The answer to the title is not to get your family on a strict diet, like, right now!! Little things, that don’t all include what you’re eating, can go a long way in helping your family stay healthy for even years to come. And let’s not kid ourselves, a walk around the block each week isn’t a bad thing for you and the hubby.
- “Hormone-free milk was a great place to start because it is sold every where and it tastes the same as “regular” milk. Plus, it doesn’t cost more money than milk from cows that are given hormones. And while LOTS of things I serve my kids have hormones in them (who can afford all organic meats?) this was an easy change to incorporate into my life. And my kids drink a heck-of a lot of milk!”
- “I am not very particular about my brand of shampoo and conditioner so switching to hair products that are sulfate-free was a breeze. This change just fell into the bucket of “why not?” — for me and for my kids. There’s really no arguing that fewer chemicals are better, and the options today are even greater than just one year ago. You can find sulfate-free shampoos at Target and Walmart and most drug stores around the country.”
- “Oxybenzone is terrible for you. You just can’t really argue that point. Everything we read tells us to avoid it if we can, yet it is in most suntan lotions on the market. Two summers ago it was hard to find oxybenzone-free lotions but now there are a ton to choose from. I stock up at the beginning of the summer and make sure there is a bottle in the bathroom, by the front door, and in my bag at all times.”
- “We recently got a puppy and knew our backyard would become his playground (oh right, and for our kids too!) — so we wanted to make sure it was chemical free. Yes, we want a green lawn but we also have a puppy that likes to eat every stick and leaf out there. Going organic with our fertilizer (as our neighbor had done years ago) was a no-brainer. I don’t have a particular brand to recommend — but I can tell you that my fear of putting manure on the lawn was completely unfounded. It’s really not a big deal at all.”
Drug-Free Sinus Care
- “I have horrible sinus congestion and so does my daughter — and we both hate nose sprays. So this au-natural product saved us both. We use Neil-Med sinus rinse, but really, any simple neti pot saline wash will work. It was difficult to convince my daughter at first to shoot water up through her nose — but the relief she felt was immediate — and now she asks for it whenever she needs it.”
- “Did you know that ATM and store receipts are toxic? As in, they have a chemical that seeps into your skin. And more importantly, they really aren’t good for kids to play with. So of all of the changes I’ve made — this was the simplest. I just ask the person at the register to either throw the receipt in the bag or throw it away. And no worries, I’m not neurotic about it; I am just more aware now and limit handling them.”
Thanks to Amy Boshnack for these ideas that could help a TON.
What other things have you tried to make a stronger, healthier family unit? ~Nikki :)