Over the past few years I have become increasingly aware of all the harsh chemicals we put in and on our bodies. I would love to say I am an “all-natural” girl and don’t put anything harmful on or in me, but that’s completely untrue. However, I am taking baby steps (as always) to start leading a life free from chemicals and artificial crap.
Here are 5 changes I have made over the years to healthier DIY options on products I use every single day…
I used to get whatever chemical whitened my teeth the best. And topped that with a chemical-filled whitening booster. I was super obsessed with my teeth. And wanted them as white as possible!! After learning more about toothpaste ingredients, I switched to a natural toothpaste which was way healthier than my originals. It still had quite a few ingredients that I didn’t know about, plus it was super expensive, so a little over a year ago, I decided to make my own. I mix enough baking soda in coconut oil to make a paste and then I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Here is where I get my essential oils… www.youngliving.org/expandtofreedom
2. Sports Drink.
Gatorade was pretty much my go-to sports drink for decades. The only thing I didn’t like about it was all the calories. I was so happy when they came out with the low-cal version G2. At the time Gatorade was made with corn syrup. They took the corn syrup out of most types of Gatorade, but most still contain dyes and artificial flavoring and coloring which can pretty much be anything!! For the past 2 years I switched to an all-natural sports drink that I love by R.W. Knudsen called Recharge (www.FoodFitnessFinanceFun.com/Recharge). It’s delicious and all-natural but expensive and hard to find. So a couple weeks ago I started experimenting with making my own.
Here is my most recent favorite recipe: 1/2 c apple juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, a few drops of lemon essential oil, and a pinch of iodized salt. Mix with water to equal a quart.
3. Face Wash.
This has been the toughest one for me. I have struggled with acne AND dry, sensitive skin my entire life and have literally tried every single product (both OTC and prescription) out there short of Acutane. I have also made several DIY face cleansers with not much long-term success. Right now I am loving my newest concoction. I have only been using it for 3 weeks so it’s still under testing BUT so far so good! My skin is both soft and calm with very few new breakouts. Yay!
Here is my recipe: enough baking soda and coconut oil to form a paste, add a few drops of lemon essential oil.
4. Face and Body Moisturizer. Simple.
Coconut oil. When I first started using it on my face, my breakouts increased. So I stopped. But I liked the idea of it and wanted to keep trying. So every few months I would try it again. Breakouts. When I started with my new face wash, I found my face was moisturized enough that I only needed the coconut oil at night. And the combo of the two, fewer breakouts!!
I saved this one until last because I didn’t want to scare you off before reading about my first 4 products. When I was in college, someone came out with a study about how deodorant causes cancer. So I started using the rock or crystal or salt rock or whatever it was. It didn’t really work and it hurt to apply it, so about 15 years ago, I just stopped using deodorant. Yes, you heard that correctly. I haven’t used deodorant in over 15 years! And no, I don’t stink! I do sweat a little (more when I work out of course), but for the most part my body has completely adapted to me not wearing it. I’m sure it helps that I eat pretty clean, but I’ve only been eating as well as I do for the past couple years, so I really do think that my body doesn’t need it because I don’t use it.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to start removing chemicals and artificial crap from your life.
A few other tips I think help me live cleaner…
In my food and drinks, I avoid all artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors.
I only use soap with a couple of ingredients in it and only in bar form to avoid over use of plastics with liquid pumpy soaps.
Even Joey, my fuzzy kid, eats all natural, raw, no grain dog food. He loves it and is full of life and energy just like me!
I’m for sure a work in progress and there are many other products I can work on making more natural and healthy in my life. I can’t wait to discover new and exciting ways to make myself the best version of me possible!!
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See you soon!!