So you’ve decided now is the time to finally go clean, but are feeling overwhelmed because you don’t have a million bucks to spare? If you are nodding your head, keep reading. If you are wondering what I mean by going clean, let me explain. Going clean means different things to different people, but to me it was about eating foods as close to their natural state, and using products that were free from harsh chemicals.
I had tried to go organic a few times, but after spending $100 at Whole Foods and leaving with only half of a bag, and a draining bank account, I was convinced it was unattainable. I carried on with life until chronic inflammation and digestive distress became my everyday norm. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, the operational expert in me came out, bound and determined to fix this problem once and for all. As I began to dive into the research, read the books and watch lectures from leading experts, I came to realize that the foods I was eating, along with the products I was putting on and in my body were wreaking havoc in my system . It became clear to me that I had to figure out a way to make changes.
I started searching for local, organic markets, but it being the middle of winter, I was coming up empty. Then one day, on my way to the grocery store, I noticed a sign, “Farmers Market”. I had driven by this plaza for 3 years and never noticed it. Sitting beside a local dive bar and a convenience store, it was no surprise I had missed it all this time. When I walked in I was in heaven. Before me were rows of fresh, locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. When the cashier raised her head and said “$37.10” please, I was in shock. I left with three full bags!!
Feeling extremely proud of my progress I started thinking about what was next in my pursuit for a cleaner life. I had skin care, house hold cleaning products, and glass food containers up next. As encouraged as I felt for getting my food in order I began to feel overwhelmed with how far I still needed to go, and how much it was all going to cost. As a recovering “avoider” I decided to make a plan and allow myself the time and space to get to where I wanted to go, and stay committed to the process.
After a retreat in Florida I was introduced to a vegan, botanically based, and cruelty free company. The women there, who were already users, had radiant, glowing skin, without makeup! I was sold immediately. The products fell perfectly in line with my next step to a cleaner life. I remembered back, wondering why I hadn’t done this sooner. Ahhhh yes! “It was too expensive!” What I realized, was that these products, like many other natural, botanically based products required much less to achieve the same result as on the shelf, commercial products. If you are like me, you likely have a bathroom cabinet full of partially used face creams, cleansers and body scrubs that either caused you to breakout or caused irritation. When I did the math, and looked at the ingredient list, it was a no brainer.
As my other products, such as shampoos, household cleaners and toothpaste ran out I replaced them with natural products. I watched out for sales on glass food containers, and slowly began throwing out my old plastic. I planted seeds and started growing my own herbs and kale. If you don’t have a green thumb, no worries, me either! I am happy to report that everything is still alive and growing. I am not done yet, but that’s ok! Each step towards a cleaner life is progress.
If you’ve decided that now is your time to start moving towards a cleaner life, take your time, and pick one thing to work towards changing. Research local farmers markets around your community, skip the $5.00 Starbucks, buy in bulk, and look for coupons. Take it one step at a time and don’t forget why you started.
Please let me know how this goes for you and be sure to contact me if you get stuck or want some suggestions. firstname.lastname@example.org