It’s been on my mind to share this with you so here goes. Over the last couple of years, I have learned a lot about cleaner living. For years I was blindly going through life and buying what was on the shelf and assuming that someone was paying attention to the contents and that it wasn’t going to harm me or my family. That naive view I once held is gone, I know better.
I was really surprised to find that only 5-10% of cancers are genetic, leaving the rest to our environment. (Don’t take my word for it, go have a look). It’s the water we drink, the processed food we eat, the food sprayed with pesticides, the products we use every day on our bodies that contain harsh chemicals, the products we clean with and the list goes on.
My grandparents lived to 95. Neither of them had cancer that I’m aware of, yet every time I turn around someone who is 40 or 50 has cancer. So many chemicals have been introduced since the 1950’s with little testing. Truth is we are in one giant test study right now and it seems we aren’t faring very well.
So I think our first instinct is to throw up our hands and say, “It’s too hard, where do I start?” or “It’s too expensive to eat/live healthy”. Or my favorite one “I’m too old to change”. Umm I’m 50 I not about to throw in the towel and give up just yet! It takes time and you have to be willing to learn but isn’t your health worth it? I see it completely differently you can pay now for a better way or you can pay later when you’re sick. Either way, you’re going to pay.
I will admit it can be overwhelming but it’s not impossible. The key, at least for me, was taking small, consistent steps over time until you have phased out most or all of what you want to get rid of.
Start with one thing like your laundry routine, clean that up. What to know what’s lurking in your laundry products? Read this. What does that look like? First thing, ditch the dryer sheets, grab some wool dryer balls and if you need a scent some essential oils to put on them. Then grab a plant-based laundry soap without all the harsh chemicals. See that wasn’t so hard.
Then, clean up your breakfast. Buy some organic cereal, milk and some fruit. You see where I’m going. Then tackle your shower routine, then your snacks, your makeup, and just keep going. I use the “Think Dirty” app and Environmental Working Group (EWG) to find better choices at my local grocery store and of course, I use many plant-based products from Young Living where I actually earn money back to use on more of their clean products.
This article about the pesticides in our cereals really made me want to share this information with you.
I don’t know if I would have gone down this road had I not found Young Living. It’s opened my eyes in so many ways. So who is ready to be your own advocate for your health and wellness?
You can buy wool dryer balls on Amazon or make your own. Add a few drops of your favortie EO and you’re good to go!