Let’s face it, we are human and no one is perfect, but here is a list of things we try to avoid 99% of the time
Artificial Color/Dye – This is a hard one, at first. I put this into practice 4 years ago and I’m almost an expert on it now. Read labels. This is huge. You may have no idea where color is added in. We especially avoid Red #40. Popular foods include cereal, fruit snacks, ice cream, candies, frostings, etc. Just googling “dyes to avoid” will bring up a plethora of good information. Pinterest always has good pictographs, if you’re a more visual person.
Gluten – There has been research done linking gluten to ADHD* but we also avoid gluten for Jackson’s skin. Gluten-free products are highly popular and readily available most places, even at Wal-Mart. We don’t like gluten-free noodles so we opt for zoodles or any other vegetable “pasta” we can find.
Fragrance – This was a difficult for me, due to the time it took. I eliminated candles a long time ago, because Jackson has a fear of fire. But fragrance is everywhere! Soaps, candles, those wonderful smelling wallflowers from Bath and Body Works. Yep, it was hard for me to throw those away. However, I’ve found that a diffuser and quality essential oils do make my house smell good. For hand soaps, I use the Think Dirty app, mentioned in my last blog, to see if they are quality. Method Green Tea + Aloe is one of my favorites. Jackson uses Everyone soap for body wash/shampoo. Also, fragrance is in laundry soap and dryer sheets. Our skin is our biggest organ, so if you are wearing a shirt washed by a toxic fragrance, you are soaking in those toxins all day long. And if your kid is like mine and chews on their shirts, they are also ingesting it. Gross!! I use Branch Basics (use this link to get $10 off) or if I’m in a pinch, I use Simple Truth Free & Clear. No dryer sheets, just a ball of aluminum foil! 🙂
Cleaning Supplies – This was also a hard one to overcome. Do you know when you walk down the cleaning aisle and you can just smell the products. Ew! I had a stash underneath my kitchen sink of FULL cleaning supplies. I used them and have replaced one by one as they run out. Again, Branch Basics has a great concentrate and starter pack, but if you are in a pinch, you can get cleaner cleaning supplies at your local store or Amazon. Bonus, since I’ve stopped using dirty cleaning supplies, my asthma has gotten way better!
A Few Other Tips–
- Avoid processed, sugary food. Artificial Flavorings. You’ve heard this before! An easy tip given to me years ago is to focus on shopping the edges (colds) of the store. Avoid the shelves.
- Jackson drinks organic vanilla almond milk. I question cows milk. We avoid dairy as often as we can but I’d much rather use organic, full fat butter than a science-lab created margarine spread. We love cheese! If a recipe calls for shredded, opt for the block and shred it yourself.
- If you can buy organic, do so. A list of the Dirty Dozen is on my last post here.
- Obviously proper hydration and plenty of sleep does any body good!
Let me know if you have any good tips/tricks!