Have you ever thought about your daily routine and how much of it exposes you to some sort of chemical? Think about waking up in the morning and getting ready for the day. What are the ingredients in your shampoo, soap, lotion and toothpaste? What about in your make-up? Do you prepare coffee or tea in a plastic to-go cup? Do you microwave leftovers in plastic containers for lunch or dinner? The fruits, vegetables and meats that you eat throughout the day –where did they come from and how were they grown/fed? How about lighting a candle to relax after a long day?
I’ve thought about these things a lot recently; they are all actions that are part of my every day. But I was shocked as I read more about the harmful chemicals in my personal products like lotion and make-up. I was saddened to learn about how much plastic we use and waste. And I was surprised at how many antibiotics, pesticides, and chemicals enter into our food supply chain. But what choice do we all have, move to wooden lean-tos in the woods and live on wild game and berries, and never shower?
So since I’m somewhat of a material girl living in a material world, I’ve decided to skip the lean-to and instead make small, slow changes in my daily routine — the products I purchase, the way I cook and eat, and reducing my overall product consumption. I enjoy the constant challenge of being faced with options and choosing those that will help me and hopefully the planet in the long-run.
I’ll be sharing some of the great natural products I’ve found and the healthy recipes that have become favorites of mine as I try to detox my routine. I hope you like them, too!