(still a work in progress)


I had never been comfortable eating meat. I didn't like the colour, especially the redness of meat.....and that was 30 years ago. I ate meat because that was what was served to me when I was a child. I even went as far as calling lamb, 'Irish chicken' to get my young children to eat it because I knew they would not want to eat, "Mary had a little lamb." That decision is so unsettling to me now.


I liked animals but more so after we purchased a dog for our family. I was never really a dog person. What surprised me after having one was this unconditional love that we all received. I had never experienced it before from any one in my entire life. Unconditional love....is it possible for humans? Yes, perhaps as parents. I found out over time that pigs, cows and chicken were all sentient beings with intelligence and emotions.


I stopped eating meat completely years ago because I really didn't like it, although the rare time, I would split a burger with my husband. As an Environmentalist (anyone can be one if

you in fact love the environment and try to protect it) four years ago I was doing some research and came across factory farming. I had no clue what that was. It was an article on Carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. Along with it was a video about Factory Farming. I couldn't get past 5 minutes of watching the video....I was crying so hard. Any one who knows me knows that I do not cry and I like animals but no more than the next person. What hit my heart immediately was the intentional cruelty that animals were exposed to and how us humans, the supposedly superior and intellectual race, would allow this. I was thinking how can we allow this and who is to blame? Is it the fault of you and I, the farmers, the government, our society? Perhaps, it is all of the above.


It is great to blame others but it is more effective to find solutions. Give farmers alternative

business choices because like us, they need to feed their family. Consumers need to know more about where our food comes from and not assume that the methods used are

ethical and sustainable. The most troubling of it all is that our federal and provincial governments allow factory farming with very little regard for the inhumane practices and the devastating environmental impact. How do politicians sleep at night?


There is hope. The tide is changing. Consumers are more aware of the food they eat and

more people are changing to plant based diets. Some farmers and food producers are changing their food productions to reflect these changes. Animal Justice, I found while searching the internet, is Canada's only national animal law advocacy non-profit organization and one of the organizations we are supporting. Their mandate is to protect animal rights and supports the transition to a plant based food system that will greatly benefit animals, our health and the environment. I am still on a plant based journey, looking for food that tastes as good as cheese and fish, the two foods that have been hard for me to give up. There is more encouraging news all the time as new food items are introduced into the market. GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, GOOD FOR ANIMAL WELFARE AND HEALTHY FOR US. It is certainly getting more fun all the time to go into my local grocery store to see all the healthy changes. What about you? Are you on any food journey of your own?


Elinor

Founder KatEco LIfe


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For the longest time I believed that our municipalities were doing their best to filter our drinking water for human consumption and I was right, the municipalities are doing their best to filter out contaminates from our drinking water. The water you drink is safe but there are many chemicals left in the water system that can't be taken out without furthering water filtering.

They include:

  • Aluminum

  • Ammonia

  • Arsenic

  • Barium

  • Cadmium

  • Chlorine

  • Chromium

  • Copper

  • Nitrate

  • Mercury

  • Lead

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • and more!


As a child I used to hate when it rained. I knew that raw sewage was flowing into our local lake, because 50 years ago, our city water pipes were 100 years old and they needed to be overhauled. Some have been overhauled but many pipes still need to be replacement. Cities are overburdened with debt and with more pressing issues, especially with the pandemic. But what is more important, really, than our drinking water?


We buy plastic water bottles and local grocery filtering systems and they certainly help but how many impurities are taken out of these options? How often is water tested from these water bottle companies? What happens to this water when the bottle is sitting in the hot sun?


Plastic bottles will never breakdown...EVER!




Their are many great Water Filter Systems available. We happen to like ProOne/Propur and Pentair but it is always great to see what is out there. Between 100 to 200 contaminants are taken out of your tap water. The more you spend on a water filter system the more contaminants you will filter out. Water filters can be included in your whole household water system, under your kitchen sink, your shower head, pitcher in your refrigerator or sports bottle. You can spent a lot or a little, depending on your beliefs and your budget. It is always good to do your homework. :-)


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Natural skincare line. Healthy for you and

healthy for our environment.



If you are like me, you don't like to change your skincare products.


Will I break out?

Is it more expensive?

Will it help my problem areas?

Will it make me look younger?


In reality, we all have different skincare needs. One size does not always fit all! I came across this skincare line solely for the fact that

Pure + Simple was natural, affordable (have you checked out the brand name prices lately) and environmentally friendly, approved by

Environmental Defence.


I slowly tried the products. I have oily combination skin which I hated when I was younger but grew up to find out the it helped to reduce wrinkles when I got older. Slowly I introduced more products. I had to adjust the amount I used, originally, I think I used too much of each. I also loved the fact that it was environmentally friendly, but honestly, I never once thought of how skincare products effected the environment once we washed our faces, flowed down the drain and into our rivers and lakes. I guess I was just too focused on myself. lol I am enjoying the Pure and Simple line. It works....but a healthy diet, exercise and drinking lots of water is also important!






ABOUT PURE AND SIMPLE SKINCARE


Pure and Simple skincare philosophy is based on Ayurveda, a holistic health modality from India that emphasizes the relationship between our mind, body and spirit. What we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies' circulatory system, meaning it can contribute or detract our overall health. Jean Eng, founder, developed a holistic line that was natural, sustainable and effective. Jean believes that a balanced lifestyle, supported by self-awareness and knowledge is the key to getting beautiful skin naturally. Thank you, Jean! :-)


It really all makes perfect sense.

We are what we eat and we are what we apply to our skin.



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