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Coaching Corner: TFAR is a well-known acronym in the coaching community. Thoughts become your Feelings become your Actions become your results. Or change your Thought change your Feelings change your Actions = Different Results.

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You are not your thoughts! Separate your thoughts and break them down. Slowly change your thought process. For example, lets say your goal is to eat a plant-based diet. Your thoughts are probably, “this is impossible, I could never change my entire way of eating!” Your feelings are in the defeated realm. Your actions will be to grab whatever is easiest and your results are the same. Now if you slowly changed your thoughts to, “I am going to add more veggies to each meal and slow decrease my meat amount” or “I am going to eat plant-based for breakfast,” your feelings are now positive knowing you can conquer this small step. Your actions are put into place perhaps by looking for plant-based breakfast recipes and after several days of success you are mentally and physically feeling better because of this one small change.

Even if you have doubt, act. You will either be successful or learn how to do it differently in the future. No action leads to nowhere.

Reading Corner:

“Psychologist Martin Seligman once said, ‘We can clear a rose garden, but at some point, we’re going to have to plant a rose.’ We can overcome our problems, but at some point, we’re going to have to work on becoming who we are meant to be. We don’t have to settle for just “better”; we can seek to be even “better than better.” The field of Positive Psychology calls this flourishing. What a great word, don’t you think? Wouldn’t we all love to flourish? Imagine being able to say, “I’m not just better, or even well; I am flourishing!” To me, it is a worthy goal. It reminds me that no matter my circumstances – whether I’m rich, poor, young, old, burdened with trials, or living carefree – I can overcome, become, and flourish! In fact, the way I see it, if we’re choosing to grow, then at any point we are all overcoming something, becoming someone, or flourishing somewhere. We all have the power to grow “luxuriantly,” to surpass our own expectations of what life has to off all along, to find that wink within.” This is How We Grow, Christina G. Hibbert.

Living Environmentally Friendly & Making Me Healthier:

Ironically, today’s topic is all about toilet paper. I have been researching and searching for the perfect toilet paper for my family’s health and the health of the environment. One brand can be in the middle of the pack for health reasons but on the bottom of the list for environmental reasons. My family has made many changes for our health or the health of the environment that cost more money, but I am being challenged on a good price point for toilet paper.


The scorecard looks at factors like the products' percentage of recycled content, whether the bleach used minimizes toxins, and whether, if the tissue is made from virgin forest fiber, it is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forests.

Source: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-skene/issue-tissue-how-us-flushing-forests-away

3 key areas where toilet paper can cause you harm:

1. Toxic additives

2. Bleaching with chlorine

3. Recycled paper and surprise contaminants–bisphenols (BPA & BPS)

Worst Brands

  • Angel Soft: No recycled products; ECF or PCF but no further details.

  • Aria Toilet Paper: No recycled products; ECF or PCF but no further details.

  • Cashmere Envirocare Toilet Paper: No recycled products: ECF or PCF but no further details.

  • Charmin Ultra Products: Undisclosed conditioners and processed with ECF. Charmin Ultra Gentle also contains paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product.

  • Charmin Flushable Wipes: PEG and undisclosed fragrance.

  • Cottonelle Flushable Wipes: PEG and undisclosed fragrance.

  • Cottonelle Toilet Paper: Uses ECF and virgin wood fibers only.

  • Purek Envirocare Toilet Paper: No recycled products; ECF or PCF but no further details.

  • Scott Toilet Paper: No recycled products; ECF or PCF but no further details. One product may

  • Scott Flushable Wipes: PEG and undisclosed fragrance.

  • Quilted Northern: Virgin wood pulp so not recyclable but no BPA. ECF or PCF, no further details.

  • Wegman’s Toilet Paper: No recycled content. ECF or PCF but no further details.

  • White Cloud Toilet Paper: No recycled content. ECF or PCF but no further details.

Better Brands

  • Bambootiful: 100% bamboo toilet paper likely using ECF bleaching process

  • BimBamBoo Toilet Paper: 100% bamboo paper bleached using ECF

  • Best Value: Recycled paper but uses PCF.

  • Brandless: Use hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine to bleach.

  • Dream Bright 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper: Uses 100% bamboo likely bleached with ECF

  • Kirkland Signature (Costco Brand): Uses PCF in recycling and ECF for pulp, most likely with chlorine dioxide. 0 to 50% recycled, depending on where purchased.

  • Marcal: All recycled pulp but avoid receipts as much as possible.

  • Noo Trees 100% EcoLuxe Bamboo Toilet Paper: Uses 100% bamboo likely processed with ECF

  • Quilted Northern EcoComfortTM: Uses virgin pulp but plants 3 trees for every one used, so this would be an example that was alluded to in the video above. Bleaches using ECF.

  • Seventh Generation: Recycled and using their own very sensitive testing devices, they’ve found BPA. However, they are very transparent that they are aware of this issue and are working with a large group of organizations to find a solution. Use hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine to bleach pulp.

  • Silk & Soft No Trees Bamboo Toilet Paper: Bamboo toilet paper likely bleached via ECF

  • Thrive Market Hybrid Bamboo Toilet Paper. Bamboo likely bleached via ECF and uses recycled paper that likely contains traces of bisphenols

  • White Cloud Green Earth Toilet Paper: 100% recycled content possibly containing trace amounts of bisphenols like BPA/BPS

  • Who Gives a Crap 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper: Bamboo toilet paper likely bleached via ECF

  • Who Gives a Crap 100% Recycled Toilet Paper: 100% recycled content possibly containing trace amounts of bisphenols like BPA/BPS

  • WholeRoll Organic Bamboo Toilet Paper: Uses 100% bamboo likely bleached with ECF

  • 365 Everyday Value 100% Recycled Bath Tissue: Uses recycled paper which is likely contaminated with trace amounts of bisphenols like BPA or BPS

Best Brands

Source: https://www.mamavation.com/brands/toilet-paper.html


I’ll keep you posted!

Discovering: Although I made this discovery years ago, I am still finding new ways to use this product in recipes. Fustinis Vinegars and Oils or https://www.fustinis.com/ or Giuseppe’s https://giuseppesoils.com/ Both places purchase their vinegars and oils from Veronica’s Kitchen in California. Giuseppe’s offers a nice mini six pack before you make a commitment to a full bottle. Both places have frequent buyer rewards.

One of our favorites is Cara Cara Orange Vanilla mixed with Pellegrino water since giving up pop in 2012. For salads, Cinnamon Pear, 18 Year Traditional Balsamic, and oregano. For the oils we like the garlic infused and chipotle especially for the mushroom fajitas.



Cooking:

I use the 18 Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar in the following recipe, https://www.iheartnaptime.net/roasted-winter-vegetables/

I also made quinoa pizza burgers twice, once with the bun and the other time without it. You definitely need pizza sauce (vs tomato sauce) since this is a dry recipe.

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