How to (really) detox your home

Posted on July 7th, 2015

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know I’m rather committed to keeping my home ecologically and ergonomically minimal and sustainable. I’m also into lowering the toxic load where possible.

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Perhaps it all started when I was told I had to move out of my apartment. I wrote about it on the blog here: The scary reason I have to move out of my apartment. And so, I began the process of detoxing my home. I still have a way to go.

First up

Own less. Go to the shops less. Buy less. Consume less. Recycle less (recycling should be a last resort). Less furniture. Less gadgets. Use up what you have first. Improvise. Make do. Use the same thing for two purposes. Need less. Here’s how I do it. Here’s what I don’t own.

Five small hazards to avoid. Building biologist Nicole Bijlsma shares a few of her favourite tips for cleaning up your home. I asked her to share easy, everyday stuff – five simple, inexpensive swaps or choices to make.

In the kitchen

The basics.  The idea of tossing stuff out that still works, even if it’s not the ideal choice….I find abhorrent. Read more

Debating doing the 8-Week Program? Here’s how it’s helped others

Posted on January 19th, 2015

I get asked regularly about the benefits of quitting sugar. Personally, quitting sugar has helped me a tremendous amount with my autoimmune disease. While a lot of you ask regularly about the weight loss component – sugar does help you shift weight if you need to (I lost weight I’d put on as a result of my disease) – what I really love is that by the end of the 8-Week Program people are commenting more about their energy levels, consistent moods and their glowing skin.


Wondering if the 8-Week Program will work for you? Why not check out some of the testimonies below.

Peta + Damien: “Our moods are overall better on a daily basis – which has seen us argue less! People randomly ask me if I’ve done  something new to my skin. And my body fat score has dropped from 24-19 with no adjustment to my 4-5 times a week gym routine.”

Dionne: “I have been suffering for years with IBS (first of which I thought was a gluten/wheat intolerance) and over the past eight weeks, my body has never felt better. I’m no longer bloated, no mad panics to the bathroom, no trapped wind! The whole process has changed my life for the better and I cannot advocate it enough to people that either have digestive concerns or who just need to Read more

my simple home: five ways to feng shui your joint in five minutes

Posted on June 13th, 2013

If you’ve been following the My Simple Home series, you’ll know I’m on a mission to create the cleanest, most eco, minimal home possible and sharing each step, figuring you might like to learn from the process, too. I’ve shared on hazards you should avoid and how to detox your kitchen, and you can catch up on the full series here. I should add: it’s a very slow process. I’ve been so busy that, well, I haven’t even bought a couch yet. I know, I know…I’m sure many of you have much to say on this (um, commitment issues?). My friends certainly do.

But I digress.

This post I’ve got building biologist and feng shui expert Nicole Bijlsma sharing her top five tips for getting the energy in my place sorted. It’s a snappy three minute video, if you’ve got the time. Otherwise, I’ve shared the highlights below.

1. Get rid of clutter.

Clutter represents the past. Hanging on to stuff? You’re hanging on to old stuff. Figuratively and literally.

2. Watch for the highs and lows.

Hidden clutter under the bed has an impact on you as you sleep. It stores in your body, and can make you sluggish. And clutter up high suggests the feeling of having things rain down on you. Remove the highs and lows.

3. Sit with a solid wall behind you.

Furniture placement is important. In a room where you spend lots of time – sitting at a work desk, or on a couch – make Read more