Once I saw how effective natural medicine was I began thinking differently about everything in my life. I started caring about chemicals that might interfere or throw my poor body off balance. Make-up, detergent, cleansers, food, cleaning products, etc–all of these things are on, in, or around our bodies constantly. Why wouldn’t I want to do my absolute best to facilitate good health? That is what “living naturally” means to me — being aware of what my body and my family is exposed to.
Yes, for me, I started on this “green” path for purely selfish reasons. I didn’t really care about the environment. I didn’t want to save the ozone layer. I didn’t want to be politically correct or jump on any band wagons. I just wanted to be healthy. And I wanted my family to be healthy too.
Then a funny thing happened. As I started to do more and more research on how to keep chemicals/artificial stuff out of my life, I realized how caring for the environment and caring for myself go hand in hand. If I destroy all that is good about our planet, I’m also destroying the nutrients that sustain healthy life for humans. The same chemicals that screw up our water systems and mutate animals will eventually effect me too.
I’m not the type of person who takes things at face value. I don’t do things because that’s how it’s always been done. I research and question everything. Unfortunately, when you do that, you are now responsible to do something with the information you receive. After years of researching and making small changes to my life I’ve ended up here: living in a fairly un-American way. But really, I’m just a normal girl, trying to be responsible with what I know.
For example: I try to cook from scratch because artificial dyes, flavorings, and processed food may impact the health of my family. I upcycle my clothes to try to cut down waste and be frugal with what I’ve been given. I avoid using plastic because BPA is a hormone disruptor. I garden and shop at local farmers markets because I believe organically grown food can help protect my family from all sorts of chemicals. I cloth diaper because I believe the chemicals in diapers can disrupt hormones in young babies and because waste-laden diapers will sit in landfills for hundreds of years. I buy grass-fed, no hormone, no anti-biotics beef from a local farm because I believe it more nutrient dense and safer for my family. I breastfed for a year because I felt it was the best way to give my child a healthy start in life. I clean with planet-friendly products because I don’t want my kid getting sick after licking the window I just cleaned. I recycle because I think we should repurpose materials to cut down on landfills and use less of the earth’s resources. I don’t cook with fake oils (vegetable, canola, crisco, etc) because it’s highly processed and full of trans fats. I believe in natural childbirth because it allows the body to do what it was designed to do — resulting in optimal health for both mom and baby. The list could go on and on.
Not because I’m a self-righteous hippy who wants to make other people feel bad about how they live. (I certainly don’t do everything perfectly and can still be found eating fast food or using disposable diapers on occasion. Sometimes doing those things is better for my family than obsessing over nutrition and health. We all have to be balanced with our knowledge.) Rather, it’s because I believe it’s the best way I can personally serve and facilitate good health for my family and the environment. And that’s why I do what I do.