PRODUCTS MADE FROM CONVENTIONALLY PRODUCED INGREDIENTS CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. THE MANUFACTURING OF CHEMICAL-HEAVY HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS PUTS THOSE CHEMICALS, AND MANY MORE, INTO THE AIR AND WATER, AND EVEN MORE GO DOWN YOUR DRAIN IN YOUR OWN HOME. WHEN INGREDIENTS FOR NATURAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS ARE FARMED AND MANUFACTURED ORGANICALLY, FEWER CHEMICALS ARE PUT INTO THE AIR AND WATER.
CHEMICALS, ARTIFICIAL COLORS, AND FILLERS IN SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AND MAKEUP CAN CAUSE REDNESS, IRRITATION, AND BREAKOUTS. MANY PEOPLE ARE EVEN ALLERGIC TO CHEMICALS COMMONLY FOUND IN CONVENTIONALLY PRODUCED PRODUCTS. NATURAL MAKEUP, SKIN CARE PRODUCTS, AND BODY PRODUCTS WORK WITH YOUR SKIN INSTEAD OF AGAINST IT.
SAVE YOUR NOSE!
ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES ARE DESIGNED TO COVER UP THE SMELL OF OTHER CHEMICALS USED IN TRADITIONAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS. THE EFFECT IS THAT YOU HAVE A CHEMICAL TO COVER UP ANOTHER CHEMICAL, AND ALL THOSE CHEMICAL SMELLS CAN CAUSE HEADACHES IN MANY PEOPLE. NATURAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS SMELL LIKE THEIR NATURAL INGREDIENTS, NOT A COCKTAIL OF CHEMICALS. NATURAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS SCENTED WITH NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS CAN EVEN PROVIDE AROMATHERAPY.
NO STRANGE SIDE EFFECTS!
PARABENS ARE USED IN CONVENTIONALLY PRODUCED HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS AS A PRESERVATIVE TO EXTEND THE SHELF LIFE OF PRODUCTS. PARABENS, HOWEVER, ARE SYNTHETIC AND MIMIC YOUR BODY’S NATURAL HORMONES. MANY PEOPLE WORRY THAT THIS CAN ALTER THE FUNCTIONS OF YOUR BODY’S ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS LIKE PARABENS MAY HELP A PRODUCT DO ONE THING WELL, BUT THERE COULD BE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS THAT ARE STILL BEING UNCOVERED. NATURAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS USE NATURAL PRESERVATIVES, SUCH AS GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT, THAT WON’T AFFECT YOUR BODY. AND WHILE SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALLERGIES TO A FEW NATURAL INGREDIENTS (LANOLIN, WHICH COMES FROM WOOL, IS AN ALLERGEN FOR SOME) THE EFFECTS ARE MUCH MORE UNDERSTOOD THAN THE ONES FROM SYNTHETIC INGREDIENTS.
GENTLER OVER TIME!
MANY NATURAL PRODUCTS WORK BETTER THAN THEIR CONVENTIONAL COUNTERPARTS BECAUSE THEY DON’T CONTAIN UNNECESSARY FILLERS OR IRRITANTS. AND WHILE SOME UNNATURAL PRODUCTS MAY SEEM TO WORK BETTER WITH THE FIRST TRY, OVER THE LONG-TERM, THE HARMFUL CHEMICALS THAT MADE YOUR SKIN FEEL CLEANER OR YOUR HAIR FEEL SMOOTHER MAY ACTUALLY CAUSE DAMAGE.
There I was, in my office at work, minding my own business, when my assistant asked me if I'd seen this documentary on Netflix called "What the Health". I told her no, I've not, and continued to eat my lunch. She told me about certain parts of the film but it didn't phase me; I continued to eat my food, unbothered. My assistant mentioned to me that she decided to become Vegan after watching the documentary. I was beyond excited for her! She was looking for a lifestyle change and she found it! For weeks she posted lots of yummy vegan food on her Insta and brought to work the best lunches I've ever seen. However, I still was not moved.
Fast forward one or so months. I decide to watch "What the Health" with my man. Y'all, I could not believe what I was watching. I won't write about the film content but I will say I am hard to shock/surprise and I was astounded! Everett, my man, fell asleep and I watched the entire mind boggling, life changing, sad, but informative documentary. After the film ended I stared at the TV for what seemed to be an eternity. Right then is when I made the decision to change my lifestyle and become vegan. I immediately took to FB and Insta to find support and resources so I could maintain this decision. I was up until the wee hours - joining FB groups, following vegans in Insta for recipes and saving recipes on Google. The next morning, Thursday, March 8th, I asked Everett if he wanted to join me in this lifelong commitment. He said yes and I was over the moon that he would do this with me, for I knew it wouldn't be easy!
You may have asked yourself: "did she really turn vegan from a movie?" No, that's not the only reason. Albeit, if it were, that's reason enough. "What the Health" informed me of the many issues the food we eat can cause to our bodies, but I had a stronger reason: my mom recently passed away from Cancer. Her sister, who's in her 60s, was diagnosed with Cancer just months after her sister's passing. HBP, high cholesterol, diabetes and just overall unhealthiness runs in my family. I understand genetics for I work in the healthcare field. I also know that the foods you ingest play a huge part in cell replication, especially the foods that contain carcinogens.
Here we are, 14 months vegan and I have to say I don't know why I didn't make this change sooner! This past 14 months have been eye-opening, challenging, fun, educational and well worth it! I've learned how to read the ingredients on packages (with the knowledge of which aren't good for me), I've learned about approx. 7 different veggies (where have you been all my life?!), how to make a mean vegan stir fry, self-discipline with regard to abstaining from cheese, and my focus has gone through the roof. I've not lost much weight (I'm jelly that my man has though), but that's not an end goal for me. My skin is amazing and my tummy doesn't hurt after I eat like it did before I was vegan.
Some benefits of veganism:
All of the following nutritional benefits come from a vegan diet full of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products.
Eating a healthy vegan diet has shown to prevent a number of diseases. Find out from the list below what you could potentially avoid just by switching to a healthy, balanced vegan way of eating.
In addition to good nutrition and disease prevention, eating vegan also provides many physical benefits. Find out how a vegan diet makes your body stronger, more attractive, and more energetic.
In addition to the health benefits above, following a vegan lifestyle and diet also provides these benefits as well. From helping the environment to avoiding serious bacterial infections, learn other benefits to eating the vegan way below.
I just started this journey and I have so much to learn! I've received sly and just plain rude comments from people, some strangers, about my lifestyle change but I've never been one to entertain a negative Nancy. I do what I do for me, not them. On the flip side, I've received much support from family and that was unexpected and is gold to me! If you're on this journey and need support, hit me up! If you've been on this journey for awhile, I'd appreciate your wisdom!