Spring Cleaning: Plastic Purge

I’ve been learning a lot about the dangers of plastic and trying to clean up my own home when I wondered, do you realize how much plastic you come into contact with every day?

If you’re like most Americans, it is common to be in contact with plastic every single moment of your day without even realizing it.

Crazy to think about that, isn’t it?

From the time you wake up in your poly/cotton blend or microfiber sheets to the moment you fall back asleep on them, you are touching plastic all day. BTW, most versions of plastic are made from petroleum (crude oil) and you may even have concerns about that to boot (pros and cons for another day).

Just as a little game today, start to notice how often you are in contact with plastic from your clothes, furniture, electronics and even laminated paper!

The kicker is that it can be super dangerous to your health due to the chemicals used in manufacturing it including BPA, phthalates and other additives that have been recognized as dangerous by the World Health Organization and other authorities (even the FDA is starting to see the light) but you’re exposed to it 24/7.

The CDC has linked plastics to heart disease, diabetes and liver disorders.** 
Not to mention other studies that show the direct link to miscarriages, hormone interference and endocrine disruption.

The Harvard School of Public Health has published multiple articles on it, most recently about the effect on not only the health of humans but the destruction of the entire world! Did you know that in 2017 there was about 300 millions of plastic produced?***
Of course, plastics are used in many miraculous inventions that I wouldn’t want anyone to give up, like life saving medical devices and safety equipment.

What I’m talking about today is the deluge of plastics that we are drowning in and probably don’t even recognize it.

Does that make sense?

Today I’m inviting you to start to purge some of this harmful stuff (responsibly) from your life too.


Below you can grab a list of natural alternatives and what household and personal stuff you can start to freshen up.  It will also help you start to see everywhere plastic sort of “hides” in your life from polyester clothing, carpet, paint, microfiber furnishings, cooking appliances, dishes and storage containers. There are a million more.

What is scariest to me is that it’s nearly impossible to get food (from the store) that isn’t packaged in plastic. 

Even the fresh produce is displayed in plastic after being transported in plastic crates and you know you’re going to put those apples in a plastic bag so they don’t roll all over in your car, right?


Are you starting to see how important it is that we pay attention to the ways we live every day that may be needlessly causing and exacerbating the development of chronic disease in a whole lot of us?

I hope you’ll join in the plastic purge challenge for fun and health so  just scroll down and grab a couple resources I created to help you first, identify where plastic may be hiding under it’s mysterious names and also some alternatives to help you get out from under your plastic burden.

The bonus is you may just help the planet so your grandkids can have a healthier start as well!

Along the way,  leave me comments and questions and even come to Facebook and chat about it with me! I post there (almost) every day!


P.S. Here’s the web page with even more information: http://www.colleen-bean.com/plastic-purge/

P.P.S. Here are links to the studies I referenced above:


**Article from Harvard School of Public Health, Winter 2010: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/winter10plastics/

***Another: https://www.plasticoceans.org/infographic-ocean-pollution-affects-humans/.300 million tons of plastic produced every year

Infographic about how the effect on the world, down to us humans: https://www.plasticoceans.org/infographic-ocean-pollution-affects-humans

Natural Alternatives

Common Plastic Names

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Come Join the 21 Veggie Challenge!!

Welcome to the 21 Veggie Challenge!!

As you know, getting a variety of whole fruits and vegetables in your diet is a major way (I’d argue it’s THE BEST WAY) to prevent disease, look great, feel great and smell great too 😉

If you eat 3 meals a day, every day, that is 21 chances to get a different fruit and veggie in your diet every week! That may sound like a tall order, but I promise, it’s way easier than you think!

Below, you will find some handy cheat sheets to help you out including 100 common fruits & vegetables you can find at pretty much any grocery store to mix it up and my personal shopping list from this week.

Think about a delicious meal you had, full of juicy, ripe, savory, sweet and tangy flavors, enveloping your mouth and exploding your tastebuds.  Not only did it feed your body but I’d bet your soul loved it too. Dontcha want a little more of that?!?

I invite you to really enjoy this challenge by smelling the fruits and veggies when you’re shopping, your inner cavewoman will perk right up and help you pick the most succulent, nutrient filled ones.

Also, really look them over and allow your inner goddess to enjoy and receive the colors and textures while you can picture in your mind that gorgeous meal you’re going to have.

Finally, once you do prepare your meal, take an extra moment of gratitude for this beautiful gift you’ve given yourself and if there is something special like candles, cloth napkins or a pretty center piece (a bowl of fruit works gorgeously), bring that to your table and make the meal feel even more luxurious and delicious.

Then, if you need some recipe and meal planning inspiration (you may already have these if you signed up on my mailing list at the top of this page *hint hint*) check out these resources as well: 5 Week Recipes & Plan for some comfort food options plus the ITN Commmunity Cookbook for delectable veggie inspiration.

Now, don’t forget to head over to my Facebook Page to “Like” me , visit with me and choose to see my posts first so you’ll see me in your feed from time to time with more inspiration, cooking tips and tricks:  https://www.facebook.com/colleenbeancoaching
Like Twitter better? I’m there too, come say hi! https://twitter.com/dizzycocoa

Here are your cheat sheets and I have a little favor to ask:

Let me know what your biggest challenge is around eating well and I’ll share mine with you too (I think it will surprise you!).

Any questions? Holler at me!

100 Fruit And Vegs




How Do I Cook ‘Em??




Sample Week




Yummy Sources Of

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