1) Ditch the artificial ingredients.
This is extremely important. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to chronic migraines, seizure disorders and MS. Artificial colors are linked to many behavious issues in children and they can cause chromosomal damage. Many people with illnesses notice symptoms disappear when they cut out artificial ingredients.
2) Find a hobby
Anything that makes you happy will help you reduce stress and therefore improve your health. Reading, playing a game, writing, knitting, scrapbooking, starting a garden, etc. Everyone has at least one thing that they can lose themselves in and forget their problems!
3) Green Your Home
Many household cleaners are extremely toxic and face it- some of them don’t even work! Plain white vinegar and baking soda have cleaned my house better than any other cleaner on the market, plus it is cheaper! Adding good quality essential oils can help get your home extra clean.
4) Find alternatives for beauty products.
Makeup, shampoos, body washes, and perfumes are some of the most toxic products out there. They all contain endocrine dispruptors which can create hormonal imbalances. Even deodorant has ingredients linked to breast cancer! There are lots of decent brands on the market now, or you can even make your own products.
5) Go for walks
Or bike rides! Many people are so consumed with “working out” and burning calories that they never actually enjoy their surroundings. Taking a brisk walk through a park or a trail in the woods can be just as effective as a cardio routine- and it is less stressful!
6) Reach out to someone
Sometimes there is nothing better than talking to an old friend or even a spouse. Keeping emotions and thoughts bottled up is detrimental to our health. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
7) Adopt an animal or volunteer somewhere
The healing benefits of owning a pet are very well-known! Cats have strong healing powers with their purrs. Dogs are always loyal and loving, plus they make you stay active. If you can’t own a pet, look into volunteering at a shelter or anywhere that you can help someone. Helping others is an amazing habit to add to your life.
8) Find food staples
Finding a few easy staples in your diet can make cooking a lot easier. We keep things like grass-fed butter, organic basmati rice, organic eggs, bananas, broccoli, and carrots around so we always have an easy meal to make when time is short. It keeps us making better decisions and we barely eat out now.
9) Don’t feel guilty.
If you have a few lazy days or you just really want some chocolate, do not feel guilty! That guilt is not worth it and will take away from enjoying an indulgence. We only live once! I believe in balance and trying to stay positive is an important part of that
10) Never stop learning
We all have to be advocates for our own health at this point. There are so many truths and lies out there about health and nutrition that it is hard to know what it correct. Just keep an open mind and make choices based on what you believe is the right way for you to live.
Life is all about balance. We have to evaluate the stresses in our life and try to eliminate or change them. Then you can focus on your health and well-being. If you are stuck in a situation that makes you miserable, you need to find the strength to dig yourself out and persevere!