This piece is a part of a series of blogs for how to send your child back to school in a safe “Wildatarian” style.
As we wind down the summer and start gearing up for the fall, the excitement and stress of heading back to school can start to set in for parents and students alike. Between shopping for school supplies, buying new clothes, and procuring food for lunches, your to-do list can seem endless. A true Wildatarian is cognizant not only of what they put in their body, but also of the variety of things they interact with in their environment. After a long summer at home, children will be bombarded with new materials and new people. Since we cannot control their interactions, we need to minimize the toxic ingredients they may be exposed to in their school supplies. From the pencils they may chew on when nervous, to the backpacks they carry next to their lungs, to the storage containers they bring their lunches in, our children are exposed to so many common items that could be carrying harmful chemicals. This year, I encourage you to not only consider the food your feed your children, but to swap out their school supplies with these “Wildatarian-approved” choices. I have included all the links to purchase the products below to make your shopping easy and accessible!
Children have so much creativity inside of them, but sometime their drawings, projects and collages leave residue in the respiratory tract, on the skin, and in the mouth. The big chemicals to avoid in any product are PVCs, Phthalates, and Vinyl. Watch out for anything labeled “antimicrobial” – these chemicals can be more dangerous than the microbes themselves! Avoid scented things, as the fragrance may contain dangerous chemicals that could cause hormone and neurotransmitter dysregulation.
As you go shopping, remember that parenting is a process of continuously learning and growing. Although we may not be able to fully avoid all the toxins out there, making informed choices goes a long way in reducing the toxic burden on our bodies.
Keep an eye out for our next blog post about how to pack your children the perfect Wildatarian lunch for school!