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Eat clean - Live Clean

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I've been so focused on my diet and eating "clean" foods that I've been neglecting another crucial part of living a clean lifestyle, using eco-friendly, not-tested on animal products.

I recently was given a book for my birthday that's been a real eye opener. I often listen to the CBC radio on my ride to and from work and one of the shows was talking about a new book by author Adria Vasil "Eco-holic Body". I was already focused on using products that aren't tested on animals but now my focus has widened to using organic products that steer clear of the "Mean 15 Ingredients".

#1 BHA and BHT
#2 DEA/MEA/TEA: Diethanolamine
#3 Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (DMDM Hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidiny urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and Bronopol
#4 Oxybenzone (BP-3/Benzophenone) and octinoxate (oxtylmethoxycinnamate)
#5 Palm Oil
#6 Parbens
#7 Parfum/Fragrance
*8 PEG's (Polyethylene glycol compounds)
#9 Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates
#10 PPD (in all permanent hair dyes
#11 Phthalates
#12 Retinyl Palmitate
#13 Siloxanes
#14 Sodium Laureth Sulphate
#15 Triclosan/triclocarban

I realize that this focus will take more effort and perhaps more money but its worth it. Anytime I commit to something its 100%.

I've already replaced my shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, deodorant, face cleanser, toner and mascara. I'm using water and vinegar for cleaning as well as baking soda.

I feel proud for making these changes in my life. It's amazing how we think we are making the right choices based on misleading information in the media and packaging. It's scary to see harsh chemicals in products that are supposed to be natural and meant to heal and repair. These products have mimic estrogen, can cause cancer, thyroid issues and other health concerns...

The best things in life are simple and pure. I already feel my skin is cleaner and less dry, my hair has more volume and my skin isn't as irritated by the excema that I developed a few years ago.

This new development in my life has also enhanced my desire to go to school for holistic wellness.

Health = Wealth

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    Know what's the hardest thing? Throwing out products that aren't safe for me or the environment. I have a hard time "wasting" things, but they are opened products. Also, if I don't think they are safe for me, why would I share that with someone else to use?? I definitely have a lot less under my sink and in my medicine cabinet now.

    I've gone to a local health store (S&H) in London Ontario and have purchased products from Green Beaver. I have the mint shampoo & conditioner as well as cranberry body lotion. I bought a plant based cleanser and rose water toner from "Boots" a UK brand I found in the States. I'm using a crystal stone deodorant...surprisingly works well even after my morning runs! That's a true test right there! ha ha

    Makeup is a bit harder...I bought mascara which is Ecocert approved by Physician's formula. I need to get a sunblock, toothpaste, laundry soap & dish soap. Speaking of hand soaps...Method brand is good.

    Some brands that are local are Jason (check ingrediants) Alba, Avalon (seen those in Wal-Mart)...some Body Shop (have to check labels)....Burt's Bees...Desert Essence, Green Beaver...I find that health stores are a good resource. Items might be pricier but you use less so are less often purchased.

    Let me know what you find out there!
    2023 days ago
    Good morning - I really like this Blog entry and am interested in changing my house hold items too. I think it's difficult to choose the right brands though. Do you have any recommendations emoticon
    2024 days ago
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