Congratulations on your decision to become
a living foods vegetarian. It's one that you'll never regret. By the time you're four
months into your new eating regimen, it will
seem very easy and very natural -- which it is. You'll look back in horror on the animal and processed foods that you used to eat.
You're fortunate to live near a Whole Foods
Market. These wonderful stores are islands of
sanity, in a world that gets loonier by the
hour. Someday, when you have the time, do a
personal inventory of the store. Walk through
it slowly, and look at everything. Chances are
good that your intutition will give you "tingles" when you look at certain products.
Whole Foods has a house-brand that goes by the
name of 365. I'm a long-time user of their
shampoo and their body lotion. Neither one is
I also use Tom's toothpaste. One warning: For
reasons that escape me, Tom's of Maine now
offers a few varieties of toothpaste that have
fluoride in them. AVOID them, and choose a
natural toothpaste that has NO fluoride. That's very important. Also, you DON'T need
to put a long stripe of toothpaste on your
brush. The smallest amount possible will do the job well, and save you money.
Some people on CZ use baking soda and sea-salt
to brush their teeth. You might want to give
that a try.
I wash my clothes in Seventh Generation soap
which I buy at Whole Foods Market. I also use
one of the natural dish-washing iquids that
are available there. As for bar soap, Whole Foods has a lot of different products. They tend tp be pricey, compared to supermarket soap, but don't compromise. I like Dr. Bronner's bar soaps.
Throw away all your Fantastik spray cleaners,
and substitute white vinegar and water, mixed
half-and-half. I buy huge bottles of white
vinegar at Costco. They're quite cheap. Put
one spray-bottle in your kitchen, and put one
in the bathroom. You can also use straight
white vinegar as a glass cleaner, instead of
As for scrubbing soap, I use Boraxo powder.
Your hardware store may carry Boraxo.
You can also buy non-chlorine bleach at
Whole Foods. It's more expensive, but much safer. You DON'T want to pour regular bleach
in your toilet, and then bend over, and scrub
it with a brush. Inevitably, you will breathe
in some of that bleach. Boraxo powdered soap
takes care of most stains.
I don't use deodorants, so I'll let someone
else suggest a product. You may well find
that after several months of your new eating-
regimen, you don"t NEED a deodorant. I hope that's the case.
Good luck with the Major Turnaround that your
life is undergoing! You've made a Wise Choice,
and your body will reward you with increasingly good health, in the months and years ahead.