How And Why To Live And Eat The Natural Way?
I know there are bloggers everywhere you look showing off their perfect green smoothies, healthy and pretty plates of food along with organic lifestyle info, colorful gardens and bragging about how going all natural has improved their skin, made them lose weight and on and on… but that’s not me. I’m not about that. My smoothies look like smoothing the cat threw up, I don’t have beautifully decorated plates of food, or a garden, my skin is nowhere near perfect, and no matter what I try I just can’t shed those pesky pounds. So I’m not another perfect looking, happy, buy this product and that product and “oh look at my professional chef looking organic smoothie!” blogger. I’m real. I want to share with you how and why I choose to live naturally by eating organic and using all natural products in the home and the honesty behind it as well as how I make it work for my family and my budget.
“Living naturally used to be the only way, as it should be again.”
So, first things first… let’s get real for a moment. I decided a few years ago to make the natural switch in as many areas as I could. I wanted a healthier, safer home for the baby I just brought into it. Learning about the shocking truths about what’s in our food and everyday products terrified me and I immediately stopped using everything I had, threw it all out and started over with things that didn’t contain all those terrifying ingredients. I went 90% organic and Non-GMO in my diet, now use only all natural and organic skin care, body care products and cosmetics and also only use safe, non-toxic household cleaners and other household items. Why? The answers are very simple. First, look at the ingredients in your traditional everyday household product you pick up at the store. I guarantee you that at least 85% of those ingredients are toxic chemicals that even the scientists who create them in the lab protect themselves from touching or breathing in. So why would you put them in your home? The same thing goes for the food you eat. GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) are in 90% of the food we eat and they are dangerous to our bodies. GMO’s are linked to cancer’s and many other serious health problems and are banned from use in over 30 countries. Our bodies are being poisoned. What can we do? Tell the companies behind the use of GMO’s such as Monsanto that we do not want them in our food by only buying GMO project verified foods and all organic produce. Detox your body from toxins and choose to return your body to health. Another big ingredient that must be avoided at all costs are parabens. They are in almost every body care item on the market. To reduce your intake of highly dangerous parabens, switch to organic body care items and cosmetics. To read more about parabens read my blog on them here: Are Parabens Your Enemy?
These ingredients should not be allowed in our homes, but sadly they are. I choose to make a stand by avoiding them, allowing my voice to be heard to doing my best to keep my body healthy. We all should be more mindful of what we put in and are exposed to on a daily basis. It’s time we choose a healthy natural life!
Now that we’ve gotten the harsh facts out of the way, I’d like to share how I make it all work. Organic and natural living can be a bit difficult and inconvenient, not to mention expensive so being a low income single mom, how do I do it? By knowing where to shop!
I love getting the best bargains and saving as many pennies as I can every time I shop, so I’ve found some ways that really help. Shop at stores that offer the best deals, get a member card for the grocery store to save a bit on expensive organic produce, and try to plan your meals as best as you can. I buy most of all of my skin care, body care and household items online at sites that offer discounted prices such as Vitacost.com. Even department stores like TJMAXX have amazing prices on natural products for body and home and even snacks. A little goes a long way when saving and shopping at discount places. And do I have to mention coupons? Search online for coupons on the organic products you want to buy. It is definitely worth the money and effort for you and your children’s health.
In conclusion, the reason I choose to live naturally is because it’s what’s natural and what is meant for our bodies. We should not be subjecting ourselves to harmful chemicals, we should be protecting ourselves and our families from them and providing the nutrition we all need. I want my child to grow up healthy and strong, we should all love our children enough to do what is right and best for them, and that also means taking care of ourselves too. Creating a healthy, happy home is a goal we should all share and work towards. This is why I choose to live naturally. What about you?
“Eating Organic Isn’t A Trend, It’s a Return To Health.”