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Are you toxin-free or are some lingering habits keeping you from losing weight?

Diets about food are abundant! Consider this the “other” diet. This, is the toxin-free diet.

What about detoxing from all the chemicals and pollutants that confuse your hormones, slow your metabolism, and make you feel like it’s your fault? You’re exercising after all and eating “healthy” but nothing, nada, no progress? Well, never fear, it doesn’t take less food, more exercise, in fact quite the opposite though it does take paying attention to some other things.

The hot topics this time of year are health and fitness. Most often there’s a buzz about a diet of some kind. You most likely found me and are here too find answers to fitness after 50. The right nutrition for right now, not a diet is a part of the answer for that. Since I’m a believer I’m preaching to the choir with this Flipping 50 community, I just wanted to post a gentle reminder that toxins are everywhere, not just in our food and water.

If we don’t weed them out, like a garden, the fitness you’re working for may not have a chance to flower.

Here are six areas you may need to go toxin-free on during this health-focused time of year (I’m not including people – that’s up to you!). They each either contribute to your health or to your stress.

Pantry Raid

  1. Tossing expired items
  2. Organizing new recipes
  3. Stocking up on every day dry goods and travel items

My favorite skin care items come in sample sizes and travel-friendly sizes. I love two lines for travel: AnnMarie Skincare and The Spa Dr  – 

they both help me fight off the dry, stale air in hotels, airplanes, airports and deal with changes in climate.

  1. Supplement stock up (mentioned on the show: Multivitamin, Omega 3with D3, Probiotic, Digestive Enzyme, Magnesium)
  2. Protein restock (for smoothies and beyond – still time to get this success kit for 20% off this month)
  3. I didn’t mention this on the episode – If you’re really going all-in on this toxin-free diet, have your water tested. Know what your heavy metal levels are and whether you have fluoride or other toxins that can damage your hormone balance.

The six other areas of a toxin-free diet lifestyle I mentioned on this super short episode that I suggest you tackle one a week are:

A Tech Cleanse

  1. Set boundaries on being online vs. being productive
  2. Set purpose: research, writing, posting, community
  3. Cautious contact – if it’s on your body, in your pocket, or up to your ear, it’s too close.
  4. Overnight success – unplug electronics surrounding your head. Remove them from the bedroom completely is even better.
  5. Midnight to midnight cleanse once a week – it may cause withdrawals but you can do it! This one will really be reminiscent of a diet in the true sense! A toxin-free diet is really tough when it comes to tech. We’re addicted.

Skin Products

  1. Toss old products – just like the kitchen you can have expired products here that just need to go!
  2. Stock up on Plant-based oils and toxin-free skin care products 
  3. Cover your home, gym bag, and travel needs so it’s easy to be ready and less stressed if you frequently pick up and go to get ready somewhere else.

Closest Cleaning

  1. Donate items you haven’t worn in two years
  2. Store items you haven’t worn in a year
  3. Shop post-holiday sales: PJs, exercise clothes, outerwear if you need them

Clothing Care

  1. Spare the wear and tear.
  2. Minimize the water use by truly evaluating a need to wash clothes.
  3. Clean cleaning products.
  4. Dryer care – toss your toxic dryer sheets full of fragrance and move to something better.

Cleaning and Air Care

  1. Essential oil blends rather than your fragranced candles and room scents.
  2. Fragrance and chemical-free environmentally friendly cleaning products or essential oil blends for that too!
  3. Diffuser/humidifier for a dry winter air solution

Share your favorite ways to clean and purify. Using essential oils? Making your own soaps and lotions?

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