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Relaxation-at-Home newsletter, Issue #037 -- How to reduce your BPA consumption
September 18, 2010

Now that school is back in session, it's time to send the little ones away to learn important life skills. If you want your children to eat healthy while they're away from home, you can choose to skip the cafeteria option and to pack a lunch instead. But how do you prevent your child from getting too much BPA (bisphenol A) in his diet? Here are a few tips to help you relax and put your mind at ease.

1. Do NOT send your re-heatable lunch in a plastic container. BPAs are released from most types of plastic when exposed to high temperatures. If your kid is responsible enough, pack his lunch in a Pyrex or glass container or give him a hard-to-break "Corelle" bowl and instruct him to transfer his food into the bowl prior to microwaving it.

2. Minimize the use of plastic water bottles. Instead, opt for reusable stainless steel bottles and wash them thoroughly regularly.

3. Some believe that microwavable popcorn bags also release BPAs and/or other toxins into your popcorn. Minimize your toxin intake and reduce the number of preservatives and unhealthy additives you consume by using an Air Popcorn Popper.

4. Reduce your consumption of canned food as some can linings are known to release BPAs into food. Frozen vegetables or left-over home-made pasta are often a good alternative to canned products. If you must consume canned food, make sure to eat it before the expiry date.

5. Don't stress out about BPAs! Stick to this rule of thumb: Go natural, if possible! If you can choose between two food options, always go for the less processed and freshest option (i.e., the one that is closest to how you would find and cook this food if you were a hunter or gatherer a few centuries ago when all these conveniences didn't exist).

Adhere to these simple rules and your body will thank you in the long run! You and your children deserve to be healthy!

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That's it for this month and you'll get more relaxation tips from me around mid-October.

Remember to take time to relax when you can!

Caroline Begin

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