Natural/Organic Living

posted 8 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I like to take care of my health, inside & out. I don’t always buy organic but I do eat clean and cook clean for the family. I use natural products to clean the kitchen since that is where I prepare food but I’m more laxed when it comes to the bathrooms(bleach please).

Post # 3
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3031 posts
Sugar bee

bmccarty92 :  For health reasons. We eat about half organic food. I know some argue that there isn’t a difference, but I’ve been reading about it and have mixed opinion on it but our budget only allows some organic anyhow. So certain things we will buy organic others not. I’m interested to read what other bees have to say. Great topic! 

I’m allergic to a lot of things so I use certain natural products such as deodorant because I couldn’t tolerate the regular brands anymore. I would get swollen in my underarms. But some natural brands of cosmetics give me more issues so I have to mix it up. 

So I mix it up some new and organic others tried and true older less natural products. So far so good. 

Post # 4
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3031 posts
Sugar bee

Oh yea for cleaners I’ve been using vinegar and water for windows and things. I use bleach for the bathroom too and kitchen counter especially after chicken prep. But no scented candles or plugs or sprays.

Post # 5
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1599 posts
Bumble bee

We eat almost exclusively organic. I homemake almost everything, so we buy mostly raw ingredients and few processed products– even the organic ones.

I have been experimenting with different natural cleaning products. I just downloaded an app called think dirty that lets you scan products (household, food,etc) and it ranks the ingredients in it. pretty eye opening for some ‘natural’ products.

For me- the pro’s outweigh the cons.

Pros: healthier, tastes better, i feel more confident eating/using products, my husband and i have both experienced positive side effects (feeling better, weight loss, less illness) from using better products and eating higher quality food.

Cons: more expensive, might not be as healthy as you think 

Post # 6
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1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I try to do it because why not? It makes sense. Using and ingesting caustic impossible to pronounce chemicals doesn’t even remotely sound healthy or like a good idea. 

Post # 8
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1599 posts
Bumble bee

mrsbrizz2017 :  I used mrs myers products (I guess I didn’t do enough research. Trusted word of mouth from some friends who normally are pretty on top of this stuff) but I was surprised to see how they ranked!

Post # 10
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1858 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We do because we want to make the best choices for our health. I am also deeply concerned about animal and environmental welfare, so we make a lot of decisions based on that.

Over the past few years we have completely overhauled our buying practices. We shop local and purchase everything we can at farmers markets or from local farms. We rarely eat out and make good use of leftovers! I buy only cruelty-free makeup and beauty products. Same with our cleaning and other household products – not just Leaping Bunny certified, but are not owned by any parent companies that sell in China and test on animals. It’s tough but 100% worth it to me. We avoid buying anything made of leather and carpool to work. We have purchased several used pieces of furniture and refinished them, rather than buying new. We try to bring cloth bags for all shopping excursions, including the mall! We aren’t perfect, but we are making an effort to shrink our footprint and not contribute to animal suffering.

Organic isn’t always the best choice though. Animals who are raised to produce organic meat or eggs are often killed or left to suffer when they get sick because they are not permitted to take antibiotics or medications. I have no patience for that aspect of organic farming (though not all organic farms operate this way). We don’t eat any meat or fish and buy only farm eggs so we know we are not contributing to this issue.

Post # 11
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904 posts
Busy bee

bmccarty92 :  I only eat whole foods, nothing processed. An example of a typical day for me:

Chia seed pudding with berries, walnuts, almonds, ginger & cinnamon

Lentil soup with a roasted sweet potato for lunch

Home made black bean burger on a salad

Big plate of veggies with beans 

Fruit salad with nuts

Lots of random fresh fruit throughout the day

Salmon twice a week with quinoa and half a roasted acorn squash

Needless to say, I feel much better than I used to. I’ve been eating this way about 7 years.

I don’t bother buying organic anymore. I personally think it’s more a marketing scheme than anything else and I’m not worried about it. The concentrations of pesticides on foods is well below acceptable limits and many times lower than what has shown to be safe in a lab. Not only that, plants make their own pesticides that we eat every day. Also, natural pesticides on organic produce haven’t been proven to be any safer. 

My motto is, only eat if it had a life. Bread? Nope. Pasta? Nope. Peanuts? Yes. Eggs? Yes for some but no to me. I only eat seafood as animal products and nothing else.

Post # 14
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1858 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

bmccarty92 :  I love talking about this stuff! And my motto is every little bit counts. So if everyone made small changes here and there, we would all make a big diffrence together!

For beauty, I love Two Faced, Becca, and Lise Watier cosmetics. I use http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ to find out what brands are cruelty-free. I am also addicted to Rocky Mountain Soap and LUSH. They are amazing brands. For my hair, I use AG products.

Cleaning supplies we use Nellie’s laundry detergent and dryer balls. We like Seventh Generation cleaning supplies as they are readily available and easy to find. I was using ecover dishwasher tablets, but have been hearing that they are no longer 100% cruelty-free. So we are looking for a new brand to try next time we go grocery shopping! I’m also a huge fan of vinegar, water, and baking soda for shining up sinks and cleaning countertops.

I’m in Canada, so the products we use here may not all be available in the US. But I know that things are getting better all over, and even Target has lots of cruelty-free and natural brands available!

We are currently researching cloth diapers for our soon-to-be little one!

Post # 15
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4481 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: San Francisco City Hall

It’s been a slow progression over time.   I now do 99% of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods.  It is pricey but they have the best meats and produce.  I also recently started following the ketogenic diet which has me reading ALL labels.  I’m much more aware now of what I am putting into my body.

My real motivator is not just physical health but mental health.  I want to be the best version of myself without the use of medication when and if possible.

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