This is a guest post from The Non-Toxic Mom, who blogs often and with enthusiasm about living a non-toxic lifestyle.
I REMEMBER ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO when I lived in a place called la-la land. La-la land was fun; you got to eat all sorts of crap with no (obvious) repercussions. Sure, you may have been nutrient deficient. Sure, you may have been consuming poison. Sure, you were most likely turning on all sorts of cancer genes, but none of that mattered. All that mattered was that life was EASY. A trip to the grocery store was so simple in good old la-la land; you just wandered in and out of aisles and threw whatever you wanted into your cart. Cookies full of hydrogenated fat and preservatives? Sure, Iâ€™ll take 2 boxes. Ices with red dye #40? Definitelyâ€¦ what better treat is there on a hot day? How about some barbecue chips with MSG? Right onâ€¦ what better taste is there in a chip than that of being at a barbecue? And this was only the beginning, the junk food aisles, where at least I had a modicum of guilt because I knew these were snacks. Then came the â€œfoodsâ€ that I thought were OK, and I would buy them without any clue that they were toxicâ€¦ margarine (What? Itâ€™s not healthier than butter?), non-dairy creamer (Isnâ€™t it just milk thatâ€™s not dairy?), peanut butter (Ohâ€¦.hydrogenated oils donâ€™t naturally occur in here?), diet soda (Isnâ€™t it much better for you than regular â€˜cuz thereâ€™s no sugar?)â€¦ sadly the list goes on and on. Yes, I was ignorant. Yes, some people find this to be bliss.
Out with ignorance, in with awareness.
These days, Iâ€™m living in the real world. The world where (SPOILER ALERT: donâ€™t read on if you arenâ€™t ready) THERE ARE LOTS OF FOODS THAT WE GREW UP EATING, THAT MANY OF OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND RELATIVES EAT, THAT ARE REALLY NOT GOOD FOR US. I know this can be hard to hear. I know the prospect of changing all the food in our pantry seems daunting. The beauty is you can work at your own pace. The next time youâ€™re at the supermarket, put the puff pastry dough down. Thatâ€™s it, you can do it. Donâ€™t be scared. Itâ€™s a change, but if you listen closely, you can hear your heart fluttering a â€œthank you.â€ If your kids ask you to buy Gushers, stand tall, stand proud, and say noâ€¦but offer something in its place. There are so many non-toxic fruity-candy-rolly-squishy treats out there that can serve as replacements. In fact, there are replacements for most of the products that you will soon find yourself refusing to buy. Youâ€™ll feel better knowing that you donâ€™t have the bad stuff in your house and that youâ€™re not supporting the companies who make it.
Awareness is in… as for ignorance, that is SO 5 years ago.