Our families journey to toxic free green living.
I’ve never been one to have a New Year resolution because its a firm decision to do or not do something. The New Year should be a vehicle to aim for a plan or goal; an intention. Bear with us as we strive to become a toxic free family.
When I was pregnant with Norah, I thought I was going to be the crunchiest mama around. If you don’t know what a crunchy mama is, you can get the definition here. I would consider myself more scrunchy than anything. Anyways, life happened and I kind of rolled with the punches through motherhood. I didn’t always buy organic foods or baby products, I didn’t cloth diaper, and I stopped making my own baby foods. Using essential oils was probably the only thing I kept up with. My focus was mainly on making sure I was handling this thing called motherhood for the first time. Then when Gideon was born, I was just trying to navigate through motherhood raising two kids.
Recently, my dad was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer. It shook my world. It shook my families’ world. And we are still fighting! As we go through the motions of chemotherapy, frequent blood draws, and getting the right nutrition, my thoughts were set on how can I can guide my family to be the healthiest they can be? I understand that being healthy doesn’t make you immune to cancer or different diseases. However, I do think that making better choices can improve your overall health to lessen the percentage of it happening.
Not only do I worry about the food that we put into our body, but also how the environment may have some effect as well. From the makeup we wear or the toothpaste we use. To the aluminum foil we wrap around our food to the cleaning supplies we use on our surfaces. All of these things are filled with ingredients we can’t pronounce and was formed chemically. Vanessa Cunningham, author of 10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid, talks about the FDA’s subpar testing standards: “This industry is highly unregulated. There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs. Many of these synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disruptors and are carcinogenic.”
And if you think your BPA free bottle is safe, think again. The BPA replacement, BPS (Bisphenol-S), may not be any better, according to Jenna Bilbrey, author of BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous. She states,“Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallel BPA.” These are just a few examples.
Furthermore, I understand that just because I chose this way of life for my family doesn’t mean we’re protected and immune to earthly diseases. However, because I know these things, I would rather introduce healthy, organic products to my family than trust the government testing standards to say what’s best for us. Plus it’s so much more fun making your own products that work!
We still have a ways to go to be completely toxic free, however I’ve started off our journey filtering the air in our home with spider plants! If you don’t know, plants have a great way of removing toxins that are polluting the air in our homes. I shared a few kid friendly plant options tested by NASA here. In addition, most of our cleaning products, laundry detergent, and body washes are either all natural or homemade. At the same time, my husband isn’t fully on board. He loves his soaps and the smell of mainstream cleaning products. I also haven’t grasp the idea of going natural with my hair…hey, it’s a lot of work! We’ll get there, but every little change we do will eventually guide us into the life we would like to live.