Have you ever said you were going to do something.. and actually stuck with it? How about for a whole week? I’ve always been the kind of person that says they’re totally, 100 percent going to stick to doing something new, but then only lasts about three days doing it. Whether it’s drinking more water, reading more books, or watching less Netflix (LOL never), I’ve never committed hard enough to stick it through a week. Which is why I’m going to be starting something new every week, and sticking to it day to day. I’m definitely going to be expecting some urges to give up but, I will not let you girls down! Hey, maybe whatever I’m doing will become a habit!
In the U.S. alone, the natural and organic industry is worth 30.2 billion dollars and continues to increase (according to the USDA). Before this week, I was not one of those consumers. My diet usually consists of non-organic foods and some processed foods, while the beauty products I use are usually the cheap stuff I can get at Target. I would have to say I definitely put my money before my overall health, which is a little frightening.
This week, I decided to eat and use nothing but natural and organic foods and products. Food-wise, this meant all my food would be organic and not highly processed. I also decided to use natural beauty products. This meant I was saying goodbye to processed foods like hot dogs and Top Ramen, and saying hello to organic, hormone-free chicken… because that’s the only protein I could afford. Here’s how it went:
Day 1 (Monday):
Today was my first official day of summer because school is finally over! I had to babysit for most of the day, so before I left, I gathered together my lunch and booked it over there. I knew I would be in a rush, so the day before I stopped at The Rabbit Hole Cafe, which is an all-organic restaurant near my house, and picked up a Greek salad. Yes, this may have been considered cheating because I didn’t make it myself, but every ingredient in the salad was (supposedly) organic. I also had an interesting green drink to try out. I bought this Orac-Energy Green packet at a Natural Foods Expo.
At lunch, I served the kids their Kraft Mac and Cheese, and sat down to eat my organic Greek salad and organic green drink thing. To start, the salad was lovely. Maybe I was just imagining things, but the ingredients tasted a little better than the Greek salads I usually eat. Plus, it was a day old and it was still fresh! Yum. The green drink thing consisted of organic berries and veggies… too bad it tasted like I was drinking seaweed juice. I spit it out immediately. After babysitting, I made dinner: organic chicken, organic apple. Simple, tasty, perfectly fine.
Day 2 (Tuesday):
No babysitting, which meant I had time to cook! Yay! Yesterday’s meal was good, except for the slime-juice, so I wanted to make something I would love and could munch off of all week. I headed to the store to buy a bunch of organic items: chicken, wheat tortillas, avocados, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and salsa. I totally bought myself an organic Mexican fiesta, so I decided to make chicken with pico de gallo and guacamole. When it was time to add lime juice, I realized I hadn’t bought an organic lime. We didn’t have any organic limes, and it was such an important ingredient that I had to beg my older sister to buy it for me in exchange for food. She accepted!
After my I got my organic lime using my impressive persuasive skills, I put in the food and voila! My organic feast was made. How did it taste? It was absolutely delicious. Seriously. The items were more pricey than normal, but I knew I would live off this meal for a week, so it seemed pretty worth it. Oh, and my sister loved it, too!
Day 3 (Wednesday):
I went over to my boyfriends house and ate some of my left-overs there. Of course, it was delicious, and he was jealous I didn’t bring any over for him! When it was time for him to cook, he made Top Ramen and man, did it smell good. He boiled the ramen and threw non-organic chopped vegetables there. I literally just stared at him while he ate, wanting a bite of that processed unnatural goodness so badly. I stuck to my guns and did not have a bite.
Later that day, we were a little hungry again and he suggested that we get some Starbucks. At first I said yes, but then realized there probably wouldn’t be too many organic products there for me to eat. I suggested I cut up some of my organic fruit I brought over and drizzle some organic honey on it (the only organic product he has in his house, by the way). He hesitated, but again with my impressive persuasive skills, he hesitantly accepted my fruity proposal. After I finished chopping up the organic kiwis, pears, and fuji apples, I then drizzled it with the organic honey. I told him if he didn’t like it, he could get Starbucks without me, but that I didn’t think he would need to. I was right! He loved the fruit and so did I. It was so crisp and fresh, and the honey added another layer of sweetness to it. Plus, it was healthy! Cheyenne’s Persuasive Skills: 2, Starbucks: 0.
Day 4 (Thursday):
Ok, let’s take a break from this food talk and discuss some beauty stuff. So, after I had my organic meal (the chicken I had been eating and getting very tired of), it was shower time. I had been using natural shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face scrub, toothpaste, etc. For hair products, I used Herbal Essences Naked/Wild Naturals line, which contains no parabens, sulfates, or really any other ingredient that is difficult to pronounce. I had already tried the shampoo and knew it did wonders for my hair, so I was excited to try the conditioner too.
After the shower, my hair felt very soft and had almost no tangles. I loved how it made my hair look and feel! It took away the frizz and felt so nourished that I didn’t even have to use leave-in treatment. I got a few compliments on my hair, so maybe this will become my new shampoo and conditioner.
Day 5 (Friday):
You know that saying, “Why fix something that isn’t broken?” Well, this story is the perfect example of this. I decided to take a little break from my Essentials Naked/Wild Naturals line of products and use Burt’s Bees Shampoo and Conditioner. It claims to be 99 percent natural and it’s pomegranate scented…need I say more. I got into the shower, used the shampoo, and rinsed. My hair was very tangled after shampooing, which isn’t too abnormal, but it was more tangled than I’d like it to be. After this, I was excited for conditioner because my hair kind of had the consistency of dreadlocks. The conditioner was very thin as it plopped onto my hands. Just looking at it, it had the consistency of lotion rather than conditioner.
I put it on my hair, and as soon as it went on, I knew it was not going to get the job done. Even after letting it sit for five minutes, my hair was knotted and felt like sandpaper. Burt’s Bees, what are you doing to me?! The only good part about the shower was the facial scrub, because as you can see, it’s already part of my regular routine. As per the video after my shower, you could see how my hair looked…not pretty. After brushing it and brushing it, it finally was manageable, but felt dry. Maybe this would do wonders for short hair, but Burt’s is not cutting it for me. I never thought that sentence would come out of my mouth.
Day 6 (Saturday):
Today I discovered a product that I will use probably until the day I die… and it’s organic (duh). It’s called Dr. Bronner’s All-In-One Magic soap. I found it in the back of my bathroom cabinet and decided to try it out, because why not? Dr. Bronner’s has been around since the ’40s and is known for its crazy label. It’s covered with philosophical and theological poems and statements. I was truly weirded out by this soap before I used it. Dr. Bronner’s soap claims you can use it as shampoo, soap, household-cleaner, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and even toothpaste!
I had the Tea Tree Oil soap and was super curious to try this out. I got into the shower, put about a dime-size on my loofa, and it lathered up enough to cover my whole body! As soon as I rinsed, I realized I’ve never have felt so clean. I know that sounds nuts, but it really did have that effect. I also used it as shampoo, too. It left my hair a little tangled, but not as bad as Burt’s did. And, I could read the bottle while I showered! I am 100% sold on Dr. Bronner’s soap. It’s organic and requires very little to be completely cleaned from head to toe.
Day 7 (Sunday):
Ah, my last organic day. I had been eating chicken for a week straight and was pretty sick of it. After scavenging around my house, I found organic pumpkin cake mix in the back of my kitchen cabinet. No. Freaking. Way. This must have been like two thousand years old, but it expires July 2015! Yes, score! All I needed to do was add eggs and butter, er, organic eggs and butter that is. My family already buys organic eggs, so I was ok there. We did not have any organic butter in the house, nor did I feel like going to the store and buying any. So what did I do? I used organic applesauce that I found in the kitchen cabinet. Not only was it healthier than butter, but it also was a delicious organic substitute.
When the cake was done, I took the cake out of the oven, but wait, I was not done…no, no, no. I still had a couple of organic kiwis, nectarines, and crackers left. I poured some organic honey in a bowl, cut up and mixed the fruit in their, and then crushed up the crackers in it, too, because why not. I put atop of the cake and voila, delicious organic goodness. I even brought some over to my boyfriend’s house for him to eat. Mmmmmm, good way to end this organic week.
Conclusion: Ahhh, the organic and natural lifestyle, one that I never thought I could live by. The pros of living this way is that it helps keep you away from possibly risky chemicals and pesticides. The con, of course, is that it can be a little pricier. I can honestly say I did feel an energetic change in my body this week. I never once had that crappy food-crash feeling after eating. Even after I had four slices of that cake, (FOUR SLICES PEOPLE) I felt completely fine.
The natural beauty products, on the other hand, weren’t my favorite. The Herbal Essence shampoo was great and so was my dear Dr. Bronner’s, but Burt’s Bees shampoo and conditioner was awful. I can definitely see how some of these “unnatural” beauty product additives assist with how I like my hair to feel. I would love to go all organic, but unfortunately, my bank account would not permit that. I will start buying organic fruits and vegetables and maybe a few beauty products here and there, though. I went to a farmer’s market, which I’ve never been to, and I am definitely going to start doing that from now on! Alright, I’m gonna eat some more organic cake…that means it’s healthy, right?
Got anything you’d like me to try for a week? Tell me in the comments!
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