Ready to detox your life? Not sure where to start? Want a little help with the process? I got you!
Follow along with my 7 day “Ditch It” challenge.
Each day I will tell you what item to ditch, why you should ditch it, AND what you can replace it with. Sound good?
Detox Your Life: “Ditch It” Day 1
Ditch Your Plastic Cooking Utensils
Plastic cooking utensils are probably found in the majority of homes in the United States. The only reason I can find for this commonality is cost. Sets of plastic cooking utensils can be purchased for only a few dollars, while sets of stainless steel cost more (not much more, especially in terms of longevity and health). While most people like to save a dollar now, I often wonder how much their choice will cost them in the future, especially after learning what is actually in the cookware.
Why You Should Ditch Plastic Cooking Utensils
- Plastic utensils pollute the environment as either litter or when placed in a landfill. The production of plastic also pollutes the environment when factories release dangerous toxins in the air.
- These utensils damage easily. They chip and/or melt (remember, they are heat tolerable, not resistant) when used and the plastic leaches harmful toxins, like phthalates, lead, PVC, chlorine, and BPA, into your food.
- BPA (Bisphenol A), which is typically found in plastic cooking utensils, coats our store receipts, and was found in can linings for years, has been replaced by a sister chemical: BPS (Bisphenol S). Both BPA and BPS exposure is said to cause cancer, hormone disruption, & obesity.
- The utensils may contain phthalates, which are scientifically known to cause developmental disorders, asthma, cancer, & obesity.
- The plastic cooking utensils also contain traces of heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, PVC, chlorine, etc. None of which are safe, even in small amounts.
- THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SAFE PLASTIC.
What To Use Instead
- Invest in stainless steel or bamboo cooking utensils.
- Ditch ALL of your plastic cooking and eating utensils. Also, think about what else in your kitchen uses plastic near your food or drink. Coffee pot? Thermoses? Lunch boxes? Consider swapping ALL the plastic in your kitchen.
Great job! You’ve made it through Day 1 of my Detox Your Life “Ditch It” Challenge. Join me again tomorrow for Day 2! Comment below to let me know that you’ve joined the challenge!
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