Aren’t you tired of seeing health as this thing to conquer? It seems to be something out there that you might eventually reach (but there are no guarantees!) Sure, there are plenty of resources to help guide us on what we could be eating and how we could be moving to optimize our health. The problem isn’t that we don’t know… and if we don’t, it’s really only a Google search away.
Sometimes the problem comes when we’re trying to change things up in our life. We hit that resistance. We get used to and almost even hypnotized into staying in our comfort zone. It doesn’t matter what they promise we’ll feel like on the other side, change is uncomfortable. That’s why we can do something for a certain period of time (like getting up early to exercise and eat breakfast) and then we sleep in one day and it throws off our momentum… just me?!
In any area of change, we tend to come up with mental barriers to implementing a new idea right away and store it in our brain for “future implementation.”
But what if there’s something super easy and affordable that we can do that that’ll positively affect our health in the long run? Something that we didn’t have to necessarily do everyday but that would reduce our body’s exposure to toxins and create a healthier environment in our body?
It sounds like this something is a load of bs but I promise you it’s not.
I realized that by replacing just ONE item in my bathroom with a toxin-free version (or at least moving in that direction) as it ran out, I could slowly replace all my beauty products with more natural versions and do it in a way that wouldn’t require a large investment. (p.s. this also can apply to your cleaning products.) And think about it, it’s as simple as purchasing something different. You don’t have to wake up earlier, sweat or even do anything physical to make this change on the daily. Once you make that one purchase, you are no longer getting those toxins in your body. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest things we can do for our health.
A good place to start is to run your current products under the EWG - Environmental Working Group Skin Deep rating database. Although there are some critiques on the rating system, it’s a great resource especially if all of this is pretty new to you. Just remember we are aiming for an improvement, not perfection. Your first purchases may not be 100% pure but they will probably be a lot better than the sodium lauryl sulfate mess you’ve been dousing yourself in. A score of 0-2 is ideal. If your product doesn’t pass the test, start the search for something better. Read the reviews and go with something you’re excited to try.
Remember, there is a better and simpler version for everything.
Sometimes you’ll find some products that don’t work as well as its chemical counterpart but you can always:
1- realize it’s still better than using chemicals
2 - try something else
3 - keep it as a back up when you run out of your main stuff (see #2)
DISCLAIMER: For any of this to work as easily as I’m describing, you’ll have to be open-minded and excited to experiment until you find the perfect match. But once you do, you have something that is healthy and natural and toxin free and nourishing to your body. And if money is the issue, you get to make stuff at home with all the recipes you can find on Pinterest. Save all your glass containers and use them to put your new concoctions in. If you do it one product at a time, you won’t be overwhelmed and you’ll see that many recipes use the same basic ingredients so it may get cheaper and cheaper to make that transition to less toxic cosmetic, body and cleaning products.
We aren’t ever going to be toxin free because there is so much shit floating around so the aim is to reduce it, not eliminate it. Ask yourself what you can control and focus on that. In this case, we can control what we purchase and therefore put on our skin everyday. If this approach can make you feel that health is attainable without all the sacrifice and effort that we’re used to, you’ll start seeing changes in other aspects of your health. You’ll activate being in the flow and on the path of least resistance where you make yourself available to many more benefits. Allow something this easy to be transformational and seep into the other aspects of your health.