Artificial Colors Where You Might Not Expect Them

Artificial Colors Where You Might Not Expect Them

On one of my recent gift shopping expeditions, I picked up a box of seven tubes of lip gloss in a variety of shades for one of my friends. The colors were fun and the price was right – a bargain at only $7.99! As I was wrapping it up, I happened to notice the ingredients listed (in microscopic print, by the way) on the back of the package. Admittedly, I was shocked to see listed parabens, artificial colors, and an array of unpronounceable words. Off the top of my head, I couldn’t define some of the ingredients, but I knew they weren’t safe. This assortment of dangerous chemicals was used to make lip gloss – which is applied to one’s LIPS! Suddenly I found myself wondering just how much lip gloss and lipstick I had ingested over the course of my lifetime. I just couldn’t bring myself to finish wrapping the gift and returned it to the store, purchasing instead a set of lip gloss made from all natural ingredients. Alas, three tiny tubes cost $24.99. What a shame, but at least I could sleep at night.

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The most interesting and embarrassing aspect of this experience was that despite the lengths I go to to avoid artificial ingredients in my food, I rarely think twice about the chemicals in my cosmetics. Now I read labels more carefully and have found some natural brands of cosmetics that make really beautiful make up – even some that don’t cost a fortune.

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Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches. Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.