My Journey To Transitioning To Clean Products
this blog post is part of a series, #oneblogpostaday.
the first part of this series is focused on wellness + longevity.
Last year, I began to dive a little bit deeper to my wellness journey. Rather than solely caring about the food I ate and how much I worked out that day, I began to question: what am I actually putting into my body without even realizing it?
And, when I actually took a step back to look at it - I was pretty freaked out.
Because, health and longevity aren’t just based on the surface level. It’s also based on the ingredients in your moisturizers. And your cleaning products. And your freakin’ tampons for crying out loud.
This post isn’t meant to be all doom and gloom by any means. But, I was really grateful that I was able to learn about the harmful (or unknown) aspects of all the products that we use in our daily lives - and educate myself to make better/different choices.
So, here’s my journey to making the switch to clean products - and all that I learned along the way.
How Many Products Do You Use In A Day?
Think about it for a second. How many products have you come into contact with today?
It starts with your pillow and mattress. Then, it might be your shower gel and shampoo. And moisturizer. And perfume. And maybe you spill your coffee and clean it with a Clorox Wipe.
That’s all before 8am.
After learning about the ingredients in my deodorant (aluminum! yes - seriously) - I began to question everything. What else am I unknowingly injecting into my body on a daily basis, I wondered?
Let me tell you - after making a list of all the products I used in a day, it was a lot.
The most interesting part to me was that I was trying so hard to be healthy in all other aspects of my life. I ate kale salads. I did all the latest workouts.
But, I was cleaning my coffee mug with toxic chemicals - and basically negating all that hard work with the spray of a nozzle.
I know, I’m exaggerating a bit. But, it was mind blowing to me that no one was talking about all the other things that we come into contact with in our everyday lives that we wouldn’t consider “healthy.”
And, the more than I dug around, the more that I found out other people were beginning to question our normally-accepted products, too. Everyone except the FDA.
Because, most of the products that we don’t think about impacting our health actually aren’t required to list out their ingredients. As wellness-conscious humans, we scour the back package of our nut milks for “organic” almonds - but don’t know the ingredients in our tampons, something we literally insert into our bodies multiple times per month…for decades of our lives.
And the more research I did, the more that I found we’re just hitting the tip of the toxic iceberg. Of the products that do need to disclose their ingredients, they’re filled with parabens, neurotoxins, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors - just to name a few. No wonder autoimmune diseases are up 20%+ just from 2009 (and growing).
Okay, end rant. But, you can imagine how surprising this was to me - and how it might be surprising (/infuriating/CRAZY!) to you, too.
So, what do we do?
When you first begin to learn about the harmful ingredients in everyday products, it’s scary and overwhelming.
But, the silver lining out of this is that there are lots of smart, interesting people out there doing something about it. Whether it’s because they personally were impacted by one of these issues or just began learning about it - there are tons of cool companies out there who are changing the face (and ingredients) of our products.
Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of time, research and energy learning as much as I can about what it means to go “clean” - and not even just for myself, but also for our environment. It’s an overwhelming world out there.
I have three helpful ideas to keep in mind as you begin this journey:
Start small - It’s easy to want to do an overhaul of your entire life. Speaking from experience, don’t. Choose one piece of your everyday life to focus on at a time; it’s helpful from a time (and $$) perspective.
Experiment, experiment, experiment - Everyone is different. Personally, I had to experiment with 5 different natural deodorants after finding out that baking soda does not agree with me (my current favorite is the Saje Wellness Spray). Don’t be discouraged - just keep trying!
Know it will take time - If you couldn’t tell, overhauling all the products you use takes a ton of time! Don’t stress about it. Just knowing that you’re thinking consciously about this aspect of your life is important. Not all of us have the time or money to change everything at once.
And know that I’m always here to help you out. If you have any questions, thoughts or even recommendations - feel free to share them in our O.A. Facebook Group. We’d all love to hear from you!