“2017 is my year. The year for a better body, a better me. A healthier me.”

Most times when people say they want to make better choices for their body, they are talking about eating better, maybe exercising more. Or exercise at all, if you are like me. They want to make their bodies stronger, slim down, or maybe just gain stamina.

Okay, so that sounds great, and I applaud the effort and will-power it takes to achieve those goals… but that is not at all what I will be talking about today. I love me some Taco Bell and in all honesty, I am eating Chipotle as I write this. Do I feel guilty? Nope.

Instead, let me throw some statistics at you from a documentary called The Human Experiment:

“Since 1975, breast cancer rates rose 30 percent—in men and women. In 1999, one in 500 children had autism; now it’s one in 88. In the last 45 years, the rate of early-onset puberty has increased by 55 percent. And 7.3 million Americans have trouble conceiving or carrying to term.”

One very plausible factor, many scientists are convinced, is the increased use of parabens and phthalates in the past few decades. Phthalates (say that three times fast!) are used as softeners in many of our day to day items like shampoos and makeup. Parabens, on the other hand, are used as preservatives in the same types of items. They are everywhere – makeup, shampoos, lotions, children’s toys, bottles.

Long story short, I, like many women in the world, am afraid of The Big C. Breast cancer is in my family history on my father’s side, and seeing the widespread growth and power of this disease motivates me to do all in my power to try to avoid it by any means. Cancer is no joke.

This year is the year of a better me.

No I can’t eliminate all of the harmful toxins, parabens, and phthalates that enter my body. But I can make small choices in my everyday life to help my body and affect my future. Years ago, there were such limited options for “natural” products, but now there are bounteous amounts of products online and in stores. Join my journey in making better choices with products free of parabens and phthalates.

What are your thoughts? Let me know!