Hi, friends – I hope you’ve been enjoying these guest posts the past few weeks while I’ve been in the middle of my move and starting my new job! I’ve loved introducing you to some of my favorite bloggers and sharing their awesome content — finding your vision, fitness tips, this fabulous dessert and this yummy entree, and now these great non-toxic living tips.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday this past month. My husband and I just moved into our new place and enjoyed celebrating the holidays with family and friends. I started my new job a couple of weeks ago and am starting to feel more settled in our new town (outside of Princeton, NJ). Now that things will start to slow down a bit, I can’t wait to share some of my new posts with you throughout January! Keep your eyes out for a Cinnamon Persimmon Smoothie, Loaded Veggie Monster Turkey Burger, Game Day Apps, a super cute glass straw giveaway from Glass Dharma, Snack Ideas, Made to Eat: Gluten-free/Dairy-free/Sugar-free Meal Ideas (Winter Edition), a fun dance playlist, My Favorite Non-Toxic Body Products, new Friday Favorites, and more!! AND, I’ll be unveiling new functionality to the website, a Made to Glow Amazon Store, and pictures from my Made to Glow Shoot in Los Angles last month. In the meantime, keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter for daily pictures, recipes, and resources.
By Carrie from Carrie on Vegan
Hello Made to Glow readers! I’m so honored to be writing a guest post here, as I am a huge fan of Alexandra and her blog.
Within the realm of self-care, one topic of interest to me is reducing toxins in my life. This is particularly important because I was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer last year, likely caused by childhood environmental exposures. After that experience which I wrote about extensively on my blog, the last thing I want to do now is introduce any new cancer-causing elements into my body.
So, without further ado, here are my 5 Top Tips for Living Toxin-Free:
- Get fresh air in the house. Okay, it’s winter and it’s cold outside, but even cracking a sliding glass door for a few minutes to circulate fresh air is a good idea. There are “fumes” or off-gases that come from things inside like carpeting or the paint on the walls that can be hazardous to health (Perez-Padilla, et al. 2010).
- Ditch the BPA (bisphenol A). BPA is a chemical used in manufacturing and is a known endocrine disruptor. To reduce exposure, use glass or stainless steel reusable water bottles instead of plastic and glass containers for kitchen leftovers, especially hot food items (Cooper, et al 2011). Make sure your canned food are made using BPA-free lining.
- Beware of pesticides. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides and Produce” to help decide which foods items you should try to purchase in an organic version (known as the “Dirty Dozen”). Also check out the “Clean Fifteen” list for items that don’t necessarily need to be organic.
- Consider your skin. Think about using beauty and personal care products that are toxin-free and, often, fragrance free. While you’re at it, make the compassionate choice and pick items were not tested on animals. A great resource to check out is called Skin Deep, also run by the Environmental Working Group.
- Breathe carefully. Most of us know by now not to breathe cigarette smoke, but did you know that there are carcinogens in barbecue smoke and diesel fumes as well (Chen, et al. 2012)? Yikes! If you’re in an environment where you are exposed to these, then make every effort to move away.
I’m an admitted beginner in this realm of living toxin-free, but these are the tips I’ve come up with so far. What are yours? Please share!
About the Author:
A former world champion of Hating to Eat Vegetables, Carrie trains tirelessly in the kitchen to make healthy foods taste delicious. She is the author of the blog, Carrie on Vegan, and creator of the best-selling recipe app, Vegan Delish. Carrie has a masters degree in public health nutrition and has followed a plant-based diet since 2010.
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Cooper JE, Kendig EL, Belcher SM. Assessment of bisphenol A released from reusable plastic, aluminum and stainless steel water bottles. Chemosphere. 2011 Oct;85(6):943-7.
Perez-Padilla R, Schilmann A, Riojas-Rodriguez H. Respiratory health effects of indoor air pollution. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2010 Sep;14(9):1079-86. Review.