We’re kicking off 2015 by cleaning up our diets, homes and lifestyles.
We’re removing toxins, focusing on health giving ourselves grace in the process. We’re not trying to be perfect (or neurotic) just informed and intelligent.
Today we’re tackling the kitchen.
This will likely be a gradual process since things like pots and pans can be expensive. But that’s okay. We have to start somewhere right?
Cookware is a good place to start when it comes to creating a toxin free kitchen.
Nonstick cookware has been getting bad press for a while now.
There is certainly debate around the topic, but one thing that most experts agree on is that if your nonstick cookware is scratched and old, you run the risk of toxins leaching into your food.
Nonstick cookware is coated with a synthetic polymer called polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon. This chemical has been shown to have harmful health effects and as scary as it sounds there is even something called the “Teflon Flu,” The longterm effects are still being studied. But in my opinion, this is certainly cause for concern.
I’ve had a set of nonstick pans for the past five years. I recently noticed how worn out they were and decided it was officially time to make a change.
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I started by purchase a few Green Pans, but ultimately decided that even though they claim their chemical is “safer” than Teflon, it’s still a chemical and who knows what reports will come out in the future. I kept them and use them occasionally, but decided to go another route in terms of replacing my whole set.
After months of research I decided to go with a mixture of cast iron skillets and ceramic cookware from Le Creuset.
It’s an investment for sure. Le Creuset isn’t cheap. But I believe it’s worth it. They will last a lifetime (there is a lifetime warranty!) and are truly some of the highest quality pans on the market.
Through my research I also found these nontoxic cookware options to be very popular:
As I mentioned in the non toxic baby products post, plastic has got to go. Especially plastic containing BPA. Old tupperware sets that have been cluttering your cupboards would be a good place to start in your healthy kitchen overhaul.
The best option is to replace plastic with is glass. Stainless steel is the next best choice, followed by “safer” plastic (plastic marked with the number 1, 2, 4 or 5). In my opinion, it’s best to skip plastic all together.
The good news is there are a variety of classy, non-toxic food storage options on the market.
Here are a few my favorite brands:
- Pyrex (I love that these can be used in the oven or as tupperware)
- Wean Green Snack Cubes (I love these for my daughter’s food)
- Blue Avocado Reusable Lunch Bags
- Glass Lock Oven Safe Container Kit
- U Konserve Glass Food Storage (wrapped in silicone for extra protection)
- U Konserve Stainless Steel Food Storage
I love how the variety of sizes provided by Wean Green Snack Cubes. The tiny ones are perfect for my daughter’s little snacks (blueberries, applesauce, avocado chunks, etc.)
And I really love Blue Avocado’s Reusable Lunch Bags. My daughter is notorious for taking 1 bite of something and then saying “all done” so having these bags on hands saves money and the environment. Before I started using them I was going through ziplock bags like crazy.
To save money and keep it simple, save glass jars and re-use them for food storage. I’ve been known to hoard empty salsa jars, pasta jars and any other jars I can get my hands on. 🙂
Water’s clean right?
I wish it were that simple.
Although we are very, very, very lucky to have access to clean drinking water (I don’t want to dismiss that major truth), filtering tap water is a simple change that can hep remove toxins from your daily routine.
If you’re a bottled water family – it’s time to make a change. Remember all the info I shared about BPA? If you still aren’t convinced, click here to read more about the best and worst bottled waters.
So what can we do? We can take baby steps. Filter your water through a simple filtration in the fridge and don’t stress.
Recommended water filters:
- Soma Glass Water Filter (this is beautiful)
- A charcoal stick that can be added to your own glass pitcher
- Brita Water Filtration Pitcher (made with plastic, but better than nothing)
The best nontoxic water bottles:
- Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle (I have and I love)
- BKR Glass Water Bottles (these are beautiful)
- Klean Kanteen (made with stainless steel and much lighter than glass)
1. Buy one new pan every 1-2 months, replacing your old nonstick pans one by one.
2. Replace old tupperware with new glass, or stainless steel options.
3. Purchase a water filter.
4. Toss your old plastic water bottles and invest in one, high-quality water bottle to use each day.
Question: what is ONE thing you’ll do to detoxify your kitchen this year?
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