As someone who has chronic illness and autoimmune conditions, I know I should be doing everything I can to help out my body and set my health on the right track.
But my health is not my full time job, not is it my full time interest. So I am just trying to make the next best decision I can. I just try to do the next right thing.
Last January, I read The Healing Kitchen and found out for the first time that what I eat actually directly impacts my health. “Eat right” was not a placation from my doctor or a general saying trying to keep me from my delicious life. So in February of 2017, I started eating strict AIP, and as of May 2018, I still am.
I then read a bunch more of Dr. Sarah Ballantyne‘s work: “Go to Bed”, The Paleo Approach, Paleo Principles. Then I read The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook and Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, and Nourish, and for good measure, Salt Fat Acid Heat (one of the best books I’ve read period). I love cooking, thank the Lord!
I started prioritizing community on a whole new level.
I was in recovery and counseling, and have, in 2018, taken up meditation.
March 2017 I did the sleep challenge Sarah put forth in “Go to Bed”, and I started sleeping more than 6 hours a night for the first time since I was in high school.
I started walking outside. First, once a week, then twice, then three times a week. Now it’s every weekday and most weekends.
I recently added weekly dance or yoga, whichever I’m in the mood for.
I changed to clean, organic feminine hygiene products.
I switched to cleaning with warm water, soap, and other non toxic cleaning supplies. I don’t heat things up in plastic anymore. I recycle, and use a lot more dish-ware than plastic or paper, which is better for the environment, too, I’ve heard 😉
I drink kombuca and bone broth, take beef liver pills and other supplements daily.
I now have a Himalayan salt lamp and an essential oil diffuser on my desk while I work.
I’ve done a lot of small, incremental changes for my health over the past year and a half, and I’ve seen an enormous change in not only my quality of life but the way I feel day to day.
But as always, theres another step I can take, and this year, it’s cleaner beauty.
The next big change is everything cosmetic, be it makeup, shampoo, conditioner, soap, detergent. I’ve been using natural shampoo and conditioner for a while, but inconsistently and without reading too much on the label. I’ve picked up a few random beauty products from Whole Foods but go most days makeup free and then use whatever is lying around for those days when I do wear makeup.
I usually don’t wear makeup but 1-2/week and even then I’m nervous what it will do to my skin. Most days I don’t wear makeup, I don’t do a good job of washing my face, so I’ve started to incorporate that into my morning and nighttime routines, as well as moisturizer, face masks, and toner.
Any advice or tips on this Cleaner Beauty Adventure? Share in the comments below!