If you’ve been following along, I’ve been doing a little series on the blog to help you detox your home, room-by-room. Today, we’re going to look at the kitchen. I started with the bathroom a few weeks ago because it’s a little easier to stay focused (get caught up here). In the kitchen, there are a few more moving parts but it’s still definitely doable.
When we looked at the bathroom, it was a matter of reading labels on body care products. With the kitchen, however, many of the chemicals you may want to avoid aren’t on any labels. Today, we’ll look at some changes you can make throughout your kitchen to reduce your exposure to toxics.
We all know that eating a balanced diet is important for our health. But even a balanced diet can still be contributing to toxics in our bodies. Pesticides used on fruits, vegetables and grains not only end up in those foods we eat directly, but also in meat products from their feed. Because many toxics are pervasive in our environment, it’s impossible to eliminate your exposures to all of them – no matter how hard you try. But you can take steps to reduce your exposure, making it easier for your body to deal with what you do ingest. Here’s how:
- Reduce meat intake.
- Choose organic where possible (prioritize meat and start with the Dirty Dozen produce items as a guide).
- Choose wild salmon
So much of what we buy at the grocery store is packaged. While in an ideal world we would grow or raise our own food and not have to eat packaged food at all. But the reality for many of us is that this is just not feasible. So yes, when you’re able, make your own food. But when you’re buying packaged products, keep the following in mind:
- Reduce plastic packaging; choose glass where possible and bring reusable produce bags.
- Reduce canned goods (or at least opt for products made with a BPA/BPS-free can lining)
- Avoid BHA/BHT on the ingredient list, especially cereals and snacks. It can even be added to some packaging as a preservative.
When we store food in plastic containers, some of the chemicals may leach from the container into the food. Leaching increases with temperature and fat content, so if you’re using plastic food storage containers, use them selectively. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Avoid putting hot food in plastic containers, or reheating food in plastic.
- Avoid using plastic wrap and opt for reusable alternatives like Abeego (it doesn’t contain petroleum products like many waxed papers).
- Choose a reputable brand of glass, stainless steel or silicone food storage – some imported products may still contain contaminants.
We know that Teflon has a bad reputation (I talk about why here). If you’ve got non-stick pans – especially old ones – you may want to add this to the top of your kitchen detox list. Here are some tips for pans and other cooking items to consider:
- Cast iron, carbon steel, or high quality ceramic are better non-stick alternatives.
- Metal, wood, or high-quality silicone cooking utensils.
In addition, if you use a gas stove and/or oven, be sure you’re running the exhaust fan (and that it’s ducted outside). If you’re in a newer house, or your home is well-sealed, you may want to crack a window while cooking to bring in fresh air as well.
So there you have it. 12 ways you can detox your kitchen to create a healthier home for you and your family. My next post will feature ways to detox your bedroom!
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