Going Organic, Clean, and Green

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We still haven't finished our board & batten project. Tisk Tisk, I know. We've had lots of craziness going on in the house lately, but we'll discuss water leaking from the shower through the pot lights into the kitchen onto the floor later. (I'm such a tease!)

Today, I feel like sharing part of a huge life changing journey I've been on for a few weeks.

I'm going organic.

I've been seeing a dietician at my gym (Lifetime Fitness) and she's really been helping me see food and so many other products for that matter, in a different way. It's helping me make choices that make me feel better about what I put in, on, and around my body and home.

Going organic, clean, and green isn't about recycling or not buying plastic bottled water, it's about reducing the amount of unnatural chemicals that I put in my body and use in my home that can cause any number of unwanted side effects including disease, disorders, and chemical imbalances (hello, got that one already, thank you).

It started out being informed about eating grass-fed meats and cheeses, buying cage-free eggs, using nitrate-free bacon and other packaged meats, and buying not only organic fruits and veggies, but when possible LOCAL, organic fruits and veggies. The local isn't so much for nutrition but more for reducing the effort and environmental effects it takes to get healthy food to you.

Now, it's morphed into buying healthcare and beauty products that are safer and less chemically laden. It's about using products that weren't tested on animals and that are made from natural ingredients and when possible, come with the USDA Organic certificate.

Some of you probably already think I'm insane and have been brainwashed, but when I started to think about the possibility of HOW I came to be so out of whack and unbalanced chemically, I realized I have NO IDEA why and thought it COULD have been due to the foods I eat and what they are filled with. So, if I don't know then why NOT eat cleaner food instead? It seemed like a harmless change to make and if nothing else, it puts my mind at ease when I'm eating, showering, and cleaning the house.

As I'm slowly making the switch over to organic products here are a few I've tried:

1. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap:

Purchased at Whole Foods. This stuff is seriously awesome. So far, we've only used it in the shower, but it's an 18 in 1 soap and even the youngsters over at YHL use it to clean dishes and items in their kitchen along with their dog! Lots of uses when you use clean and organic products.

It comes in some wonderful flavors, but I've only tried the peppermint. It has this fun cooling effect which feels great in the summertime.

2. Mineral Fusion Shampoo & Conditioner:

Purchased at Whole Foods. I started with the smallest bottles of this stuff. It's great so far - smells nice and natural and so far, it's great on my hair. Rinses clean and easy and if I didn't know better, I would think it any different from any other product I use.

I've been an Aveda girl for years, and this stuff has the same feel, but after searching the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, Aveda products rank pretty high (which is not a good thing) so I tried to find something similar but better as an alternative.

Speaking of, the EWG's Skin Deep database is amazing. You can type in any kind of product or brand of product you like and it'll tell you its safety rating. Pretty eye-opening, that one. Which brings me to my next product:

3. Physician's Formula Cosmetics:

Purchased at ULTA. These are still under review as I just bought my first PF products last night. I started with my 2 staples - powder and mascara.

Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara

Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing
Pressed Powder SPF 30

4. Supplements:

All purchased at Lifetime Fitness. I'm on a regimen of Dual-Source Chromium (I have PCOS so in turn, I have some insulin resistance), Omega-3 (heart disease runs in my family and I seem to have inherited it), and an AM/PM forumla of multivitamin (AM/PM capsules (disolve better than tablets) are formulated to work best with your body during the day and in the evening when different systems are working to restore your body).

Dual-Source Chromium is designed to support blood
sugar regulation, increase insulin action, and
decrease sugar cravings.

Supports healthy cardiovascular and metabolic funtion.

Forumlated to provide key nutrients neede for proper
metabolism esp. while maintaining a healthy
workout routine.

5. Butter London Nail & Skin Care Products:

Purchased at ULTA. This one is perhaps the most fun. Who doesn't love a good mani/pedi? How about using non-toxic products instead of those smelly ones? I'm borrowing this straight from Butter's site:

"butter LONDON is the cult phenomenon of the nail industry and is fast becoming famous for our high fashion, 3 Free (non-toxic) nail lacquers and revolutionary waterless nail services. butter LONDON products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens. butter LONDON was the first company to sell non-toxic nail lacquer in the United States."

Just go to the lacquer grid on their web site and prepare to swoon over their fabulous colors!

Also, the highly-popular OPI used at every nail salon I've ever been to, is committed to safe products. Just visit their web site and go to "About OPI" and then "OPI Cares" and read what they've done to recommit their brand to safety.

So call me crazy, but just these few changes and additions really make a difference if not in my health, than at least in the way of my mindset and the way I feel about what I'm providing for me, my husband, and my dog. Next up - a garden! And buying organic dog food - Three gets the organic, clean, and green treatment, too.

Any thoughts? Anyone else experiencing the benefits of an organic lifestyle? Any tips?

**UPDATED!*** Dang, I forgot my most fave!


I first heard of this stuff from my girl, iJustine, so I was curious about this stuff she drinks like it's going out of style. It's delicious, organic, and comes in several flavors. Yum. A good alternative to plain water if you need to spice it up sometimes. It's not even called a "drink," it's a "dietary supplement." Good stuff. Try it!