Small beginnings!

I’m a 34 year old living in Dublin city. I’m married to a wonderful man and have an amazing little 15 month old girl (where did the time go??). While we were always pretty healthy, we have got better since our baby was born, and especially since our little girl started eating solids in January, we’ve upped the ante even more: for example, we hardly add salt to our food, don’t eat much refined sugar, we are much more conscious of getting our “5 a day”, we have a steam mop for our tiles, and we use reusable wipes at home. I know there’s a long, long way to go, though!

Lately I’ve been getting more and more uncomfortable with all the chemicals, additives and other nasties in our food, drink and skin and cleaning products, particularly as I watch my perfect child develop little patches of dry skin here and there, some rashes, and so on. Nothing serious, since she was exclusively breastfed to six months, and is still breastfed alongside the healthy foods, which is helping a lot, but she doesn’t only eat at home, and we are all exposed to so many environmental toxins during our day to day lives, it’s somewhat inevitable that reactions will present. I have eczema which flares up badly during times of stress and when the seasons change; and my husband suffers from seborrhoeic dermatitis which affects his scalp badly with a lot of itching and flaking, and flares up on his body from time to time, causing him great grief. Both of our complexions could be a lot better; we are certainly not glowing! I could definitely lose some weight and we both need more pep in our step, generally.
I recently joined a Facebook page called “Unprocessed Ireland” and have been getting some really good ideas. This has prompted me to finally succumb to the pleasures (dangers?) of Pinterest and I’ve been pinning like a mad thing. I’ve decided to dedicate myself to making one small change a month, or more if I can, to go as “unprocessed” as possible in our day to day lives.
Please feel free to comment and give me ideas on what do to, or perhaps if there’s something you want to try and haven’t been able to yet, see if I’m game!
Wish me luck 🙂

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