As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Friday, November 17, 2006

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence,
a belief in God so assured
that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
~Martin Luther

Have to talk about a non-food item. Dishwashing detergent. The stuff that goes into your dishwasher is very poisionous. Since the Thanksgiving holiday is coming up and dishes will be a plenty in the house that you share your meal...instead of brining desert, bring the soap!

I challenge you to pick an ingredient listed on your soap and look it up on the internet. Yikes! Any cleaning product that has a skull and crossbones on it is one that should not be in your home. Whether you have children or not. The last thing you want to do is invest in eating healthy, but put that food in a glass that contains chemical residues!

Investigate the healthier options for cleaning. There are a lot of 'green' products out there that do a wonderful job. Trader Joes carries a line that is very affordable and companies are coming online all the time with alternatives. You just have to know where to look.

Again, it is all about being aware. Environmentally friendly products are a step that is really quite simple to make. If you have a cleaning service. Ask them...they will not change until the consumer demands a change.

A great new area to explore. Look around, start with what you can and 'kick it up a notch' every time you replace a cleaning item. When you look back you will wonder why you thought deadly chemicals smelled clean. Uncondition your brain! This is really a much bigger topic, but we are blogging here. Definately google for yourself!

Healthy for life! ~j


monkey said...

I use cleaners from the Melaleuca the Wellness Company. I used to buy every month, but I found someone on ebay who orders them for me when I need them for the preferred customer price, all I had to do was pay a dollar and she does a great job ordering it. I love their laundry soap. I loved their dishwasher detergent, but we do so many dishes a day it was getting expensive. I don't think people realize the horrible chemicals that our in our homes because of cleaning products. I don't even use cleaner on my floor, I use hot water. Heck, my kids get it dirty so quick, why put a bunch of cleaner on it?! Anyway, I am having the hardest time eatting how I should, what the heck is my problem. I know, it's planning, I need to plan and journal. I do not have a support system. I know I have to change and I am not that bad. My husband is at risk for Type 2 diabetes, I don't know what to do for him. When I do something healthy, he isn't happy with it. It makes it really hard. I make almost everything homemade, I don't buy processed food, only on occasion. I know I can't change the way he eats. Anyway, on a better note, I have not missed a day of exercise. I did five days last week, five this week, and I still have tomorrow to exercise. I'm getting there. I also love my salad and I miss it when I don't have it. Crazy! So, I am going on, my husband has really bad cholesterol, I told him to quit eatting cereal every morning because it only makes him hungry. He will eat cereal and toast, no protein. I tell him to eat eggs and lay off the toast. I told him to drink water and nothing else and to quit buying junk at the gas station. I think those are reasonable changes for now. I'm really worried about him, he is almost 300 pounds. What do you do when you have a 35 year old man that has been overweight his whole life? I just don't know... well, thanks for reading!

jgirl said...

Yes, I hear the melaleuca products are very good, I just haven't used them.

Keep doing the best you can. Some days are just harder than others and one day it will be second nature. If you follow the 80/20 rule. It often makes things easier. Eat the best that you can 80-90% of the time so that you don't have to feel guilty the remaining 10-20%.

As for your hubby...eating is a personal choice. You can only lead by example. Often times you can 'update' the unhealthy recipes with healthier ingredients. It isn't always easy. You should check online for a support group with many people. I know that they fat flush group has lots of postings and support. It will help with ideas in many ways. There are a lot of transitional healthy eating groups. You may find someone who is close to your area as well.

Don't give up, but love him for the man that he is. It sounds funny, but often times the path of least resistance will suprise you.

Good work on the exercise. Doing something for yourself feels great! Plus...I you can definately crave greens and salads. It's your body's way of telling you that it wants good nutrients!

I found some recipes for green smoothies that really taste good. Attractive to those that enjoy a sweet taste. If you want to try one or two to entice your hubby let me know. I would put them in a colored glass though. He won't even know it has greens in it. Maybe he will be willing one day. Plus you and your kids will enjoy it.

Congrat!! ~j

monkey said...

Smoothie recipes would be great! Any and all. I am not into making smoothies yet. Yes, my husband is a wonderful man, I don't say things about his weight. I found that does me know good! Anyway, I did 48 lunges on each leg today, oh yeah! I had an emergency c-section with my fifth baby, and it really did a number on me. I'm so glad to be getting strong again! Thanks for the input!