Happy Monday Friends! How did finding your tribe go last week? It can be SOOOOO hard to get out of our shells and join a new group, but so rewarding. I’ll admit, I’m less than consistent at attending my running group, I go 1-2 times a month. I know, it’s bad. However, because of this challenge, I pushed myself to join them at the Scottsdale Half Marathon. I ran the Feed the Hungry 5K with about 7 other members of the group. I’ll do a full race recap later, but the point is that I went, even though we had a Christmas party the night before. I had a glass of wine and really didn’t get enough sleep, but I still went to both because it’s important to have a community. Both events, were awesome. I got to wear my favorite sweater dress to the Christmas party, and met a few more people in my run group that go to different runs throughout the week. Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I was on Snapchat!
Week 50: Limit Your Exposure to Everyday Chemicals
This week, WEEK 50 (isn’t that insane?) on our chemical environment. I’m talking about things like lotions, shampoos, makeup, soaps, the list goes on and on. It’s estimated that the average person is exposed to 150 chemicals PER DAY. That’s insane.
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When it comes to reading the back of a shampoo bottle, I’ll be totally honest when I say I’m lost. I can’t decipher what’s good and what’s not. I’ve heard of things like parabens and other words that may be bad for me, but they seem to blend in with the rest of the words on the ingredient list. I tend to use coconut oil instead of body lotion (I also use it on my hair), and then I play stupid about the rest of it because it just seems like way to much work.
Recently, my naturopath reminded me about the importance of limiting the chemicals we put on our skin. The more of this we intake, the harder it is for our liver and detoxification system to keep up. Some of these chemicals are thought to disturb hormone pathways and processes, which is the last thing I need right now. She suggested that I try out the app skin deep by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Back in the blog day, I used to do healthy phone app reviews all the time. If I had known about this one, it would have been first on the list! The best thing about the app is the scan capability. If I had to sit there and type each product I found into a search bar, I honestly probably wouldn’t do it. However, the app is built so that you can just scan the bar code and get results right there.
Once you scan, if the product is in the database, it will either tell you that it is a top-rated option or what chemicals in it are cause for concern. If there is a cause for concern it will tell you what level and allow you to explore the information on that chemical more. It’s pretty freaking awesome! The app is loaded with over 65,000 products and is constantly being updated. I tried it at Sprouts and Trader Joe’s so far. At both, I found that almost all the natural skin products were in the database, except for the store brand (Sprouts or Trader Joe’s). This was more annoying at Trader Joe’s where almost all their skin care line is Trader Joe’s brand.
Overall I think it will make it much easier to pay attention to the products I use on my skin and make better choices!
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The 52 Healthy Habits Series is about ditching the diet mindset and making small changes to improve health overall naturally leading to a healthy body composition, increased energy and improved health. If you want to improve your health one simple habit at a time then this series is for you! E-course coming soon! Make sure to grab your calendar so you are the first one to find out when it’s ready!
What are your favorite natural products?
Do you pay attention to ingredient lists in skin care?