Haven't got started on your low tox journey yet?
Or just don't know what or how to get started?
Perhaps you don't even know what i'm talking about?
Or are just curious about those buzz words and need a bit of an idea?
Well this is where i come in.
As 2020 looms it's a great time to think about making that first step on your low tox journey.
It doesn't have to be hard. It really is lots of fun! There is no better time than the present to dive in head first and kick those harmful chemicals out.
It was one of THE best decisions i made and i guarantee when you make the move it will be for you also.
Here's my top five tips for taking the low tox leap! I hope they help!
Start Slow and go Low
Are you one of those people who gets overwhelmed easily? I do! When i first made the decision to kick out nasty chemicals i felt like there was so... much i had to do. Like many i did my research. Every bit of it! I had to I was teaching a low tox class! Turns out I had already made lots of changes. The more i learned the more i had to change. This is the same today.
An amazing friend of mine Nicole pretty much made a whole heap of changes in one go. For me that was too much. I took it slow and then when i looked back so much had been done!
Going low tox is a process. It is work, but it is SO worth it! My health and wellness has sky rocketed. We rarely need to see GP. Hormones, sleep, energy are all amazing!
It is worth it!
Going slow means making a step from where you are.
Not staying still. Moving forward. I suggest start with your cleaning products. This is an easy one to change. Then skin care. Then make up. one by one, make the change and it will transform how you feel. Guaranteed.
Look at the process as Ditching and Switching
When you look at change, depending on your personality it can feel exhausting and overwhelming. The problem is we see so many people who it seems so simple for. And well actually it is, when you look at it as a process of ditch and switch
What do I mean?
Going low tox is a simple process of kicking out nasty products with nasty ingredients (read your packaging) and adding products that are good for you. This is ditching and switching.
So for example rather than using a toothpaste that is full of Sodium laurel sulphite or fluoride swap to natural, low tox toothpaste (I like thieves!!).
Or rather than using air fresheners which contain phthalates switch to an oil diffuser. Simple, yet effective and first step changes. No overwhelm.
This is a list of ideas for simple swap outs...
Do It Yourself (DIY) or make and takes can be a lot of Fun
I often hear the excuse that going Low Tox is expensive.
When i got started i felt this way too.
But... I found ways of keeping my bill low and I made a lot of my products using store bought ingredients.
Making your own low tox products can be heaps of fun. I teach classes, but i also like to go to others classes. This is how we learn right? I have clever friends who teach themselves from Youtube, this is a great way also.
When I got started my first Low tox creations were my washing powder and dishwashing powder. Commercially these products are full of garbage, including - phosphates, formaldahyde, dioxane and diethylene dioxide, sodium lauryl sulphate and fragrance. There are many more which i cannot pronounce. All have links to vertigo, headaches, irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and so on.
I made my own and it was fun and easy!
Do i do it all the time?! Nope!
I also use Thieves washing liquid.
My theory is i want as natural as i can get.
My belief is that what goes on our body will go in it. So it must be awesome. No nasties. I only align with companies that are trustworthy.
Keep your DIY's simple. Moisturiser with essential oils and Coconut oil. My washing powder is maybe 4 ingredients. Keep it simple and then just do it!
Don't like DIY's? Fair enough. But the best products possible with no nasties.
Read your ingredients
This is my a major top tip. You need to know what you are using and what is in it. This means knowing the potential baddies and avoiding them. Check out awesome apps like The chemical maze. Connect with online communities that are low tox to learn from. Read the labels and then find products that are much better alternatives.
We (by we i mean my family) choose to use Young Living, because we know the research has already been done for us, the products are all low tox and we trust the company implicitly.
I also love to DIY and have recently started my own Box Divvy. Knowing what goes into what you eat, clean, cook with and use is important.
Essential Oils are a great first Step
When i started my low tox journey i started with oils. I used oils for specific health reasons and they were amazing. I didn't realise straight away kicking out harmful chemicals was important!
I now know the two really go hand in hand.
If I can avoid anything unnatural why wouldn't i?
Essential Oils make an amazing alternative.
Just make sure you choose a brand that is therapeutic, so you know where they come from. You know that no nasties have been added (yes this happens a LOT!). Please don't buy oils that simple say 'pure'. For a company to be 'pure' it just means that only 5% of the bottle needs to contain essential oils. There are no standards on essential oils. This means that the rest will often be filled with fillers and synthetic ingredients.
For these reasons i use Young Living oils. They hold the highest standards of any oils company.
But I love how they make me feel! They are also a great alternative to perfume!
If you are using perfume please don't!
There are ways of checking the ingredients in your perfume.
How unnatural companies are.
I encourage you to do so. Perfumes contain fragrances that affect your hormones and endocrine system. So much better to swap out for essential oils, or make your own sprays or oil rollers.
These are my top tips for having fun and going low tox.
There are more to come. But this is a start. We don't want overwhelm.
It doesn't have to be hard and it actually is quite fun!
Start low and go slow
Ditch and Switch
DIY is fun and easy
Always read your ingredients
Essential oils are a great first step
The best part is the results that you get in the end.
Low tox health and wellness is amazing.
I wish i knew what i know now years ago.
it would have saved me a lot of health issues.
But it took someone telling me and passing on the info for me to start.
We all need to start somewhere. How about you. Have you made a start yet?
Maybe it's your turn to share what you know.
If we don't share then the message stagnates.
Let me encourage you to make a step on your low tox journey today.