Clean Living Tips
A variety of toxic-free habits can be easily adopted into anyone's life to help enhance health.
Take a look at this Clean Living Checklist I've created to help guide your journey.
The list may seem long but the goal behind all of it is to minimize, invest in quality, enjoy the outdoors, and be healthy.
What to look for...
The products we find in our homes could potentially be the major cause of poor health. You find these products in your bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen, laundry room, car, etc. Pretty much anywhere that is either cleaned and/or smells.
So, how can you tell if a product is clean or if it has toxic chemicals? Well, you have to look at the ingredient list and company. I bet you already guessed the ingredient list, but I say to look at the company also because some companies are known to lie or leave-out certain ingredients. They get away with leaving out ingredients because they claim them as "trade secrets" which the FDA has to overlook. Also, some companies are paired up with petroleum companies and shift money back and forth under the table.
Here are a few key ingredients to stay away from:
Parfum or Fragrance
Synthetic colors (e.i. D&C Red 27)
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
To make your life easier, download the Think Dirty app to your phone to scan personal care products.
What to look for... Continued
Living a clean life is not just about having toxic-free personal care products and cleaners. It's also about eating clean food and getting fresh air and water.
The things we ingest are just as important as the things we surround ourselves with. Ingesting is maybe even more important. This part of a clean life is about being conscious eaters, drinkers, and breathers.
Our health depends heavily on the way we treat our bodies. When our guts aren't happy, we aren't happy. Have you ever hear someone say they are truly fantastic if their gut feels like its exploding out of their abdomen? No? Me neither.
Or have you seen someone drinking feces-contaminated water and smiling? Or someone running stairs while breathing in smog not have a hard time breathing? No? Yeah, me neither.
A big part of a clean life is not ingesting toxic chemicals that mess with our hormones and other bodily systems. This includes not ingesting "band-aid" pills. If you have a simple health problem, pills are not going to fix it. They will only put a band-aid on the real problem and potentially make the problem worse.
I promote preventing health issues before treating them once they get out of control. Your body gives you signs all the time that worn you when it needs attention. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!! This takes time, but good health depends on it.
Eat clean foods
Drink clean water
Breathe clean air
Clean Eating Rules
"Clean" eating looks different for everyone, but the basics are simple. Diets primary consisting of plant-based whole foods is an excellent place to start. Plant-based diets are proven to be better for our health and are also more sustainable for the planet.
Ways to "Clean" Up Your Diet
- Homegrown/Homemade Foods
- Organic, Fair-Trade, USDA Approved
- Whole Vegetables/Fruits
- Whole Grains
- Whole Nuts & Seeds
- Grass-Fed, Local, or Small Farmer Meats
- Local Farmer Markets
- Local Dairy Products
- Local Honey or Syrup Vendors
- Local Hunting or Fishing (Wildgame)
- Wild Harvested Fish and Mushrooms/Moss
- Foods grown with conventional pesticides, fungicides, etc.
- Foods with added hormones
- Foods with added sugar and salt
- Heavily fried foods
- Foods with preservatives (besides vinegar, lemon, garlic, or salt)
- Foods with artificial flavors and dyes
- Commercial/conventional meats
- Ultra-processed foods (cookies, cakes, frozen meals, etc.)
- Long chemical words