Empowered Purchasing

It is crazy to think about the amount of money we spend every day. I spent a lot of time not thinking about it until I realized that was a big mistake because having a savings, an emergency fund, etc is important. So I started to save money but now that I am in a position where I haven’t been earning money (maternity leave) I have had to think extra carefully about money and where it is going. Furthermore, who is it supporting?

As someone who is trying to eat healthy and clean, I can’t rightly say that it makes sense for me to spend my grocery money at a big chain like Walmart or Target or even a small chain like Key Food because they don’t have a lot of organic, non-GMO and chemical free options and the options they do have are extra expensive. Although it would certainly be convenient (as these types of stores are everywhere) – if I start shopping with them I will pay more for organic produce and I will be supporting an organization who doesn’t have the same goals as me.

So I have revolutionized the way I shop. Once a week, we stop at a Farmer’s Market for fresh produce and occasionally meat, fish and dairy products. My money supports local farmers who work hard for their money. The produce is less expensive than it would be at any store and it so much better. Seriously, the difference in an onion is absolutely insane – and it’s just an onion – forget about other fruits and veggies. If I can’t make it to the Farmer’s Market or need some stuff that is prepared, I’ll head to Trader Joe’s or Fairway. I won’t buy anything without looking at the ingredients. Here is a reference I use: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/09/27/10-of-the-worst-food-ingredients-to-never-eat-again/ but in general if you don’t know what it is, can’t pronounce it, it is probably not good for you. I know it can be a bit more expensive to shop in the organic aisle but if we keep voting with our dollars, organic goods (no pesticides, not genetically modified, etc.) will become the main stream and the prices will go down.

Next time you make a purchase, think about who and what you are supporting and maybe it will change your mind. I know it has saved me plenty of money just by considering it.

things that make me happy: natural living (or attempts at it)

Throughout my “adult” life (post – 20) I have made several forays into eating clean, removing chemicals from my life, trying to be more conscious of the environment that I am partially responsible for creating/destroying. Living in New York City there are several chemicals/waste products that come into contact with my body without me even realizing it – poisons from pest removal, harsh cleaning chemicals, subway germs, you name it -we have it etc.

Some of my choices have been voluntary but others were decided for me. For example, two or three years ago my deodorant started causing a rash on my armpits. After years of wearing antiperspirant, my body had started to reject it. I tried several different deodorants/soaps/etc. but much to my dismay, the rash stayed and nothing worked. So I just stopped wearing deodorant. Now I know that sounds kind of gross but I really do not sweat much and honestly no one around me has noticed a difference. I did attempt at making my own deodorant out of shea butter and essential oils which worked fine except I kept forgetting to make it. One day I will share the recipe.

But I feel great. If I sweat a lot from working out or running around too much, I just jump in the shower. But like I said – there really hasn’t been any negative impact to removing antiperspirant/regular deodorant from my life. In fact, the aluminum present in antiperspirant can block your glands and lead to Alzheimer’s, so I feel even better about giving it up.

My most recent decision has been getting rid of traditional shampoo and conditioner – I was inspired by a post on the Hairpin. I was pretty hesitant being that my hair is so greasy if I don’t wash it every day. I also don’t have curly hair like many I know who avoid washing their hair often. Two months into the process and I wash my hair 3 times over 2 weeks! The only products I am using are baking soda, apple cider vinegar, some essential oils and occasionally, coconut oil. My hair still looks good and it does not look greasy after not washing for a day anymore. & I am pregnant and more sweaty/hairy than usual so I can only imagine this will get even better with time.

Now if only I can get in on eating completely clean and organic – but first, I need another raise 😉

Have you tried to remove chemicals from your life? Are you living organic? Thoughts? Suggestions? Comment below.