Non-toxic Swaps to Make in Your Kitchen

We interact with toxins everyday, sometimes in not so obvious places, like our own homes. Toxins, such as plastic, can disrupt the endocrine system and have consequences on our hormones.

To reduce toxins, you can make cleaner choices with the products that you use everyday. This can be anything from the tupperware you have in your kitchen to the bar of soap in your bathroom. If you are just starting to make cleaner product swaps, it can be really overwhelming to determine where to start. I personally like to start with the products that I use the most and replace them with cleaner alternatives. For everything else, I just replace the product with a cleaner alternative as the product runs out and needs to be replaced anyway. I find that this approach makes the process less overwhelming and more budget-friendly.

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Nontoxic Deodorant

I started the transition to cleaner home and body products about a year ago.  I wrote a blog post about my transition, why I decided to switch to cleaner products, and some of the products that have worked well for me here.  To be honest, this was a pretty daunting process for two reasons: 1) because there are soo many products that we use daily that contain harmful chemicals and 2) it is such a challenge to find products that are actually clean. Several products are labeled “organic,” or “natural,” however these labels do not necessarily mean that the particular product does not contain harmful ingredients. Additionally, just because the product is sold at natural store doesn’t mean that it’s completely clean either.

In order to make the transition to clean products more manageable (from a time and budget standpoint), I started with the products that I needed to replenish. That way I was replacing products that I needed to replace anyway, but with cleaner alternatives. Next, I researched which products were actually clean. To determine this, I found the Think Dirty and EWG Healthy Living apps most useful.  It took some trial and error, but I was able to find certain brands that both worked and I trusted (I mentioned a few of these brands on my previous blog post).

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6 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards NonToxic Living

Toxins are everywhere. They are in our water, in our food, our kitchen, our home products, etc. We are surrounded by toxins and interact with them on a daily basis. With all of the different places we are exposed to toxins, it can be overwhelming to determine where to even start to alleviate our interactions with them. Below are a few simple hacks that can be used to get started on a journey towards Non-Toxic Living.

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Do you even know what you’re eating?

What are you eating? Do you even know what you’re eating? You may not be aware of all of the ingredients you’re consuming on a daily basis.

As a 20-Something, I know a typical breakfast for a 20-Something living in NYC is grabbing a bagel on the way to work and “cooking dinner” often translates to “ordering Seamless.” We eat granola and protein bars that are marketed as health foods and wonder why we feel like crap. Food labels trick us into thinking we are eating healthy while we are unknowingly consuming crazy amounts of sugar, gluten, soy, sodium, and preservatives.

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