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You know it’s not easy being green. I think I have found the right product only to find out that it is not 100% organic, as promised. The upside is that although the product isn’t wholly organic it doesn’t contain any sodium laurel sulfate. The number one NO NO on my avoid list.

As I sit here at the store, eating my vegetarian (no nightshade, no wheat, no meat) taco salad, I wonder: What gives companies the right to falsely advertise their products? I understand that perhaps it would be impossible to list every ingredient in the product on the bottle, but we have a right to know what is harmful to our bodies don’t we? No wait, I take that back. We have EVERY right to know exactly what we are slathering on our bodies daily. “The Green Beauty Guide” by Julie Gabriel, says that by the time we leave our houses in the morning we have inundated our bodies with over 200 toxic chemicals because of the beauty products we use. Shampoo, conditioner, toners, cleansers, cleaners, toothpaste, body wash, perfume, make up, hairspray – blah blah blah – the list is endless. And do we know what is in them? Sort of, but not really. As Julie says in the book (my new green beauty bible by the way), our body is covered in tonnes of little mouths – our pores – that happily suck up anything and everything around us; as well as, everything we put on our bodies. So we get ourselves all prettied up and toxic before we leave the house, and then we go out into the world where there are numerous chemicals floating around in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. How’s that for the scary thought of the day?

Sounds paranoid, I know but it’s not. Nothing in the beauty industry has to be approved, or proven safe, by any governing agency. We all know how well that works (mmm….sarcasm – completely organic!). But the beauty industry doesn’t have to account for anything it does. They could put anything they like in the stuff they sell us and unless it has an immediate reaction – there is nothing anyone can do about it. You should read the “Green Beauty Guide”. It will be enough to scare you natural! It gave me a pretty good shove in that direction even before my crazy allergies were discovered.

I thought I was doing so well. It isn’t easy finding 100% organic anything in Cambridge, ON. So if anyone has any suggestions, please post them.

So what do I do about my organic issue? Good question. I’ll use up what I have of the “Kiss My Face” stuff but I’m going to have to hunt to find something that is actually what it says it is organic & natural.

On the bright side – The new place we are moving into has a backyard. Weeeee!!! And I’ve already purchased my herb starter seeds. I’m going to grow and make my own stuff. That way I know exactly what goes into it.

First things first

This is it, my blog about living green. There will be a lot of other things I’m sure I will chat/rant/flutter/kibitz about on here but I started this blog to try and make sense of my new circumstances.

For those who don’t know I was diagnosed with a number of allergies/intolerances that have been interfering with my adrenal & circulatory systems. What that means is that things that I was eating or being exposed to on a daily basis were either stressing out or weakening these systems in my body which was causing a great deal of discomfort.

I have to thank the woman who helped me to realize just how ill I really am – Ruth Thompson – she is a wonderful lady; a proponent of holistic healing, a nutritionist and it was through her orthomolecular assessment of me that we discovered all the issues.

As crazy as that all sounds, since I have started following her advice I am feeling substantially better. Her advice: no wheat, dairy, red meat or veggies from the nightshade family. As well I am taking a probiotic, vitamin B12, vitamin D and green tea. I drink a lot more organic tea, eat better & have cut my caffeine intake. I have also stopped using makeup, and anything that has parabens or sodium laurel sulfate in it.

I have known for a while, since reading the “Green Beauty Guide” that what manufacturers of the beauty products we use every day would like us to believe are beneficial are really slowly poisoning us. After meeting Ruth I realized just how true that is.

So, that’s it in a nutshell. I’m trying to eat better, sleep better (which is much harder than you think) and generally live a better, greener life. On that path I’m going to be growing my own herbs, make my own essential oils, flower waters and eventually my own beauty products.

It’s all going to take time, patience, & unfortunately, money. But hang with me, I’ll be posting recipes, books to read & natural healing sites.

Hang tight!

Guilt!

Ok. So perhaps this is not the best way to start a blog but I have to pour it out somewhere.

I HATE “HAVE TOs”!

I have to complete my thesis. I have to work at the store. I have to be chipper, cheery & chummy so that everyone I encounter knows that my life is just frakking (thanks for the word Feith!) peachy keen. I have to clean, pack, unpack, smile, work, think, do . . . .

But I don’t want to. No, I am not depressed. I’m just tired of all the expectations that get heaped upon us on a daily basis.

Yes, I want to finish my thesis. I have worked too long & too hard to get this far to let it go now; although being a notorious procrastinator and quitter I’m sure I’ll find a way to screw it up somehow.

Yes, I love my store but I don’t want the feeling that I have to be there anymore because things won’t run right if I’m not. Which leads me to my first frustration – the fact that I can’t leave the store to work on my thesis.

Yes, I know I have to clean my house because if I don’t we’ll live in squalor & will likely all develop some very nasty illnesses but I hate the expectation that it will be done because it is something I should do, that I’m supposed to do.

Yes, I do like being happy, chipper and sweet but why do I have to be that way all the time or it’s assumed that I’m depressed, repressed or some other form of psychosis. Sometimes I just feel like being nothing. Is that so wrong?

Yes, I want to live healthy, green & I want to make a lot of things with my own two hands – it’s what makes me feel truly productive – but the fact that I have been told I “have to” because of the effect that it is having on my body & the world irks me. It irks me to have a body that seems so woefully deficient.

There it is. My rant in a nutshell (no allergy there).

But I’m left wondering, if I hate the “have to” expectations so much & I’m attempting to push them all away, why do I have to feel so guilty about it?

Newly Begun

Okay, so here it is. My Blog. Follow along if you wish. I’m not really sure where this is going to lead but I’m sure it will be a fabulous journey. I do have lots on my plate but all of it is positive in nature. As I said on my Facebook status – “I’m putting it out there. So deal with it!”