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PhotobucketAlright, I’m not really in agreement with the title of this post, but I figured this subject (and part of my life) deserved blog recognition. As of 2012, I have cut back my use of soap drastically.

I had already cut my shampoo use to once a week, and I was using Burt’s mostly natural shampoo. Despite being *mostly* good for you, I realized my hair really wasn’t generating that much oil, and decided to try the baking soda route. I have washed my hair with shampoo once since the new year (cause I used a LOT of hairspray that day) but other than that my hair is clean, not-smelly, and shiny.

I’ve also stopped using bar soap to cleanse my body. Instead I’ve been making a slightly thicker baking soda mixture and cleansing my body with it as well.

Lastly, I stopped using anti-perspirant and instead I’m using a natural deodorant. My roommates joke that I’ve become a dirty hippy, but honestly I don’t smell, I’m saving money, it’s better for the environment, and much better for my long-term health. I guess now would be a good time to buy some stock in Arm & Hammer, huh?

Practicality

October 18, 2011

prac·ti·cal·i·ty/ˌpraktiˈkalətē/

Noun:
  1. The quality or state of being practical.
  2. The aspects of a situation that involve the actual doing or experience of something rather than theories or ideas.

This is a new concept to me, making choices that are practical, rather than what seems most fun, easiest, cheapest etc. Part of this is growing up, but another is lifestyle/diet related.

Over the weekend I was tasked with needing to buy new walking shoes. For the last two years or so I’ve been buying a pair of Tom’s every month and using them as a measure of the amount I was walking: if I could wear through a pair of Tom’s in a month, I was walking enough. However, this also made my shoe budget $40 a month. While that isn’t an insane amount it is a consistent expense I probably don’t need to incur. On top of that some research and gentle urging from Sam led me to decide Tom’s aren’t really the best way to be spending my money.

This visit to the shoe store lead me to buy these Merrell’s and this is where the practicality comes into play. I don’t find these shoes too terribly aesthetically pleasing, and they are surely not as hip and trendy as owning 10 million colors of Tom’s is, BUT they also support my feet, don’t slip on my bike pedals, and won’t wear out in a month.

I know that there exists a balance between form and function, and I’ll surely get used to wearing more practical shoes (and other things) over time. I will say, I went out dancing in these shoes on Saturday–at a very trendy place, and my moves were fantastic compared to when I wear my 5-inch heels. However, there is a time and place for everything and I’m not giving those up forever. But, for walking around town trying to burn my extra pounds off and be greener, these new practical shoes are better.

Other practical purchases I’ll be making soon: a better coat and bike lights, but those are for another post. I don’t want to make Sam too excited with my rationality all at once.

Natural Shampoo

August 3, 2011

PhotobucketWith all this focus on a natural diet I wondered if it would make much of a difference to switch to other natural products. I’m not going full-bore and throwing out my chemical stuff for non-chemical stuff, because that would be really wasteful. However, I am trying to replace things I run out of with more natural options. I started with some shampoo and conditioner.

I’ve been using Burt’s Bees lip balm for yeeeears and figured, since I already know Burt intimately (he’s always on my lips, that rascal), I may as well try his other products. I bought the Pomegranate and Soy shampoo and conditioner for volume (which I really don’t need), but it smells amazing and seems to be working really well. I immediately noticed that it doesn’t create much of a lather. This is because it doesn’t contain harsh sulfates that make all the fun bubbles. It’s weird to not have foamy hair, but still have clean hair because we’ve all grown to relate foamy lather to clean.

I even like it so much I washed my doggies with it. They usually get a vanilla oatmeal bath, which is natural, but this was a nice change of pace. I’m also realizing that I probably take much better care of them than I do of myself. Lucky dogs.

Sustainable Seafood

July 11, 2011

PhotobucketFish is a really great way to get lean protein and good fats in your diet. Good Fish Bad Fish, based in Australia, outlines how to make substitutions to your favorite fish recipes to avoid feeding on the more scarce species. Fish is one of the most plentiful animals because all you really have to do is leave them alone and let them grow and procreate, but overfishing does happen, and it’s much better to take advantage of the fist that aren’t at risk of extinction.

If you aren’t much of a fish eater, I recommend trying to replace chicken dishes with a more bland white fish. They won’t taste too fishy, and you’ll still get a lot of nutritional benefit.

Pick Ripe Produce

July 10, 2011

PhotobucketSince this week has had a lot of posts about fresh produce, and the farmers market in town was open yesterday (yay more fuel for the juicer). I figured I’d repost this guide from Lifehacker on How to Pick Ripe, Fresh Produce.

I’m pretty good with common fruits and veggies: apples, melons and such. But earlier this week I stood in front of a mound of beets totally perplexed. If you’ve had a similar experience, I’d definitely suggest checking this article out.

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