Welcome to LIVE FREE

LIVE FREE IS A LIFESTYLE BLOG DEDICATED TO MAKING YOUR LIFE EASIER

Welcome, and congratulations on your decision to LIVE FREE! Your body is truly a scientific masterpiece, and the only one you have – so treat it well.

High doses of artificial chemicals and synthetics are bad for you.* Consider what you come in contact with everyday: hair and skin products, makeup, processed food, air pollution, UVA/UVB rays, artificial colors and flavors. Did you know something as innocent-seeming as your furniture can emit toxic chemicals? That’s right – formaldehyde. The National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” and according to the Environmental Protection Agency it may cause cancer. It doesn’t stop there.

By themselves and in small doses, these things are not necessarily life-threatening, but when added together… it’s a scary picture. The purpose of this blog is to help you make better decisions about what you are putting into and onto your body to stay healthy. An added bonus? You’ll look better, feel better and save money, too.

Some people use eco-friendly products derived from organic plants where workers are paid a reasonable salary and humans and animals are both treated fairly. They eat grass-fed animals, organic and locally-grown fruits and vegetables, buy green household cleaning products (or make their own) and never, never use plastic containers. Kudos!

The rest of us try to make the best decision out of the options available. What can we afford that will keep our conscience (and pores) clean? Being mindful of your purchases and eating healthy, real food doesn’t mean driving 45 minutes to a specialty store and spending a third of your salary on a product you hope works. It means picking the better choice of the three left on the shelf on Sunday night when you finally got to the grocery store or CVS. LIVE FREE means allowing yourself to do your best, even though we all fall short sometimes – and not feeling guilty.

I try to make environmentally-sound and natural choices in my life – while sticking to realistic expectations about what is conveniently available and affordable. I’m doing the hard work creating clean eating recipes, analyzing which “green” household items give you the best bang for your buck, and evaluating DIY tips to save money (and sanity). I hope this blog becomes a helpful resource as you navigate grocery aisles and department stores alike – and ultimately gives you time back into your day.

Take a walk. Eat fruit. Drink water. Purchase on sale. Get enough sleep. Read a book. Tell your friends and family you love them.

Need more detailed advice on natural, toxin-free living in the modern world? Stick around – that’s what this blog is all about!

* The jury is still out on how bad, but when in doubt… leave it out. It took years to recognize the harmful effects of asbestos, lead paint, cigarettes and BPA.

National Toxicology Program: The NTP is an interagency program whose mission is to evaluate agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology. The program maintains an objective, science-based approach in dealing with critical issues in toxicology and is committed to using the best science available to prioritize, design, conduct, and interpret its studies.

Environmental Protection Agency: A government organization with a mission to protect human health and the environment.

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