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A couple of years ago, I was talking to my sister-in-law about eliminating toxins in my home and in my life. I must say, I don’t exactly remember how it came about, but it must have sounded exhausting. It certainly can be sometimes. She ended up telling me that “stress will kill you first”. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Of course, I knew she was right.
Stress is the number one killer in the world, right up there with heart disease. And aren’t we all stressed enough? I know I have more than enough stress in my life. There’s no need to add any more.
So, here’s what I think: eliminate toxins from your life as much as possible but when it starts to become too stressful, just chill a bit.
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We’re all human
Obviously, as I have a blog called “How to Detox Your Life”, I am very passionate about eliminating toxins – in my body, in foods that I eat, in the products that I use, in my home and in my life in general.
I certainly give it my best shot. But it is stressful sometimes. Sometimes I think about how easy it used to be, and how it would be so much easier to revert to those easier times. Times when I used to use any products I wanted and eat anything I wanted. Ahh…those were the days.
I know I’m doing myself, and my family, a favor. But sometimes it is difficult.
You know, you follow bloggers, you read their posts and you think “geez, they’ve got it all together”. Well, not quite. Now, really we all know that no one has it all together (at least not all the time), but it’s still hard to imagine when everything we see and hear is all good.
That’s why I wanted to share this with you. I needed to say it and I felt like someone may need to hear it. So let me be completely frank…even I fall off the wagon sometimes. I’m human, you know?
My scare of a lifetime
At the beginning of summer, my infant son got very sick. He got very jaundiced, he couldn’t keep food down and the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with him. His savior, an amazing surgeon, figured it out and saved his life (this was the second time he saved my son’s life). I am forever grateful. My son ended up needing to have his gallbladder removed – this is virtually unheard of at his age (he was less than one year).
My son and I stayed at the hospital for three weeks. I cannot tolerate many foods, and during our hospital stay, there were times when I just needed to eat. Whether I should or should not eat the particular food didn’t matter at that time. We were just surviving.
So yes, even I fall off the wagon sometimes, but I just keep getting back on. I’m guessing some of you that can relate?
So, let me ease the stress.
Our world is bombarded with toxins
Healthier, free-from options are becoming more accessible. The hospital even tries to accommodate those with food issues. But, as I said, it is impossible to eliminate all toxins from your life. Consider the following:
If you choose to eat at a restaurant, there are not many restaurants (at least not where I live) that use organic, non-GMO foods. I guarantee you, most of the cleaning products they use will have toxic ingredients and the hand soap in the bathroom will be full of toxins as well.
Another example is when you are invited to a friend’s home for dinner. My friends and family are aware that I have issues with food and they try their best to accommodate me. However, I’m going to eat whatever they serve and thank them for the wonderful meal when I’m finished. Obviously, I don’t recommend this if you are severely allergic to a certain food.
Now, you can carry your own soap with you. You can decline the dinner invite. But, these are examples of added stress that I was talking about.
So I say, try your best, but don’t stress.
Here are some tips to avoid stress when eliminating toxins
1. Do your best
Eliminate toxins as much as possible, but only if it doesn’t add extra stress.
2. Start small
Remove one toxic cleaning product from your home. Each time you run out of something, substitute another natural, non-toxic product.
3. Eliminate one thing at a time
I encouraged my sister to make an appointment with a Naturopath. After her appointment, she had a list of foods she needed to eliminate from her diet. Then she said she would like to give up sugar as well. I said, “whoa, one thing at a time”! If you feel you need to give up everything at once to be successful, then by all means. However, I suggest taking it one step at a time. Eliminate one food that doesn’t agree with you, find substitutions and then eliminate another food.
4. Don’t worry about what is beyond your control
Change what you can (the air inside your home). Maybe grab yourself a Himalayan salt lamp. Don’t worry about the rest (the air outside your home). Your liver will help with that.
5. Pick your battles
If you are sensitive or intolerant to dairy, I suggest you try to avoid it altogether. However, temptation may get the best of you sometimes. So, if the ice cream is dairy free but not refined sugar-free, indulge…not often but maybe once in a while.
6. Everything in moderation
Now, I don’t mean it’s okay to smoke as long as you don’t do it often (for example). But, enjoy life. Enjoy a tiny slice of your favorite cheesecake on occasion (again, as long as you’re not severely allergic).
If you can’t afford to buy non-toxic (beauty, personal care and cleaning products), you can make your own. Homemade products can be simple, quick-to-make and very cost-effective.
8. Buy non-toxic alternatives
If you don’t have time to DIY, buy natural, non-toxic products. Your best bet is to get them online. Local grocery stores have some affordable options as well. Otherwise, you can find them on Amazon, at Thrive Market (US), at Well.ca or at Vitamart.
9. Use less toxic products
If you don’t have time to DIY or you don’t have the money, purchase less toxic products. For instance, you can buy commercial aluminum-free deodorant for just a few dollars. Now, it may contain other not-so-great ingredients (like propylene glycol), but at least you’ve lowered your risk of developing breast cancer.
10. Don’t worry about one-time use products
I recommend natural alternatives whenever possible. However, if you only use the product once a year, for instance, you don’t need to worry too much about finding and using a natural alternative if it is too much hassle.
I hope you find these tips helpful when eliminating toxins from your life. Just relax, take a deep breath and take it one step at a time.
Please share if you know someone who would find this helpful. Thanks! 🙂
Do you find eliminating toxins stressful? Do you have any tips for making eliminating toxins less stressful?
Be happy, stay healthy! 🙂