In my life I've always gone back and forth on being healthy and eating clean. I started college as a dietetics major (that soon changed) and I used to be obsessed with eating healthy. I didn't eat red meat and wouldn't touch anything fried. After college I indulged in junk food and started eating what was easy and convenient. About 2 years ago I had a revelation about becoming more holistic and attempting to lead a healthier lifestyle.
My first step in this quest was to stop drinking sodas of all kinds. I stopped drinking diet cokes two years ago and haven't had one since then. My next step was becoming a vegetarian and attempting to eat less processed foods and more organic and natural foods. This is a constant struggle because as many of you know, it's so much easier to just to grab a pack of 100 calorie pop-tarts (not that I eat those ALL the time or anything) instead of fruit or nuts. I am now obsessed with hormone free milk and creamer and organic foods. I can't say that I eat these exclusively though as I will be the first to admit I stopped at Chick-Fil-A last night at 9pm and ordered a large fry with Chick-Fil-A sauce.
I soon realized how many bad chemicals are in everything that we use on our bodies. Deodorant, lotion, shampoos, hair dyes ... they are literally everywhere.
I am slowly trying to migrate to using mostly gentle or chemical free products. I realize that is impossible at times and there will have to be some things that have chemicals; there's just no getting around it.
My latest quest has been to find a hair dye that doesn't contain PPD, which is nearly impossible as most hair dyes do contain this chemical and the darker your desired hair color, the more PPD. I actually love my natural hair color as it is now, but I would like to take it just a tad darker for fall. I have found one hair color online, Palette By Nature, that seems to contain no harsh chemicals.
I am not an expert by any means and encourage you to find your own holistic path. I am not trying to preach or be holier than thou, I am simply letting you all know what has worked for me and what things I am still working on.
Like I said, this is all a learning process as it seems that you learn more every day about living a healthy lifestyle. I am always curious to know more and would love to hear your all's thoughts on holistic living- do you like mostly natural products as well or do you not mind regular products? If you love natural products, what are some of your favorites?