Jajoba oil facial cleanse. Break down blemishes and enrich your skin everyday!

I first learned about oil cleansing while attending a makeup demonstration at Holt Renfrew by the internationally renowned chief makeup artist and protege of Shu Uemura, Kakuyasu Uchiide. Shu Uemura legendary Japanese makeup artist and creator of Shu Uemura cosmetics …helped pioneer the concept of the first professional makeup artists in television and film. Shu developed an oil cleansing system in the 50’s while working with Hollywood stars to help break down the greasy thick theater makeup that was commonly used.

The Oil Cleansing Method ( http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ )

Olive oil is a wonderful oil for facial cleansingClear, glowing, dewy-looking skin, free of blackheads, pimples, cysts, and other imperfections seems to be an elusive goal. The booming skin care industry would have you believe the same with their claims of the need to rid your skin of oil completely and apply burning chemicals in order to avoid these imperfections. Modern society has been so strongly influenced by these marketing claims that some find themselves washing the delicate and easily-inflamed tissue of their facial skin with “grease cutting” or “antibacterial” dish and hand soap only to find that their skin condition worsens. The anxiety that rises when yet another pimple flares up or another painful lump begins forming beneath the skin sends many into overdrive in attempt to counter the impending damage, but does it ever work? Does the panicked scrubbing, disinfecting, and drying ever work? Why is it that if something works for a few days, or if you get lucky, a few weeks, the long term brings the blemishes back? The cycle seems endless. It’s exhausting. It’s painful. It’s embarrassing. It’s expensive!

The reasons we have so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are numerous, but two reasons, in particular, lead the pack. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of the drying effects, these products are highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and strangely enough, even the so-called “unscented” products usually contain fragrance. See for yourself and check the labels. Dry, irritated skin replaced by oily skin, inflamed and trapping debris?

If we know what our body is going to do and understand the process, we can then understand what it takes to control it and achieve the results we want. Clear skin is attainable.

Getting right down to basics, when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, it is imperative that you keep in mind that oil dissolves oil. The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production throughout the day. This method of cleansing first purges impurities that have been trapped in your pores, so for the first week its normal to notice a slight increase in blemishes. This is a natural disinfection process of the skin. However I have experienced no such side effects.

All you need is one bottle of PURE Jajoba oil. A face cloth. Hot water.
Apply 5 -10 small drops of Jajoba oil onto your fingertips. gently massage all over your face including lips and eyes. Steam your face cloth till hot to the touch and place over your face. Relax and steam for a few minutes until the cloth is cool, repeat after rinsing and reheating. Buff your skin gently with the face cloth to help exfoliate any dry particles of skin away. Rinse.

Get rid of expensive cleansers toners and moisturizers, the end result will be a luminous glowing complexion free from blemishes and dry irritated patches. A perfect base for makeup application or a beautiful confident bare face.

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Why you don’t want to use traditional makeup removers. My new love for Jojoba Oil

The other day when perusing for makeup remover at Shoppers Drug Mart I came to the startling discovery that it is impossible to find one that doesn’t have parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate anywhere in the store. I found this info on the natural health information center website..

Both Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to “foam up”. Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.

SLS and SLES are esters of Sulphuric acid – SLS is also known as “Sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt”, however there are over 150 different names by which it is known – see them here. In fact, SLES is commonly contaminated with dioxane, a known carcinogen.

Although SLES is somewhat less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, it cannot be metabolised by the liver and its effects are therefore much longer-lasting.

report published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation. National Institutes of Health “Household Products Directory” of chemical ingredients lists over 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Some soaps have concentrations of up to 30%, which the ACT report called “highly irritating and dangerous“.Reports include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate.

I refuse to purchase or use products that contain SLS or Parabens so I didnt buy make up remover that day, In fact I walked out of Shoppers Immediately. I dont want to support companies who make or carry these dangerous chemicals anymore.

I looked around in the natural isle of three grocery stores and none of them carried any natural makeup remover. Finally Whole Foods had one and it was 13 dollars for a teenie tiny bottle… I was about to purchase it but decided to read the back again, the main ingredient was jojoba oil. So I purchased a large bottle of Jojoba for half the price of the makeup remover. No need for fancy labeling or marketing get back to the source!

Jojoba oil is very similar to sebum

What makes it so unique compared to other seed oils is that jojoba oil is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin because sebum is also largely comprised of wax mono esters. In most cases, it can act as a substitute while giving similar or added benefits compared to sebum.

It is extremely safe to use

Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. This means that it will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reactions. It is also not an irritant, so it can safely be used around the eyes  and on the skin. In addition to that, it does not cause a greasy feeling when used on the skin like other oils do.

 It has a high content of beneficial minerals and Vitamin E

It contains many different varieties of tocopherols which make up Vitamin E and many other natural minerals. Vitamin E is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin.

It prevents damage from free radicals

Jojoba oil is an antioxidant and protects you from the damaging effects of free radicals, which is believed to contribute or cause various chronic diseases like cancer.

It is antibacterial

Most bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and the fungus Candida albicans cannot reproduce and die when they come into contact with jojoba oil. In fact, it is so antibacterial that it can be used as a fungicide to control mildew. Imagine how powerful that is?

Try Jojoba as Makeup remover to effectively and safely remove even the toughest waterproof mascara and liners!

Oily roots, dry ends.. recipe for the most epic shampoo ever for combination hair

After trying the baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse for a couple days, I enjoyed the squeaky clean feeling but it was a bit dry for my hair type. I have oily roots and dry ends. I  did a little more research on homemade shampoos, chose a few I liked and came up with a great blend of cleaning power and gentle smoothing. This is my ultimate recipe for a rich lathering, powerful and truly wonderful homemade shampoo for oily roots and dry ends.

Oily hair may be caused by excess sebum production or other factors such as hormonal imbalances or environmental toxins. Too much oil makes hair look dull, lanky and heavy. The right amount of oil, however, will make hair look shiny and glossy. The harsh, detergent type shampoos, so readily available in stores, dry the scalp temporarily but actually stimulate the scalp to produce more oil. Blending essential oils and natural shampoo combats oily hair, and these shampoos are inexpensive to make

I started with…

one water bottle with squeeze lid for shower storage
one tupperware or jar for fridge storage

4 cups hot water
3 tblsp baking soda
2 tsp  Apple cider Vinegar
1/2 cup pure castile soap (Dr Bronners citrus magic soap)
1/4 cup of fresh herbs- you can use dry if you like (lavender, rosemary, sage, lemon balm)

Rosemary cuts grease and will also make hair glossy and shiny. Sage dissolves dirt and grime and washes away easily, lemon balm is shown to help regulate oil production on the scalp. Lavender not only smells amazing its calming and soothes, and its anti fungal properties will wipe out dandruff gently and effectively.

Mix half of the hot water with the baking soda, vinegar, and castile soap. set aside.
blend the herbs into small pieces with a food processor or blender. I use a small metal tea infuser to submerge the herbs into the remaining 2 cups of water and allow this to steep for 30 mins. If you don’t have a tea infuser you can just strain out the herbs once steeped.
Mix the two together. Put half of the shampoo into the water bottle ready to be used,and the other half in the fridge for easy storage.

Enjoy the rich lather and amazing scent while using only natural products for you and the environment!

Oh and for conditioner…. this shampoo will not over dry your hair so Its unnecessary to condition!! For a little smoothing I’m used to using a synthetic silicone based shine serum which I’m sure is filled with chemicals and garbage so I threw that out… after I hopped out of the shower in place of the serum I used pure jojoba oil instead and just gently rubbed it on my hands and through the ends of my hair… it sealed the tips and was light and smooth. Jojoba is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin, Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. This means that it will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reactions. It is also not an irritant, so it can safely be used around the eyes  and on the skin.
Let me know how you guys like this recipe!

How to Make Homemade Face Wash Perfect for your skin-type

Ingredients in commercial cleansers include synthetic chemicals that can contaminate water and soil upon disposal, and are classified as toxic substances.

This is true for most of your trusted brands, Olay, Clearasil, and Neutrogena. Just because it says dermatologist recommended doesn’t mean its safe. Infact Johnsons baby wash and lotion is the number one dermatologists recommended brand…it’s second ingredient on the label is propylene glycol otherwise known as ANTIFREEZE. Perfect lets bathe our newborns in antifreeze…because that just makes sense????? (please stay tuned for my post on baby care coming soon)

There’s some great options here for different styles of homemade face washes perfect for every skin type. Just remember if your making mixes in advance you may want to refrigerate them and not just leave them in the bathroom as they may loose effectiveness and go bad!

Try a few and see how they work for you! If you have any questions on skin type or need a recommendation please don’t hesitate to contact me… we can set up a natural skin care program perfect for you!

http://www.ehow.com/how_2051471_make-homemade-face-wash.html

Spelt Vs Wheat.. why Im choosing organic heirloom grains.

I came across this article on wheat recently and it changed my views completely on whole grains… here I thought I was being healthy eating my whole wheat bread..http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/09/20/on-the-evils-of-wheat-why-it-is-so-addictive-and-how-shunning-it-will-make-you-skinny/

After more research on gmo foods and some worrying about the very small variety of foods available at the grocery store, I decided I would do a little research on a new grain option. I wanted a nutritious, tasty, organic grain, one untainted by years of popularity. I found Spelt.  Spelt is considered an heirloom grain, a wonderfully nutritious grain with a deep nutlike flavor. Spelt is an ancient grain that traces its heritage back long before many wheat hybrids. Many of its benefits come from a broader spectrum of nutrients compared to its more inbred cousins in the Triticum (wheat) family. It is an excellent source of vitamin B2, a very good source of manganse, and a good source of niacin, thiamin, and copper. This particular combination of nutrients provided by spelt may make it a particularly helpful food for persons with migraine headache, atherosclerosis, or diabetes… And Spelt does not seem to cause sensitivities in many people who are intolerant of wheat. Read more on the benefits of Spelt http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=143

My friend Sarah got me started on this unreal toast, great for a quick snack or breakfast. She toasts bread, puts on a layer of butter or margarine, then sprinkles on raw Hemp and Chia seeds. Its crunchy and delicious! Sometimes ill sprinkle a little grated cheese on it too mmmmm

Chia seeds can be eaten raw, they are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre which help in your digestion. Chia seeds have more Omega-3 than Atlantic salmon, more anti-oxidants than fresh blueberries, more fibre than bran flakes and more calcium and protein than two percent milk!

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious and easily digested foods on the earth. One of the most important features of hemp seed is that is a superior source of protein. It also contains a wide variety of minerals and vitamins, but its most distinctive property is that it provides both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, or EFAs. These acids are known as linoleic and alpha-linolenic, respectively. What makes these essential oils crucial is that they are not manufactured in the human body, and must be consumed as food. Hemp has an optimal ratio of these two fats.

I got them in bulk at Wholefoods, cheap and delish!  Give them a try and increase the healthy variety of nutrients on your plate!

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, Cant live without it

This is my ultimate favorite product of all time! I’ve been using it as body wash exclusively for about 4 years now.  This is definitely unlike any other product you have ever used, its a combination of organic fair trade extra virgin olive, coconut, jojoba and hemp oils, it rinses so clean and leaves your skin the softest it can be.  This product effectively wiped out any bath product competition and became the only product that I purchase.  I highly recommend you try it! It can be used as shampoo, shaving liquid, face wash, bath bubbles ect. I purchase it in the largest size available from the health food store and just refill one of the smaller bottles, however it is available at most supermarkets in the natural section in regular sizes. The best part.. its completely biodegradable and doesn’t wash any harsh chemicals or additives into our waterways. I take it camping and use it as dish soap! check out the website for more info! http://www.drbronner.com/index.html

Soaps have been made for millennia. Aside from making fire and cooking food, “saponifying” oil and fat into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. In fact, the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires.Soap is made by saponifying a fat or oil with an alkali. A fat or oil is a “triglyceride,” which means that three fatty acids of various carbon lengths are attached to a glycerine backbone. The alkali is either sodium (for bars) or potassium (for liquids) hydroxide, made by running electricity through salt water.The saponification process is a simple one-step reaction with no waste generated: the glycerine is split off from the fatty acids, and the fatty acids combine with the sodium or potassium to form soap, while the hydroxide forms water. The result is soap, glycerin and water (no alkali remains in our soaps).

Quality soap-making consists in great part of choosing the right proportions of the right oils with their different fatty acids. Most commercial soap manufacturers skimp on quality because of cost and use lots of tallow from beef fat with a little bit of coconut or palm kernel oil.

Dr. Bronner’s unsurpassed soaps are made with certified organic olive, hemp and palm oils instead of tallow, and contain three times more organic coconut oil than commercial soaps. Saponified coconut oil generates high-lather cleansing even in hard water because it has shorter-chain saturated fatty acids. Hemp, olive and palm oil-based soaps make a mild, smooth, creamy lather because these oils contain longer-chain unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids.

cut down on unnecessary cosmetic packaging and switch to home made products

I played around with homemade cosmetic recipes lots as a teen but it wasn’t untill recently that I realized they work better than anything else out there. Not only are they gentle, effective and cheap, most of the expensive specialty products are only trying to mimic the properties of natural items, boasting that they include green tea or oatmeal or whatever. Lets get back to the source and cut down on plastic bottles and expensive cosmetics filled with chemicals.

First step. I purchased some glass mason jars so I could pre-mix the products and store them in the bathroom. It does take a little bit of prep time once a week to prepare the mixes.

Kaleighs exfoliating brightening face wash.

The first step to a beautiful complexion is scuffing away the dead skin and makeup that has accumulated over time. Baking soda has a beautiful fine grind perfect to gently buff away the build up. To further help break down the dead skin cells I use lemon juice. Citrus is packed with alpha-hydroxy acids which break down the bonds between dead cells, this allows the body’s natural emollient oils to reach the surface cells to moisturize and relieve dryness. For acne prone skin I add manuka honey. Manuka honey is made in New Zealand from bees feeding on manuka, which grows uncultivated throughout the country. The honey has strong antibacterial properties and has a great softening effect.  I mix all three to make a thick paste and rub it in small circular motions on my face including lips before hopping in the shower. moisturize immediately after getting out of the shower while your face is still slightly damp, the warm water opens pores and allows the moisturizer to penetrate. I use  Natures Creations Aroma Face Complex – a light oil serum.

For further brightening I dab a drip of lemon juice on dark spots left over from healed blemishes just before bed, it slowly and gently bleaches the skin back to its regular pigmentation.

Clarifying Shampoo… I’ve just began using this, so far I love it… but apparently it can be drying so ill update and let you guys know how it works.

Mix 1 tblsp baking soda with 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar. Allow the baking soda to disolve before using. This made my hair feel so clean!!

Ill be experimenting with homemade conditioners tonight. please feel free to leave comments on your tricks and techniques!

The fight to have GMO foods labeled in Canada

Whether genetically modified (GM) foods are safe or harmful is still controversial. There is plenty of evidence on both sides and I recommend you do some research yourself to make your own opinions. However after lots of my own research I came to the conclusion I want no part in these products or the companies that sell them. Monsanto co the company that manufactures and owns the patents on these super seeds is what some organic professionals call The big EVIL. Monsanto has been involved in countless lawsuits against organic family farmers whose crops have unfortunately been cross contaminated with monsantos patented superstrains. GMO seeds have a super charged ability to travel far distances and to then cross breed with organic strains. Monsanto can then claim in a court of law that you are growing and selling patented products and sue you.This quick cross breeding is wiping out our natural organic and heirloom varieties of produce.

Heres a little background info on Monsantos Roundup Herbicide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundup_(herbicide)

We could face potentially disastrous economic consequences and major threats to our domestic and global food supply. By the time scientists confirm whether this can harm animals, or even humans, it may be too late,” said David Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now! “Because GMO seeds encourage the widespread use of Roundup, and these crops are then routinely fed to cattle, hogs, and other livestock all across our country, these recent discoveries raise major concerns about our current food supply. If the Department of Agriculture fails to issue a moratorium on further planting of the recently approved Roundup Ready® GMO alfalfa and sugar beets until we have independent research determining safety for animals and humans, the consequences could be devastating for all sectors of agriculture. In Dr. Huber’s words, this is an ’emergency’.”

Despite Dr. Huber’s warnings, the USDA recently approved two additional Roundup Ready® crops developed by Monsanto – GMO alfalfa, a major forage crop for cattle and other livestock, and GMO sugar beets. Huber warns that if cautionary measures are not taken soon, there could be far-reaching economic, health and food supply issues as the problems are increasing in intensity and becoming more widespread.

Reports from multiple veterinarians, farmers and agricultural consultants in Midwestern states confirm infertility rates in dairy herds of over 20% failing to conceive and up to 45% stillbirths in herds fed crops from fields treated with Roundup. The planting of Roundup Ready® alfalfa increases the potential of animal and human exposure, raising the possibility that it could cause even worse reproductive problems in mammals consuming this feed and the resulting animal products. These new findings about Roundup’s toxicity to soil, animals, and possibly humans are supported by a growing body of scientific evidence from around the world, including several published studies showing that Roundup is an endocrine disrupter and even small amounts can disturb human and rat pregnancies. (http://fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2011/may/1/monsanto-sowing-seeds-disease-and-infertility/)

Most foods we eat may contain ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)–everything from baby formula and food to our dairy to even our meat. If you live in Europe, avoiding GM foods is easier since laws require labeling. However in the US and Canada food manufacturers are not required to label if their food is genetically modified or not. (wikihow.com)

I’ve contacted Health Canada with a letter of concern as to why Canada, who has required nutritional labeling on all pre packaged foods since 2007 doesn’t require GMO labeling. As a concerned Canadian consumer I feel we deserve the right to know what is in our foods from start to finish. We already require labeling on Organic products lets take it one step further and demand that GMO foods be labeled.

In response to my letter of concern Health Canada replied.

Good day,

Thank you for contacting Health Canada.

Health Canada’s mandate is to ensure that all novel foods, including those derived from biotechnology (e.g. GM foods), are safe prior to entering the Canadian food supply.  The Department rigorously assesses the safety of all biotechnology-derived foods to protect the health and safety of Canadians.  Manufacturers or importers are required to submit information to the Department regarding the product in question so that a determination can be made with respect to the product’s safety prior to sale.  The safety assessment undertaken is conducted according to Health Canada’s Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods Derived from Plants and Microorganisms, which includes those foods developed from genetic modification.  The Guidelines are available athttp://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/gmf-agm/pol/index-eng.php

The Guidelines are based upon scientific principles developed through expert international consultations over the last 10 years with agencies such as the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.  Non-governmental organizations participated in the development of the international standards and endorsed their adoption.  The approach to the safety assessment of biotechnology-derived foods taken by Canada is currently applied by regulatory agencies around the world in countries such as the European Union member states, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United States.

The safety assessment of a GM food as conducted by Health Canada is a rigorous process that involves a scientific review of how the food was developed, comparison of the compositional and nutritional information with non-modified counterparts, and the potential for the food to be toxic or to contain a toxin or allergen.  Scientists with expertise in molecular biology, microbiology, toxicology, chemistry, and nutrition conduct a thorough analysis of the data and of the protocols used to ensure the validity of the results.  If in any area of assessment evaluators determine that the data is not sufficient, additional information and/or testing will be requested in order to fully demonstrate the safety of the product.  Only when all the scientists evaluating the GM food product agree that there are no safety concerns, will the food be permitted in the Canadian marketplace.

When a GM plant (and the foods derived from it) is approved for sale in the Canadian marketplace, it has been determined, through the scientific data presented to Health Canada, to be as safe as the equivalent non-GM plant from which it was derived.  Once a GM plant has been approved for sale it can be used in the same manner as its non-GM counterpart.  If you would like to know more about the safety assessment of GM and novel foods, please visit the Novel Foods section page on the Health Canada website at:.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/gmf-agm/index-eng.php

Sincerely,

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Health Canada feels that these products are safe…but with just ten years of testing!!! Is it really worth the risk? Our land, our people and our future generations need to be protected. I would love to see Canada refuse to import or plant these genetic science experiments, however with monsanto’s millions and government ties that seems like a near impossible task. I started by replying

 

Thank you very much for your reply.  However after several months of research I no longer feel comfortable consuming these products or supporting the companies using them.

 (http://www.ecowalkthetalk.com/blog/2010/01/04/super-rice-or-monster-rice-why-gm-crops-cant-feed-the-world)

“The tests done by the companies are far from conclusive as to the safety of GM crops, either for the environment or for human health. The danger lies in the potential for new viruses and bacteria to be created, and the disruption of genes in animal and human cells. We are biologically creating something that the body’s immune system begins to attack, leading to auto-immune disorders. Nutritionists are discovering that food sensitivities are increasingly coming from traditionally benign foods that could have their source in GM ingredients.”

As most foods in Canada require nutritional labeling and organic products are labeled in accordance with strict regulations it seems only natural that GMO foods would have a labeling requirement as well. As a Canadian consumer it is important to me to buy local organic produce as it supports our farmers and preserves our agricultural lands for future generations. The demand for organic heirloom produce and products is only increasing and is now the fastest growing food industry. Please consider all Canadians wants and needs and label GMO products.

I appreciate your time and consideration in this matter. 
If you want to do your part and stand up against GMO foods in Canada please write to our Minister of Health and express you concern and recommendation for mandatory labeling. at info@hc-sc.gc.ca

 

Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Buy Organic

Its incredibly difficult to stand in the isles of the supermarket and compare the leading brands to organic brands. Why are the most available, most marketed and most reasonably priced items filled with garbage? I try to make the right decisions and choose organic whenever possible… but its hard as a young person living on my own to afford to do so. The complaint I hear the most is that people are willing to make the changes to be environmentally responsible but they cant afford to. The natural products aren’t available, or they come in very small sizes that aren’t family ready. As we all are making the changes gradually some sacrifices have to be made. We need to concentrate our efforts to areas of importance first. One step at a time
Heres a list of the top 12 fruits and veg you should buy organic.
  1. Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  2. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  3. Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  4. Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  5. Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  6. Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  7. Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  8. Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  9. Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  10. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  11. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  12. Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.

For the pet owners, why I choose to feed my pets a raw diet.

Mulligan is my 5 month old furry clawed man. He brings so much joy and love into my life every day, its only fair that i would give him the best nutrition available. When I saw him eating dry processed meat cereal day after day I knew it was my responsibility to make a change and feed him what cats would be eating naturally in the wild. Cats being carnivores have sharp tiny teeth suited for shredding and ripping apart meats not crunching through powdered waste garbage. This is the same for your puppy and dog companions.

The mainstream pet food companies boast that they have all the nutrients vitamins and proteins needed when this is far from the case. These companies take the wastes from various productions, processes and dries it to the point that there is very little if any nutrition left. Our pets bodies are not equipped with the tools to digest hard processed meat cereal. The digestion system is then forced to work overtime extracting the small amount of nutrients that are left. This can lead to serious health conditions that you’ll end up paying for at the vet.

In the wild cats and dogs eat full carcasses, bone included. It is a myth that chicken bones are bad for pets. In fact they need the nutrients that are stored in the marrow of the bone for a balanced diet. The food I feed mulligan is a blended chicken with the bone included, a mix of heart liver and intestines ect, a small amount of vegetables with the correct vitamin supplementation that is vital for development and growth. Cats saliva does not contain digestive enzymes that break down food like ours, they depend on the natural digestive juices stored in the stomach of there prey to aid in digestion. Only cats eating a raw diet are getting that.

Commercial pet food is a 10 billion dollar a year industry. Its filled with all the horrors of our own agricultural industry..profits before people or pets.

You can make the switch, to benefit your furry companions who depend on you for safe nutrition. I purchased mulligans food from IN THE RAW on 2nd and Lonsdale in North Vancouver. They are a great resource for information on natural products for pets and have a beautiful boutique store.

For the people who dont have a raw pet food supplier in your area. There are lots of online resources for recipes for raw food that can be made at home. Just do your research and dont mess with the recipe, Pets require the proper mix of nutrients and vitamin supplementation. You can purchase the supplements online or from most pet stores. A note of caution…a serious food processor or meat grinder is needed to blend the bone into digestible small pieces, I tried this with a small food processor and had raw chicken sprayed from one end of the kitchen to another haha.

please feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

http://www.intherawpetfood.com/

http://www.rawfoodlife.com/Raw_Pets/raw_pets.htm