This is a big week for me. I turned 53!!! There was a time in my life I didn’t think I’d see 50, let alone feel as energetic and vibrant as I do now. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to feel like I have a whole other life ahead of me. One filled with knowledge, power and the belief that whatever I put off in the past is now attainable. It feels great.
This week you’ll likely have a chuckle over what I’m offering. Yeah, I’m a wacky sort of gal, and I like to give it to you straight. Go ahead. Have your laugh, but learn something at my expense, please. If you saw me at the beach, I’d be wearing even less, trust me. LOL.
Understand clearly that your skin is the largest organ in your body and whatever you put ON it is readily and quickly absorbed. Great care should be given to EVERY SINGLE item you use for personal grooming. The general rule of thumb should be this…if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t be putting it on your body. CRAZY, right? Do yourself a huge favor this week and pay attention to everything that you put on your body. Just do it for a week. Do you know what’s in it? Read the labels. Whatever you put on your skin is mainlining into your system. Truth!
Chemicals are everywhere and many of them are making us very sick. But if we don’t SEE them, we figure they aren’ there, right? They are in our food, water, our health care products and the air we breathe. No matter how you consume them, you are ingesting them. Understand that it is nearly impossible to eliminate all chemicals from our lives, but where we can reduce our chemical load easily, I strongly suggest you put some effort into doing so.
A great resource for learning more about the concerns and safety of personal care items is the Environmental Working Group’s website. I trust their content and you can, too.
I want to catch you before you watch this video and chat about one item in particular.
Deodorant. It’s loaded with crap – especially aluminum. Also typically found in deodorant (and super shitty for you) are triclosan and fragrances. There is nothing natural about fragrances, they are nothing more than chemical compounds.
I know for most of us swiping on deodorant is nothing more than a daily habit. I know few people who dress without putting it on every day. Yes, there is bacteria that grows in our pits and can make us smelly. Truth.
But you know what the biggest contributor to your body odor is? Your diet.
Here’s what I discovered when I went vegan for a stretch a few years back (I am NOT suggesting this for everyone, just making a point. Relax). When I did, my body odor all but disappeared. I’m back on limited amounts of meat now but no dairy, and still, no issues with body odor. Do I keep deodorant in my bathroom? YES! Some times when I want to go out and get fancy I don’t want to risk being stinky. So yeah, maybe like 12 times year I use actual deodorant. Full disclosure.
The rest of the time….I do this…