~ by Green Diva Priscilla Woolworth
Walking the green diva (or dude) walk means practicing what you preach…
In order for me to teach my daughters about living a healthy lifestyle, I had to do it myself.
My daughters inspired me to be the best role model I could be for them. If I wanted them to make healthy choices for themselves then I was going to have to show them not only that I did it but how to do it.
I talked about how my daughters inspired my eco-friendly lifestyle in this episode of The Green Divas Radio Show (my conversation starts at around minute 42)…
Honestly, I didn’t learn everything overnight and I’m still learning.
It took me years of research, observation, and testing things out for myself to learn what worked best for me in my life.
The first changes I made were in the products I used to clean the house. I couldn’t stand any of the conventional cleaning products because of how toxic they smelled (not because of what was in them, which I did learn eventually). Even just ten years ago, it wasn’t easy to find chemical-free cleaning products at supermarkets.
For many years, I had a little cottage in Maine, on the edge of a lake and it was our beautiful summer getaway. Since I couldn’t find any of the toxin-free products at the local markets there, I started shipping a box of them from Los Angeles, where I live. I didn’t know in those days that I could easily have made some of the cleaning products myself and that all I needed was white vinegar, baking soda, lemons and lavender essential oil.
The next shift happened with food.
I increasingly bought only organically grown food and learned how to store that food in efficient glass containers rather than wasteful plastic ones. Together, we learned healthier and more delicious ways to make plant based meals, and my daughters taught me their own recipes.
While all these healthy lifestyle shifts were happening in my home, I launched my own online eco-friendly general store, where I feature my favorite products that are fantastic healthy alternatives to conventional products. I use many of them myself and so do my daughters.
Between my love for my daughters, my concern for their health and well-being, and my deep respect and love for nature, my life continues to be enriched and I’m inspired every day to live as sustainably as I can.
Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Listen to this Green Divas Health & Beauty podcast for more ways to spot greenwashing in your beauty products…
~Asst. Ed. Green Diva Christine | Images via Shutterstock