Home Safe Home – Cleaner Living For Your Family
Home Safe Home – Cleaner Living For Your Family. I have been a busy little bee lately. We are making some necessary changes in our home, for the better. These changes not only apply to the food we eat, but how it is cooked, how we clean up after and how we clean ourselves.
At one of my Making Lemonade support group meetings a few weeks ago, we had a guest speaker, Angela Woodward, give a presentation on “Home Safe Home“. Angie is the Patient Family Liaison for Integrative Pediatrics of Ohio, Dr. Allen T. Lewis here in Columbus. The purpose of the presentation was to discuss better choices you can make for your home to lower toxin exposure for your family, and why this is important.
Prior to Angie coming to speak at Making Lemonade, my partner in crime on our path to recovering our children from autism, Carey, and I had made a commitment to feed our family healthier choices. We started by investing various diets. Specifically, ones that are often linked to aiding in recovering children from autism. The three we looked closely at were the “Specific Carbohydrate Diet”, the “GAPS Diet” and the “100 Days of Real Food” program.
There were many factors that went into making our decision. For me it was the combination of several allergies, super picky eaters and the concept of starting with a simpler change. Maybe through time, our diet will progress into a stricter option. But until then, I had many challenges to face and needed a simple choice. Carey had her own reasoning but together we made the same decision. We would begin our new journey on our path to healthier eating with “100 Days of Real Food”. I plan to go into much deeper detail on this journey in future blog posts (Posted Adjusting Special Diets).
Soon after deciding to only eat real, organic, non-processed food was when we heard the “Home Safe Home” presentation. It all made sense. Eating a cleaner diet coincides with living a cleaner life overall.
Angela Woodward provided some resources and suggested reading that she bases her presentation “Home Safe Home” on. The first book she suggests is also called “Home Safe Home” by Debra Lynn Dadd. The second suggest reading is “Is This Your Child’s World?” by Doris Rapp, MD. Another excellent resource that Angie provided to us during her speech is a website dedicated to protecting public health and the environment, Environmental Working Group. What I like about this website is that I can find ratings on anything from cookware to sunscreen. I can find out what is safest for my family to use.
Some of the highlights from the “Home Safe Home” presentation were the following:
- NO MORE Non-Stick cookware. Stainless Steel, Cast Iron and Stoneware are best. Be sure to research which ones are actually safest, especially with stoneware.
- Use non-toxic cleaning supplies to include dishwashing detergents, laundry detergents and multi-purpose cleaners. I found Seventh Generation products that were rated highly on the Environmental Working Group website.- Use clean water by choosing the right water filters and sending filtered water in stainless steel water bottles with your children.
- Use organic foods. NO processed foods.
- Find organic, non-toxic body wash, lotion, toothpaste, etc. Our body is very absorbent. I have a friend that introduced my to Lemongrass Spa products made with essential oils. The smell is soft and pleasant. Most products are gluten and dairy free.
All of these choices, and more, can effect your child beyond what is obvious. If we continue to load our bodies up with toxins, it doesn’t matter how many vitamins or supplements you take. A biomedical, or integrative medicine, approach along with ceasing to feed toxins into our body is the ideal answer for maximum results.