I’ve had alot of friends and clients ask me lately to go into some detail on the healthy changes we have made in our family in the last 6 months or so, so I’m giving you a list of 10 of them for today’s 10-on-Tuesday. 🙂 These are simply our own ideas, what is important to Nathan and I, and what we’ve decided on together. By no means is it everything we’ve changed, just 10 quick things. Regardless, we’re feeling better, and after constant runny noses for the kids, we’ve been healthy for the last 3 months. No sickness at all…just huge blessings, or what we’ve changed, I’ve no clue, but woot! 🙂
1. Whole Food Vitamins – I didn’t realize until last year that companies make synthetic vitamins, and they simply aren’t good for you. Receiving vitamins from their food source is the very best for you, whole food vitamins all the way! The kids and I are on whole food vitamins (Nathan doesn’t take vitamins) and I can tell a big difference for myself. Tiffany wrote a great article HERE and you can find many more on google.
2. Greens – Not sure how else to phrase this one. 😉 I think that there are lots of us who could use more fruits and veggies, especially kiddos! I found Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood Powder and our kids love it, they have some every morning. The other thing we do now is alot of smoothies. At first it was pretty basic fruit ones, now we’re into more green smoothies, like THIS recipe, which really isn’t considered all that green. 😉 I am excited to watch us all try new things, and know this is the best time for the kids to get used to it.
3. Flouride-free toothpaste – HERE is a article recently written on this. Fluoride is considered toxic waste, and was used as an insecticide. Nathan and I have separately and together read numerous articles about this, and were satisfied we had more than enough evidence to remove it. We’ve not used it for quite some time now, and are all cavity-free along with whiter teeth. Woot!
4.Natural Soap’s and Shampoo’s etc. – There are alot of ingredients put in shampoo’s, soap’s, suncreen’s, etc. that have been known to cause cancer & numerous other problems. Many of the ingredients have been banned in other countries, but the United States continues to use them. Cosmetic Database is a really great resource, it would have taken so much longer without it; this made the process of elimination for what changes on these products we wanted to make quite painless, and has taught me how to read labels myself now. THIS page takes you straight to what ingredients to watch out for.
5. BPA-Free – We did this awhile ago, but we are completely BPA-free with our plastic. (and that’s not just Tupperware!) These past few months we have gradually changed out our plastic tupperware for glass storage now. I was thrilled to find some great sales, and am happy to give myself some peace of mind on this one.
6. Stainless Steel – To go along with the previous post, we use all stainless steel pots, pans and utensils now, which are supposed to be safe. We bought new pans over a year ago, and went with the stainless steel, and now all the utensils are as well. Some links for you HERE.
7. Toaster Oven – We occasionally heat leftovers in our microwave, and I reheat my coffee once in a great while, other than that it just sits there. After reading many articles the last month or so, we are buying a toaster oven, and getting rid of the microwave. I’m really excited about this change, especially because microwaved leftovers really aren’t that appealing. 🙂 It takes a bit longer, and there are things you can’t do in a toaster oven, but I’m willing to take the extra time.
8. Organic Dirty Dozen & Coffee -Since we can’t go completely organic because of the cost, here are some things I do insist on always trying to buy organic. Coffee is one of the worst offenders for being doused in pesticides, so I buy organic now. (except for when the bestie brings me Starbuck’s, who says no to that? 🙂 ) The “dirty dozen” went on our list quite some time ago for what we always try to buy organically grown. There’s also a list of “the Clean 15” the ones they feel have the least (or no!) amount of pesticides, that you don’t have to feel the need to go organic on. Besides that, I keep a small supply of organic snacks for the kids if I don’t have time to make them some that week. (they get homemade snacks alot.) I’d love to do free range/organic meat, and a few other things, but at this time, it’s just not feasible with Nathan out of work.
9.Eliminate Cow’s Milk – Nathan’s was lactose intolerant when he was younger…and Landon seems to be too…and now in the last 6 months or so, I am as well! Emmalia seems to be the only one who handles cow’s milk very well, so we’re done. So far we’ve tried Soy Milk, Coconut Milk (dis.gus.ting.) Almond Milk, and just plain lactose free milk. Right now I think we’ll be stinking with the Almond Milk and Soy Milk, but Soy Milk is hard to find GMO free, which leads me to my last point…
10. Buy GMO free foods – This gets a bit complicated, but the gist of it is that our food is being genetically created, which is not a good thing. GMO or Genetically Modified Organism’s, are just that, genetically modified-genetically grown. HERE is a great article on it, and what you can do to watch for it. It’s difficult to avoid because it’s so prevalent, so massively produced, but we do the best we can. Buying organic definitely helps with this.
If you have any questions, or I may be of help in some way, please let me know! If I get enough interest in what new products we’re buying now, I will do a future post on that!