i buy organic. if it's available organic, i'll buy it. however, i don't buy organic meat, even though i'd tell you that's one of the most important things. i just can't afford it right now. but, overall, if they sell it organic, i buy it organic.
i read labels. some of the things i avoid are:
- high fructose corn syrup [mostly because it is made with GMO corn]
- MSG [confusing, because they can call it anything they want on the label, disguising it]
- added sugar in things that shouldn't have sugar
- GMO ingredients [though this is not always labeled, if you're in California vote YES on prop 37 to require better labeling],
- and more.
** i avoid processed foods, in general, when i can. some things are tricky [like tortillas, when your hubby wants tacos] and i usually try to live by an 80/20 rule. 80% whole, raw, healthy foods and 20% of everything else. this doesn't always happen, but i'm mindful of it all the time which is a good first step for me.
i use all-natural non-toxic cleaning supplies. i'm not cool with those harmful fumes and chemicals. i love when someone else cleans my house for me, but i always hate the smell when they're done, and the idea of what my family is breathing in for the weeks that follow.
i try to eat, and feed my kids, as healthy as possible. i'm not as crazy about this as i used to be, because i don't want anyone to turn out neurotic about food, but i do talk about healthy foods a lot and discourage sugar where i can.
i only use this sunscreen on myself and my kids.
and that's only after we get 10-15 minutes of sun exposure, to make sure we get enough vitamin D.
i use this as body wash and face cleanser
and this as my moisturizer
unless absolutely necessary i don't take medicine [same for my kids]. at the first sign of a sore throat, i gargle hydrogen peroxide & water, or drink salt water [in fact, i try to drink a saturated glass of salt water everyday]. i'll load up on the vitamin d and vitamin c, and i'll cut out all sugar until i'm not sick anymore, which is usually a day or two. i rarely rarely take pain relievers unless i just can't function without it. that's maybe once or twice a year. i'd rather sleep, drink more water, anything but take medicine. i really believe that God has created most everything our body needs, and through nutrition and natural remedies, we have all that we need to be healthy, for the most part.
take some form of probiotic daily. your gut is like a second brain. and it's one of the most important pieces of your immune system! so i drink kefir. it's really good and you can just get it at trader joes. obviously yogurt has live cultures, and you can get protein powders that have them too.
there are a few other things i do and don't do, but i don't think i'll mention them since they're a bit controversial. maybe another day...
i feel like there's probably so much more i'm just not thinking of, because it's so normal to me now. and of course there are areas that i'm not so natural:
i don't use cloth diapers
i had 2 c-sections
i use formula...
there are certain times and areas where i just know i have to be more flexible. you can't do it all, and you can't drive yourself crazy trying to. i've found it's really important to ease into everything. i started researching when my first daughter, Reese, was born three years ago, and have made consistent little changes ever since. if i had tried to do it all at once, i wouldn't have stuck with it. it would've been too overwhelming for me and i would have given up on it quickly, knowing myself. but since i've just made little changes along the way, gotten used to them, and moved to the next area, it has totally worked for me.
there are still areas i plan to change, including:
- add an omega-3 supplement like this one
if you have any questions, or want more info, please ask me! i love sharing :)