Organic becoming a popular way of life
WORDS like organic, natural, chemical-free, paleo, clean, raw are becoming more common in everyday language and society.
Each method means different things and it can be confusing trying to figure out what really is best for your body.
Biloela woman Alex Klease has been on a "chemical-free journey” since the start of the year and admits it can be daunting.
"It is just about finding better alternatives,” she said.
"I just want to know what is in my food before I put it in my mouth and what is in my house.”
Alex began her health journey after being diagnosed with cancer.
"Having cancer was a big wake-up call,” she said.
"I had always dabbled in healthy food but when I got sick I had so many side effects, my body was just wrecked. So I just made a concious decision when I was cancer-free in January to be the healthiest version of myself.”
Having moved to the area a few years ago from Brisbane, Alex said she found it hard to source organic foods locally.
"There is not such a variety of organic produce but businesses are starting to listen,” she said.
"The Odd Spot Trader is my go to for eating out and they have a lot of good products and other businesses like Foodworks are getting in produce.”
In the last few months Alex said organic produce had been easier to obtain.
"The businesses are stocking more, the need and want from the local community is growing,” she said.
Since starting her journey, Alex has also found an online community of friends to call upon for advice.
"There are some really good groups on Facebook, most of them are local,” she said.
Alex has been working on changing her diet and finding alternatives to household products one step at a time.
"The last three months now my health is back on track, I have been focusing more on my household items and beauty products,” she said.
"My original focus was on food and now I feel like I have that honed.”
Via research, Alex has been floored by what some products and food contain.
"Washing powder there is glass in, that blew me away,” she said.
"And just colouring and additives in food and how they can cause headaches and bad behaviour.
"The other day I took my friend's kids out and I had a doughnut and within 15 minutes I had a headache and I was all sweaty.
"It just shows you shouldn't be putting it in your body.”
Eating out and still eating healthily has been easier than Alex anticipated.
"I am human and I do allow myself to have treats and in this world you have tos,” she said.
"But eating well doesn't mean you have to miss out on everything, you can still mingle with your friends like you used to.”
Like any health or fitness journey, it all comes with trials and tribulations.
"There is stuff I find I am doing all the time that I think I am doing right and I am not,” Alex said.
"I am by no means an expert at all in it.”
For those thinking about becoming more 'chemical free' in life, Alex said baby steps were key to going chemical-free.
"Just pick one thing at a time, I started with cutting out flours and grains and then when I felt like I was successful at that I did the next step,” she said.
"You have to be committed.”