We're counting down to 2010, after what began as a rather whirlwind adventure through 2009. I feel very blessed to have a healthy family, a great job that I love, and we're on the hunt to buy our first home, with plans to transform it into our own little green corner of the universe :)
Every day, we try to find new ways to live a little greener. It's surprisingly easy to do, if you just put your mind to it. Over the holidays, we reused boxes for wrapping gifts, gift bags that we received were passed along to others, and we made sure that whatever gift packaging and wrapping was left over was sent out for recycling, whenever possible. Even envelopes from Christmas cards were recycled, and the cards we always keep (they make great custom gift tags next year). All of that took very little extra effort, but made a big impact on our family's waste reduction, letting us end the year with a lighter holiday carbon footprint :)
As we look to the coming year, many of us choose new goals. One of the big ones, of course, is dieting. A big thank you to Penguin Group USA for sending me a copy of The Gorgeously Green Diet: How to Live Lean and Green by Sophie Uliano. This is the second book for Uliano, whose first book is the New York Times bestseller Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life. Uliano has appeared on Oprah, The View, and Good Morning America as an eco-expert. She readily admits that it's impossible to be a "Green Girl" all the time, but we can empower ourselves, and make choices every day to keep ourselves and the planet healthy. Unlike most diet books out there, Uliano advocates finding the right balance between our health, our pocketbooks, and our ideal weight. Much like the message that I try to send to you, the Gorgeously Green Diet focuses on taking "small, everyday steps" that fit our schedules and budgets. I certainly do not pay $9 for organic strawberries in the dead of winter, and Uliano doesn't believe in spending that kind of money, either. This book is all about taking a practical approach, picking and choosing ideas that fit into your own lifestyle, so that we can all be healthy, gorgeous, and green.
While the title of the book may lead you to believe it's all about dieting, the book is actually very comprehensive, and includes great tips on how to live greener and healthier overall. Combined with great, easy recipes, eating plans and menu ideas, are also very informative sidebars, covering everything from keeping your fridge coils clean to keep your fridge running efficiently, to saving money by using white vinegar as a rinse agent in your dishwasher (and a fully loaded automatic dishwasher does, in fact, clean more efficiently than washing dishes by hand).
This is a highly recommended guide to green living (not just for dieting), and I can already see myself giving away copies of this book to friends. Uliano does a great job, packing this book full of practical, realistic ideas for eating healthier, and living greener, that even the busiest person could make use of. I really do like that the author understands that we can't always pick the greenest options, and she guides readers through making the next best choices.
With the long weekend ahead, I'm looking forward to trying some of Uliano's do-it-yourself home skin care treatments. The Bananarama Nourishing Face Mask, and the Banana and Coconut Hair and Scalp Treatment are on my list ;) I think my four-year-old daughter would enjoy smearing herself in bananas, right alongside mommy, too!
Wishing everyone all the best in 2010!! Let's all strive to do our part to live a little greener :)
No promotional consideration was paid for this review. One copy of this book was provided for free by Penguin Group USA for review.