But here we are, exiting the closet! (Getting on soap box) I really think that we use too many chemicals and that they are seriously bad for us. We want our home to be a chemical free zone as much as is possible within reason and budget. I started looking into a healthier lifestyle when I tried to solve my infertility by becoming as healthy as possible. I did the Makers Diet for ages and loved it and so we gradually introduced as many natural options into our lives as possible.
And I love it. I would be totally organic and natural if I could but we just can't afford it. We could grow our own veggies but trying to find 5 spare minutes to brush my teeth is hard some days, let along weeding and nurturing a veggie patch along with everything else.
This is what we can afford to do (money wise and time wise):
- Drink filtered water- getting rid of chlorine and other yukkies in the water supply. We installed a filter with its own tap beside the big one.
- Use natural cleaning products. Dida buys these from Advance Cleaning Products, their regular ones are organic. They sell them in really big bottles and you dilute them to use. They last for ages.
- We use natural shampoos and soaps and toothpastes. There are some great options at the supermarket (eg EcoStore) I have to buy Rupi's toothpaste from a health food store as there are no natural toothpastes for kids at the supermarket.
- Natural washing liquid for washing clothes. I also get this from a health food store but there are options from the supermarket.
- We take lots of vitamins (fish oil, evening primrose, Vitamin B and Vitamin D. Oh and Magnesium) We are moving onto the zinc and flaxseed oil as well. To be honest I remember to take them all most of the time not ALL of the time!
So that's us. As far as food is concerned we try to eat as healthily as possible. I am in love with our kefir. It's so good for the colon and gives you lots of good bacteria. You are basically growing bacteria water. It's not as gross as it sounds! I am super sqeemish and could not cope with anything that's disgusting. The kefir are kind of clean smelling and low on anything verging on gross (like sliminess)
I would love to be even more natural in our eating and eat tons of whole foods. Baby steps! I think we'll get there eventually!