What does it mean to go clean? Basically it means cutting out all harmful chemicals and living naturally.
I really think that this generation is starting to realize that we need to go cleaner and greener. Our world seems to be deteriorating and everything we use is filled with harmful chemicals. No wonder why the cancer and deadly diseases have increases ten-fold in the last decade or two.
Sadly, I didn’t really care to even think “green” until my children were born. They’re my saving graces though because as soon as they were born I only wanted the best for them and our family. It takes time, research, and dedication but you can easily start going clean in 2017.
What are some ways to go clean in 2017?
#1. Start by evaluating the things you use daily.
It can be extremely eye-opening to actually look at what is in your food, make-up, cleaning supplies, shampoos, deodorants, etc. We are so used to being fed advertisement after advertisement for the next best product. When I first started becoming more conscious about harmful chemicals in the stuff we were using… I read something that talked about how pretty much 98% of all advertisements on TV are things that are bad for you. Keep that in mind when you start your journey. Read your labels carefully.
#2. Do not try and cut everything out at once.
I am a sodaholic. It is my one guilty pleasure. I have never been drunk or tried a cigarette, so I allowed myself this one guilty pleasure… Well as you know soda is awful for you. Mainly, it’s so bad because of high sugar contents and high fructose corn syrup.
My favorite soda is Pepsi. They came out with a real sugar alternative that has NO HFCS! So when we did the switch over to healthier items, I still allowed myself this because I was already giving up a lot and at least it was a safer option.
If you try to cold turkey cut everything at once, you WILL fail.
#3. There will be a learning curve.
When I first tried natural shampoo, I couldn’t understand how people washed with that crap! My hair was greasy in a day, the stuff didn’t smell good at all. It was just an awful experience.
I continued to search and Pinterest everything I could on natural substitutions for everyday items. I found out that when you start using natural shampoos your hair has to transition.
Our chemical-filled shampoos and conditioners strip EVERYTHING from our hair. Hair naturally produces its own oils to stay shiny and healthy. So when we use “normal” shampoo, we’re actually stripping our hair of its healthy oils too.
So when you transition to a natural shampoo, it will not strip those oils and you will feel greasy for a week or so… But if you stick to it, your hair will adjust and I promise you it will feel 100,000 times healthier!
#4. Follow the 80/20 rule.
80% clean and 20% fun. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your occasional candy bar fix. You should be able to splurge some time and eat those not-so-good things that taste oh-so-good.
Just try to remember that your body cannot digest or filter itself completely of the chemicals and toxins if you’re overloading on them every single day.
I like to make home-cooked clean meals the majority of the time, but we still have our occasional McDonald’s Happy Meal. For a bath routine, I use strictly all natural shampoos and soaps, but I splurge on the occasional hair dye.
It’s all about tipping the scales more towards the clean and green.
#5. Remember clean and green is a lifestyle change that will take time.
It can be overwhelming and you may not know where to start. So here’s my final piece of advice. Read your labels on EVERYTHING. Research feminine products. Research. Is. Everything.
I will be doing a whole series of posts on many different natural products and recipes you can use at home in upcoming blog posts so stay tuned!