Green Enough Book Review + 5 Simple Questions To See If This Book Is Right For You
Leah Segedie’s new book, Green Enough has been glued to my hands for the past week. It has been in my purse, gone with me to the grocery store, the department stores and has been my life’s guide, lately. If you saw on my social media over the weekend, I lost about 65lbs on Friday while spring cleaning and I didn’t even break a sweat. It was the easiest and fastest spring cleaning that I’ve ever done and I am going to tell you why we did it and how you can do it, too! I am documenting it all on my Instagram Stories (there is a highlight called GREEN ENOUGH).
You read that right! I lost 65lbs of endocrine disrupters from my kitchen. What is an endocrine disrupter? I am so glad you asked! Endocrine disrupters, also known as EDCs are found in many everyday products in your home. From your kitchen to your bathroom to the food that you eat to the beauty products that you use, they are everywhere and chances are you are exposing yourself to them every single day. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with your body’s endocrine system. They can mess with your reproductive, immune and neurological systems. EDCs can be found in everyday items such as plastic bottles, canned foods, cleaning detergents, foods, beauty products, and more. They are everywhere and are hurting you and your family.
I received Leah’s book when it launched on March 20th (I preordered it back in November) and I haven’t been able to put it down. It’s fun, it’s easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and encouraging. I have laughed out loud reading this book as she calls out those “seductive smiley cheesy fffff…fish” and all the companies that are knowingly hurting our families. Like I said before, it has been glued to my hands and I have referenced it multiple times. I ordered 4 copies of this book and I have considered ordering more to share with loved ones.
This needs to be said: There’s a disagreement between right and left on global warming. There is nothing that the left can say to the right or that the right can say to left to forever stop the eye rolling. I think the one thing we can all (hopefully) agree on is that ridding our lives of chemicals, GMOs, endocrine disruptors and fake foods is better for our own health. Right? And - if you don’t agree with that then OH-MY-LANTA! You REALLY need to read this book! HAH! Consider GOING GREEN for your health and wellness. This book is not about the planet. This book was written for your health and the health of your family. Be open minded about reading this book. It will change your life. That, my friend, is not an understatement.
One thing I loved at Leah’s event, ShiftCon (What is ShiftCon? Click HERE or read down below) was hearing Ed Begley Jr. Speak. He dropped some serious knowledge that had me internally shouting AMEN! HALLELUJAH!! He talked about the best way to convince someone to “GO GREEN” isn’t by pushing a political agenda but by explaining the health benefits of it all. Enter Green Enough. Order your copy here.
Here’s the deal. I jumped into this book knowing that I would have to come to the realization that while we are eating good foods, organic foods, nonGMO foods that are GOOD FOR US and that nourish our bodies, we are using BAD FOR US cookware, pots, pans, utensils, and then storing them in chemical filled containers in the fridge. I knew that I would end up having to part ways with some of my most favorite cooking tools (some of which were wedding presents) and to be honest I didn’t think it would be so easy. The thing I love about Leah’s book is not only does she say things like, “don’t drive yourself crazy with all of this information” (it’s even in the title “Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!)) but she also tells you what to replace these bad things with. She gives you options for better ________ (insert: cookware, containers, plastic wrap, food items etc). She doesn’t leave you hanging. She has your back from the start and has more options for healthier alternatives than you will ever need! I’m telling you that this book is genius.
This book is so wonderfully written. It’s is jam-packed with information that will beyond blow your mind, make you angry, and motivate you to clean up your life. Plus, everything in this book was endorsed by two experts: an environmental scientist (Jason Peterson Meyers) and a leading pediatrician (Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP). Throughout the book you will see their commentary which is essentially like when you buy meat that is third party certified…. yup — this book is totally third party certified by a scientist and a doctor. Boom!
To be honest, I didn’t think I was just going to read this book and then go into my kitchen and toss everything… almost everything. I figured that I would go through my kitchen gradually and get rid of things as I replaced them. But, I got angry. I got angry at the fact that I was eating all this amazing organic, nonGMO, healthy REAL FOOD and cooking it on nonstick cookware (a big time offender and something you should toss asap). I work hard to make sure that my family and I are consuming only the best foods. But how “good” are they if we are poisoning our own food with plastic, non stick and chemicals in the kitchen… totally unintentionally by the way.
From the first page of the introduction, I was sucked in and I wanted to toss everything in my kitchen that was BAD…. and so I did. I was 100% gung-ho and leaped in with all of my might. I am probably not the norm with this. Most people will do this one thing at a time and that’s totally cool and downright commendable in my opinion. There is no “lack of green” shaming in this book. All shades of green are welcome, accepted and loved. I am not that green, though perhaps my green-o-meter is a little more Irish green than it was before I started reading this book. I am still learning. I am a work in progress and I am not perfect. But I’m cool with that.
If you didn’t already know, in this land that I love called the good ol’ United States of Never Ending GMOs … I mean America, we are eating more and more chemicals in our foods that the FDA approves of through stupid loopholes that is all money driven and that other countries have BANNED from their food. The chemicals that are in our cookware and products that we use all over the house are linked to infertility, birth defects, autism, early puberty, obesity, diabetes and hormone related cancers! Are you mad yet? Keep reading… There are 50 names for sugar. It’s not just as simple as brown sugar, cane sugar, maple syrup, honey and agave. You know how much I strive to educate on how people are eating and feeding their children WAY too much sugar. I even wrote a blog about Smart Swaps To Decrease Your Sugar Intake and about Sugar Addiction . I love that Leah touched on the subject. Chances are, unless you are totally aware of the food that you eat and you are mindful of your sugar intake, you are over consuming sugar by 3 times the daily suggested amount buy the American Heart Association (AHA) and your kids are consuming 4 times what they should! You may not even realize it. You need this book.
In “Green Enough”, Leah takes you on a tour of your own home (for reals) and helps you detoxify every single room in your house. It’s like she knows your own home better than you. She lovingly points out what is bad (without pointing fingers) and then gives you options as to how you can replace that _________ (insert: mayonnaise, salsa, dozen eggs, meat, beauty product, cleaning product, couch, etc.). Now you know why I took my book with me to Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and the grocery store last week.
Not only is this book filled with all kinds of information to keep your family healthier but it also has 50 recipes that are kid friendly, too! She talks about the dangers of buying certain condiments that are filled with unnecessary sugars, fillers and bad ingredients and come in a plastic container (double whammy) but then tells you how to make your own which ends up being a healthier option for you, easier and a cheaper (yay) route!
Is this book for you? Take my test to see:
Do you like food?
Do you read?
Do you know about endocrine disruptors?
Do you ever drink water?
Are you reading this blog right now?
If you answered YES or NO to any of those questions then you need this book.
It’s that simple.
Keep a few things in mind. When you read this book, don’t drive yourself crazy, feel like it’s all too unmanageable, too hard to do or is too overwhelming because here’s the deal. Leah has done the hard part for us. She has gathered all the information that we need to make an educated decision. Yes - throwing some of your cookware, cleaning supplies, and stupid smiley fish crackers will cost you money to replace with healthy alternatives but it’s worth it. What is your health worth to you? What is your family’s health worth to you? My daddy (I still call him daddy) taught me at a young age that paying more for organic now is smart, healthier and cheaper than paying MORE (much much more) for doctors bills later.
My advice to you: Go at your own pace. Whether you are light green, neon green, hulk green or no green at all, this book is for YOU. It will speak to you at whatever color green you choose to be and will hopefully encourage you to become your own version of GREEN ENOUGH.
Here’s how I met Leah Segedie. I found out about ShiftCon over the summer (2017) and actually was nominated for an award.
We met in person in September (2017) at an Influencer event that she was apart of and speaking at for Expo East and I was so excited to finally meet her. I didn’t even know her that well but I knew she was taking over the industry. She had talked about her new book that was to launch in March (that felt like forever and a day away by the way) and how important it would be. We became Facebook buds which you know, made it official and next thing you know - it was time for ShiftCon in February 2018.
ShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability and platform growth. Shifters are part of an online influencer community that seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. ShiftCon influencers span between newbies, light and deep green.
Then THIS happened. I was peer-voted as ShiftCon’s Rising Star 2018 and Leah presented me with this awesome award! I still get giddy over it.
Leah is 100% authentic. She is shaking up this industry for the better. When terrible organizations like Monsanto feel threatened enough to publicly call you out as enemy #1 - you have my full attention. Leah was named Mother Of The Year by Shape Magazine and has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of others through Mamavation, ShiftCon and now Green Enough.
My message to Leah: Leah, I love you. I love your heart. I love your sense of humor. I love your love and acceptance for everyone on the green spectrum. I love that you took the time (blood, sweat, tears included) to write this book and share all this information to better our lives from the food that we eat to well, everything else we buy at the store. You have changed my life already. Our home is a million bajillion times greener and healthier than it was on March 19th the day before your book came out and that is a beautiful thing. I appreciate you, learning from you and I am so glad that I know you. Thank you for writing Green Enough. Love, Krysten
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