DETOX LIFESTYLE

Several years ago after I uncovered my gluten intolerance, I spent a solid six months doing research and began to understand the harsh, toxic chemicals that are allowed in our food, personal care products, and household cleaners - often without regulation. I started throwing everything out and switching to natural options. Just like anything in life, it's been a journey of learning what works for us and what doesn't.

Cleansing and detoxing are popular topics when you get into the "health world." I once tried a juice cleanse and thought I was legitimately going to die. HA! I've never felt so sick to my stomach and so, my juice cleanse lasted one day. I will never do that again and I haven't tried another cleanse since. However, over the last few weeks, I could tell that my body really needs some sort of reset. Overall, we adhere to clean eating with a whole food, gluten/dairy/soy/corn free diet, but I've been slacking here lately and indulging in more sugar and processed foods than usual (thanks, stress). Anyways, knowing that I wanted to do something to help my body reset a little, I picked up a copy of Goop Clean Beauty when I was perusing Barnes and Noble the other day. As I read through it, I thought to myself, "YES! This is such a healthy perspective." It's like all of my personal research wrapped up into one beautifully produced book; I highly recommend it!

image via caryn noel

image via caryn noel

Their approach to cleansing is to live a detox lifestyle. Our bodies were created to detox themselves, we just need to give it the right food, drink, and supplements to do so and avoid the things that get in the way of it going through the detoxing process (and what we put ON our bodies is just as important as what's going IN). Even though I feel like I'm doing a good job for the most part, I decided to go with their 10-day cleansing plan to tighten up the parameters and allow my body to do its own thing.

Here are their cleanse rules:

  • No alcohol

  • No caffeine (still going to drink matcha)

  • No dairy

  • No eggs

  • No beef, no pork

  • No shellfish, no raw fish

  • No gluten

  • No soy

  • No nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers)

  • No strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, bananas

  • No corn

  • No white rice

  • No added sugar

  • No peanuts (other nuts are fine)

image via caryn noel

image via caryn noel

I'm looking forward to getting started with some of the delicious recipes they offer in the book and getting my gut and the rest of my body back in order! Self-care is so important and during this slower season I'm currently in, I've decided to take full advantage of the stillness and care for myself. We have so many amazing things in the works so I'm doing my best to establish healthier habits while I have the time in hopes they'll stick when life gets crazy again!

If you find yourself in a similar place, I'd love to invite you into this with me. Who wants to invest in their health + wellness for the next 10 days?

NONTOXIC LAUNDRY ROUTINE

If you know me at all, you know that I'm passionate about living naturally and sustainably. With the help of essential oils, I've been able to create a nontoxic home for Ricky and I. When I'm mixing up a DIY potion, it truly brings me so much joy. It's simple, but it ultimately has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. I thought I'd share a few of the ways that I've switched over to a nontoxic, no waste laundry routine. But first... can I just say how much I LOVE this basket? My mom recently started a shop called Restored that carries ethical, sustainable goods and she sent this to me. I'm obsessed. It's beautiful, sturdy, and empowers artisans - it's one of those items that I know I'll have around for a long time. 

One of the easiest ways to reduce waste in your home is to ditch the paper products and plastic bags - this includes dryer sheets. They are often laden with harsh chemicals and contain synthetic fragrances. Instead, grab a set of these reusable wool dryer balls! I've had mine for over a year and they're still in great shape. You can either use them as is or put 1-2 drops of essential oils on each ball to add a soft, all-natural scent to your laundry. Some of my favorite oils to add to the dryer balls include: lemongrass, thieves, lavender, citrus fresh, ylang ylang, and so many more!

The next swap is fabric softener. It can be incredibly toxic and it's so easy to whip up an alternative. Epsom salt is super versatile so when I saw that it could be used as fabric softener, I was stoked! I already had it on hand so it took me less than a minute to put it together. All you need to do is grab a jar, add 1 cup epsom salt, 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils (I did Thieves + Lemon), shake it up and store with your laundry supplies. Add 2-3 tablespoons to the bottom of the washer before you load your clothes. 

Laundry detergent can also be a very toxic item. It's important to note that your skin works as a sponge so what you put on your skin - including clothes - is so important! If you have switched your diet and reduced your intake of processed foods, you definitely want to make this switch as well. You might not be ingesting toxic chemicals through your food, but you might be ingesting them through your skin. The most nontoxic laundry detergent I've found is the Thieves Detergent. There are some other great options out there, but this is truly the most pure and natural one that I've seen. 

If you're curious where your current laundry products land on the toxic scale, the Think Dirty app is a great resource. You can scan or search for your favorite laundry brands and see how it rates on a 1-10 scale. I'm a firm believer in educating ourselves on the products we buy and being good stewards of that knowledge. Laundry may seem like a mundane task, but the products you're using could be impacting your family's health. From my experience, knowledge is truly power and can evoke lasting change in your life! If you want more information or have questions, please let me know. I love to share my knowledge with others. I hope you can implement these easy natural options into your own life as well!