Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Safe for me!

I've decided to compile some of the 'safe for me' foods in one place for easy reference. Please know, I am not as sensitive as some and more sensitive than others - in other words, proceed with caution, read labels and know your own allergy! We are all very different in our sensitivities to various derivatives.

Waaay more to come, this is just off the top of my head tonight.

Kroger brand 100% Durham Wheat pasta - all varieties.
Kroger brand long grain rice.

Kroger brand Natural Selections pasta sauce
Goya Coconut Milk
Trader Joe's Mayonnaise
Trader Joe's Yellow Mustard
Kikkoman Soy Sauce
Louisiana Hot Sauce

Kerry Gold Cheese All Varieties
Black Diamond Cheddar Cheese
Kroger Brand Natural Selections Parmasean (whole block, not shredded, grated, etc. - those contain cellulose powder to prevent caking and have cause reactions for me.)
Horizon Whole Milk, Half n' Half and Heavy Whipping Cream (cardboard carton causes me no issues)
Fage yogurt, 2% and whole (I haven't tested skim .. becauses I like the fat - also haven't tested the honey they serve with some of their yogurts)
Greek Gods plain yogurt
Presidente Brie


Kroger Organic Sea Salt Potato Chips
Nature Valley Oan & Honey granola bars
Sesmark Rice Thins Rice Crackers - Brown Rice
Kroger Brand puffed rice - check label
Cream of Rice hot cereal
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats

Dr. Bronner's Soap
Dr. Bronner's Shikakai Soap
Ivory Soap

LaCroix flavored waters
Stash Black Tea (English Breakfast Tea)
Folgers coffees (unflavored only, I'm not into froofie coffee anyway so haven't tested the flavored varieties)
Starbucks Komodo Dragon
Starbucks Anniversary Blend
Keurig cup - Green Mountain Sumatra
Keurig cup - Green Mountain Nantucket Blend
Keurig cup - Tulley's French Roast
Keurig cup - Caribou

Sugar in the Raw
Kroger Brand Private Selections Turbinado Sugar
Domino Brown Sugar
Domino Sugar
King Arthur Flours
Red Star Yeast (three packs NOT the jar stuffs)
Kroger Brand Safflower Oil
Spectrum Apple Cider Vinegar
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
McCormick's spices (individual spice bottles, not spice mixes)

Organic Chiquita Bananas (always buy green)
Kroger Canned Green Beans
Kroger Canned Black Beans
Kroger Canned Red Beans
Kroger Canned Pineapple Chunks
Kroger Canned Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Dried beans have never been a problem for me - always check labels

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

No shampoo! - Water Only, wait ... what?

yeah, I'm not kidding. I started washing my hair about every three days or so and then just stopped because I'm lazy. Nothing. Hair is great, smells good (like cloves which I put in my stash tea rinse the last time I washed), looks great and my dandruff I've had my whole life... magically gone.

Weird. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm pretty surprised by the results.

Oh, by the way. Organic Salt and Ground Black Pepper Kettle chips ... not corn free. I know, I know... no one ever said they would be - but a girl has to take chances.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Shampoo Update!

It just gets better and better. I am still using the Shikakai soap below for my hair and my body and my scalp feels fantastic! I have to smooth on a wee bit of Joboba Oil (NOW brand) on my wet hair after shower because it was getting a little dull and dry, but now it's lovely.

WORD OF WARNING: After poking about online a bit I discovered that some of this brand are scented ... these scented bottles often contain Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch.

As always, read labels carefully... reread them EVERY time before you buy! Ingredients change without warning. Be smart.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I've been searching for shampoos that don't give me hives ... and it's been a long horrible battle. I tried going no-poo, but just couldn't take it. This works wonderfully. The PH is very alkaline, so I follow up a wash with a good Twinnings Black tea rinse (Edited to add: Twinnings gave me hives ... Stash tea gives the same results without the hives ... ), and so far so good....

From what I can tell online, Dr. Bronner's Citric Acid is not corn derived (their regular castile soap shows up on the cornfree list). Organic, Fair Trade and very concentrated. I use about 4 squirts to wash all my hair (just below my shoulders) so although it's pricey ($8/bottle), I have a feeling it will last for quite some time.

Ingredients: Organic Shikakai Extract (Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Sucrose*, Organic Shikakai Powder), Saponified Organic Coconut* and Olive* Oils, Organic Hemp Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E. *Certified fair trade by IMO. Oregon Tilth Certified Organic.