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The Imperfect Environmentalist

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The Imperfect Environmentalist

A Practical Guide to Clearing Your Body, Detoxing Your Home, and Saving the Earth (Without Losing Your Mind)
Actress, producer, mother, and imperfect environmentalist, Sara Gilbert understands how helping the environment can seem overwhelming. Between keeping up with work, friends, and kids, who has the time...More
Actress, producer, mother, and imperfect environmentalist, Sara Gilbert understands how helping the environment can seem overwhelming. Between keeping up with work, friends, and kids, who has the time...More
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  • Actress, producer, mother, and imperfect environmentalist, Sara Gilbert understands how helping the environment can seem overwhelming. Between keeping up with work, friends, and kids, who has the time or money to maintain a compost pile, become an activist, or knit a sweater out of recycled grocery bags? Fortunately, we now know that small changes here and there in our everyday lives can make a big impact on the environment. We just need to know where to begin. That's where Gilbert comes in, with this tongue-in-cheek reference guide packed full of helpful information, available at your fingertips. Read it cover to cover or just open it up to a random page; you can take what you want from it when you want. Whether you've got money to burn or have to crash on a friend's couch, here are all of the eco-essentials to get the planet back on track, and you won't have to hug a single tree--unless tree-hugging is your thing.

    Sharing the basics on health and beauty, work and money, home and gardening, family and fitness, and more, The Imperfect Environmentalist cuts through the clutter--both in our homes and in our heads--and offers simple approaches to help us clear out the pollutants, put down the poisons, and begin to breathe easy again--one 100% recycled page at a time.

    Advance praise for The Imperfect Environmentalist

    "This book really opened my eyes. Then my eyes started stinging and tearing from all the toxins in the environment I'm now aware of. Thanks, Sara, I have a lot to do now."--Lisa Kudrow

    "Sara's passion and commitment to the environment have given me an awareness that I never had before about our planet. I learn from Sara every day and she makes me want to be a better person. See, you can teach an old dog new tricks."--Sharon Osbourne

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Chapter one

    clean eating and drinking

    Why don't we pay more attention to who our farmers are? We would never be as careless choosing an auto mechanic or babysitter as we are about who grows our food.

    --­Michael Pollan, journalist and environmentalist, The Botany of Desire

    We Are What We Eat

    What we eat affects who we are, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. For me, clean eating and drinking is about starting from the inside out. It's the environmental issue closest to my heart and the place to begin. I became a vegetarian because I'm strict and weird and like to control things. I was thirteen, so I felt good all the time anyway. Years later, when I became a vegan, I ­really felt it in my body. I immediately had more energy and watched an extra layer of fat just melt off. When I began having some stomach problems, I started seeing food as medicine and became ­macrobiotic--my stomach was suddenly fine, my skin got clearer, my energy became even throughout the day, and my overall mood improved. This isn't to say I'm not moody, but . . . not as moody. And to me ­that's worth eating all the berries and twigs I can find.

    Even the Water's Not Safe?

    Cut to the Chase, Hippie: ­What's the Least I Need to Know?

    Safe drinking water isn't just something to worry about on your tropical vacation. U.S. tap water is ridden with arsenic, lead, and pharmaceutical drugs. In short: Get a filter.

    Intriguing . . . I Can Handle a Little More

    Tap water has been protected under the Safe Drinking Water Act since 1974, but experts warn that the water in our pipes increasingly ­doesn't meet ­health-­safety guidelines. My tap water contains a horrifying thirty ­pollutants--­including ille­gal levels of ­by-­products from disinfectants, and dangerous amounts of arsenic and chloroform. How do I know? I went to the Environmental Working Group's website and typed my zip code into the "What's in your water?" tool. You can, too. ­Here's their website: ­http://www.ewg.org/tap​-­water/​home.

    So grab the bottled water off the ­grocery-­store shelf? Not so fast. Is that glass or plastic bottle going to wind up in a landfill? And just because it's bottled ­doesn't mean it's chemical-­free. If the water in your area is suspicious, stay hydrated by investing in a filter for your tap. Currently the two most popular types of filters are reverse osmosis and ionizing or alkaline filters. There are arguments in favor of both sides, but basically proponents of reverse osmosis filters claim that they get the water more pure by actually removing most of the chemicals. People who like ionizing filters say that because of the purification process, reverse osmosis water is overly stripped of minerals and therefore "dead" and acidic. Since the water ­doesn't have enough minerals, our bodies own are leached as we process it.

    Fans of ionized water also say that it is more hydrating and boast that it is alkaline, which is supposed to be a good thing, I guess. So far there are no real comprehensive ­long-­term studies on which water is better, so go with your gut.

    You can go to a hardware store or pick up a unit online where there are stores that specialize in water filters.

    I chose a company called A Divine H2O since they offer a system that combines reverse osmosis with an alkaline system that remineralizes the water, because I figure more is more. Plus they set positive intentions on the tank in the back of their store, so I mean, how can I not buy happy water? Once your tap water is...

About the Author-
  • Sara Gilbert is creator, executive producer, and co-host of CBS's Emmy-nominated The Talk. She first captured America's heart in her role as Darlene Conner in the long-running hit series Roseanne, for which she received two Emmy nominations. Since then she has appeared in movies and regularly on a variety of television shows, including The Big Bang Theory, ER, and 24. The vegan mother of two and a magna cum laude graduate of Yale, Gilbert has established herself in the Hollywood community and beyond as a trusted voice on family, health, parenting, and eco-conscious living.

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