Hi! My name is Angie, and I am SO very excited you stumbled upon my little corner of the web. I have spent years making little tweaks in my own life to live a cleaner lifestyle, one with fewer harmful chemicals in our food, beauty and personal care products, and cleaning products we use around the house. That is the mission of my blog… when you know better, you do better. Know better, make a shift to do better, then repeat. Know. Shift. Repeat.
I’m a mom of two great kids, a wife to my awesome hubby, a believer, an avid reader, and a serial blogger. :) Even though I’m an introvert, I’m pretty sure I talk too much, and I will forever be working on that! I graduated college with a degree in Computer Science and worked a few years as a programmer until I became a mom. Then, of course, my world changed forever!
It’s one thing to keep ‘doing what you do’ when it’s just you (and maybe your spouse). When you don’t have kids, it’s easier to ignore the news reports of increased childhood obesity, growing autism rates, increases in ADD and ADHD, childhood cancers, etc. But once you have children, all these things hit a little closer to home. As a parent, you want to make the best decisions you can about your child’s health.
I became serious about ‘clean living’ once I had my kiddos and we had some health issues with my son. Based on the prodding of our doctor, step number one was cleaning up our diet and environment as best we could. Boy did that open up a can of worms! Who knew there are chemicals in practically everything in our environment?
Because of my son, I started reading more and more about the ability of our bodies to heal with the right food and nutrition. I began learning about choosing quality food and the importance of knowing what I was putting into, on, and around my family’s bodies. I read tons of books, watched movies, followed health blogs, and sought out doctors who could help me navigate all this new information (new to me, anyways!).
Sadly, the VAST majority of doctors I have come across don’t address the correlation between what we put into (or on, or around) our bodies and the condition of our health. But there ARE doctors out there that understand this correlation, and with God’s wisdom and their help, we were able to get our little man healthy again. Since our ordeal with him (and other health-related issues among our family), I have been committed to making healthy choices for our family to the best of my ability by being conscious of what I give my family to eat and the products we use in our home and on our bodies.
In today’s day and age, there is so much ‘garbage’ in our food, air, cosmetics, cleaning products, medicines, and more. I’m a firm believer that if we just keep ‘doing what we’re doing,’ it’s not a matter of IF we’ll be sick one day, it’s a matter of WHEN. We can’t keep overloading our bodies with stuff they’re not supposed to have and expect to live in health to the ripe old age of 80 (or 85… or 90…). I truly believe we need to be conscious of what we expose ourselves to so we can give ourselves and our families the best shot at a healthy life.
Please don’t be fooled – I want you to know our family is far, far from perfect, if perfection even were to exist. As I write this, I am sneaking a leftover piece of junk Christmas candy from the pantry, and my husband is pouring a generous amount of creamer (the kind with NO real food ingredients) into his coffee. (Ladies, if you have a solution to this, please let me know what it is! I will be forever grateful.)
In our house, we typically follow the 80% rule… If 80% of the choices we are making are good ones (regarding what we put in, on, and around our bodies), we feel like we’re doing okay. We try to make ‘good choices’ the everyday norm and everything else the exception, but we don’t panic when there is an exception (clearly… see the above paragraph!). At one point I felt guilty every time there was an exception, and it was a disaster. I don’t recommend that method. Go easy on yourself!
I know Ignorance is Bliss. Sometimes, when I’m overwhelmed, I repeat that mantra to myself! Things were so much easier before I knew what I know now!! But once you are armed with information on the ‘yuck’ that exists all around us, and more importantly, what you can do about it, it’s hard to ignore.
There is no doubt this is a journey. It is a process. That’s really why I wanted to start this blog… not only so I can share what I have learned along the way in the hope that it may help someone else, but also so I can learn what you know as well. So please – share your clean living tips!! It’s all about Knowing better, making tiny Shifts to do better, and Repeating. Progress, not perfection.
Thank you so much again for coming to my site, I am so very glad you’re here! And I’m sorry this was so long – I tried to warn you that I talk too much! :)