I wanted to follow up my last blog with a more in depth plan to help you visualize the end game. Food is just one component in living a greener lifestyle. There are toxins all around us. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the products we use on a daily basis. Unless you plan on living out the rest of your life in a giant bubble, some toxins are unavoidable. Some, not all.
One of the easiest changes you can make right now is in your laundry room. I implore you to no longer use fabric softener or sheets. They are FILLED with noxious chemicals and are linked to multiple health hazards. The reason they smell so good is because fragrance is used to mask the toxic odors. Back in the day, fabric softeners consisted of soaps and olive oil. Nowadays, some of the chemicals used include: benzyl acetate, benzyl alchohol, ethanol, chloroform, ethyl acetate and many, many more (click here). Fabric softener can be as basic as plain white vinegar and an essential oil of your choosing.
By slowly becoming more aware of our surroundings, we begin to understand the power we hold in our decisions and choices. Our food is a great place to start since we actually ingest the toxins. Go at your own pace and begin taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle; every step counts!
- Step #1 – Buy Organic – whether it is just your basics or occasionally; every little bit counts! Look for the USDA Organic label and 9 digit stickers (See image below).
- Step #2 – Buy Organic from Private or Family Owned – supporting private or family owned ensures your money and choices are not contradicting your beliefs. There are many “parent” corporations that own multiple smaller companies and it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of who owns what and where they stand on toxins and GMOs.
- Step #3 – Buy from GMO Educators – choose companies that are willing to not only show you transparency but also stand up for your rights and well being (Luke’s, Crofters and Pacific Foods).
- Step #4 – Support Local Farms & Markets – cycle your money back into the community for support and longevity.
- Step #5 – Go All Out – carry the mindset throughout your lifestyle; begin making your own care products, soaps, rid your world of plastic and paper, etc. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you think!