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Easy Substitutions For Healthier Living Updated 9-14-2011
These suggestions are listed from most healthy to acceptable. Donít try to change foods all at once. For instance I changed from regular spaghetti noodles to rice noodles and then months later to spaghetti squash. This way you donít have any family revolts. If your current selection is not listed, you shouldnít be using it! It should go without saying get organic if you can. NOTE: USDA organic is not really organic! Make sure your foods are certified by QAI or Oregon Tilth. They are the most reliable.
I am often told "eating healthy is to expensive". With adjustments it is the same or less expensive. You save a lot of money not using chemicals to clean. Also Walmart, Sam's and Costco now carry some organic products like Muir Glen and Cascadian Farm. Look around at your favorite stores each time you are there, stock changes almost daily.
Many of your luxury & gift health a beauty items can be made at home for great savings here!
Pots: ceramic (corning ware), ceramic coated, glass (Pyrex), cast iron, steel. No Aluminum
Food Storage: glass, ceramic, biodegradable non plastic, Lock n Lock and Ziploc brand is non BPA
Plates: ceramic, glass, ceramic coated,
Cups: glass, ceramic, ceramic coated
Silverware: Real Silver, gold or silver coated, Stainless steel
DONíT USE PLASTIC OR STYROFOAM SILVERWARE, CUPS, OR PLATES
White Sugar: Stevia, Truvia, Erythritol,100% pure Grade B Maple Syrup, Raw Local Honey, molasses, Succanat, organic sugar
Bread: Donít eat any!, rice crackers, gluten free breads & wraps, other gluten free products
Pasta: spaghetti squash, homemade zucchini noodles, You can serve alfredo or spaghetti sauce with extra broccoli! rice noodles
Cereal: Donít eat it! Make smoothies, eggs, leftovers, Rice based if you must have it,
Potatoes: Make Fauxtatoes (cauliflower, cream, sea salt and pepper), sweet potatoes/ yams, organic potatoes
Brown Sugar, molasses, Succanat, stevia and molasses
Soda/Kool-Aid etc..: Fruit flavored tea and stevia, Celestial Seasons instant Tea Zingers, Stevia sweetened instant drink mixes like Hanson or Crystal Light (PURE only) Juice raw fruits like lemons and use stevia or grade b maple syrup. If you must drink Kool-Aid get the new clear kind and sweeten with stevia. Tip: Buy Sparkling water and add 2 packets of Celestial Seasons instant Tea Zingers for a great tasting natural soda or add organic juice concentrate or flavored stevia
Tap Water: ionized, distilled, reverse osmosis, Brita Filtered or other NSF standards 42 and 53 filter
Milk: raw organic goats or cow milk, almond milk (Donít drink gluten grain based or soy) rice, Pasteurized organic nonfat.
Oil: Coconut, Olive, Avocado, Peanut, Safflower, almond, walnut, truffle, sesame. Do not use canola or Enova (vegetable oil is soy)
Condiments: Braggs Amino's, organic versions of your favorites, Safflower Mayo (If you canít make home made olive), olive oil mayo, make your own dressings
Spices: Fresh Grown Organic, Spike, Organic versions, essential oils, fresh non-organic,
Coffee: Tea, Organic fully caffeinated, Organic Decaf
Tea: Fresh and Dried organic, bulk organic, Organic, celestial seasonings, Tazo or other natural brand
Juice: Avoid as much as possible unless freshly juiced organic, 100 % organic juice, organic juice concentrate
Cookies: Macaroons, dried fruit, or Gluten Free organic, gluten free, homemade with natural ingredients
Cake: (for special occasions) Namaste mixes, Pamela's Baking Mix substitutes equally in recipes for flour, don't use leavening. Better yet, make homemade cheesecake using Ezekiel cereal crushed and stevia to sweeten the cheesecake you won't believe how good this is. Organic Mixes, Homemade with natural ingredients
Syrup: grade b Maple syrup, raw local honey, 100% fruit juice sweetened organic jelly, Non GMO jelly, other fruit juice sweetened
Salt: Flour de Sal, Celtic sea salt, sea salt not iodized
Meat: grass fed buffalo; natural buffalo, Free range grass fed organic beef, free range organic chicken or turkey, organic chicken, ostrich, smart chicken, natural chicken, natural beef organic lunch meat, Hormel Natural Turkey ( No Pork)
Hot Cocoa: Make your own with Stevia and cocoa powder, or honey or organic mix, natural mix
Starch: Yucca starch, kudzu root, tapioca starch,
Baking Powder: Rumford or Featherweight, other aluminum free
Baking Soda: Get aluminum free
Jelly/Jam: 100% fruit juice sweetened organic jelly, organic jellies, Polaner
Canned Fruits or Vegetables: Organic Fresh, organic frozen, organic canned, farmers market
Chips: Fresh veggies, nuts, rice chips, dehydrated snacks, flat earth,
Nuts: Organic raw walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazel nuts, other organic nuts, natural brands
Seeds: Organic raw flax, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, lightly toast and Sprinkle with Spike, natural types
Baby Formula: breastfeeding, make your own, or organic non- soy or non grain gluten free
Baby Food: Make you own organic, store bought organic, homemade non -organic,
Toothpaste: Bella Mira Shine, Coral White or other all natural fluoride free
Hand Sanitizer: Get Pure Alcohol Gel and add your favorite Bella Mira Essential Oil, ASAP Gel
Deodorant: Bella Mira Essential Oils, Rub Clean armpit with wet steel, ASAP gel, other natural no aluminum or propylene glycol, deodorant (no antiperspirant), aluminum free baking soda,
Shampoo: Giovanni Magnetic, Giovanni, Dessert Essence, Answers From Nature,
Conditioner: Giovanni Magnetic, Giovanni, Dessert Essence, Answers From Nature, other natural check all ingredients
Feminine Products: glad rags or other organic reusable, Natracare, Seventh Generation, Organic, Deodorant Free
Douche: Vinegar and water, homemade vinegar and water, Betadine and water, peroxide and water, (never use scented)
Yeast infection treatment: ASAP Gel, boric acid capsules, Bella Mira Perfect Enymes on empty stomach 2x a day for 14 days
Lubricants: saliva, Emerita or other natural brand without propylene glycol, parabens or sls, organic aloe vera gel, organic fractionated coconut oil, Dessert Essence Fragrance Free Hand Lotion, Glycerin (vegetable), ASAP Gel Beware: Some brands contain Sucralose (Splenda)
Bar Soap: Dr Bronners, Natural, Non Antibacterial
Mouthwash: Make your own with 1/3 peroxide, 1/3 water and Peppermint, Cinnamon, Clove, or other Essential Oil
Hairspray: Giovanni, other natural
Facial Wash: Castile, Jason, Other natural,
Toner: Add distilled water and a few drops of lavender, rose, cherub or your favorite essential oil and mist face after cleaning, rosewater,
Makeup: Larenim, Body Shop Minerals, Eco Bella, Gabriel, (Bare Escentuals has bad ingredients) mix minerals eye shadow colors with aloe gel for liquid eyeliner or liquid to powder eye shadow or mascara. Mix mineral foundation with your favorite facial moisturizer for liquid foundation. If you face is ruddy (red) ad a little green eye shadow to you foundation.
Hair Dye: Henna, Naturcolor, Clairol Natural Instincts, Natural Brands (most have horrible ingredients)
Shaving Cream: your favorite conditioner (see above) or other chemical free product
Baby Bottles: Glass with rubber or vinyl (clear) nipples
Medicated Body/Foot Powder: In a small shaker jar; mix yucca, kudzu, or tapioca starch with 5-6 drops of Purifying Essential Oil
Eye Makeup Remover: natural brand without parabens, propylene glycol (or any glycols) or sls. Neutrogena
Diapers: Cloth using laundry ball and peroxide bleach (sun oxy or non toxic green brand) and borax, never use chlorine bleach, Seventh Generation, Huggies Green, or other bleach free bio-degradable disposable.
Baby Wipes: Make your own or Seventh Generation, other biodegradable perfume free chemical free brand
A Good Quality Steamer cleans everything! And Micro fiber often clean with just water!
Dish Soap: Seventh Generation, Other Chemical Free or organic
Automatic Dish Soap: Pure and Gentle, Seventh Generation Dish Packs, other natural, Make your own with 1/2 Borax, 1/2 Washing Soda and and 1 scoop Oxygen bleach
Jet Dry/ Rinse Agent: Ecover, Fill the reservoir with vinegar
Laundry Soap: Laundry Ball, Pure and Gentle, other natural, Quixstar sa8,
Oxy Bleach: ( Oxygen Bleach or Peroxide Bleach): Sun Oxy or Target Brand (Oxy Clean contains fillers perfumes, all natural brands are to expensive and the same thing as sun oxy) Food Grade Peroxide, Borax or Washing Soda
Softener: You wonít need it with the laundry ball, Seventh Generation, other Natural, 1/2 C Vinegar in wash softens amazingly,
Carpet Shampoo: Citrasolve, Woolite Oxy, other natural
Mopping: Steamer, Citrasolve, other natural, Murphyís oil soap, I use a Clorox mop but use micro fiber instead of their refills and I use vinegar and water in the cleaning solution bottle add a drop or 2 of your favorite Bella Mira Essential Oil for scent or disinfection.
Wood Floor Polish/ Cleaner: add 1/2 bottle of Bella Mira Lemon Oil to any recipe for amazing results!
Recipe #1: 3 parts olive oil, 1 part vinegar
All Purpose Spray: Citraspot, Home made
Window Cleaner: Chem. Free Window Cleaner, Steamer, Vinegar and Water
Febreeze Allergy Reducer: In a 16 oz spray bottle soak 2 white tea bags for 24 hours then remove. The tannins in the tea reduce allergens and because it is clear it will not stain fabrics. This is also unscented!
Febreeze Noticeables/Plug-ins: Dump out the old perfume and rinse with vinegar, then refill with the Bella Mira Essential Oil of your choice. I used Spruce and Christmas Moments in a Febreeze Noticeables for the Holiday Season. It was amazing!
Candles: Diffuser, or soy wax, bees wax, non lead cloth or bamboo wick, oil burners can be used if you only want strong smell and no medicinal benefits. You can also drop a drop of your favorite Bella Mira Essential Oil right on your lamp bulb for instant room freshening.
Bleach: DONíT USE
Mold Cleaner: Baking Soda with vinegar, water and Bella Mira Essential Oils, Woolite Oxy Spray ( Best Mold Detector Around! it will foam on live active mold)
Daily Shower Cleaner:
1/4 cup concentrated cleaner ( Something like Lysol but safe) (I Like Mrs.
Pour cleaner and alcohol into quart spray bottle. Add enough water to fill. Thoroughly clean shower before using. Spray on shower daily. Use daily to prevent water deposits and soap scum.
Soft Scrub: Shower /Tile Scrub:
No Fail, Super Strong- Recipe #1: Make a paste of fresh cut lemons or lemon juice and baking soda spread this all over the shower and let sit for a couple of minutes then wipe around and rinse. No scrubbing Necessary.
Recipe #2: (This can be stored) Mix Together, Keep in shaker or airtight jar, When mixed with water becomes above mixture.
1 cup Lemishine
2 Cups Baking Soda
Oven Cleaner/ Grill or Degreaser:
No Fail, Super Strong- Recipe #1: Make a paste of fresh cut lemons or lemon juice and baking soda spread this all over the grill, engine, grimy nasty anything, and let sit until you can wipe it off easily, then wipe around and rinse. No scrubbing Necessary.