In my continued series about sustainability and wasting less, I wanted to address toothpaste. Apart from the tubes being difficult to recycle (as they are usually made with #4 plastic, you first need to check to see if your local recycling program deals with that and then you need to actually clean out the inside of the tube before recycling), many brands often have a lot of additives in them. Without getting too complicated, I wanted to see if there was an easy way to make “natural” toothpaste at home, DIY style.
While many people may be focusing on their own health and fitness goals this month and for the year of 2017, I decided to take a slightly different approach. For January, I am focusing on improving the health of the planet, and subsequently, my own health (whether directly or indirectly) by talking about ways to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
As you may have noticed already, on Instagram, each day I am posting a different tip or piece of information about sustainability and how to reduce waste in our daily lives. This post is to summarize those daily posts!
Let’s not sugar coat it: I ate a lot of cookies this past month (a lot of Nutmeg Logs and Candy Cane Cookies, amongst others). Many more than I really should have and subsequently I’m grateful that I had several very full weeks of teaching Spinning classes at the gym, otherwise I suspect my clothes would be feeling pretty tight and uncomfortable right now.
That being said, let me reiterate that I’m clearly not perfect and I certainly don’t always eat perfectly (even within the bounds of being balanced and living and eating in such a way) but I’m glad that over the years, I’ve learned to start paying attention to my body. While I may not look like I’ve been eating too much refined flour and sugar, I can feel it. I feel a little more sluggish, a little less rested and less satiated; my body has been craving nutrient-dense foods: whole foods, filled with fiber, vitamins and minerals. If we are continuing with complete honesty here, most of this fall I really haven’t been in the mood to drink green smoothies, but this past week I’ve been all about those kale and spinach-filled drinks.
As we rapidly move into Christmas, I’m finding myself busy with the final details of the holiday. The tree is up and decorated, the outside lights were strung up at the beginning of the month and all the gifts have been taken care of- thankfully, I sent out most all of the gifts I needed to ship last weekend. I’m currently working to figure out how I want to wrap each of them and trying to do a little each day.
On my mother’s side, my family have always been passionate about baking. Subsequently, we take Christmas cookies very seriously. I suspect the last time I shared a family Christmas cookie recipe was almost 2 years ago, with my Candy Cane Cookies and so I thought it high time to share another coveted recipe~
Each December, we stock up on butter, flour and sugar like there’s no tomorrow and make everything from scratch.