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Three Months Fluoride Free

A few months ago I decided to switch from a pretty average toothpaste to a fluoride free one to see what the difference would be. Would it feel the same? Would it be less healthy for my teeth? There was only one way to find out.

After using an entire tube of fluoride free toothpaste, right now I am brushing my teeth with the toothpaste I used to use. There is definitly a difference.

The first thing I noticed was the sting. Before my little experiment, regular toothpaste always made my mouth feel clean, nothing else. Now, I can feel a distinct stinging sensation on the inside of my mouth. It's weird how I never noticed this before because it's so clear now. Another thing I notice is that it feels like I'm scraping something off my teeth. I'm not brushing any different than before, but it feels somehow harsh.

Afterwards, my mouth doesn't feel minty fresh, it feels...chemical-y. I can't say for sure if it's the fluoride or the other chemicals in the toothpaste…

One Goal

I've been writing this blog for a couple months now and there's something I've noticed about my overarching topic. I chose my tag-line, "healthy living for our bodies, minds, and planet", because those were my three goals for myself; I wanted to be healthier physically, mentally, and be more environmentally friendly, and write about my journey on all three of them. It just happened to be the three things I was working on, and they were loosely correlated around health, so I figured they would work as a theme. However, the more time I've spent diving into them, the more related they seem to be.

It seems to me that the healthier something is for the environment, the healthier it is for human health as well, and vice versa. For example, eating organic food means chemicals don't go into the ecosystem, and it keeps those same chemicals out of our bodies. Another example is in trying to not buy as much stuff. It's good for the environment because not as man…

The Plus Side to Plastic Water Bottles

The difficult thing about opposing certain products, is that there is a genuine need for them sometimes. Example: Single use plastic water bottles.

Yesterday, without warning, my water went out. They were doing construction on the street and accidentally damaged a pipe. We couldn't make sure to collect some from the tap beforehand, and we had no idea when the water would be back. Before I got home from work, my mom called and said, "I know you hate plastic water bottles, but can you grab a few? This is an emergency."

I did what anyone would, and got some. (My work hands them out, so I just took a few from storage.)

Luckily, the water was back on by morning, but I still wouldn't have been able to brush my teeth or wash the makeup off my face if it hadn't been for bottled water. In situations like that, it's a good thing to have access to bottled water. Do I feel great about having to have used it? No. But like my mother said, it was an emergency. I'm 100% …

Miss Anti-Plastic Update

And the result is....NOT ME! Oh well, I didn't get a crown, but it was still a wonderful experience. I got to make new friends, and spread the word to at least a few people about plastic.

One thing I'd like to say, is that the stereotype of pageant girls as stuck up and catty, isn't true at all. They were some of the kindest people I've ever met, happy to give advice for my first pageant (and let me borrow some earrings). If you're interested in doing one, I'd say go for it!

However, this obviously means I won't get that platform to talk about this important issue. I'm not giving up though! This just means I have to somehow forge my own platform, which I fully intend to do. I've been in contact with the Plastic Pollution Coalition recently, and I'm really looking forward to doing all I can to bring awareness to this issue, and to solutions. Even if it just means nagging my friends about it. Hey, every little bit helps!

Miss Anti-Plastic

Today I am competing in my Miss Local Pageant, a preliminary to Miss America. If I win this today, I will go to my Miss State Pageant, and then possibly Miss America. I've just finished my interview, and have a few hours before the show starts. In order to enter, I had to write a platform essay, which talked about an issue I would want to address during my time serving, should I win.

I chose an issue near and dear to my heart: Reducing Plastic Consumption.

I want to bring awareness to this issue in as many ways as I can. We are surrounded by plastic, constantly producing more. Yet, people aren't really aware of the price of this decision. Should I win, and even if I don't, I'm going to continue doing everything in my power to spread awareness.

Wish me luck!

Please Reuse or Recycle this Bag

The other day my mom went shopping, and came home carrying her purchases in a plastic bag (I haven't gotten her on the reusable bandwagon yet). I didn't pay much attention to it, until I saw what it had printed on the side.

At first, I thought it was a good thing. I mean, if someone is going to use a plastic bag, at least that bag is encouraging them not to just throw it in the garbage. In pretty big print too! But...the more I thought about it, that just didn't feel right. Then I realized why: Keep America Beautiful. 
I'd heard about the organisation before, and how it was really a front by corporations who make commonly littered items to keep the blame off themselves (more information). While I don't think Keep America Beautiful has anything to do with this bag in particular, their ploy seems to repeat itself. By printing this on their plastic bags, the store takes responsibility for what happens to this bag off themselves. If one of their bags is ever found in …

When it Comes to Monetization

Yesterday I was talking with my dad, and this blog happened to come up. He suggested putting banner ads on the side so I could make a little money off it, and I firmly said no. I do not want this to come off as some form of moral superiority, there's nothing wrong with people monetizing their blogs as they see fit. However, I don't feel banner ads are the way to do so with this blog in particular. 
I've done posts about not spending money, posts criticizing certain businesses, and posts celebrating others. The thing about banner ads is that I have no control over them, and what they advertise to my readers. If I promote a product or company, you can trust that it's my honest opinion. I have full control of what is and isn't said about things. Banner ads, despite just being annoying, take this power from me. 
In the future, if I ever do sponsored content, I will still have control over exactly what is said. I'm not expecting anyone to ever want to pay me for thi…

A Greener Super Bowl!

Ah, Super Bowl time. Or, as I call it, the season finale of football. Personally, I don't care about it, and I don't watch it, but a lot of people do. If you do: Awesome! Have fun! May your team win!
But with a lot of TVs tuned to the Super Bowl, there's a lot of electricity being used. However, there is a wonderful way to have fun on Super Bowl Sunday and be a little greener as well.

Go to a Super Bowl party!

Or a sports bar that's playing it (they all are). The point is, the more people watching one TV, the less TVs that are on. Besides, you get to hang out with friends! Even better: carpool on your way there. If you live close and you're going to the same place, why not?

This strategy can be used for any number of events. You and a bunch of friends going to watch the Doctor Who season premier? Throw a Whovian party! Time with friends and being green? Great combo.

So enjoy the game, enjoy the party, and may your team win (as long as your team is the Atlanta Falco…