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Free house cleaning for disabled veterans.

CLEANING FOR HEROES WEB

In recognition of Veterans Day, we honor our local service people and veterans injured in the line of duty.

As the local service provider for the national organization, Cleaning For Heroes, our mission is simple:

Improve the lives of disabled and elderly veterans by providing them with much needed household help.

If you or someone you know is a member of the United States Armed Forces, local police, or fire department who has a disabling injury that makes it difficult to clean your own home, we can help. And, elderly veterans who are not disabled but are living alone or with an aging spouse are also eligible for this free service.

Contact us for more information or sign-up directly at cleaningforheroes.orgThank you for your service!

Clean Eating

Clean Eating is a path toward cleaner, more familiar ingredients, and simpler ways of shopping, eating, and living. Following this path begins with understanding, and then follows with action!

Clean Food Grocery shopping can be too overwhelming to stop and read every label, but you’ve probably noticed the long list of ingredients in many packaged foods. Do these ingredients really belong in our foods? Clean eating begins with a clean list of ingredients that are simple and familiar. Don’t be fooled by the “organic” label; just because a food (like chips or cereal) has organic ingredients, doesn’t mean that it is the healthiest option. Clean foods are also free of harsh chemicals. The “Dirty Dozen,” is a list of the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables, identified as most important to buy organic.

Clean Planet, Clean Conscience From an environmental perspective, clean eating means that your food has not traveled far in order to arrive in your kitchen. The average food travels almost 1,500 miles before reaching your table! Nowadays, many foods come from all over the world. Importing these foods requires fuel and transportation that release carbon emissions into the air. Not only is this harmful to the atmosphere, but “fresh” foods that travel far distances are picked before they are ripe, so they lack their true flavor and lose nutritional benefits the longer they are away from the garden/farm. Try purchasing foods that are in season from a farm in our local area. When you purchase food from farms you know, then you can learn more about their practices too, which helps ensure that your food has been grown or raised in ways that you support.

Clean Feeling Finally, do you know that nice feeling you get when you take a deep breath of crisp, fresh air?  This is how it can feel when you shop for food in a more local, sustainable way rather than navigating your way through a busy and overwhelming supermarket. One visit to a local farm market can allow you to talk directly with a farmer, meet a young calf, get some fresh air, and bump into like-minded, friendly people!  Buying food in this way can be rejuvenating.

5 Easy Steps Toward Clean Eating:

1.  ”Clean” out your fridge and pantry.  Reduce foods that have lengthy ingredient lists.

2.  Buy organic or low-spray fruits and vegetables when possible.

3.  Take a cheat sheet of the Dirty Dozen with you when you go shopping.

4.  Visit local farms and farm markets so that your foods don’t travel so far before you eat them.

5.  Get to know a farmer!  Knowing the people who produce your food allows you to ask questions and develop relationships that are beneficial to your health!

Thank you to  Jessica Kirwan-Shaw, of the  Doylestown Food Co-op for sharing her thoughts on another form of ‘clean’!

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