I was a child of the 80’s, and this is the time period where people became a lot more aware of how what we do affects us and our environment long term. I remember being told that you should turn off the faucet when you brush you teeth to conserve water and to “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” I’m sure that helped to plant the “nature loving” seed in me to conserve and get back to basics.
Over time I stopped eating red meat and pork (I even was a vegetarian for a few years), I switched to eating whole wheat pasta and brown rice when possible. I wasn’t exactly a healthy eater. But I tried to focus on eating whole foods when possible. Then when I was in my mid twenties my boss who was the same age as me got cancer. She was very fortunate to come from a family that had the means to seek alternative treatments to help heal her. During this time I found out so much about how our environment, our diet, and the cleaning products and cosmetics that we use can effect our health. It is really sickening to see the amount of chemicals that we allow to get into our system daily. That’s when I knew that I needed to make some changes.
Please know that I am NOT perfect at this. I certainly am not your guru when it comes to living life as healthy as possible. But I am slowly trying to incorporate as much as possible into our daily routine to at least minimize the risk. Living a totally “clean” life is expensive and time consuming. Plus my husband can only take so much of it before he reaches his breaking point. So I make compromises on things when necessary. For example he will eat whole wheat pasta, bread, and such. But he cannot stand brown rice (I personally think white rice lacks flavor and texture but whatever). Therefore he gets white rice. On the other hand he lets me use natural and sometimes home-made cleaning products (which was a hard sell for a bleach lover), and I also make many of our toiletries like toothpaste and body oils. Again the goal is to minimize the risks at this point.
In this blog you will get to experience some of my trial and error while attempting to maintain a more natural and chemical free environment and on a budget too. Please share your experiences with the same thing.