• Going Hippie

    Date: 2010.07.23 | Category: Health, Life, Life List | Tags:

    One of the items on my Life List is to:
    “Change over to organic/natural products wherever possible.”

    Now before you think I’m going all crazy hippie on you, let me tell you why.

    My friend Lori started researching the ingredients that go into our everyday products. What started as an attempt to get her kids on a healthier diet and away from food dyes ended up being a complete overhaul of everything she uses in her life.

    Intrigued by what would cause her budget-conscience self to willingly toss all her expensive beauty products and get rid of perfectly good food, I started asking her questions every single day. And after learning that they put petroleum and formaldehyde in our body care products, I started to think that this going natural thing might be a good idea after all.

    I also have theories about the chemicals and hormones  in food and products being a catalyst to the increased infertility and miscarriage rates, but I’ll spare you the lecture.

    When I broached the subject of going organic with Mark, I expected a lecture on spending more money. What I got instead was a thoughtful agreeance.

    And so, we are slowly but surely converting some of our body care, cleaning and food products to those made without chemicals and hormones.

    Because, believe me, I may be going hippie, but I refuse to be a stinky hippie.

    Exhibit A:

    Now I haven’t tried the toothpaste yet, but I’m already in love with the shampoo, conditioner and soap. The deodorant is going to take some getting used to, but still, worth it.

    Exhibit B:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m going to give it a whirl this weekend.

    I’ve also purchased organic yogurt and plan on switching all of our meat and dairy over next time I go shopping.

    AND I have given up Diet Coke.  This has been my biggest sacrifice thus far. Artificial sweeteners are my crutch and will probably be the last unhealthy thing I still cling to.

    And, as Lori puts it, there has to be room for margin of error. I’m not going to piously turn my nose up at eating out or at indulging in the occasional diet drink (you know, after I get over the withdrawals), or lecture my stylist or dentist about their products. Neither do I plan on telling other people what they should or shouldn’t do. Your life, your choice.

    I know there are varying opinions on this, and, hey, maybe I’m paranoid. But, in the end, I’d rather risk being a slightly paranoid, long-living hippie than a cancerous naysayer clutching my Herbal Essence and Diet Coke. Plus, it’s on my life list!

    Do any of you “live organically”? What are some of the things you’ve done to keep chemicals out of your (and your kids) lives?