I'm so glad to have you here. We're easing into things to start with - here's what we'll cover:
- A welcome video
- What is a 'low tox life'?
- 2 things to get started on today:
- Interview with Marty Zucker
- Your mission for Day 1
I made a little video to kick us off. Pour a cuppa... it's only a few minutes but you could watch Marty's interview straight afterwards which is 13 mins if you fancy - just scroll down!
It has come to mean for me...
- Living more in-line with nature in our daily choices with what we put ON us, IN us and choose to have AROUND us.
- It's about making better choices for our health and for the planet in our day to day lives.
- Making time for ourselves to relax.
- Keeping a low tox mind in terms of more positive thoughts, more gratitude.
- Holding space for being upset with the way some things are in the world while realising also things don't change unless "I" do and being empowered in the collective change we're making.
When it comes to chemical exposure, we can't be 'no tox' in the modern world. Take one example alone: with 350,000 microbeads of BPA-containing plastic in every tube of cheap face scrub, which floats out into the oceans and rivers and then back into us, it just ain't possible anymore. Sad, but true but certainly not worth despairing - It's much more exciting to get positive about the changes we can make instead.
It is important to ditch any notion that this is a journey of perfection because perfection doesn't exist. You will be far more empowered and happy as we go along these 5 weeks thinking about it as a springboard for continued tweaks and changes, rather than a stressed, intensive time frame for a complete overhaul. We're also not going to be replacing every teensy little thing you own, with low tox options. You will find most likely as the days roll on, that you want to let go of lots of extra stuff that you just don't need - 12 eyeshadows anyone?
We can drastically lower our toxic load and over time drastically change human, animal and planet health in doing so. It never fails to spin me out just how much our tiny daily choices impact the bigger picture. Little old you and I can move mountains.
On we go as quiet warriors, steadily growing in numbers, effecting big change by simply 'not buying bad' once we know what that looks like. We should no longer support companies that don't have our health, nor the planet's health, at the core of their business. It simply doesn't make sense to, as the number of low tox options grows every day. If we continue to grow in numbers by 'not buying bad' then they will have to change their formulations or go out of business. Their choice. Our power. How cool is that?
Change is going to happen by supporting the companies who are 'making good', as well as learning to make a few things ourselves which save us money on personal care and on gifts, and saves packaging. No more products with fake promises.
We have allowed ourselves to be dumbed down so much that we can be convinced into buying a 'fresh air system' that sprays hormone-disrupting fake smells throughout our home periodically (more on that tomorrow!). Call me old-fashioned, but my fresh air system is to open a window or get a good air purifier! I sometimes ponder how I can have gone through 13 years of school and 4 years of university and not have become a curious thinker about what went into my body and onto my skin - why also, were we not taught about what went on and in us and how it impacted our health and the planet?
Do not feel bad if you're a 'total newbie' and you don't know this stuff. As I write this I have cringe-worthy memories of my apartment in my 20s which was full of scattered fake smelling candles, a pantry with a microwave popcorn sachet, fabric softener, honey 'scented' shower gel, a freezer with a bunch of lean cuisine 'emergency' meals in there, tinned tomatoes with BPA lined cans... The important thing to know is that if you've just started today: you are here. The past is the past. Learn, adapt, move on and be excited. There's no time for guilt and bitterness and definitely no time for comparing your progress/change-making speed to someone else's.
Each time we're on a 'product' oriented topic, there will be DIY suggestions, economy suggestions and luxe/investment suggestions, so everyone is able to make positive changes. And remember: If you just want to take it slow, be a part of the Facebook group discussions, and start implementing things slowly, at your own pace, beyond the time frame of the course, that's absolutely fine.
This is not a race to get all your products swapped first - it will not make you cooler than the other kids.
Your way. Your pace. You are going to hear me say this A LOT.
2 things to get us started today and ease into everything nice and gently!
This is a handy app and site for ditching harmful additives from food and chemicals in your home and in beauty products. It's not perfect, in that something like benzyl alcohol derived from floral plants poses no known risk, but that derived fro petroleum does, so while you might see a red frown face on it, the naturally-derived aspect isn't factored in there. anyway, it's definitely handier than it is a pain. The app is Chemical Maze. It's an app available for iPhone and Android, or in physical form as a book. This is an invaluable compilation of almost all the nasties in one place. For a site with loads of details on the nasties, you can head also to Skin Deep, by the EWG. which focuses specifically on personal care and is USA based and researched.
Bill Stratham, the creator of Chemical Maze has been researching the science on chemicals used in products that go in and on us, and makes it very easy and empowering to choose better. I highly encourage you to grab the full paid version of the app (under $10) if you're new to all this. Get curious and start punching things into the app in the search bar, and you will be given the verdict on whether it's harmful or not.
You could also check out THINK DIRTY, another app that has come out more recently.
A scary thought: Every year another 1,000 or so new compounds enter the chemical economy, either as ingredients in finished products or as intermediate chemicals used to make other chemicals. The total number of synthetics in commerce is probably now somewhere around 164,000 created since the 1940s. The total number of synthetics in the environment is probably far greater than that, because of the byproducts (like dioxins) unintentionally generated during production, and because of the breakdown products that result from the decay of commercial substances.
Why aren't these chemicals tested you might ask? Isn't stuff supposed to be safe if it's for sale? Well, the short answer is no, a lot of it isn't safe or certainly hasn't been proven 100% safe with lengthy independent studies. It's created to provide a 'use' or function like making plastic bendy or making fragrances stick, preying on the fact that us humans desire the functionality MORE than caring about what's in it. There's the problem.
Our job is to change our mindset and redefine appeal together over 30 days. It's a big job and before we get stuck into it, let's start by getting grounded - also known as earthing!
It might sound a bit 'woo woo' to the uninitiated, but 'earthing' basically just means getting in touch with nature. Have a think for a second about what it feels like to swim in the ocean. Think about being barefoot in the soft grass. Think about running your hands through the sand.
They all feel amazing, right? You might be someone who asks yourself: Why don't I do this more often, it feels so good? As well as the fact that it usually coincides with a weekend or holiday, the essential reason is that the earth and the ocean carry a charge that literally 'grounds' us and brings us feelings of well-being, relaxation and peace.
With our shoes on and our synthetic paths and varnished floors, carpets and big high rise cities, cars, trains and aeroplanes, we are removed from that energy that grounds us so well.
When you're 'grounded' there's a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body. And these free electrons are super-powerful antioxidants. They literally help wipe the 'badness' of modern living, artificial environments and frequencies away.
These antioxidants are also responsible for the clinical observations from grounding experiments, such as:
- Beneficial changes in heart rate
- Decreased levels of pain
- Decreased levels of inflammation
- Increased sleep quality
Need some science on the matter?
This finding published by the US Library of Medicine from the Journal of environmental and public health is great.
I'm going to add rapid recovery from jet lag, because I did an experiment last year, and it was incredible the difference I found in getting barefoot once I arrived. If you think about it, it's literally the opposite of being in the incredibly artificial surrounds of a jet plane 30,000 feet above the ground! You can read my low tox travel tips here.
This is a FREE and simple therapy that anyone can implement, starting now. You will be amazed at the benefits and shouldn't wait a day to get started. It's a beautiful thing to do with small children too and parents often report calm on a 'devil day' when they get barefoot with their little ones and relax outside.
Fancy getting into the mats you can use in the home environment at your desk? Head here to the wonderful Aussie business, Earthing Oz (or to a US or UK counterpart) for some online options but nature is best, and don't use the earthing BED sheets if you have an innerspring mattress due to conductivity issues. Pure latex or wool mattress is fine though. The earthing mats are excellent if you live somewhere in a cold climate where it's not possibly to ground barefoot everyday, or if you're unwell and unable to get out there.
Enjoy my chat with Marty Zucker, best-selling co-author of the book: Earthing. The Most Important Health Discovery Ever.
In each module where there's an interview - we've got a transcript for you if you're more the reading type or don't have great quality internet. We also share a sound cloud for going for a walk with the headphones in and soaking up the expert knowledge that way. Here's today's transcript.
Here's today's video interview - I have to cringe at my video location set up in 2014 - Hadn't quite mastered lightning back then! hehe. But it's a great, short chat. Enjoy!
Here's today's Soundcloud Here's the SoundCloud version if you'd like to walk and listen.
What do you say to people asking why you're 'earthing' all of a sudden?
It just feels totally relaxing - Just try it!
It pumps your body with antioxidants and helps with things like back pain and has been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure and increase sleep. I get barefoot every chance I get now. Make the naysayers join you and see how they feel after 10 minutes!
And here's a great little article on how "Dirt Can Make you Happy" from the Horticulture Magazine. Happy reading!
And a fab little doco on grounding...
Go back to nature - get outside, kick the shoes off (unless it's snowing, and then I don't recommend doing this right now!), go for a swim in the ocean, or do whatever you can do to get in touch with nature - especially via the feet. If all you can do is run some cold water over your feet or pop out to the front lawn barefoot for a few minutes, do that.
See you tomorrow to start peeling back the layers on endocrine-disrupting chemicals and why they are our #1 group to try to minimise wherever possible!
Until then - let's get our shoes off!
Low Tox. Happy Bodies. Happy Planet.
P.S BEFORE I GO.... I have to make a disclaimer:
This program is the basis of my years of research and that of the experts I've brought in to be interviewed. This is in no way intended as medical advice. You MUST seek practitioner help for any specific concerns you may have before acting on any suggestions in the program. You must NOT stop any medications you're on without the advice of your doctor. I take no responsibility for any health events caused by heeding any of the suggestions in this course. They are merely suggestions based on case studies, research, personal testing and people's anecdotes, including qualified practitioners and scientists, consulted during the course, as well as my own and past students. They are not advice equal to that of a personalised appointment with a medical practitioner. Thanks - that's the boring legal bit out of the way.