Source (an interesting comment by Sugabelly if you click the link)
Anyone would be excused for wondering why on earth I would classify myself as a Natural Nigerian. Beyond the obvious – I have natural hair; there is a deeper reason why I think I have earned that title. Let’s look at a typical day in the life.
I eat natural foods at least 80% of the time. This means that most of what I eat are home cooked meals which are cooked from scratch with as little input from processed helpers as possible. As an example, if I am having French Fries (hardly happens but is a good example), I will usually top it with stew and not ketchup from a bottle. My snacks are usually things that have little or no preservatives like nuts, plantain chips or freshly boiled corn. I typically will not buy granola bars, potato chips or Gala beef roll.
When I am thirsty, powdered drinks like Kool-Aid and Nutri-C are not welcome. The same applies to carbonated drinks like Coke, Pepsi and Fanta. When I need to drink something sweet and cold, I can easily whiz a pineapple in my Vitamix. And there is always the option to drink plain ol’ water. I also like to drink fruit teas with honey.
Now comes the interesting one: cosmetics and toiletries. I still use my SURE antiperspirant but will most likely soon dump that for a natural deodorant that contains no aluminum and which will let my body breathe. I have dumped my Sothy’s facial cream and I now use a light oil (Grapeseed or jojoba) on my face after my OCM. Due to the dearth of natural products in Nigeria, I have actually taken to making my own Whipped Shea butter mix which I use for my hair and my body. It is easier to spread than just plain Shea butter and thanks to the essential oils I put in it, it smells really good – not that I mind the nutty smell of unrefined Shea butter. I also make and use a variety of lotions for my face and body when I think I need more hydration.
Soaps are a little easier because one can find black soap pretty much everywhere. If I find a batch of black soap too drying, I use it to whip up a batch of liquid black soap fortified with skin loving oils like coconut, jojoba and sweet almond oil.
My hair gets washed with black soap, a bentonite clay shampoo (I will post about this soon) or a castile soap. I have also taken to making my own detangling and leave-in conditioners. Nothing in it but things that are good for me minus the fillers and other questionable ingredients that manufacturers normally use. Thank you Lord, for that degree in Chemistry!
I have made most of these lifestyle decisions consciously because I realize that if you invest in your body, you will normally reap a better reward than those who don’t. I would dislike to be burdened with ill health as it will not only affect me but will also affect those who love me. And yes, I am vain enough to want to look good even when I am in my 70s. I am investing now to reap those benefits later.
I make no claims to being 100% natural. I can only aspire. From time to time, your girl slips and doesn’t go all natural. When that happens, I don’t beat myself up with a stick. I instead look forward to the next day when I can aspire to do better.
To end, let me say this: Being a mother, I feel this weight of responsibility for another human being and being able to expose her to a healthy lifestyle makes me feel that I am doing something right where she is concerned. She is my main inspiration.
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