Every day in every way we are having a deluge of nasty chemicals going into our bodies and this is having varied and catastrophic effect on us. Our mental emotional physical and spiritual health is seriously negatively impacted by these toxic chemicals, there is plenty of scientific studies and data that make these links between the chemicals and poisons we are exposed to daily and disease.
This can be pretty overwhelming to think about and makes you want to give up before you even begin trying to do anything about it. I mean whats the point right, if harmful chemicals are everywhere then we are fighting a losing battle so why put yourself through the stress and just accept it..right? No, we do not have to just accept it, we can do something about it and the efforts we make will have a great impact on all areas of our health, mental emotional physical and spiritual.
The key with anything we are trying to achieve with longevity is to start small and slow and to educate yourself, find out why you are doing something. Make a conscious connection between what you are trying to achieve and why, make it real and a goal worth pursuing. The chemicals that are bad for us are generally also bad for the environment so we score a double whammy when we start to eliminate the use of these in our daily life, not only does our health improve but so does nature, our environment, our world.
So although I don’t want to overwhelm you, it is important that the enormity of the situation hits home, so that you can make those connections.
After all if I asked you to feed your child poison you would be horrified and defend your child at all costs, yet you are unwittingly doing this with some of the products that allow your children to eat. We have been led to believe that we are protected, that there are laws or legislation or someone somewhere looking out for us, making sure poisons are not readily for sale but we have seen ever more increasingly since 2008 that this is just not the case. We can no longer assume that we are protected or even being told the truth, we have to find that truth out for ourselves and then act accordingly.
These major corporations may be supplying the poisonous food and goods but they only continue do that because we buy it, it’s all about the money and although they have it in vast quantities they only get that by us being good little consumers and giving them our hard earned pennies. Once people fully connect the dots and understand that we are consuming food and products that are killing us, creating disease in our bodies and minds and robbing us of the richness of life, then this cycle can end and we can unplug.
Do your own research, look at the law suits that go on with the big corporations, the fines they pay for shady practices, read about research linking household and food chemicals and disease, mental health issues and so on. The best testimony or research is talking to someone who has gone vegan, or given up sugar or wheat, or only uses natural cleaners and hear how much better they feel. Once people convert to this perspective they rarely go back because once you begin to truly detox life changes completely. Its like going from black and white into HD technicolour.
If food is not organic then it has been sprayed and grown using harmful pesticides, that is just a common fact. But look you have been exposed to it all your life so you don’t need to cut out everything immediately, if you make it a slow process you can start planning to grow your own or source a good and reasonably priced organic grower. If you are limited with space get together with friends, one of you can grow courgettes, the other onions and so on. We can never be totally chemical free if we live in this modern world but the more we can eliminate the better we feel and the more awesome our experience of life will be.
The tricky bit is that you will never truly understand how much this food and house hold products have been effecting you emotionally mentally and physically until you stop, and stopping is hard because these toxic chemicals are addictive, which of course they would have to be because otherwise how else would you get reasonable men and women to repeatedly consume them.
So here we go, let’s dive in , this may be a bit of a long read but stick in there, I have some tips on where you can start, so hopefully you will finish this article motivated to make some changes and with some direction on what to do first.
The Worst Offenders
Air fresheners – plug ins sprays and many scented candles
Shampoo and hair products
Body sprays and moisturisers
Food – Processed and Convenience foods, Processed meats
Drinks, diet and energy drinks, any fizzy pop especially with HFCS
A Day in Poison
Depending on where you live in the world will affect the severity of harmful chemicals you are exposed to, The UK has less chemical and carcinogens in products than USA but we still have a ridiculous amount.
Walk downstairs with a liberal dose of plug in air freshener going on your skin and in your lungs
Jump in the shower and cover your body liberally with poison, wash your hair in poison, leaving poison residue in your hair to keep working
Clean your teeth with fluoride, just to ensure the poison is going straight to your brain.
Moisturise – liberally spread that poison over your skin
Makeup contains many nasty or cruel ingredients and practices
Make breakfast – bread cereals and so on contain nasty chemicals so we want to make sure we get those chemicals in our bodies
A quick clean before you go out, lets really breathe in those nasty chemicals and ensure all work surfaces have a decent layer of chemicals.
Before we have even left the house we have a great baseline of chemical on our skin and hair, in our lungs, stomach and bloodstream.
That is before we even consider the toxicity of microwaves, cell phone, 5g, smart meters and so on.
Then its lunch time a light snack of more toxic and chemical laden “food”
Maybe a few chemical drinks laden with aspartame, HFCS or sugar, toxicity overload
We spend the day working in offices or shops pumping out more dangerous and toxic radio waves. Surrounded by the ever increasing negativity and toxic energy of others.
On our journey to and from work we are breathing in environmental toxins and pollutants
We get home and after a stressful day we treat ourselves to a bottle of wine and a takeaway, nicely rounding off our day of chemical overload and ensuring that we sleep badly and wake up in no way ready for a fun and productive day, rather our state of mind and physical state is depressed and so the cycle continues.
The more toxins we expose ourselves to the harder it is to break this cycle. When our bodies are depressed in this way, everything feels overwhelming and confusing, we just don’t have the physical mental or emotional resources to cope with change let alone instigate it.
But break the cycle we must, until we stop putting so many chemicals in our bodies, we are never going to be able to live a full and rewarding life.
Life isn’t meant to be just getting through the day, with work sucking the time and life out of you, so an evening chilling in front of Netflix is a dream come true, that is not living, that is chemical suppression.
Your whole system is depressed with drugs, your body is fighting to restore balance, to keep your head above water but it is fighting a losing battle. This is why you feel so tired and emotional all the time, irritable and dissatisfied. It’s why you just want to be left alone or to run away and hide. It’s why everything feels such a struggle and you just don’t seem to have any energy or motivation.
I was watching a film the other evening, I don’t remember what it was called or even that much about it but one thing really stood out for me and it was this, the film was set in the future, we had finally destroyed earth and future civilisation were living in these “eutopias” where there was no conflict destruction etc but to achieve this the people had to have a injection each morning which seemed to switch off their emotions, so they were compliant and law abiding but they didn’t really feel anything.
We watch things like this and we may think oh I could see that happening but that is the thing it is already happening, we may not have a daily injection but we are liberally dosing ourselves every day. Think about it, the effects are the same, are they not?
The more chemicals you put in your body, the more suppressed your natural system becomes and the more susceptible you are to EVERYTHING, viruses and disease, depression and mental health issues, manipulation and incitement, fear and anxiety. When your natural system is depressed, you become disconnected from your inner power and that leaves you open to being controlled and manipulated by others.
So this is where I suggest you start, firstly get a grip! I mean this nicely but I know you may be panicking a little bit right now and you’ve had an information or revelation overload and it may have triggered a fight or flight reaction in you, so take a moment and breathe.
The important thing is longevity, making a life style change rather than a knee jerk reaction. So you need to make a plan and take it slowly.
Right so there are two areas that you need to focus on education and action.
Take some time to do your own research, check facts, form your own opinions. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, you can resonate with some things and not others and that is fine, you are forming your own theories and view points, as these will change the more you learn and experience. A word of caution here though, don’t fall down the google hole and focus just on research. Have a plan, what is it do you want to learn about in this session, have some questions, go in find the answers, from a variety of sources and then get out, otherwise you will end up getting distracted with questions like is the world flat or is the moon an alien space station and right here right now that stuff doesn’t matter, right now your focus is cutting back on your toxins and being informed as to the reasons why you are doing this.
Next you have to have an action plan, start small and build up slowly, this ensures that you are creating habits and strong foundations, so longevity is assured.
Start with air fresheners – bin them all, maybe you could research vegan environmental friendly or homemade alternatives. Go old school and use flowers.
Next change your toothpaste, there are lots of fluoride free toothpastes on the market but you won’t find them in your local supermarket but there are lots of environmentally friendly stores popping up all over, these are usually family run, so win win.
Once you have found a good source for your toothpaste you will see other products in their range for household cleaning, laundry and personal hygiene. Start trying some out. Now you will have to get over your prejudices and conditioning here, you will feel reticent and doubt whether it will be any good. Remember you have had a life time of being fed the lie that these brand names are the best and most desirable. We believe they are the best why, oh because they told us, every day for the last 20, 30 40 years.
I know viewing habits have changed now but when I was growing up the tv was a big part of our lives and because we only had 4 channels and no mobile phones we sat and watched those adverts. How many tooth paste ads did I watch during my childhood that told me to liberally squeeze my toothpaste, covering the whole bristle head? Yet the instructions tell you no more than a pea size amount and to seek medical attention if you swallow it, How F’d up is that? They were sending two clear messages here, one to manipulate our behaviour and the other to cover their arses.
Be firm but fair with yourself push yourself past your conditioning and slowly start to swap the toxins in your house for vegan environmentally friendly products. Take your time finding the right fit for you and don’t give up at the first disappointment.
Start to look at your diet and cut out all fizzy drinks, if you drink more than a couple of these a day or you drink energy drinks, cut down slowly, caffeine and sugar withdrawal is not fun so do it gradually.
Look at the things that you can change quickly and easily, it may be having one meal a week that is vegetarian and home cooked, this is a great way to start experimenting with vegetarian recipes without it being a huge lifestyle change. Let your interest and passion lead the way, once you start getting into it, 1 night will grow to 2 and before you know you are rarely eating meat or processed foods because your own home cooked food is the most delicious.
Once you stop consuming so many chemicals in your food your tastebuds will return and the moment you eat that processed food you once loved you will instantly taste those nasty chemicals and be revolted by it. Trust me! Every now and then I try and eat processed food, whether that is a ketchup, a ready meal or a dessert, any food really that is not whole, that has been processed in one way or another and I cannot make it past two mouthfuls, the chemical taste over powers everything, aspartame is the worst, my body can instantly recognise this chemical and rejects it mentally emotionally and physically. It really is that disgusting but because you have been exposed to it for so long you can no longer taste it.
I watched a documentary once about a group of African refugees coming to America, it was a great documentary, sorry but I can’t remember the name of it, all that toothpaste I consumed as a kid probably. Anyway they were tribal lads and when they first tasted American food, they were disgusted puzzled surprised and so on, they could taste the poison and they didn’t like it. But soon the fat salt and sugar got them and HFCS finished them off, they became junkies like everyone else.
The power these products have is astounding, with the power of their marketing and the addictive qualities of their products we are like lambs to the slaughter but that is only when we are unaware, when we are sheeple, following the crowd to our mutual destruction. Once we become aware, we can make a change, we can say no and we can definitely say how this is going to play out.
We are not taking on the corporations here, we are saying we see what you are doing and we are no longer willing to be part of that, we no longer accept your BS and allow your poisons willingly and readily into our homes and our bodies. We are not here to get them to stop doing what they are doing but we are stopping them from doing it to us. If we don’t use their products then at least we are protecting ourselves in our own homes, protecting our families. When more people begin to unplug, to stop buying their products then the compound affect is we have more awakened, chemical free, heart centred people who in turn help and inspire those around them and this in turn takes down the corporation, their life force is cut off, they are dependent on more and more people buying their products, when people stop, they lose their power and die.
So if we all focus on getting ourselves chemical free, we are empowering the world to break free.
Anyway I digressed somewhat, where were we, oh yes try going home made vegetarian one night a week, make a commitment and stick to it, you can manage one night a week and then take it from there.
So 1) Bin Air fresheners, 2) Fluoride Free Toothpaste 3)Look at other household and every day items you can swap 4) 1 veggie meal per week 5) Do some research into what you are getting rid of and why.
Look at cutting out or cutting down on all processed foods, fizzy drinks, alcohol, caffeine, cakes pastry and bread, meat and dairy. Takeaway foods, and snacks. I know that might seem like everything so just pick one thing to start cutting back on. Also there are some amazing foods and recipes out there that you just don’t have space for in your life because of all the “other stuff” you eat, once you start cutting back, giving yourself some space to try out new things and also to give your tastebuds a break so they can recover and you can enjoy the beauty of simple vegetables and salad as though you are eating the most amazing feast you could imagine right now.
When I was still on my chemical cocktail a bowl of salad leaves to me was pretty dull and needed dressing, it just seemed so limp and boring and tasteless. Now, I prefer my leaves without dressing, although I still like to spice it up now and then with a homemade dressing I would never in a million years destroy such a feast with shop bought, that would hurt my soul. A big bowl of mixed salad leaves oh my days nom nom nom nom nom, a bloody taste sensation. I mean, I am in the moment now, it just has so many different tastes and also sensations, so you get the crunchy stalk, peppery, yet cool or a little bitter and then soft buttery leaves that feel warm and the zingy lemon or sweet basil, I have a bit of a love hate with the more bitter leaves, I love that they give me a kick up the bum if I haven’t been paying attention, I hate that sometimes it can taste like ear wax but then I love that it makes the next mouthful taste all the more sweet and refreshing.
My physical body is shouting Yes because it is getting the clean nutrients it needs and because I have de-programmed the marketing propaganda my mind shouts yes. I have processed my emotional imbalances so my emotional body shouts yes as it knows I am worthy of the best, as I eat food like this my whole being shouts yes, helping me eat with gratitude and appreciation for every single bite and benefit.
This is being in unity, your whole being is unified in this moment, your mind emotions and physical body are all in agreement that this is a great thing. Your whole being is then unified with the food you are preparing, as you prepare to become one and work together. Something amazing happens when we eat, something magical. The transformation process, the exchange of energy, the mutual satisfaction of need or goal, all of it is huge, so we should take more time to honour and experience this process.
Seriously I know I sound like an idiot but once you get rid of the chemical cocktail within you, you will get what I mean and you will find yourself raving to a friend about some amazingly delicious yet simple meal you ate and they will give you that look, that lets you know you lost them at artichoke.
I adopt a conscious eating lifestyle, eating whatever and whenever my body desires it. This is how I experience my relationship with food. I will know what my body needs by being attuned to its cravings, we can all do this however when you are in chemical overload your desires are over ridden by your chemical addiction so you crave, bread sugar in particular HFCS and so on rather than your bodies own natural language.
So once I know what my body desires and when it is hungry I cook, I go with my intuition as I cook on ingredients and portion size. I love the whole process, knowing that I am going to taste something amazing, give my body some awesome nutrition and feel satisfied. Working with the vegetables I appreciate their awesome colours and textures, the sounds and smells when I cut or break them, the smell of freshly chopped herbs yum, it is all so fabulous And that awesome realisation that this is all for you, this plant grew from a seed, with the help of the earth, moon and the sun, the rain, the worms and me. It carried its awesomeness all that time for me so I could not only enjoy and be nourished in this moment but to take that energy and move with it into the future. Isn’t that just fabulous? I love to take a moment and just celebrate how awesome the vegetables and I really are.
When you grow your own vegetables you enter into an agreement with each seed that makes your food all the sweeter.
When we plant a seed we give it the conditions for life, we and the seed have a purpose, for the seed to grow into a healthy and abundant plant producing great and nutrient rich food for our consumption. In order for this to happen we have to care for and honour the plant, providing it with not only what it needs for nutrition and growth but also energetically, we have love and appreciation for what it is and will be, we have thanks and gratitude for the whole process and everything that brings. We provide the best conditions and allow the plant to flourish, in its own way, this is how we honour them once we are ready to eat them, to appreciate them in reaching their full potential, expressing who they are perfectly. It is then our duty to cook them in the most appreciative way possible and that is most often the simplest way, using techniques and ingredients that let their unique tastes shine through, whilst also retaining their nutritional properties.
Why would you want to take something that has grown so perfectly, cook all the nutrients out of it and cover it in a chemical sauce, you wouldn’t if you knew that was what you were doing. The chemical fog in our brain stops us from making these connections and realisations, after all if it was that bad the people on the TV would tell us right? I mean look how they warned us about fluoride lol, without the chemical overload we would never fall for or put up with this.
Start a journal, writing down how you feel, mentally emotionally and physically then cut a food out, say fizzy drinks and then journal how you feel. Do the same with household cleaners, air fresheners and such. This will really help you to see how beneficial the changes are. Just remember to do it slowly and know that sometimes the detoxing will feel a bit rubbish but it is just a stage in the process and you will get passed it and the other side is amazingly vibrant.
Education is power and with action brings success, so educate yourself and then start doing something about it – with baby steps.