#16 Basics of Everyday Life

We tend to be fascinated on ever loftier planes these days. The practical, nitty gritty of life though came to the top of my list to share, after a conversation withmy friend Pamela. She and I have been supporting each other for over 40 years on the healing journey not usually traveled. We often reflect on the things about which we have felt passionately and delight in seeing more and more broad acceptance of these currently. Today, I will start to make a list of these basics and see where it goes. Some of these may be elaborated on in the future.

I’ll tell you up front though, that even though most of these things are habits and automatic, some are a bit more loose. I do my best, or not, but have mostly stopped upsetting myself with my lack of perfection.

Here we go with my list – in no particular order.

  • Take shoes off when entering the house. Think of all the contaminants you’ll avoid in your house.
  • Wash your hands when you come home, first thing.
  • Getting good sleep is a high priority for all around health.

The air quality in homes these days is worse than the air outside. This is due to things like tightly sealed buildings, not giving the house a chance to breathe; air fresheners (pure toxins); recently it was found that fabric softeners are a source of indoor pollution. Essentially, everything is trapped in the sealed spaces in which we live. Open the door and windows regularly for some air movement through the rooms.

Avoid any tooth paste with Fluoride. It’s a poison and harmful to the body. See the warning on the tooth paste tube. Baking Soda or Baking Soda with Coconut oil is good for cleaning teeth.

Drink good water, filtered with minerals replaced. I remember pure clean well water. Distilled water is harmful long term since all minerals have been removed. In addition to harmful fluoride and chlorine, most municipal water is full of contaminants from all the pills discarded into the system and low quality standards in some areas. Don’t drink anything from a plastic bottle, including sodas. Not only is our health involved but that of the planet as well.

Whenever possible avoid plastics. Period. One hazard is that they are hormone disruptors among a list of other things. Of course do not store or cook with anything plastic. I know, it takes a while to get there, but it is doable with intention. Avoid microwave ovens. For sure, never heat baby formula in it. It changes the structure of the milk and is harmful to the baby.

Avoid sunscreen. In addition to blocking vitamin D formation, it also has harmful ingredients. 15 to 20 minutes in the sun is safe and healthy. Then use other measures like sun protective shirts, big hats, umbrellas, shade trees, etc.

Never use any artificial sweetener. It affects the nervous system and more. Aspartame is now renamed to Amino Sweet Natural Sweetener. It’s in so many foods. Stevia, even honey or sugar in small amounts is much safer.

Take ‘fat free’ off your list. Sweeteners, corn syrup and other chemicals are added to make up for the fat. The good fats are necessary, especially for brain function; olive oil, which is cold pressed, extra virgin, organic; also coconut oil, avocado oil, even organic good butter from grass fed cows.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Anything coming in contact with it will be absorbed and have an effect on the whole body. Start with cosmetics – full of toxins. Research and find those which are pure. Seems like Germany and some other countries have very strict laws for cosmetic safety. Biodynamic processes in producing them are ideal.
Others to consider are hair dyes which cause all kinds of health issues. Use pure shampoos and bath soap. Do not use antibacterial soaps. They have a number of side effects including those associated with antibiotics use. Being in chlorinated pools has the same effect. Many gastrointestinal issues are related to the the effects of chlorinated pools.
Of course laundry soaps are a challenge. Recently a friend is teaching me to make my own with Fels-Naphtha bar soap, Washing Soda and Borax. Still in process. Do not use regular fabric softeners.

Use deodorants without Aluminum. There are some good mineral sticks (read the labels though). People’s Pharmacy is one good source for alternatives. The Aluminum is associated with brain problems, including Alzheimer’s. You will find that the skin loves natural fabrics like cotton and silk.

Aim for food which is not packaged or canned, minimally processed, organic whenever possible, and non GMO. Of course fresh, organic vegetables and fruits belong here.

When looking at the food on your plate, it should be multi colored. Colors indicate the presence of a variety of micro nutrients the body needs. Only beige food really will not do. You know, hamburgers and french fries for example. 100% compliance not required though.

Needless to say, it is a lifelong process to pay attention to what we think, say and do; to the close relationships we form; to opportunities for loving and being loved. It is all intertwined and influences the All which we are.

I’m calling an arbitrary halt at this point. This list is too long already and can feel overwhelming. For me it’s mostly a reminder of things I’ve learned that contribute to my health and well being on all levels. I keep working on different aspects at any given time.

Have some fun with this. Let me know what you think and other additions you may want to suggest.

In Light and Love, Hedi

11 thoughts on “#16 Basics of Everyday Life

  1. Wow, Hedi! What a thoughtful list. I have been practicing many of your suggestions but not all. The general line of reasoning is consistent with what I’ve been learning, so you have given me much food for thought on the items I’ve not been following. Thank you!


      1. A very simple practice that helps me is to walk out in the fresh air! — without carrying any electronic device! I do that in my neighborhood or in a local park. Next week I’m going to the mountains. When I was there (Blowing Rock) two years ago, this came on the inner: “It’s pretty simple, really. When you are in the present moment — like on way down from Flat Top seeing the bushes, the trees, the butterflies, feeling the wind — your mind won’t be active thinking sad thoughts, feeling regret. You will be happy!”


  2. Thanks for this reminder that what we do in daily life impacts our health and the ecosystems that support us. Sometimes it is a lonely journey, especially for women and their choices about personal care products. There is so much pressure to use a myriad of products for our looks and hygiene. I was astonished at how much the medical profession has wholeheartedly committed to plastics! Everything at hospitals is disposable, and I remember thinking how such use dwarfs any personal decisions I make about baggies or cling wrap! All we can do is be faithful in our own decisions and hope that a tipping point is reached where the kinds of actions you describe become the new normal. Also, we each take slightly different paths, so it is important not to judge what others choose to do. Let your life speak and hope others follow suit, right?


    1. Definitely yes Helene. No judgements. It’s only a matter of sharing with each other and see what may resonate or be a reasonable possibility. For example Susan mentioning use of apple cider vinegar instead of deodorant was new to me and got me thinking about trying it.

      Sometimes we’re so busy with life that some of the basics fall by the wayside. We often don’t even know about them with the rapid change and all kinds of pollutants being added in everything we use and eat.

      A lot to think about.


  3. Hi Hedi,

    It took some digging to find how to make a comment. I would like to mention mason jars as a step to getting away from plastic that I have found more affordable. The ones with wide mouths (no “shoulders” ), can be safely used in the freezer as long as you leave a 1/2 inch gap at the top for expansion. Great for broths and soups.

    See you soon!


    1. Cathy, Great suggestion. Thanks. Will add to my list.
      Sorry about the challenge to leave a comment. Any advice for others who may find it helpful in leaving a comment?


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