Fresh Start : Breathing Easy

154881674655160552_NqpeVq2M_fHappy Friday everyone!! I thought it would be great to end the week talking about breathing fresh and clean air. This is NOT my expertise at all so I’d love to hear your thoughts as well! I now know why it’s important but struggle to put things into practice. A while back, I shared the below post but haven’t taken much action on it. I thought we could brainstorm ways to make this happen!

Tyler and I watched a documentary last night called Chemerical: Redefining Clean for a New Generation.

I read the book Clean by Alejandro Junger a while back and wasn’t completely surprised by the effects household products can have on our life, but it was such a good refresher. If you are curious at all about this topic, I definitely recommend watching Chemerical available on Netflix.

I’ve been doing more research since watching and have been amazed to find that certain ingredients in our cleaning products and cosmetics can lead to breast cancer and other serious things.

It’s always seemed to me that some things just happen to bodies no matter what you do. Cancer in some aspects was one of those things for me. The idea that we can control to some extent (maybe even completely) whether or not we develop cancer is such a strange thought to me. I know we’ll never be able to control all the toxins that could come into our life but it did make me want to make some changes in the small things I do that could influence my health for good.

Right now, I’m researching more about HOW to do that. Here are some things I’d slowly like to start incorporating.

1. Change as many cleaning products in our house as possible. We’ll start easy with the basics and the ones we use the most.

  • Clothes Detergent
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner

* The cool thing about changing these products out, is that they can actually be MUCH cheaper. It takes a little more work but to think that it can be worth it in the long run financially makes it all the more tempting to incorporate.

If you don’t have time to make your own products, check out Method or Seventh Generation line of products. From what I’ve read, these seem to be the “cleanest” products.

2. Swap out body products. This will be a bit tougher. So far, I have found that toxic-free makeup is more expensive. There is an amazing site called Environment Working Group that I found that give ratings for how toxic a product may be based not the ingredients. I spent a full hour looking up all the products I use daily. I obviously don’t understand all the names and terms and what does what, so this was a good way to learn.

  • Makeup
  • Hygiene – Toothpaste, Shampoo, etc.

I’m excited to work to incorporate more ways to free myself from the toxins around me. Although I don’t have the desire or willpower to completely rid toxins from my life, I do think a little more thoughtful action steps will make a difference!

Want to take a baby step? Switch out your plastic shower curtain for a cotton one. We did this while I was reading Clean. It was such a small act but I think any step towards progress is motivating.

Bonus: Check out this article on indoor plants that help clean indoor air.

Do you have any favorite non-toxic products or recipes?

12This post is a part of the FRESH START series. A three-week series to get you ready for 2014. Each week will have a different theme, mind, home and body. 

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Intro | Goal Making | Using the Powersheets | Become a Reader | A Morning Ritual  | Creating White Space | An Inspiring Space | Contentment Challenge | Managing Finances


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