Lifestyle Changes I Made
Personal Care/Cosmetics – eliminated:
- Sodium laurel sulfate
- Parabens (any form)
- Fragrance (unless from essential oil)
- Benzene (any form)
- Hair dye. Yes, I finally embraced my natural color!
- Petroleum distillates such as Propylene Glycol, PPG, PEG, etc.
- Many others – too many to list them all (I usually check the safety of each individual ingredient on the EWG Skin Deep Database
Dietary – eliminated:
- Dairy (to avoid casein)
- Unfermented Soy
- Refined sugar
- Anything artificial (including GMOs)
Supplements – added:
- Vitamins A, B, C, E
- Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Iodine, Copper, Chromium picolinate
- Other: CoQ10, Glutathione, 5-htp
- Tea with Ashwagandha (an Ayurvedic herb to support thyroid/adrenal function)
Household Items – eliminated:
- Cleaners, detergents, etc that didn’t have low ratings on EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning
- Bleach (except occasionally on white laundry)
- Synthetic fragrances (from plug-ins, sprays, carpet freshener, etc.)Household Items; eliminated: Click here to see how I did it
- Added Kundalini Yoga to my workout regimen
- Began Ayurvedic massage therapy
- NEVER Heat food in plastic – heat releases toxins like bisphenol A (aka bpa) even those that are BPA-free because it’s been replaced with a chemical cousin that is untested for safety
- NEVER Use nonstick cookware – the coating is toxic. Use non-chemically treated parchment paper liner instead
- NEVER Burn paraffin candles because they release carcinogenic benzene when burned, and most contain synthetic fragrance (aka fragrance oil)
- ALWAYS Read the ingredients list – if it doesn’t have one, don’t buy the product!! Any company that won’t disclose its ingredients is hiding something (most likely toxins).
This list looks overwhelming, I know, but if you tackle one thing at a time, you can do it! Hopefully this will help guide you through the process of transitioning to nontoxic products.
Bear in mind I made these changes over the course of about 6 months, and that was an accelerated plan. By accelerated, I mean that we often replaced a category of items in bulk without using the products we already had. I just couldn’t stand the idea of using toxic chemicals any longer!
The more rational (and cost effective) way to do it is to replace a toxic product with a clean one when you run out.