Once, a friend told me that everything I see in my kitchen that’s white is actually bad for my and my family’s health, so as soon as I got home, I brought everything “white” out of the cupboard. Upon realizing how much processed food I had, I was overwhelmed with the task of having to replace all of them. My husband wasn’t happy with this sudden decision, since he wanted his rice “white,” among other things. In less than three days, my plan failed. I think because of this, I tried to switch all my beauty products to organic ones; in fact, that year I gave everyone soap from Ritual (a store owned by our cover girl Bea Misa). To this day, I still use very few organic products, but I’m happy to say I am using them more now than I used to.
I think milestones like this, no matter how small, should be celebrated. Personally, I find going organic a challenge, but there are a lot of amazing products available out there. And when I am close to nature, I find it helps me become more aware of the environment. Leon Araneta’s efforts to preserve a historical building is something I also find inspiring, but my favorite story in this issue is in our exploRED section, where we feature Rajan, the last swimming elephant, in his natural habitat.
Going natural, I think, is not always about what we ingest; it is also about what we feed our soul. My youngest always brings me home a flower whenever he returns from the park. Perhaps being aware of the beauty of our surroundings can be a start.
@riaprieto: Every time Dimitri comes from the park I get a flower. Coca cola red nails by OPI. #kids