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It’s been over a year and a half since I first began my transition to rid my life of harmful chemicals, which then led to my quest to improve my diet. I started this blog to document my journey and encourage others to embark on a similar journey. Something that is especially important to me, is to teach people how to make the transition. This transition can seem overwhelming and difficult. But once you decide to do it, it’s just a matter of taking action!
How to Make the Transition
- Get inspired! Something needs to spark you. One doesn’t just overhaul their bathroom and kitchen without dedication. With time, it becomes a habit and actually easier than buying products. So what is your spark? What is your why? Mine was watching Bag It, but your inspiration could be anything!
- Research. So you want to make the transition, but do you know what to do? There are so many great bloggers out there with the same goal as mine, just waiting to share what they’ve learned with you! My Transition to Chemical Free page as well as my Homemade Household Pinterest board have a lot of really great resources to help you get started!
- Just do it! Start with where you are comfortable. There are many cleaning and beauty products made with stuff you’ll find in any kitchen: baking soda, vinegar, honey, etc. When you are ready, branch out to other ingredients. Amazon and local natural food stores are great places to find what you may not have such as arrowroot powder, beeswax, and shea butter. For some products, such as essential oils, it is important to get high quality.
- Be lazy. I’m serious. Remember my post about water washing my hair? The reason I was able to make that transition is because for an entire summer I didn’t care enough to wash my hair with baking soda more than once a week. I also now only shower 3 days a week because after a semester of being too lazy to shower every day, I discovered I don’t need to! Being lazy can also learn to being understocked on ingredients and learning about new remedies, like apple cidar vinegar and honey in water for an upset stomach.
- Stick with it, but do feel guilty. In the end the best way to make the transition is to just keep with it. You won’t be perfect all the time, and that’s okay. No one is. You can take the transition at your own pace, and change things as you feel up for it. But once you make a change, do you best to stick with it. If something doesn’t work, tweak it. That’s the beauty of homemade – it’s easy to customize! Once you find a substitution that works for you, keep using it. Before long, you’ll wish you had made the transition sooner!
Have you made the transition yet? How did it go? If you haven’t, what is holding you back?
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