Holy (grassfed) cow, I’m an unredeemable hippie.
If you had shown me this list four years ago, I would have decisively stated, “Nopity nope. Not me. Not ever.”
I still look at this list and say, “Lauren, are you kidding me?” I think I’m an a reasonable example of that saying, The more you know, the crazier you look. After all, it may look crazy to an observer when I slather my face with honey or mix up a bottle of homemade magnesium oil.
But craziness aside, I’m healthier and happier than ever. I approach my transition to a natural lifestyle with an adventurous spirit, and I’m enjoying the journey!
I hope you find this list thought-provoking and inspiring. Pick and choose from the list to create your own journey!
How I Detoxed My Diet
- I remove toxic chlorine and fluoride from my tap water (for drinking and cooking) with a Berkey Filter
- I addressed leaky gut with a grain free diet
- I increased my stomach acid and stopped my heartburn
- I know which food combining rulesfood combining rules are bogus, and which ones are wise
- I eat fermented foods
- I eat pastured liver regularly or take homemade liver pills
- I no longer use commercial non-dairy milks
- I use a Squatty Potty for better bowel movements
- I no longer supplement with hormone-disrupting melatonin
- I use ghee as my primary cooking fat
- I’m no longer a fiber-aholic
- I’m no longer a water-aholic
- I don’t use almond flour
- I use coconut flour frequently
- I’m not afraid of butter
- I don’t pay attention to calories
- I stay far, far away from canola oil
- I use grassfed gelatin and collagen regularly
- I ditched the flax seeds
- I eat raw, pastured egg yolks for a nutrient boost.
- I eat my raw carrot salad each day to help balance hormones
- I rely on seafood rather than nuts and seeds as a source of omega-3
- I quit protein powders
- I use unrefined salt and know it does a body good, not harm
- I’m not afraid of cholesterol
- I know love kale, because I know how to cook it
- I enjoy finishing my meals with homemade Ayurvedic digestion tea
- I make anti-inflammatory Turmeric Bombs
How I Detoxed My Personal Care
- I wash my hair with a mud-and-seaweed cleanser (talk about hippie…)
- I use a menstrual cup (no leaks and clean sheets… love it)
- I wash my face with honey
- I use a boar bristle brush instead of heat-styling my hair
- I use my homemade makeup remover
- I use homemade toner and moisturizers
- I also use higher-end organic skincare for acne.
- I also use macadamia nut oil as a facial and body moisturizer
- I cut my hair in the ancient tradition of lunar cycles
- I tried No-Poo but stopped it because it’s not great for the scalp
- I dry brush before showering
- I shave with coconut oil
- I apply homemade magnesium oil daily… it’s great for overall health!
- I use a shower filter to remove chlorine (it makes my hair happier, too)
- I also use bath filter to remove chlorine, and add epsom salts for magnesium into my baths.
- I highlight my hair and tint my eyebrows with these hennas (I use the dark brown to tint my eyebrows and use the clear henna to highlight/deep condition my hair)
- I’ve switched to non-toxic makeup (here are my favorites)
- I use pearl powder as a natural face powder and skin treatment
- I use clay to detox my hair and scalp
- I increased my hair growth with these five steps
- I brush my teeth with clay, either in homemade toothpaste or store-bought clay toothpaste
- I don’t use synthetic perfume and use essential oils instead
How I Detoxed My Lifestyle
- I practice Luncaception to help regulate my cycles
- I use a wakeup light and wake up rested, instead of panicked from an alarm
- I switched to a non-toxic mattress and it made the biggest difference in my sleep
- I do 10 minutes of detox yoga each day
- I try to rebound for 10 minutes each day
- I use an earthing mat, which helps reduce stress hormones and improves my sleep
- I chart my cycles using this workbook
- I use f.lux on my computer to balance melatonin levels with light
- When using screens after 7pm, I try to wear my Computer Glasses
- I try do do a power pose each day
- I use these steps to minimize my exposure to electropollution in my home
- I also use this EMF-blocking cell phone case
- If I have sinus congestion, I’ll do a Facial Lymphatic Drainage
- I’ve stocked my medicine cabinet with natural remedies
- I fixed my terrible, horrible periods with a lot of research
- I no longer use aluminum foil or Teflon bakeware and use these non-toxic bakeware options
- I use a salt lamp to improve air quality in my home
- I use a standing desk
- I make farmer’s marketing a part of my week (here’s one of “hauls”)
- I’m in the habit of batch cooking paleo meals
Are you a crunchy-hippie journey? What have you accomplished and what are you looking forward to changing in your life?
Your website is so incredibly helpful to me–thank you!
I wanted to ask what you’re currently doing in terms of milk. In some articles, like the one above, you suggest raw milk (which I LOVE) and in others your homemade coconut milk because of your skin’s reaction to dairy. What’s your verdict? I am in love with dairy products, and try to do raw, but I suspect that dairy may be the source of my skin problems (along with gluten, and strangely, gluten-free oats as well). Do you find your skin is better without dairy of any kind, even ghee/raw milk?
I do all of those but as a vegan I do a few differently
I’d like to say this is a good list of healthy practices . Not to be a hippie. These are daily do’s I wish for more people to fallow. I do most all of these, and are very healthy, but don’t cinsider my self a hippie. More of an earth activist, a conscious being.
Being a “hippie” as most would call me . Is more that just taking the extra effort for self care. It’s also about awareness, freedoms, educating other, love and light.
These are great things for daily do’s but why not list why you’re doing them. The reasoning behind action is important for others to understand . And rather lifestyle listing more healthy tips. What about other pressing matters.
Like people of color equality, big issues of water and land theft. the huge impact humans are making on earth. Restoring culture and art. The list is endless. Far more than beatify tips, and yoga stances.
Just for food for thought. While some considee this list radicle. It’s healthly . And real action towards radicle living is available and waiting for more to take action.
I love you and your content! You are very real and inspiring. I agree with where you stand on pretty much everything! GREAT recipes too! I love so many of them. Keep up the great work! You inspire me!
Fantastic post! Really inspiring!
What do you use for deodorant these days? I’m a bit frustrated with a lot of the natural options I’ve tried over the last couple years, and am wondering if there’s anything better out there.
Thanks for sharing so many wonderful things on this blog – it has been a really vital support through my autoimmune journey!
I’ve been using Schmidt’s and Weleda’s, which I get at Thrive Market or my food co-op.
Primal Pit Paste is my go to.
I have tried many natural deodorants, the store bought ones never work as well as Bumble & Bee deodorant creams, they also have alcohol based deodorants but the baking soda is what holds off the B.O. the longest. I prefer the creams in a jar to the sticks, because the sticks are not as easy to apply.
I misspelled their name, it’s Bubble & Bee at https://bubbleandbee.com
Way to go, nice article!
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I was just simply telling you that detoxing is a scam (unless maybe the individual is a drug addict). I didn’t use any hateful language or personally attack anyone. Your body has a liver and kidneys which detox on their own.
You should allow for dissident discussion and for readers to know the truth without being duped by numerous supplement companies, product lines, or juice companies that are trying to convince them that they NEED to detox.
Why quit protein powders? I mean, what’s the problem with protein powders? They are good for muscle growth while exercising right?
Bonus points for 5 and 8. There’s a good reason every culture has a signature fermented food dish. And squats while it may seem weird at first, just work. Millions of people about the world never use a “modern” sitting toilet, but squat down.
Also, I noticed your list tends towards balance; avoid extremes but me mindful of what it is you’re eating!
Great list. Thanks