- clean lockers, new teachers and new schools.  When I hear Labor Day my brain kicks into action and tells me to get re-energized and gear up to get organized.  This is a perfect time in our year to think about old habits and routines and incorporate positive changes in our lives.   New Years resolutions may come and go but top on the list is usually good health.  Given a choice of winning a million dollars or having good health I’m sure we would all stop for a moment and then agree good health is priceless.  What’s a Mom or Dad to do?

 Ring In The New School Year!

Keep them healthy and let them play!

You can’t put those little angels of yours under a glass jar forever.  They have to be given a chance to fall down and scrape their knees, dig in the dirt in the school playground and even catch a bug or two.  Healthcare costs are soaring and every time your child misses a day of school it causes a ripple effect that impacts all of our lives.  They miss the lesson of the day and you have to coordinate coverage at work or at home and then the Dr. visit.  It all costs time and money and aggravation.  For us adults, staying healthy is put on the back burner and we often neglect to take care of ourselves.  Staying healthy involves getting sleep, eating a healthy diet and implementing some simple tricks to help improve the overall home environmental conditions in your home and your family’s health.  For this post, I am going to simply give you three basic categories to think about.  You may not be able to do it all so hone in on at least one good tip and stick with it.

SLEEP

Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night.  Children need more.  Avoid using electronic devices before bed- time as the flashing lights stimulate the brain and make it difficult to fall asleep.  When children are preparing for bed, dim the lights.  Set up a routine for a healthy bedtime ritual for you and your children.  Come up with a realistic amount of time to get through the routine and have a start time to stay on track and not derail your plan.

EXERCISE

Most of us try and take advantage of the warmer months and enjoy healthy walks, bike rides and various outdoor activities.  Make a plan to invest 30 – 60 minutes a day or at least 10,000 steps a day to stay heart healthy during the colder more hectic months of fall and winter.  You can do it, park your car further away and take the stairs when possible.

NUTRITION

Eat preferably organic fresh fruits and vegetables (a rainbow of colors). Eating enough protein rich foods (like chicken, eggs, milk, seeds and nuts) can strengthen the red blood cells that ultimately strengthen your immune system.  Drink plenty of water and avoid soda and processed foods.

Here’s to a Healthy New School Year!

Best Regards,
signature Ring In The New School Year!
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.