Post pregnancy kicked my tail, both times, but especially the second time. Long story short, post-pregnancy jump started a bunch of autoimmune diseases that took a while to figure out and diagnosis. All these strange health issues lead me down a path I didn’t see coming. When doctors couldn’t give me a solid answers or treatment plans, I started eliminating things in my life in hopes I could fix some of these unexpected health problems…basically I went full granola.
My first course of action was to clean up my eating. Anything you could get rid of, I got rid of it. Sugars, gluten, eggs, preservatives, dairy…basically anything that was known to cause inflammation, GONE. I never ate perfectly but I feel like I did it really well for a long time, only because I was miserable and I needed to believe this would fix my issues. While there were countless things eating better did DO for me, it didn’t fix all my health issues.
I realized I was only addressing part of the problem, so I buckled down and started to look at our whole house and lifestyle. It was time to not only eliminate the junk out of my diet but also the toxins in the products I was using. When I started to read about it, it felt extremely overwhelming so I took it one step at a time.
It felt most logical to eliminate anything that touched my body first, so I started from the top down, literally. (this is also the point where my husband thought I had officially lost my marbles:)) Below are the clean products are what we are currently using:
Shampoo – 100% Pure
Conditioner – 100% Pure
Hair Frizz Oil – Straight Jojoba oil
Face Wash – Beauty Counter Face Wash
Makeup – 100% Pure, Honeybee Organics, Juice Beauty
Face Masks – 100% Pure
Face Serums – 100% Pure or make your own
Toothpaste – Toms
Deodorant – Native or Jordan just recently started using Stink Bug
Body Soap – Dr. Bonners
Laundry Detergent – Branch Basics
Household Cleaners – Branch Basics
Children Bath – Hellobello, Dr Bonners, Burts Bees
Hand Soap – Branch Basics
Dish Liquid – Branch Basics
Dishwasher – 7th Generation
Sunscreen – Badger or Babo Botanicals
I know I left some products out and I am sure there things I haven’t even thought to switch out but wanted to share products that have been working for me soon rather than later. The more you learn the more you realize nothing is regulated and there is “bad” stuff in everything. I now find myself looking at the ingredients my yard company and pest control company use….I’ve started looking at the ingredients in clothing labels…WHO AM I … and what our mattress is made out of…… and what kind of chemicals are in our water even though it’s filtered…..I’m deep into the rabbit hole now friends and I don’t see myself coming back. I’ve gone full on granola.