Ten Easy Steps to Detox Your Body and Life

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I’ve been cleaning up the toxins in my body and life.  It actually hasn’t been that hard. Here are ten ways you can too!

1.  Get rid of all of your toxic make-up and beauty products.  The Environmental Working Group EWG.com has an online database and mobile app rating products.  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.  I ditched drugstore lotion, lipstick (eww—lead laden!), and nail polish.  You can find or make non-toxic versions of all of these.  Etsy is a great place to buy natural, non-toxic beauty products while supporting micro-businesses! Go to https://www.etsy.com/ and search “non-toxic beauty.”

2.  Use the Environmental Working Group’s list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15”  to make sure you are buying organic fruits and veggies when you need to. I actually printed out a wallet card and carry it with me since my memory is not the greatest. You can print out a wallet card here:  dirty dozen card or here’s an updated one for 2014:  dirty dozen 2014.

3.  Use only homemade cleaning products.  I clean almost everything with some combo of baking soda, lemon, and white vinegar.  You can look online for specific recipes.  Cleaning like this should also help you not need toxic air fresheners since baking soda, vinegar, and lemon naturally deodorize.

4.  Don’t use food canned in BPA laden cans, which is most cans.  Sometimes there are companies that use cans without BPA, such as Natural Value or Muir Glen.  Pomi Tomatoes in the box are a BPA-free alternative to canned tomatoes. A little research goes a long way, so read your labels and look stuff up on the internet!

5.  Eat organic, grass-fed meat whenever possible.

6.  Use organic dairy products whenever possible.

7.  Sweat.  Either through exercise, or using a sauna.  One of the main ways our body gets rid of toxins is through our skin.

8.  Drink plenty of water.  Divide your weight in half.  Drink that number of ounces per day (I weigh 150 lbs, so I drink 75 ounces).  Use a reusable glass water bottle.

9.  Don’t heat your food in plastic—those frozen entrees that you put in the microwave?  Not good.  Storing leftovers in plastic containers and heating in the microwave?  Nope.  Using a plastic splash guard over your food in the microwave?  No.

10.  Relax.  Stress is so toxic.  Breathe; look at the sky; pet the cat; smile.

Pied Beauty

Well, we have a new member of the family–a member without a name.  Don’t suggest one though because we have many.  Spartacus, Ziggy, Boxtree, Carlos, Giovanni, Pedro, Huck, Jack, Fart (some of the name suggestions are pretty out there).  He’s a shelter dog, probably Australian Cattle Dog, Rat Terrier and ????.  He’s 17 lbs and very sweet.  The shelter called him Moose, but it doesn’t seem to fit him (being that he’s small and pretty skinny) and he doesn’t answer to it.  He is magnificently silly and fun.

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I’m thinking maybe Speck because of his wonderful dappled-ness!  Or maybe Huck for Huck Finn.  Crazy wild child:-)  Maybe Pied for Pied Beauty:

Pied Beauty

BY GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS

Glory be to God for dappled things –

   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.
 Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985) from poetryfoundation.com

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