Today I felt so energized after donating blood yesterday that I had a strange, strong yen to totally declutter my bathroom. That is not a decluttering urge I've had in some time, so I went with it. It turned out to be such a liberating experience.
I have blogged often about my decluttering journey and have found it crucial to my weight loss and fitness journey, not to mention healthier living. It really has been freeing.
The last time I seriously decluttered my bathroom, I discovered I no longer had prescription drugs and tons of vitamins, and I had already released all kinds of chemical-based products. This made me realize how far I had come from in the past five years.
This time I once again tossed out two giant bags of stuff. It included a shampoo I had used for years and to which I was now allergic. I also tossed out sunscreen with questionable expiration dates and made a vow to find an organic sunscreen that would be effective but safer.
This time around I am focusing once again on finding effective cleaning products that donot include chemicals and I'm looking for personal care products that don't have the usual toxic chemicals. The Listerine is now gone, my previous tooth paste has been replaced with Tom's toothpaste, and my chemical shampoo has been replaced with an organic shampoo from Whole Foods. (I tried to go No-Poo twice but I need to wait a bit.)
I still dye my hair and need to find better options than the ammonia-free "healthy" hair dye I now use. Soon I'll be too allergic to it any way, especially as I go on juice fasts that detox.
It took me a long time to look into personal care products on my journey, feeling over whelmed by the details on how to lose weight and get fitter, healthier. But now I find that choosing safer, healthier products or creating my own is essential for my health and well being.
For instance, I found that I was allergic to many of the common skin lotions, even though I constantly told to use them. It turns out that most lotions are full of very unhealthy, even cancer-causing ingredients. I'd be better off with coconut oil more likely.
Day by day I learn what to keep. Ginger replaces Advil, for instance. This is one of the books that helped me on my journey.
The Environmental Working Group also has fantastic resources to tell you what the chemical ingredients in products mean for your health and what options might be healthier: