In spite of some of the bugs that have visited our home, I wanted to share some of the things we have been doing in the interest our our health. Some of the things I have written about-- nursing, avoiding plastics, reducing our chemical burden in our bodies, organic foods-- and some I have not. When Erin posted her list on Sunday, I went back to thinking about what we do, don't and should be doing.
In no particular order, what we do.
- Chiropractic care
- One a day vitamin for me! (Organic and plant derived, not chemical)
- Eating superfoods in their raw, unprocessed state
- Working towards an almost completely raw diet (not sure if we will ever make it to completely raw or not)
- No bleach
- Natural cleaners-- usually baking soda and vinegar, but we do use some commercially available products.
- Minimize and avoid plastics in our home
- Avoid products with undisclosed ingredient "fragrance"
- Paraben free shampoos, soaps, etc.
- Organic foods
- Use the skin deep database when looking for products to purchase
- No hormonal birth control
- No disposable menstrual products (they dry the vagina, TSS risk, etc)
- Exercise (including stretching)
- Recognize stress in my life and find ways to release the tension or eliminate the stressor
- Intellectual stimulation-- I find if I am not challenging myself to think, my health deteriorates
- Taking the medication prescribed for my thyroid condition
- Making and keeping routine maintenance appointments (teeth, eyes, body)
- Continuing to seek God and develop my friendship with Jesus
- Force time to relax-- reading a book, dinner with friends... overall enjoyment activities
- Getting enough sleep. I need 8 hours or close to it each and every night
- Don't smoke
- Monitor all items in our life for their chemical load, potential toxins, etc
- Limit dairy intake
This is not so say we never stray from the bullets above. For example, The Boy and I have a Sunday morning tradition of arriving at church early for a donut. A donut. Not ten. I have occupied The Boy with donuts in the car before as well. We eat out at restaurants that do not serve food like I would make for our family, and we eat at others homes without imposing our diet restrictions.
What I'd like to do better
- Eat more raw foods
- Eliminate all four legged meat from our diet
- Exercise even more
- Garden in pots so I have better control of our food
- Reduce our dairy consumption overall-- fewer cheeses, etc.
I am sure there are more. I always think of more when I hit "publish post!"