WIAW + Going Green: An Update

Before I get into this week’s WIAW, I wanted to quickly update y’all about yesterday’s post: it turns out I was wrong about two of the Seventh Generation products that I thought had A’s.

Long story short, a friend posted the Going Green post to her Facebook page, and a friend of hers, who apparently knows quite a bit about this stuff, noticed that two of the products I listed as having A’s, in fact, have a C and a D.

Gah! No bueno.

That said, I do appreciate her bringing the discrepancy in EWG ratings to my attention. Brandon and I had been using our phones to look up the EWG ratings for various cleaning products while we were at the store, and at the time we were certain that all the things I featured had A’s. I’m not sure how we got mixed up (maybe it’s a problem with the way their mobile site loads? Maybe the hostile crowds in Target stressed me out so much that they negated my ability to think/read clearly?), but I’ve since taken down the pictures of the two Seventh Generation products —Β the liquid dish soap and the laundry detergent — that didn’t get A’s.

Secondly, she was concerned that, given the incorrect information I’d posted, maybe I’d been paid to write the post as a promo for Seventh Generation. I would never want to mislead you guys (or anyone, for that matter), and I was really upset by this — so juuuuuuust in case anyone else got the same impression about yesterday’s post, I want to be up-front about the fact that I’ve never been asked to do a product review or promotion by anyone, including Seventh Generation. The intent of yesterday’s post was not to promote their products, but rather to discuss the incredibly disturbing stuff I’d learned about toxins in cleaning products and promote the Environmental Working Group’s efforts to find out what’s safe and what isn’t. If I’m ever asked to do a product review or promotion in the future, I plan to fully disclose this in any ensuing post about that product.

All that being said, I apologize for posting what turned out to be incorrect information here. Lesson learned: don’t use the mobile site while getting pushed around by unruly Target customers. πŸ™‚



Aaaaaaaaaaanyways, on to happier things: WIAW! Thanks, as always, to the lovely Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting the awesomest cyber-potluck on the interwebs.

Peas and Crayons

This week’s eats have been a study in soft foods. Why is this, you ask?

An epic glutening earlier in the week caused a backslide in my post-op recovery, so I’ve been sticking with mild foods that don’t upset my stomach. On a larger scale, though, I’ve found that — and this may be the biggest post-op shock of them all — my food preferences have changed. For example, I still love coffee, but my body isn’t reacting kindly to it at all. I’ve cut it out in favor of green tea, which is something I never dreamed I’d do willingly. (I find, though, that I feel much better without java. Whoda thunk?) I’ve also been gravitating less towards spicy foods and crunchy things and more and more towards soft , easy to digest foods like scrambled eggs, toast, bananas, rice, and avocado.

Also, my appetite has gone from being voracious to positively bird-like. After having gotten full from eating half my dinner, Brandon and I both wondered if perhaps I’d gotten my stomach stapled by accident. To quote Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure:

That said, it’s not bad at all. Those nanners? Delish. Scrambled eggs? Nectar of the gods. Turkey burgers with avocado? Awesome. Rice topped with a tiny bit of ghee and some bagel seasoning? A party in my mouth.


I never would’ve guessed that these would be the foods I’d want, since I’ve historically loved spicy, crunchy foods — but I’m a big proponent of the theory that the body knows what it needs in order to heal itself. I’ve found this to be true for ages; I don’t generally crave things like candy, cake, or chips (unless I’m about to get a visit from Aunt Flo, in which case all bets are off), but I do routinely crave stuff like oatmeal, blueberries, or broccoli. I figure that my body knows what it needs, so I have no qualms about giving it what it wants! (Except for the aforementioned exception to this rule, in which case I try with all my might to keep from eating junk food. This usually fails, but hey, I put up a good fight.) πŸ™‚

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday — here’s to the week almost being over!

Do you find that your body often knows what it needs in order to heal/be healthy?

What do you crave when Aunt Flo is about to visit?

8 thoughts on “WIAW + Going Green: An Update

  1. cjoye7 July 10, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    Wow, chica needs to CHILL!!! It’s one thing to post objective information about a product (which can be verified and corrected if wrong), but accusing you of being misleading or doing so for personal gain (with no proof whatsoever) is TOTALLY out of line and far worse. That glass house of hers must have a nice balcony from which to throw stones… 😦 #endofrant

    Anyway, mad props to you on getting through the day without caffeine lady!! Hope the dietary changes help with the healing process. XOXO

    • Lillian @ Seize the Latte July 11, 2013 / 6:59 am

      Yeah, I was really upset at first — I wrote back to defend myself and explain that it was more of an honest mistake than an act of deceit, and she has since apologized. So, no harm done. πŸ™‚

    • cjoye7 July 11, 2013 / 6:43 pm

      So glad she apologized and you can move on. I definitely need to look through all of the products in my house to figure out if they are contributing to my headaches. What a nightmare – even when you think you are making wise decisions there is so much info out there to prove you wrong. Thanks for calling attention to this my friend! Xoxo

  2. chasingchels July 11, 2013 / 7:05 am

    I agree with CJOYE7 (I’m sorry, I don’t know her name); I think it’s one thing to point out a mistake or something, but another to accuse you of purposely being misleading/trying to gain something for yourself out of this, and I don’t think that you came across that way AT ALL, love. I think you were just trying to share what you have learned and give us some different options for stuff we can use…if most of that happens to be one brand, so be it (and it makes it that much easier since you can keep it straight if it’s the same). So thank you for letting us know about the correction, love, but I don’t think you came across as anything but informative in your last post ❀

  3. Jorie July 11, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Man, what is WITH facebook attacks? I swear some people just scroll through their newsfeeds to see where they can jump in and attack using their “expertise.” Not to knock her for pointing out an error, but I consistently wonder why people think they can throw out all social etiquette because they’re online. One of the many reasons Facebook is going down the tubes for me. Anyway, I really appreciated your post and I can’t wait to replace my cleaning products once I’ve used them up. I showed my boyfriend your post and he was equally surprised about common household products’ ratings. So thank you, dear!

  4. livliveslife July 11, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Hm. To me, there would have been a much better way to approach pointing out an error. Attacking someone is definitely *NOT* the way to go. I mean, really, what does that accomplish??
    I love how you handled the situation, though, and that post is still one of my favorites in the blogosphere!
    Very interesting appetite changes! You’re absolutely right, though, your body knows what is best for it, so it’s best to just go with the flow. πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah Pie July 11, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    I like that you were able to handle that situation well, it’s such a bother when people are happy to jump on someone over an honest mistake. On a foodie note it sounds like you’ve been enjoying some tasty eats despite the recent change in appetite. I know when I have a gluten incident it usually takes my body a few days (and a LOT of ginger tea) to get back on track.

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