Each day we are exposed to many chemicals, heavy metals and environmental toxins that may upset our gut health, hormones and natural detoxification mechanisms.
Many years ago now I made the decision to change the food I ate, and more recently I have changed every product I use. I am sharing with you how I went chemical free in the hope that you will make a better choice too.
In this article series, you will learn how to detoxify your entire home, simply. We start in the kitchen with part one.
Part 1: The Kitchen
In the pantry, please check the following:
- Minimise packaged foods. Keeping to the perimeter of the supermarket is a great place to start.
- For canned foods, purchase BPA free and organic where possible.
- Avoid canola oil, vegetable oil and corn oil.
- Eliminate artificial sweeteners and any other numbers or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
- Check for added MSG (monosodium glutamate), which may also be named as sodium caseinate, yeast extract, or hydrolysed vegetable protein.
- Keep your spice rack as natural as possible – most store bought spices contain wheat, sugar and/or preservatives. Fresh is best.
In the fridge, make sure you follow these tips:
- Fruit and vegetables: purchase organic where possible or use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) wash for all produce without a skin that is removed before consumption e.g. spinach leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, apples, peaches and pears. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in a sink full of filtered water and wash and rinse well before serving.
- Meat, dairy and eggs: buy free range, organic and grass fed. This avoids hormones, antibiotics and poor quality inflammatory omega-6 fats. More here.
- Any labelled foods should contain a maximum of five ingredients and less than 10% sugar (10g/100g).
- And as always, prioritise high-quality and real food.
Have you made some chemical free changes you would like to share?
In Part 2 we examine your common household products. Stay tuned for the next instalment in our How I Went Chemical Free series.