Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What are you eating?

Do you really know what you are eating? Do you know what you are putting on your body every day?
 
I think that I can thank Barrett for my new outlook on a few things because when he died, I lost that "It won't happen to me" attitude. I learned "it can happen to me". I've spent A LOT of time reading and researching and checking multiple sources and looking for legitimate studies on so many different things--the food I eat, drinks, beauty products...so much.
 
I started by ditching my shampoo for natural options. The "detox" was tough but I don't regret it. Since I quit using commercial shampoo, my hair actually has a red tint to it. It is growing SO fast. Apparently, commercial shampoos were not only altering my natural color, but were hindering my hair's growth. My hair has always taken FOREVER to grow. Since ditching my shampoo, it has gone from a short bob to below my shoulders...in just three months.
 
Then I looked into more. The lotions and beauty products we put on our bodies. Our skin is the largest organ we have. When you think of it that way, it makes sense to take care of it. Your skin absorbs. It's important to look at what you are putting on it.
 
Deodorant. I didn't think much about this one until all of a sudden I started having allergic reactions to it. I'm talking horrible, painful, itchy rashes all the way from my chest to my elbows from deodorant. AWFUL. So I started looking into ingredients. Aluminum. What? Then "fragrances" <----what exactly are the fragrances? Because apparently something in the "fragrances" of a particular brand are something I am EXTREMELY allergic to. But, guess what? I don't even know what it is I am allergic to because they don't have to list what goes into "fragrances". Comforting, right?
 
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Food. Oh gosh. That will need to be it's own post. Just look into. Look into the ingredients of foods you eat EVERY day. Foods your children eat EVERY day. Even things such as bread. That whole wheat, whole grain bread I was buying that I *thought* was good for me...yeah, not so much. The third ingredient listed on the packaging (along with a TON) of others is "high fructose corn syrup". Why? I just made homemade bread the other day. I used water, organic white flour, yeast, and a little salt. Cheaper and doesn't have a whole list of ingredients. (And it was SO good, we ate the whole loaf in two days--my family who never finishes a loaf of bread devoured it!). I just gave bread as an example because something that should be a simple list of ingredients, isn't. I encourage you to really look at the ingredients of the foods you are eating.

I also hear that "eating organic and healthy is sooooo expensive". It does cost more. There is no sense in denying that. BUT it's doable even on a strict budget. I have personally cut costs in other places by making my own beauty products (SO much cheaper and LOADS better for you), reusable snack bags instead of ziplocs, "unpaper" towels and napkins, and the list goes on and on (for us it also includes cloth diapering and wipes--another way to be easier on Cate's skin and saves tons of money!).

I was never taught to question things. I learned a lot of valuable lessons growing up, but one thing that was assumed was that you just did what you were told and they wouldn't be able to sell a product if it wasn't "safe". Wrong. 

I'm thankful for my husband who is willing to go along with changes I make (even if he lovingly calls me a hippy while I do!).

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own;  you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body." 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

^^^That's my motivator. I'm taking care of my temple and those of my family. I know it's impossible to do an immediate complete purge. Trust me, I know, because I am doing it one product at a time. How? Well I'll be blogging about it along the way. This is just your intro. I hope you will follow along as I transition my family from a "commercialized" home, to a natural, local grown home.
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