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Good Trade has a comprehensive list of household cleaning brands that you can find at your local retailer. Read the list here: features/natural-eco-friendly-cleaning-products-forthe-conscious-home.

by Sarah Knutson, Holistic Therapist, POET


Did you know many common household cleaners have

Non-toxic, all natural vinegar water can be used just

toxic chemicals that have negative effects on your

about anywhere in your house.

health? Even when properly used, these chemicals can cause severe symptoms such as respiratory issues,


asthma, reproductive problems, endocrine disruption

Some oils like Melaleuca (Tea Tree) or Cinnamon

and even cancer. These toxins can be especially

have antibacterial properties. Add a few drops to your

dangerous for small children and pets.

vacuum bag or mop water, or put a couple drops on a fresh furnace filter!

Trying to find household cleaners that are natural and eco-friendly can be a tall order. It can be challenging


to sort through the plethora of cleaning products. The

Several product lines are less toxic to you and the environment. My personal favorite is Norwex (not sold


in stores), a line of microfiber antibacterial cleaning products.

by Cole Fricke, Wellness Coordinator, POET What are you doing to clean up your health and wellness this spring? I’ve got good news for you: It’s not as hard as you think. The secret is the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep It Simple, Silly. Don’t try to do everything all at once. Start with small changes instead. Consider these three areas:

etc.) and build up from there! If exercise is something you normally like to do but you’ve slacked off a little in the past few months, be kind to yourself. Start where you’re at instead of looking back at where you’ve been.

TIDY UP YOUR MIND Finally, what are your daily habits that prevent you

TIDY UP YOUR NUTRITION This is the probably the area with the biggest potential for drastic positive change, but also the area where it’s often easier said than done. Theoretically, it’s easier to not eat 500 calories than it is to go burn 500 calories with exercise, but that is easier said than done when staring down those free donuts in the breakroom. So start small. Evaluate your eating habits (be honest!) and whether or not over time they meet your goals. If not, let’s clean it up! Make little changes, like adding in better substitutions (more fruits and veggies, less sugar and processed foods) and reducing your portion sizes. At the end of the day, eat real food!

from living your best life? Self-care is not selfish, and it’s never as hard as it seems. Remember: K.I.S.S. Start small and pick up some easy wins to get the ball rolling. Dine out a lot? Aim for a reasonable number of home-cooked meals for work and at home with family. Poor sleep quality? Put that phone down at night and set a firm bedtime instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media. (Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself and your friends, and you’ll sleep a lot better too!)


Whatever you’re working on, simply remember these

Notice I said activity — not just dedicated exercise.

overarching themes: Start small and keep building,

Exercise is activity, but not all activity needs to be

prioritize, have a purpose and goal in mind, and don’t

exercise. It would be awesome for you to immediately

be afraid to do this for yourself. If you focus on these

decide to exercise more, but if that’s not anywhere near

things, you’ll be just fine!

where you’re coming from, start small with something you like to do (gardening/yardwork, walking outside,



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Vital Magazine - Spring 2019  

Vital Magazine - Spring 2019