Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Step by step

Its funny how things have come full circle for me. I am back to being a more discerning consumer. I am opening my eyes again to the poisons I consume. There are plenty of things that will be difficult to control. But what I can control I should and WILL. I wish I had the money to toss everything that has a negative impact and replace it immediately with the healthier alternative, but at this time I don't. Food and pure water are the first steps. Ultimately my make-up and hygiene products will go more natural as well. Cleaning products are somewhat there already, but I need to step it up and be more diligent.

The last few weeks have brought me to this point, but most specifically I read information the last few days from various, unrelated sources that also point me back to natural. Jillian Michael's book has SO much good info! Jenny McCarthy is also a great point of reference. Her son is autistic and ultimately came around to a more natural way of living because of him. She needed to remove anything and everything she could that was chemical and unnatural. She also dropped gluten and dairy. She saw a huge improvement in his health and well being. She also managed to drop a lot of weight herself. She hit 200 lbs and is now back to being HOT! She does yoga and eats as purely as possible.

SO... the two J.Ms (Jenny & Jillian) have impacted me. I know this a process and it will take time, but my body and life will be better for each small step. I am so excited and happy to be back at this place. I feel lighter already- and not from any weight change. I feel less burdened and worried. I have known all along that some of the things I was doing and consuming to lose weight weren't in alignment with my original feelings. I'm ditching chemicals and embracing mother nature! Its been said "If it doesn't grow from the ground or have a mother, you shouldn't eat it." Jillian is a fan of that statement. I personally cringe at the mother part, but at this place I am at I am choosing organic and well treated animal products. I am keeping them at minimum consumption.

Today might include a trip to Trader Joe's. :) I love Trader Joe's. I haven't been there in a few years. :( Can't wait!


Lori said...

Sounds awesome!! I love where you're at. :D

I've been trying this for a little while too. If it comes in a box or packaging, I try to stay away from it. Some packaging you can't help obviously, but the same idea.

It really does make you feel better and makes it easier to go grocery shopping. I just wish I could curb the cravings for junk just as easily! lol

Oh and another bonus... not as much recycling if you don't buy bottled/packaged stuffs!

I find myself thinking about what I can change once we get into our new house. I want to have all natural cleaning products, lawn products and recycle, reuse and conserve. It really bothers me that you can completly ruin an appliance/tub/sink for using the wrong 'chemical' cleaning product. Everything is brand new, we can't wreck it!! I've even considered how we can get the builder to use natural paint, but I think that might be asking too much! lol