Saturday, March 7, 2015

5 BEGINNER STEPS FOR HEALTHIER LIVING


If there’s one theme that keeps occurring on my blog, it’s my movement towards healthier, more natural, even minimalist, way of living. I began making shifts towards this lifestyle about 13 years ago, when my oldest was 2 years old. I dabbled in essential oils, began recycling, and switched from Crest to Tom’s toothpaste. It’s ebbed and flowed over the years, but due to various illnesses and/or diagnosis, I’ve begun making larger strides to improve our lifestyle and give glory to God through greater stewardship of what we have been given...naturally.

In the beginning, the dilemma is where to start, how to do it, all without getting overwhelmed in the process. So, I’m writing this post to encourage others to make the first step. Baby steps.

For those who haven’t heard much of my journey into this realm of natural living, let me just say that, in a nutshell, through trial and error, I have discovered over the years a connection with foods, medications and other consumables, to problems such as hyperactivity, shortness of breath, allergies, rashes, irregular menses cycles, and quite possibly even miscarriages.

Through classes and research, I’ve discovered it’s quite elementary, but to execute the best practices is quite challenging in our society where processed foods and synthetic drugs are on every shelf, on every corner of every block. As eager as I’ve been to conform to a new way of living, the journey is slow and sometimes painful. It took years to break my addiction to sodas and teas, and evolve past Raman noodles, white flour tortillas, and canned soups. I still struggle with coffee, and probably always will, and it’s my last remaining comfort ford.



5 small beginner steps to healthier living:
  1. Replace boxed foods with organic vegetables and fruits to your meals, just one or two at a time
  2. Drink more water and less sodas/teas
  3. Drink organic milk
  4. Headaches are the most common ailment, so replace your Tylenol with Peppermint essential oil.  A drop of peppermint oil on your temples, under your nose, or the back of your neck helps soothe headaches almost immediately.
  5. Replace those harmful kitchn cleaners with a non-toxic option such as Seventh Generation or better yet, make your own disinfectant spray with Thieve essential oil. 2-6 drops to a spray bottle with water cleans most surfaces in the house. Or purchase the ready-made Thieves household cleaner.


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6 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I've been wanting to try peppermint oil. I've heard it's also really good for when your stomach hurts!

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    1. Anna, peppermint is great for stomach aches, headaches, and about a hundred other things. I might suggest that you identify what ailments regularly bother you (headaches, indigestion, etc) and select an oil that might help you manage those symptoms. I regularly keep approximately 3 oils in my purse for day-to-day maintenance.

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  2. Great post - coconut water is fab, too, especially with pineapple juice for an exotic healthy option!

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    1. Lisa, you're right...coconut water is fantastic. The only problem is that I have not yet found one that tastes good. Any suggestions?

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  3. Great ideas for baby steps towards healthy living!

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! Do you have a healthy living lifestyle? If so, do you have any suggestions to add?

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