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Personal Products Without the Toxins

If you’re like me you think a lot about what you put in your body. You avoid added sugar, vegetable oils, and processed foods, but how often do you think about what you put on your body? Our skin is the largest organ in the body and if we can sweat out toxins that means that we can absorb toxins if they sit on our skin all day!

I’m sharing 3 clean products that I make myself to reduce the number of toxins I’m exposed to.

Laundry soap, toothpaste, and deodorant.

 

Laundry soap was one of the first things I changed. It started because I have eczema and was looking for the least irritating soap I could buy. It turned out to be too expensive with 2 boys worth of dirty clothes so I started making my own. Later as I started doing more research and come across studies like this  (see below) I was relieved I had been using my own.

“…, a full 1/3 of all scented detergents contain at least 1 chemical flagged by the EPA as potentially causing cancer.

On average, toxic laundry detergent products emit 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label, and which can cause problems ranging from skin irritations to neurological damage.”

This recipe is quick ( I just made some yesterday and it took me 6 minutes!) and cheap, it averages about $2.00 and I get about 20 loads!

Laundry soap

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing soda
  • 1 bar of grated Fels Naptha soap

Mix together and store in an airtight jar. I use 1 Tbls a load, 2 if it’s really dirty.

Toothpaste

Fluoride is a toxin and yet it is in most tubes of toothpaste. Did you ever notice the warning sign on toothpaste to keep out of reach for children under 6 and if they do ingest it to call poison control? Yeah, that’s not going in my mouth!

My toothpaste recipe is super simple

  • 3 Tbls coconut oil
  • 3Tbls baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 15 drops of an essential oil, like peppermint (I use Melaleuca or clove because peppermint is one of my food sensitivities)

Mix together and store in a glass jar.

I use every day and the dentist always tells me my mouth is perfect! I have a bridge in my mouth and it doesn’t affect it at all. You might want to wipe your sink out every day because coconut oil can clog your drain. I don’t wipe out my sink and have never had a problem but I still wanted to let you know.

Deodorant

Some of the ingredients in deodorant, like triclosan, -causes disruption of the endocrine system and cause cancer-propylene glycol, -is a neurotoxin that could eventually damage your liver and kidneys-parabens,-can mimic estrogen in the body and mess up our hormones  and aluminum- which is being studied as a possible cause for Alzheimer’s.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup arrowroot powder/or tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4-6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 10-15 drops essential oil– I like lavender or ylang ylang

Instructions

  1. Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch.
  2. Add four tablespoons melted coconut oil and mix with a fork. Continue adding coconut oil until the deodorant reaches your preferred consistency.
  3. Transfer mixture to a jar with a tight fitting lid.

Or I also really like this recipe from Wellness Mama with shea butter.

You have to put it on with your fingers but I’d rather get a little deo on my fingers than toxins in my underarms! It’s not an antiperspirant but I find I sweat less with it than without anything.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018511/

http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/

http://organics.org/7-harmful-ingredients-in-your-deodorant/

 

I love when I cook a good meal.

My kids didn’t really have a choice in my move to paleo. I buy the groceries and I cook the meals so they are stuck eating what I cook. I’m lucky though, they are good sports.

With the move to the autoimmune protocol it makes things  even more restrictive for them. But there are nights, like tonight, where I make a simple meal, maybe add something I can’t have to the menu and everyone is happy. Tonight’s dinner (I wish I would have taken a picture) was simple and everyone loved it.

I cooked ground turkey burgers (with oregano, fennel, sea salt and garlic powder) served in on Romain lettuce leaves and cooked potatoes for the boys (not even sure why I have them) and sweet potatoes for me. The boys added mustard, horseradish and hot sauce I had avocado and coconut aminos. Yum.

I’m not doing so well.

Yesterday was my birthday, I can’t believe I forgot to write. I’ve only hit 3 out of 5 days.

I got the most amazing tool for my birthday, a Spiralizer . Today I went out and bought 2 zucchini, I tried all 3 blades, I like the one that makes the vegetable look like spaghetti. When my zucchini was cut I steamed it for about 5 minutes in my steamer.  After it was steamed I tossed it with ghee, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It was so good I ate it all. So glad I will be growing zucchini in my garden this summer.

Sugar Detox Revisited

One of my new favorite ways to eat salmon, by the way I did not like salmon until I did the detox.

One of my new favorite ways to eat salmon, by the way I did not like salmon until I did the detox.

I should have ended my sugar detox on the 21st of January, I chose to end it early. If you recall I was starting to complain about being bored Sugar Detox Day 11, Day 16 Sugar Detox. Maybe bored wasn’t the right word or changing up what I was eating and trying new recipes would have taken care of that. I think the better explanation for why I stopped my sugar detox 5 days early was that I was no longer seeing new benefits, meaning I felt as good as I thought I could feel on this detox. I felt great! I didn’t stop because I felt it wasn’t working I stopped because it worked so well!

I stopped on a Friday and celebrated with a glass of wine, the only thing I missed on the detox. After a glass or 2 my son convinced me to get a pizza, I should have known better. Before I started moving toward Paleo I had no known sensitivity to wheat. So we ate our pizza, drank some more wine and were having a nice evening. About 30 minutes after my first piece of pizza I started to feel my gut move around, I thought “I’m just not use to it anymore.” About an hour and a half after the pizza I started having stomach cramps, so I thought “I’ll not finish this glass of wine, drink a big glass of water and head to bed.” Cramps woke me up a couple of time and then at 1:00 AM my body said “NO WAY!!” and I was in the bathroom eliminating my pizza and wine, I’ll spare you the details. I woke up the next morning feeling ok and with a lesson well learned!

My lunch, both left over favorites, from the book. Spinach and garlic soup, quiche.

My lunch, both left over favorites, from the book. Spinach and garlic soup, quiche.

Even thought I am not on a sugar detox I did learn in these last 10 days that sugar really does have a strong effect on me. I have had some sub par chocolate, you know the ones that melt in your mouth not in your hand, and even those, my favorite candy, just didn’t do anything for me. So the sugar I am eating is in the form of fruit. I haven’t even had honey or maple syrup. It also took until last night for me to want a glass of wine, and that was all I wanted and I will never want pizza (the delivered kind) again!

My over all review of The 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo is  I highly recommend it! I can’t wait for a payday or two so that I can buy the cook book that complements it. I had bought the book as a kindle addition because I wasn’t sure it would be for me; I will buy the cookbook in print.

3 Phase Paleo

I wanted to read 3 Phase Paleo by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry, the Paleo Parents, a couple of times before I did my review. The first time I read it I thought “Wow, where was this book when my family was young? We could have really benefitted from it!” After reading the book through that lens I had to read it again looking for the benefits for me. See I really questioned buying this book because it seems marketed toward families with young kids, that’s not me. Again I thought “Wow.” only this time I was excited for the section on the 3rd phase, which is where I am at in my journey–Introduce Healing Foods. So then I had to read that section again, just to make sure I was still impressed, and I was.

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What I liked about this book, compared to many other great books I have read on nutrition and Paleo, is how practical it is. I felt like after reading 3 Phase Paleo I have the skills to really rock this life style. I love the lists of what to buy at the different stores and the section on how to stock your pantry. I’ve been eating Paleo for longer than I knew I was eating Paloe but if I was new I’d have printed and posted the Food Swap List on my fridge, on my desk at work and in my car! Like I said I have been eating Paleo for a while but after reading this book I feel like I was eating Beginner Paleo. Phase 3 has given me the tools and wonderful ideas on how to move to the next level. Ideas on how incorporate stock, or bone broth, into my diet daily ( I do my version of Stacy’s Soup) and my next venture is getting organ meat into my diet. This will take some metal preparation and the Spaghetti Squash with Meat and Offal Sauce recipe but I will do it.

eggs in broth, so yummy!

eggs in broth, so yummy!

For me the greatest benefit of this book is the recipes. 75 new ways to be creative and try something new, my favorite part of being Paleo 🙂

Now that I have read the book 3 times and have loved it more every time I can’t wait to share how much it has helped me, even without a family to work with, in my journey to better health and real food.