Living a life less toxic – my mission

We live in a chemical world and the word ‘chemical’ doesn’t always equal toxic. Everything has a chemical name. It is physically impossible to live a life completely void of all chemicals, and it is unrealistic to desire a life that is ‘chemical-free’.

It’s the toxic chemicals, like the ones research is showing to have damaging effects on hormonal systems, in my opinion, have no place in our homes, in our bodies, or in our babies’ umbilical cords.

Did you know that newborns are being born pre-polluted with flame-retardants, heavy metals, and chemicals that were banned 30 years ago, coursing through their bloodstreams, and stored in their fat? True story. Search for Dr. Sarah Lantz online, or read her book “Chemical Free Kids.”

Cases throughout history demonstrate an attitude of innocent until proven guilty when it comes to the chemicals used in the manufacture of personal care products, in agriculture and farming, and more. Unfortunately, there have been some serious errors in judgment from our governing bodies. A few examples that many people would be familiar with: tobacco, DDT, asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, and the list goes on. These chemicals were once allowed, fairly unrestricted in their use, however, we now know they are seriously detrimental to the health of humans.

What about safe limits?

Hmmm… Companies (who often fund their own formula testing) tell us the chemicals they use are within ‘safe limits’. However, what they mean is, if you use their product as directed, maybe twice a day, it is considered ‘safe’. What they don’t take into account is the other 50 or so personal care products that many people, mainly women, are exposing themselves to on a daily basis, and the chemicals contained within. My opinion is if there are sketchy chemicals in a product, and you’re not comfortable with that, ditch it. Find an alternative. Replace it.

The truth of the matter is, we as humans (and borrowers of our grandchildren’s planet), need to play it safe and make better and wiser choices.

Research is so conflicting; some say X is bad while others say it’s actually ok; Y is shown to do this but only in 3 studies… Is that enough proof? For me the answer is simple. Just reduce what you use and what you think you need. That’s the safest bet.

Don’t boycott a brand because I don’t like it. Make decisions for yourself. Weigh it up.

You can’t possibly learn everything about every potential toxic chemical on the market. Firstly, because new chemicals are being created every day, research is always underway and (for me at least), the human brain can’t cope with that much info!! So, again, the solution is to simplify and arm yourself with tools like the Chemical Maze app and Environmental Working Group.

My intention has never been to “scare-monger”, or have you thinking that you simply must avoid all nasty chemicals or you will die!!! Not at all. Those who have been following me for a while will know this. If you’re a newbie, I suggest scrolling through my posts, blogs and recipes to see this for yourself. My mission is to get people to start reading labels and questioning companies; to provide easy DIY recipes using simple and easily accessible ingredients; to encourage people to speak with their dollars – if you stop buying it, they’ll stop making it.

My motto is 80/20

If you can make changes to 80% of the products you use on your body and in your home, that’s incredible! You can always leave the other 20% in the ‘too-hard-basket’ for any changes that just seem overwhelming at the time. For a perfectionist like me, that’s a huge deal!!

Striving for 100% can feel impossible, especially if you are used to living with certain products in your life. The stress this can cause is far more toxic to you than you might want to believe.

Simply, eliminate/swap what you can, when you feel comfortable doing so. And if you LOVE a particular hair serum, or nail polish, or window cleaner, just keep using it, guilt-free until you are ready to ditch them (if you’re ever ready)

We would all benefit from adopting a ‘let’s reduce our exposure’ attitude; an attitude where we buy less, read more, get educated and think twice. So be kind to yourself, be kind to the planet, be kind to the process. Every little thing you change for the better is a step in the right direction and should be considered a win.

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.

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