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Getting Back on Track & Cleaning House

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I haven't been Sparking much for the past few days, including tracking my food. I don't feel a tremendous amount of guilt for not tracking calories. In fact, I realize I'm still making pretty good choices for the most part, and still practice portion control. But it seems like the longer I stay away from Spark, the harder it is to stay on the "straight and narrow", so to speak. I realized last night what a valuable tool tracking has been for my nutrition and fitness goals, but more importantly how much I appreciate the support of fellow Sparkers. You guys are awesome and you also keep me accountable!

The past few days the members of our household have been taking steps to rid our home of chemicals. That means, doing away with cleansers that often contain harsh, potentially poisonous ingredients and also our everday hygiene products that have unpronouncable ingredients that can also damage our health over time. I've known this for quite some time, but I've only experimented with some natural cleansers here and there in the past. I never made a 100% switch to natural, chemical-free cleansers, and certainly knew less about the potential harm of many common health and beauty products.

I watched a wonderful documentary on Netflix called "Chemerical" that re-opened this issue and educated me further about the hidden dangers lurking under our sink or in our medicine cabinet.

Did you know:

~that most lipsticks contain lead?
(the companies do not feel it is a threat to adults, just babies and children. However, if lead enters a mother's system, wouldn't that be passed on through breastmilk or the womb?)

~most hygiene products contain parabens which mimic estrogen?
(meaning your body will not the proper amount of estrogen b/c of the estrogen that enters your body and binds to receptors in your cells. As a PCOSer, I do not want to further throw my hormones into worse imbalance than they already are!)

~many toothpastes contain formaldehyde?
(the same chemical used to preserve specimens for biology class is found in toothpaste, and the reason why the toothpaste labels read "do not ingest")

So, I've been removing all the harmful stuff and replacing them with safe, natural ones. I've been buying plant-based and natural soaps like Dr. Bronner's and also gathering recipes to make my own DIY cleansers and beauty products. My bro-in-law mixed up a batch of homemade laundry soap using some Dr. Bronner's, borax and Arm & Hammer washing soda (all natural ingredients). My hubby just washed a load of team uniforms from the middle school basketball team he helps coach, and they turned out great! No odors, but also no fake perfumes either!

I bought some natural shampoo and conditioner, as well as deodorant from Tom's of Maine. But I also plan to make some homemade varieties of these things as well. You can make a nice deodorant using coconut oil, arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and optional essential oils. Very effective. I plan to make some shampoo with a recipe that includes coconut milk. Yummy!

Here's my Pinterest board for Natural Health and Beauty Care:

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    1901 days ago
    That is a great movie. For deodorant I use equal parts corn starch and baking soda, and several drops of lavender essential oil. Works as a great body powder wherever needed too. Most of my household cleaning I use vinegar and water.
    1919 days ago
    Can't wait to try the deodorant recipe. Commercial ones just aren't cutting it anymore and coconut oil is my new go-to for just about everything!
    1920 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    1920 days ago
    This is so good! I started doing this 5 years ago and do not regret it at all. My daughter just hit her teens and I was so afraid that she would get PCOS because I seriously believe it is due to what we eat and the chemicals that are contained in everything....but she is doing really well and "developing" at a normal pace. While everyone around her is going through puberty and getting obese, she seems to be on a different track.

    I make our body soaps, I have a blog on that, it's real simple. Shampoos, lotions, I use a lot of aloe Vera, cayenne pepper for acne, vinegar for cleaning and so on. It's definitely worth it! Coffee ground help with circulation and wrinkles...just so much info out there and not enough time it seems like!

    Great blog and thanks for sharing. I'm following you on Pinterest as well :)
    1920 days ago
    emoticon Sounds like you have a lot more energy than I do. :)
    1920 days ago
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