I think it's a common misconception that creating a non-toxic environment and starting the "overhaul" is expensive. Don't get me wrong, some things are certainly an investment, but can you really put a price on your health?
I've been a bit lazy lately in terms of the self-care. In fact, it's been a little non-existent. I work all day, come home, play with Clem, then work a few hours at night packing orders and educating. I can hand on my heart say that implementing these things into our home has not only kept everyone healthy, but has kept the energy high and the negativity low (as it possibly can be).
Yep, I buy my water. I get it here, and this is why:
- Filtered water tastes and smells better (basically because it has had the chlorine, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and bacterial contaminants removed), which in turn means we drink more of it!
- Purchasing it this way is less expensive and produces less waste in the environment than if you bought a bottle or two of water every day.
- It has removed the lead from the water, and preventing this substance from entering your body is a great thing!
- Drinking clean, filtered water protects your body from bacteria, disease and leads to improved health and energy.
- Some tap water can contain chlorine and chlorine by-products, which are believed to increase the risk of certain cancers such as colon and bladder cancer.
- It is important for our kids, who are still developing their immune systems.
- Drinking filtered water can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by 80% because it removes cryptosporidium, e-coli and giardia from the water.
Glass is better than plastic, period. Aside from some random tupperware thrown away in the bottom draw that I am yet to get too (slowly, but surely!), we have almost completely moved to glass/stainless steel containers for leftovers, pantry items etc etc (you can buy some cheap ones at Kmart, Big W and even Harris Scarf). Plastic leaks, and unless it's BPA free, it will leak chemicals you don't want in your water or food!
Use Cleansing Tools
I am seriously OBSESSED with Palo Santo, and I do it every evening when I get home from work (and after visitors, always!).
Comes from the Palo Santo trees of South America
This is my favourite smudging tool and has a really calming and relaxing aroma. It has a therapeutic healing energy, and I instantly feel grounded, cleansed and rejuvenated every time I use it.
It lifts the vibration of your energy field, opening the third eye and crown chakra. This makes it the perfect ritual for intention setting, ritual cleansing, meditation, creativity and connection.
You can purchase a stick here.
I go on and on and on about being mindful of what you are putting in your body. I even wrote a whole blog about why you should double check the ingredients in your beauty products, and which non-toxic products I love to use.
If you're going to make the jump to live a "non-tox life", you have to change everything. This doesn't just mean what you put on your body, but what you wash your clothes in and wash your dishes with. After all, our skin is our largest organ so clearly the clothes we wear every day will have an effect on our skin!
Many household cleaning products contain Phthalates, which can disrupt your endocrine system (no good if you have hormonal and/or thyroid problems), and Sodium Hydroxide (I know ya'll have a pair of ruined exercise pants from scrubbing your shower with this crap!).
It is so unbelievably easy to make the switch to non-toxic cleaning - much easier than beauty products! You can make a surface spray out of Lemon Essential Oil and water, for example. Or if you prefer Peppermint or Eucalyptus, roll with that.
I created a cleaning eBook for our Tribe, but I'll be doing an Instagram Live about Oils & Cleaning this week so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here is a really quick and easy way to reduce not only your spend (even at the Reject Shop, you have to practically sell a kidney to buy dishwasher blocks), but your toxic load:
Turn to holistic medicine first
Now, I'm not cray. There is most definitely a place for Western Medicine. We are so lucky to live in a world where we have OPTIONS! Always be grateful that we have the ability and are empowered to choose how we 'medically' treat ourselves and our kids. If you've ever been to the US, you may have noticed the millions of adverts on TV by pharmaceutical companies, who are making a pretty penny on drugs that don't benefit us in the long run.
Try and use these medications as a last resort. Be armed with the power of mother nature's medicine, like essential oils and herbs. Essential oils can assist (and be more effective) with our mood (via our limbic system), illness, aches, pains, ointments, creams etc. You name it, I bet you I can find something for it!
Even if you are living on a budget, eating organic or spray-feed food costs less than the price of being unwell! If you aren't aware of the 'Dirty Dozen, Clean 15', then familiarise yourself, because it's useful to know which fruits and veg have the most pesticide residue on them. Even if you start off by only buying organic for the top 5 in the dirty dozen (which, FYI, is strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples and peaches), you're doing yourself a huge favour.
Remember that creating a non-toxic envinroment for both you inner and outer life means addressing both - the two mirror each other in harmony.
Happy reading, and holla at me if you have any questions!