Health Was Becoming So Much Bigger Than The Food I Loved
As a food blogger, I knew the dangers of white sugar, refined foods, preservatives and super long words to avoid in foods. I knew how animals were treated in factory farms and how pesticides had caused health problems with field workers. I was eating and cooking healthy, shopping at my farmer’s market and buying organic or no-spray produce, eating less processed foods, working out. I thought I knew it all when it came to healthy living.
The more I explored the healthy eating community, I found more voices. And they had a lot to say, and they had facts to back it up. The voices started to get louder, and I couldn’t ignore them anymore. Health was becoming so much more than the food I ate.
It was reaching into the shampoo in my hair, the toothpaste in my mouth, and the laundry soap I washed my clothes with. After years of buying the same bright blue shampoo that smelled like orchids or fresh rain or whatever the smell was at the time, I threw it out. And vowed never to buy blue shampoo again.
I learned about how much skin really absorbs and what is in the products we use everyday. I tried 8-10 different bars of soap before I found the one that wasn’t filled with odd chemicals. I borderline interviewed store associates about what deodorants people used and like and actually kept them dry. I googled so many ingredients on the back of bottles I felt like a detective. I read review post after review post about sunscreens and DIY cleaning products. I threw out a lot of makeup, toothpaste, and sunscreens because they were overflowing with chemicals. I stopped using dryer sheets.
Even with most of my toiletries and home products have been greened up, I still have more to do. Not all of my cleaning products are quite there, and even though 85% of my food storage is glass, I still have more plastic in my home than I would like. I don’t quite have the budget to switch to an organic cotton/bamboo wardrobe, and a lot of my furniture is made of particle board.
But that’s okay.
I’m still learning and making changes when it’s right for me. When I attended an eco-blogging conference, the organizer said,
"We are all different shades of green, some darker than others, but as long we had our eyes and minds open, that was good."
And she’s right. We’re all in different parts of our non-toxic journeys. Some we love, some we push through.
No matter where you start, celebrate that you’re starting. You’re making the commitment to be aware of what goes in, on, and around your body. And that’s amazing! My hope as a volunteer for Savvy is to help you start or continue your adventures in your non-toxic life, no matter what shade of green you’re working towards.
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