Our “Ditch & Switch” List

What I hear from most people is how overwhelming it is to walk around the store with multiple lists of ingredients to avoid. Or it’s difficult to scan each item in an app to see if it has harmful ingredients. And, quite frankly, in today’s busy world, most people want to click on the products they want and have it shipped.

I have done it all and honestly, if I can avoid shopping IN a store, I will. I prefer to have “the majority” of our foods delivered as I tend to save time and money. I do venture to Costco once, sometimes twice a month. And yes, I do go to our local grocery store when I have too, but I hate the grocery store. I know hate is a strong word, but… I kind of mean it.

This list a WORK IN PROGRESS as quite frankly, this is quite a task. So, you may want to check back in from time to time for updates.

Next, if you can’t grow and store your own food, supporting small organic farms and local is ALWAYS best no matter what I listed below! I haven’t had to buy eggs since 2015 thanks to our girls and am hoping to preserve more of our homegrown food in the years to come.

I didn’t bother to list fruits and vegetables as those are easy to pick out. Shopping local and organic is the best option. I tried to stick to packaged foods.

Also, if you have a packaged product you would like me to find a better alternative for, just ask.

Finally, I only wrote what we prefer and use. We avoid so many more ingredients than most. For example we avoid numbered dyes, folic acid, nitrates, enriched flour, corn syrup, soy, cyanocobalamin, and much more. We don’t avoid sugar, but we do consume way less that most.

Our Favorite “real-ish” foods

Condiments:

  • Ketchup – Primal Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Ketchup
  • BBQ Sauce – Primal Kitchen Classic BBQ Sauce
  • Hot Sauce – Cholula, yep. NOT organic. Haven’t found one similar and the ingredients are simple.
  • Mustard – Primal Kitchen Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Salad Dressings
    • Primal Kitchen Ranch
    • Primal Kitchen Thousand Island
    • Primal Kitchen Caeser
    • Primal Kitchen Green Goddess
    • Primal Kitchen Greek (my favorite one!)
    • If in a pinch, we will use Tessemae’s Dressings. Many can be found at the store. I just prefer the avocado oil in Primal Kitchen.
  • Coconut Oil – Gold Label Tropical Traditions
  • Olive Oil – Kirkland Organic
  • Soy Sauce – Bragg’s Liquid Aminos OR Bragg’s Coconut Aminos
  • Syrup – Kirkland Organic 100% Maple Grade A (Costco)

Breads, Flour, Baking:

  • Bread (Prepackaged) – Ezekiel Brand
  • English Muffins – Ezekiel Brand (We love the cinnamon raisin!)
  • Flour – Jovial Organic Einkorn or Young Living’s Einkorn
  • Coconut Flour – Bob Mill’s Organic Brand or Nutiva Organic
  • Almond Flour – Bob Mill’s Superfine Brand
  • Corn Starch – Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot, we avoid corn starch.
  • Baking Powder – Bob’s Red Mill – No Aluminum Added
  • Salt – Redmond’s Real Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
  • Tortilla
    • Tortilla Fresca Organic Uncooked Flour Tortillas (Costco) – SO GOOD
    • Ezekiel Wraps (Not the best for tacos in our opinion, more for Sandwiches.)

Sugar & Sweeteners:

Butter, Cheese & Milk:

  • Butter – Kerrygold (Costco) or Super Kalona or from a local farmer you trust
  • Sour Cream – Super Kalona (our favorite tasting)
  • Kefir/Yogurt (Grass-Fed) – Super Kalona Vanilla or Strawberry
  • Milk – Raw from a local farmer you trust, I can’t recommend any ultrapasterized products. If you can’t find a local farmer and simply need milk for a recipe, Super Kalona is our choice.
  • Heavy Cream – Super Kalona
  • Raw Grass Fed Cheese – a local farmer or sometimes you can snag it at Whole Foods or Kroger
  • Kerrygold Grass Fed Cheese (Costco sometimes has this!)
  • Alternative Milks
    • This is EXTRA hard for us as we have to avoid cyanocobalamin (synthetic b12) so we make almond milk, coconut milk and other milks more of a treat and not a daily drink. Plus, have you heard about the bees and almond trees? It is making it difficult for me to choose.
      • Fiesta Tropicale Organic Coconut Milk
      • Chobani Oat Milk – It is not 100% organic, but it doesn’t contain folic acid or b12. It is made from organic oats.

Drinks:

  • Water – Reverse Osmosis or Berkey
  • Electrolytes – Young Living’s Vitality Drops
  • Kombucha – Our Own Brews/Recipes
  • Juice Boxes – Kirkland Brand
  • Energy Drink – Zyng
  • Antioxidant/Liver Support/Immune Support Drink – NingXia Red in The Red Drink
  • Flavored Waters – We add a drop or two of Young Living Vitality Oils
  • Juices – Store Bought
    • Lakewood Organic Cranberry
    • Costco Organic Lemonade (high in sugar, but we do 1/4 cup to 1 cup of water)
    • Evolution Organic Cold Pressed Orange Juice – (one of the only orange juices I can find easily without added folic acid, but we do not get it often.)

Candies:

  • Black Forest or Wholesome Organic (Gummy Worms or Bears)
  • Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • Yum Earth Suckers & Hard Candies
  • Wholesome Organic or Black Forest Fruit Chews (like Starburst)
  • Surf Sweets Organic Sour Gummy Worms
  • Green & Blacks Chocolate
  • Innofoods Dark Chocolate Clusters (Chocolate Seed Clusters 0r Almond Seed Clusters)
  • Annie’s Fruit Snack Gummies
  • Pure Organic Fruit Bars

Processed Snacks:

  • Kirkland Applesauce Packages
  • Organic Aussie Bites
  • Kirkland Organic Tortilla Chips
  • Clif Kid Organic Bars
  • Cascadian Farms Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars
  • Primal Kitchen Bars

skin, body & hair care

Dental Care:

  • Toothpaste – Thieves Whitening Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
    • Thieves Mouthwash
    • Coconut Oil Pulling with a drop of Orange Vitality
    • Water, a pinch of sea salt and a drop of Thieves Vitality
  • Minerals
    • Mineral Essence by Young Living
    • Electrolyte Pro by Complete Accentuals
  • Toothbrushes
    • Bamboo – Fresh Thyme, Whole Foods or Amazon
  • Dental Floss – Thieves Dental Floss

Shampoo & Conditioner:

  • Kid’s Shampoo – KidScents by Young Living
    • Money Saving Tip: To save money, place 4oz of shampoo in an 8oz foamer and 1/2 water. Shake. You can also add essential oils to deter classroom critters, like Rosemary or Tea Tree. You could also add Cedarwood or Rosemary to support healthy hair.
  • Adult Shampoo & Conditioner – Copaiba Vanilla by Young Living
    • If you are not used to using a natural shampoo, your hair will go through a detox phase. During this time you may want to shampoo your hair twice before conditioning. You can also dilute this, but I do not. All of YL’s soaps and shampoos are really concentrated! A little goes a long way, but I only stretch the kid’s shampoo.

Lotion:

  • Homemade – We use this recipe.
  • KidScents – Young Living
  • Lavender Lotion – Young Living

Hand Soap:

  • Young Living Foaming Hand Soap
    • Thieves Hand Soap – Young Living
    • Lavender Hand Soap – Young Living
    • Our Homemade Hand Soap – Saves SO much money!
      • 2TB Castile Soap
      • 1TB fractionated coconut oil or some vitamin e drops
      • And 10-15 drops of Thieves or Other YL Essential Oils
      • In an 8oz foamer pump.
      • Fill with water and add the foamer top.

Facial Cleansers/Wash/Lotions:

  • Satin Facial Scrub – Young Living
  • Art Gentle Facial Cleanser – Young Living
  • Seedlings Baby Wipes – Yes, so gentle and great for a quick wash – Young Living
  • Art Light Moisturizer – Young Living

Cleaning Products

Laundry Products:

  • Thieves Laundry Soap – Young Living
  • Here is my semi-homemade recipe that saves so much money and WORKS!
  • Wool Dryer Balls in the dryer with Vinegar in the wash cycle.
  • Fabric Softener Homemade Recipe
  • And here’s a NEW tip I recently learned. If you have an extra yucky load, drop a couple drops of DiGize Essential Oil in with your laundry soap. Yes, DIGIZE. Idk why, but it’s helpful! Especially for cloth diapers. 
  • Stain Stick – Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Bleach – Our Recipe and will whiten whites! Do NOT use on colors.
    • 1 and 1/2 cups of peroxide
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 15 drops of YL Lemon Essential Oil
    • To a gallon glass jar/bowl.
    • Then stir.
    • Then add water to top it off and stir.
    • Place in Mason Jars or another glass jar with a lid. NOT PLASTIC.

Household Cleaners:

  • Counters – Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Floors – Thieves Household Cleaner (in my steam mop)
  • Sinks – Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Tub – Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Tile – Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Ok, you get the point. I am including this sway presentation that has recipes you can make with Thieves Household Cleaner, but quite frankly I just use THC and shake on some baking soda if I need some extra grit.
  • We also use homegrown luffa sponges, bamboo brushes or e-cloths.

This list is TO BE CONTINUED… as quite honestly, it is a huge list to type.

Would you like to know what supplements we take? Here is a little video I whipped up.

And yes, I am a distributor for Young Living, but I would NEVER recommend or share something I didn’t 110% believe was a quality product. If you do not have an account with YL, I would LOVE to have you use my link and I will send you a FREE gift.

Feel free to reach out with any questions. For real. I have been on this journey for 14 years and was an elementary school teacher for 16 years. I welcome questions. We are here to help one another.

Dawn

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