This post wasn’t planned but I’ve had something on my mind for the last few weeks and felt compelled to talk about it. Joining up with the Thinking Out Loud link up over on Running with Spoons.
Have you ever looked around you at all the people suffering from symptoms and illnesses and wondered if it wouldn’t all go away if we got back to eating real, unprocessed food and using natural, chemical free products in our day to day lives? Why have we gotten so far away from natural living? It doesn’t make sense anymore.
It’s something I’ve always been conscious of, but admittedly often a bit lazy to execute on. We turn to processed food when we need something quick and easy, or simply because we’re not paying attention to what we’re purchasing. We buy our favourite beauty or personal care products without knowing what’s in them. We don’t think about the effects that our chemically enhanced world is having on our bodies.
I began reading WomanCode after Jo talked non-stop about it. I was curious to see if it could offer any advice on how to reduce some hormonal symptoms I experience regularly. While I haven’t finished the book or began to fully implement any of my learnings, it was a huge eye-opener as to just how important the food we eat is to all systems of our body. The endocrine system is hugely affected by the foods that we eat and plays into so many different things to ensure our body runs properly. I see so many women in my life struggling with stomach issues, reproductive issues, and other minor and major hormonal imbalances and think, “We can probably fix all of these by changing our eating habits”.
And then there are all the products we use daily. Our skin is the largest organ we have and how many times do you stop to think about how the ingredients in your soaps, lotions, shampoos and makeup affect you over time. When you start doing your research, you see that many ingredients in common items are carcinogenic, contain hormone disrupters and irritants. Even the products that claim to be natural still contain fragrance that consists of who knows what kind of garbage. And to think, all of this stuff is unregulated.
When Liam was first born I was doing everything in my power to keep things as natural as possible. I still remember to this day the look my uncle gave me when I told him Liam couldn’t eat any Cheerios because I didn’t want to expose him to processed foods. People don’t think about this stuff because it’s what we’ve done for years. Of course, I gave in to the convenience of processed foods and admit that Cheerios have taken up permanent residency in our pantry but I’m ready to make an effort again to be more conscious of what we’re consuming for the sake of mine and Liam’s health.
What I’m Doing to Live Cleaner
These are some of the changes I’ve already made to create a cleaner life for not only my body but for the planet as well.
- I’ve stopped using chemical cleaners around the house as much as possible. I use vinegar to clean most surfaces and if I purchase other cleaners, stick to the natural ones over regular brands.
- I purchased a vegetable, fruit and egg share from a local farm. This will be my third year having a vegetable share but this year I purchased from a different farm (sorry Farmer Mike) where I can add organic chicken eggs and BC fruit to my biweekly pickups. Throughout the summer, I will really only need to purchase meat and hopefully will have some extra funds to buy from the organic market rather than the grocery store.
- Slowly switching my beauty and personal care products. While I try to make an effort to choose cleaner products over others, I’m realizing that they aren’t all as clean as they seem. I also wasn’t conscious about the makeup and hair care products aside from my shampoo. While I’m not going to throw away everything in my bathroom, I’ll be slowly transitioning the products I use to things free of parabens, sulphates and other yucky ingredients. I just placed an order with Rocky Mountain Soap Company and am awaiting some samples from Beauty Counter. I’ve started using the Think Dirty app to see how the products I have rate in terms of clean vs dirty ingredients which has been slightly eye opening. I’ve even made the switch from regular tampons to the Diva Cup for a more natural and sustainable menstrual experience (sorry for the TMI fellas).
These changes are fairly small but I think over time will have a big impact. I want to make an effort to make more things from scratch, like yogurt and bread and continue down a path of sustainable, clean living. I know the journey won’t be perfect, it certainly hasn’t been over the nearly five years since Liam was born, but I think it’s important to be reminded of the effects our food and day to day products could have without us even knowing it.
What are your thoughts?
Are you mindful about the foods you eat?
Do you prefer to make staple foods from scratch and have good, easy recipes to share?
Have you changed out any products from your life to cleaner products?
Any products you recommend?