As I’ve started taking more stock in the kitchen (since learning about my son’s food allergies five years ago and starting to make more from scratch, I found a silver lining in feeling better with less processed food — and thus started to look at what we were eating in a different light), I also started to wonder about other stuff I was using at home — cleaning products, shampoo and conditioner, hand soap, and the like.
Starting to do some research on this end was pretty enlightening, and I started to make some changes on this front too. It’s kind of funny — if me from 10 years ago were to see me now, I’d likely think I was kind of green and crunchy. And the me now would have a laugh and smile at how much better I feeling on every level and agree. Learning more and making some changes have made a huge difference in mood, focus, skin, etc. — I just feel better.
As I’ve been on this journey (and oh boy — nothing has been overnight), one wonderful resource I’ve come upon has been Nicole Lazar, a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. I met Nicole through the health coaching program I took two years ago with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she was my mentoring Coaching Circle Coach for the group part of the program.
From our first group call, I was taken with Nicole’s kind, non-preachy, and actually helpful take on holistic health, and I began to follow her work. Fast forward two years — I’ve continued to learn more and more from her about green living (my kids and I LOVE her (actually easy to make) homemade hand soap recipe).
I spoke with Nicole earlier this year about going green in the real world, as well as a host of fun tangents, including:
-The ups and downs of the journey of making personal changes and going more green/holistic
-Resources she uses to learn about what’s in different household products, as well as alternatives
-Making changes while living with other people (I love her take: “Share the knowledge but don’t get preachy about it.”)
-Recipes she uses at home
Please enjoy our conversation!
-Nicole’s website: http://www.revitalizehealthcoaching.com/
-Skincare series: http://www.revitalizehealthcoaching.com/category/green-living/
-Think Dirty app: https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/
-Foaming hand soap recipe: http://www.revitalizehealthcoaching.com/2016/11/how-to-make-soap-skincare-4/
-Laundry detergent recipe: https://wellnessmama.com/27059/high-efficiency-laundry-detergent/
-Wellness Mama: https://wellnessmama.com/
-DIY Natural: http://www.diynatural.com/
-Bulk Apothecary: https://t.co/8cD0heq4M6 (Bonus if you use this link through Nicole: You’ll get $10 with spending $25!)
-Elderberry syrup recipe: https://wellnessmama.com/1888/elderberry-syrup/
-Smoothie recipes: http://www.revitalizehealthcoaching.com/tag/smoothies/
-Nicole’s Health Junkie Shop: https://squareup.com/store/health-junkie
-10 Kid-friendly meals resource: http://www.revitalizehealthcoaching.com/kid-friendly-healthy-meals/
Nicole and I would love to hear from you. On the journey to green(er) or interested in changing some stuff up? Let us know in the comments below.