So. I had made the big move of censoring EVERYTHING I put INTO my body. I started wondering.... "What about all of this stuff I'm putting on my body, and daily?" The makeup. The soaps. Shampoos. Perfumes. Hair dye. Surely most of this, if not all, was probably harmful just like the food. So. I took inventory. For a while I cut out EVERYTHING. In the beginning I was UBER-committed and I'm still committed but a girl needs her foundation. Especially when I do photoshoots. So I took a look at what I should be doing.
What I've Accomplished:
Biggest Change Ever: I stopped dying my hair. I've known myself as a platinum blonde since I was 14. Yes, I had been dying my hair that long. That could have attributed to my issues. Who knows. But as I was trying to clean everything out I stopped dying my hair shortly after my wedding. Actually no. The time I dyed it blonde for my wedding was the last time I did. It was a month after my wedding I started feeling really bad. For a long time I searched and searched and searched for a product without PPD, ammonia, or other harsh/harmful chemicals and finally I found Palette By Nature. Check them out if you are looking for something.Downfall: You can't go lighter. Byebye blondie. But I did go way darker. Chocolate brown darker. I'm embracing Mandi the brunette. Upside: NO chemicals. So. It's a winnish/win.
I started using organic/plant based beauty products. In the shower I use a natural organic shampoo and conditioner I found at Sprouts. I use an organic face line from The Body Shop for my face wash, eye cream and SPF moisturizer.
And I've moved COMPLETELY away from lotion and now use Epson salt to exfoliate and olive oil on my legs before bed. My Naturopath recommended a salt/coconut oil scrub and coconut oil/shea butter to moisturize so I am trying this next. I will let you know.
All beauty products I'm using will be featured on my NATURAL BEAUTY page.
Detoxing. For detox, I am taking supplements to aid in my immunity and organ support. Although I would like to talk to my Dr. about additional support in this area when she thinks the time is right. I dry brush, get regular massage for my lymphatic system, take hot/cold showers (more on this will be featured as a blog post) I work out as often as I can, prayer and meditation help cleanse me spiritually, (I thank God for this path everyday) and I drink water. A LOT of water. 9-10 glasses a day is when I feel best.
What I Still Want To Do:
Try some natural health masks and the moisturizer my doctor recommended.
Get a more natural mascara. I just found one at Whole Foods, but my budget was maxed. I want to buy it and review it for my beauty section. Part of my journey has led to my eye having issues and swelling with what I believe to be my mascara. A girl just feels prettier with her eyes done up, so I'm trying to find the healthiest way to do so. I've moved over to mineral blush and was using mineral make-up for a while but the coverage just isn't great so I use a regular foundation sparingly, making sure I am still washing, steaming and trying to detox my body regularly.
DETOX, DETOX, DETOX. I want to find additional ways to detox. My Dr. has asked me to receive colonics to help cleanse & remove nasty/yucky things from my body. So I am saving up for that. And I want to find a place where I can dry sauna. I also had my first additional lymphatic drainage massage last week and want to be able to get more of those. I just want the yucky stuff OUT and the good stuff in.
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.
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