Last month we shared ideas to help you move more and move well. If you would like to read more go here. This month we are sharing ideas to help you move toward a more natural organic lifestyle. Living an organic and more natural lifestyle has been our practice for many years and we believe the benefits of these organic lifestyle choices are shown in our health each day.
By this point, you have probably realized that you live in a world filled with toxins. And because they are everywhere, they can be difficult to avoid. But if you want to start living a more natural organic lifestyle, the following ideas will help you begin this practice in your life.
1. Stop Eating Out
When you eat out, even at a place that may be considered a healthy option, you never know just what exactly is being put in your food. And not only that but oftentimes restaurants add extra salt and flavourings in the form of MSG to make their food taste better. It’s time to start cooking your own food at home instead so you will know exactly what is in it, and in what amounts.
2. Cook From Scratch
Now when people hear cook from home, they often think this means they can buy TV dinners, or a premade bag of salad from the store and count this as cooking. Have you ever read the ingredients in a bag of prepackaged salad? Chances are there are just as many chemicals hidden in there as in the food you would be eating at a restaurant! You should resolve instead to buy all the ingredients for your meals and cook everything, all the way down to the sauces, yourself. You may just be surprised at how easy it is to make things like salad dressing.
3. Buy Local And In Season
This brings up another problem, often times the produce at the grocery store is sprayed with all sorts of pesticides and sometimes frozen to keep it looking good even in the off-season. Instead of shopping at your local supermarket, try your best to buy what you can from local farmers.
This will ensure that the food is fresh and in season. According to Medical West Hospital, in-season fruit has a higher nutritional value than fruit that is eaten out of season. So, if you do need to buy something from the local supermarket, rethink your recipe if the item you want isn’t in season, or purchase organic whenever possible.
4. Make Your Own Soaps
This goes for both the soap you use on your body as well as the cleaning products you use around the house. When you buy these products from the store, they are often filled with chemicals you can’t even pronounce the names of.
Making your own soap is easy, and the best part is, you can choose your own scents! Creating cleaning products may be a bit harder, but you can easily download a recipe online and create the perfect cleaning product for each surface in your home.
5. Don’t Use Disposable Containers
Whenever possible, try to replace disposable containers with reusable ones. For example, take your reusable grocery bag with you to the store and farmer’s market. And refill a water bottle rather than drinking from plastic ones all day long.
6. Start A Garden
This one could be difficult if you live in an apartment, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. There are plenty of plants that you can grow inside during any weather! Whether you are growing plants indoor or outdoor, research the fruits and vegetables which grow best in your climate. Then don’t forget to pick up fresh basil and other spice plants, which will be great with all the cooking you are doing.
7. Make Simple Food Switches
You’ve known for a long time that chips and cookies are junk food and are not good for you. And although it can be difficult to let these things go, it’s time to switch them out for something healthier such as fresh fruit.
You can also make other easy switches such as white bread to something which is whole grain and seeded—as these loaves of bread have more nutritional value. Of course, this will be a process, so start just by switching one small thing in your diet at a time.
8. Exercise Regularly
Exercising regularly is an extremely important part of living a natural life. This is because it keeps you healthy and reduces the number of times you will need to seek medical care throughout your life, as well as lowers your chances of developing certain diseases.
Exercise helps to remove any toxins from your body. For best results, use exercise to replace a time in your life where you would use a car. For example, instead of driving to work, try to run or cycle. This will be better for your body and the environment.
9. Look For Natural Remedies
If you are ill or injured, of course, you should still go to see a doctor. But if you are experiencing something such as a slight headache, a natural remedy may actually be a better choice than swallowing a pill.
According to Healthline, eating some boiled ginger can actually help cure a mild headache just as well as an over-the-counter pain killer. And with ginger, there are no undesired side effects such as stomach upset or blood-thinning which usually come with painkillers.
10. Embrace Self Care
None of the above things will be possible if you don’t take care of your body. This means you need to listen to it when it tells you to rest and do your best to keep it running at full speed. Self-care looks different for everyone, so decide what it looks like in your life, and stick with it. This will help to lower your stress and keep you on track to living a more organic life.
Although these changes may seem too easy and like you aren’t really doing anything, even just these small steps can go a long way towards preserving your health and the environment for years to come. And these aren’t the only changes you can make either. You must always strive to live a more natural and organic lifestyle in any way that you find you can.
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