day 76. cleaning up my act

natural-organic-skin-care

Day 10 of my smoothie/juice cleanse is done. Woo hoo!

Feeling pretty chuffed that I stuck it out through all the negative chatter going on in my mind.

A gentle transition from a cleanse back to regular eating is recommended, and to be honest I’m not in any hurry, I have really enjoyed my green smoothies, leafy salads, and vegetable juices.

During this time of cleansing I have also embarked on two exciting new developments in my zest for healthy living.

I planted a vegetable garden. Well, a garden and some pots as well. The seeds are only just starting to sprout but my seedling herbs are looking really good – I just have to stop eating them before they grow!

Herbs

The second development is that I had some kind of epiphany about cosmetics and cleaning products.

I have been trying for some time to buy eco-friendly and animal-friendly products, but that doesn’t always equate to organic and toxin-free.

Plus, I have still been guilty of buying hair-dye, nail polish and fake tanning products that were on special at the supermarket.

Anyway, it occurred to me that it was rather pointless to be spending so much time, energy and money on organic food and making smoothie and juices to detox my body, if I then just retox it with chemicals on my skin.

If you want a quick diagrammatic version of why this stuff is worth considering, check out this visual: what’s your skin eating?

In the course of my reading I discovered the creator of the natural make-up brand Inika, treated her infertility partially with diet and eliminating products that contain potentially harmful chemicals, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals (found in makeup, nail polish & household cleaners.)

The two best natural cleaners are vinegar and baking soda. But if like me, sometimes you want some detergent on hand, I really like this brand Bio Dynamix, made from soap nut and other natural ingredients.

I am also on  mission to stop using plastic containers/bags to house my food and drinks. Years ago my friend was selling these fregie sacks to raise money for charity, and they are awesome. You take them shopping and then hold the veggies in the fridge, and the bonus is the veggies don’t sweat and go soggy and brown. And the bags come in a range of gorgeous rainbow colours too!

fregiebags

As well as the plastic bags that I store/buy my food in, there is also the containers I use to freeze and cook them.

I always thought the good quality plastic containers were okay, but apparently they can be a bit hit and miss, see here for more info on the toxins in plastic.

The safest bet is glass or ceramic. Looks like I need to invest in some mason jars. Time to drag out the old ceramic dishes from the back of the cupboard and have a look here for some snazzy glass cookware.

I’ve listed a whole heap of sites below that I looked at for this post. I’d love to hear about others.

Check out these natural cosmetic sites:

http://www.muktiorganics.com

http://inika.com.au/about-inika-natural-and-organic-and-mineral-cosmetics

http://www.barenaturals.com.au (they have eco tan for those like me who are tan-challenged)

Natural cleaners

http://totalorganicproducts.com.au

http://www.naturedirect.com.au/did-you-know.html

Nasty chemicals to avoid:

http://visual.ly/whats-your-skin-eating

http://www.safecosmeticsaustralia.com.au/2012/10/nasty-chemicals-z.html

Plastics – safe or not?

http://careandvalue.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/how-safe-is-tupperware-and-other-plastic-containers/

Safe food containers

http://www.thefregiesack.com.au

http://www.shopnaturally.com.au/glass-cookware-food-storage-heat-resistant.html

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About msrawmojo

Writer, Chakradance facilitatrice, bibliophile, lover of art, music and nature. Believer in the fundamental goodness of humanity. Member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and currently undertaking studies in Contemporary Shamanism and reiki.

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