I have been working hard to fix 2 things in my life. 1) Eating whole healthy food that will nourish my body. 2) Eliminating plastic use in my life (ok well and technically 3) learning Norwegian – but that is a whole ‘nother complicated mess of a story).
In some ways these 2 compete with each other, but not how you are thinking. I am not trying to split my time between them like 2 friends wanting to hang out with me but not liking each other. No. They just kind don’t like each other. Sadly. You see the thing is that I want to be able to buy certain products/foods that I know will make me healthier – but I am unable to find them plastic free. So for example, then I have a decision to make: Don’t buy Spinach, because it comes in plastic.Therefore you will not get this amazing nutritious dark leafy green that you need and love because there is plastic. OR, Buy this yummy and vitamin packed powerhouse green and have 1 plastic bag in your collection. (ps. My home town – Alma Arkansas – is the spinach capital of the world)
Most of you probably think I am crazy for even having to debate this. I really REALLY am rather equal in my quest on both issues. But I have to say that I am finally to the point that I am picking nutrition. I am very good about not collecting plastic. We have 100% bamboo toothbrushes (finally just got them, post coming soon!), we use a bar of soap that comes in paper for our teeth, the shower, our hands and the dishes (obviously all different bars in those areas), we take our own shopping and produce bags to the store/market, our own bags when normal shopping, we store all our food in glass, I now make our own ice cream so avoid the plastic box and be healthier, ect, ect ect. We have a great plastic recycling program here in Norway- so that is nice to know it is helping keep the plastic we do make out of the dump!
So I have been a rebel to the plastic cause these past few weeks. I have bought a few vitamins that I have been wanting. I learned that we are just not getting magnesium anymore in our food from the earth, so I decided that it was time to get nourished (Read about that here and here). Since I have moved to Norway (read: since I meet Ole) I have started to think differently about supplements and medications. I moved here with a ‘arsenal’ as Ole called it. But now, I prefer to heal naturally and to get my vitamins from foods the natural way. But those articles really convinced me about the magnesium. And it makes total sense, we don’t respect the earth anymore in the way we grow. We just throw chemicals at it and go about. The same is true for K2, we just don’t get enough pastured animal fat – if you are interested in that read this and this. So every month, for my healths sake, I am buying a bottle of magnesium and a bottle of K2 – guilt free. The brand of K2 I am ordering is the best and it only a plastic bottle. I am searching still for a glass bottle of magnesium – share if you know a good one!
[Side Note: Selection sometime is limited in Norway on things like specialty vitamins. The best brand of K2 in my opinion is a Norwegian brand called MenaQ7, but hilariously I can not buy it on it’s own here. I can buy in only mixed in a multi. So I order mine from iherb.com. If you are looking for a good source for vitamins, I really recommend iherb. I have been hearing about them for ages and just thinking it was silly, but they are great and fast and have good service. I have a coupon code that you can use your first time to get $5 off – SOG981 – and if you use my code I get to build up rewards, so that is why I am telling you this 🙂 ]
There is a middle ground of course, I am not going back to buying my ground beef in plastic of course. I know that is bad and bad ground beef and leaching chemicals from the plastic. I still feel strongly about the fact that when I someday have kids that I want them to be plastic free too – glass bottles, cotton bed, wooden or silicon toys, ect. No funny face plastic dinner plates here! However, those are areas that the plastic is avoidable. I think I am writing all this more in a way to say to you – If you are like me and trying your hardest to avoid plastic but have let your health go to the wayside because of it .. then take a step back and have a good think about it.
So I still have a goal to make out own potato chips. We have some unnecessary plastic consumption there. That is one I obviously can cut out and it will not hurt our health – surely it will help us since we will be cutting out the last place we get industrial oils. We have the occasion chocolate bar, but I have just found this yuber yummy brand that is in foil and paper – I think they are worth the switch. They were a tiny bit more expensive, but they have better ingredients too! Basically now, nutrition is taking the front seat and plastic is going to have to sit in the back – and I am ok with that!