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Creating A Healthy Home

  Its our honor to introduce our friend, Lauren Dahl. Lauren has been pursuing the art of homemaking for more than a decade.  She strives to create a completely non-toxic and self-sustainable environment for her family. Her heart is to help others find the confidence to take simple steps towards a safer home.

Its our honor to introduce our friend, Lauren Dahl. Lauren has been pursuing the art of homemaking for more than a decade.  She strives to create a completely non-toxic and self-sustainable environment for her family. Her heart is to help others find the confidence to take simple steps towards a safer home.

If 15 years ago you had told me I’d live in California, eat 100% organic and seasonal diet, and was trying to create a home that had no trash and was toxic free, I would have thought you were crazy. I love how life throws us curve balls and often we end up where we never imagined we’d be. I grew up in a fairly healthy home, but we still ate fast food occasionally and had sodas. I had no idea that health was more than counting calories and exercising. Little did I know how much more a healthy life could entail. 

I would say over the past 10 years, I have spent several hundred hours (if not thousands) researching health. A huge reason I’ve started my blog and doing live workshops is so that other people don’t have to spend that amount of time researching what a healthy lifestyle can look like. My hope is that I can condense my findings and give others the benefits of simple, easily accessible, and budget friendly information on how to make changes in their lives as well.

What most of us don’t realize is that health is more than what we eat. We can change our diets. We can consume organic, seasonal food and cleanse our bodies of processed foods and sugars, but that alone is not enough. It is a terrific start though! So, if that’s where you are starting, I’m so proud of you. But what I hope to show you today is that there is also more impacting our lives and bodies than food alone.

I’ve spent about 10 years slowly researching other places chemicals and toxins were getting into my life besides just my food. This isn’t something I went all out for and spent massive amounts of money and time on. As I noticed places in my life, I researched how I could make changes. For example, we had a non-stick pan that was starting to get scratched. I had a thought, “I must be eating that non-stick material that’s getting scratched off. Wonder what’s in it?” And from there I researched pots and pans.

When I had kids, I realized how much time they spent on a mattress. I wondered what was in them, because I knew they were inhaling a lot of air (or fumes) being released around the mattress. So, you see? It’s not like I have made this a full time job. But I have been intentional at keeping my eyes open to places that I could improve my and my family’s health.

Not everyone agrees with me, but I do believe that many of the sicknesses and illnesses we have today are because of choices we’ve made. So many of those choices have been made innocently, because we simply didn’t know the truth. Who knew that brand new carpet in your house is one of the most toxic things for you to breathe? Imagine a baby crawling all over that toxic carpet every day then sleeping on a mattress releasing toxic fumes from the fire retardant required by law to be on it. No, it doesn’t surprise me that it is normal to have conversations about cancer, chronic illness, constant aches and pains, asthma, and other sicknesses.

If anything, it makes me sad and angry. Many of us are sick or have sick family members, and we have no idea why. Food is key. Changing your diet is a huge step to a healthy body. But getting the toxins out of your home and daily life is just as much of a key as food.

There are so many simple changes we can make that improve our lives and the lives of others. Detoxing our homes is essential to detoxing our bodies. Getting the toxins and chemicals out of our homes means that we won’t be exposing our bodies to them anymore. 

The biggest key to creating a healthy home is to keep it simple. Take it one step at a time. As many of you probably know, changing your diet and the food you eat is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. Creating a healthy home is the same. There are things you can do to detox your home that cost a lot of money and some that are free. There are some things that will take a huge investment of your time and many that will take very little of your time. I encourage you to make one change per month. That might not sound like a lot, but when you look back after a year, you will be able to see some major changes in your life. You will have taken some huge steps forward to creating a healthy home.

If you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a blog I wrote on the Dirty Dozen of the home. It’s my top 12 things I’d choose to change first. Some are more expensive than others, but all of them are very do-able for the average person.

Remember, take it one step at a time. You are worth it, and your family is worth it. Start looking around you home with different lenses on. Look for ways that you can make changes and create a home that is healthy and toxic free for you and your family!

For further inspiration, follow Lauren on Instagram and enjoy her blog: Living Home