With farmers markets packed with fresh produce and the warm weather being the perfect time to go on hikes or swims, we all start to feel a little more inspired to live a healthier lifestyle. Even though the easiest way to achieve a healthier lifestyle is through a diet and exercise regimen, there are other ways to accomplish a healthy lifestyle, one being through taking the natural approach. Here are 3 ways to get on the path to living a natural and healthy lifestyle.
Grow Your Meals
Many of us don’t know where our food comes from or what was used to produce it. But with all the chemicals and unhealthy ingredients included in chemically processed foods, it’s wise to limit your chemically processed foods and instead go more organic and natural. An effective solution is to invest within your own gardens and grow your own food. The kinds of foods you can grow are really limitless. Between growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs, you can grow enough options to serve as entire meals for you and your family. This will not only serve as helping you achieve a healthier diet but will also help reduce your carbon footprint. If you’re someone who doesn’t quite have the green thumb, make an effort to support local farmers in your area by buying vegetables and fruits from them instead.
Use Natural Beauty Products
The beauty industry is one of the largest and most successful industries in the world. But with the need to mass-produce products, not all the ingredients included in makeup are the healthiest for us. In order to avoid applying toxic ingredients to our bodies such as parabens and sulfates, investing in safe beauty products is a great way to approach a healthier lifestyle.
The best place to start is by educating yourself on ingredients you’ll want to use versus ingredients you’ll want to avoid. If you’re unfamiliar with which ingredients you should stay away from, it’s helpful to check out an online list of chemicals of concern. The next best step is to make wise choices on your next makeup run. Along with making sure each product you select has safe ingredients, it’s also helpful to buy from companies that have been certified vegan. You’ll find there are vegan companies for all kinds of personal care products, even including hair color. The next time you’re searching for a brand-new color or looking to brighten up your do, opt for safe and healthy hair color like this. No matter if it’s a healthier version of hair color or a safer option of mascara, buying more natural beauty products will make you feel better about what you’re applying onto your body.
Declutter and Reduce Waste
We’re all surrounded by excess. Whether you know it or not, there are plenty of things in your life that you don’t actually need. Living a simpler lifestyle will become a more natural way of living as well. The best place to start is by decluttering your home and/or office space. Have a sweater you haven’t broken out of your closet in ages? Get rid of it. Have that waffle maker you always planned to use but still haven’t brought it out of its box? Donate it to someone who will! You can follow the advice of Marie Kondo or Bea Johnson in order to achieve a more zero-waste lifestyle. With whatever you find that you don’t need, give away to close family and friends or drop off at your nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army. Decluttering your home will help to reduce waste in the world and also help you prioritize the things that you actually need.
Growing your own food, using natural beauty products and decluttering your home are the perfect steps to take in starting to achieve a more natural way of living. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite ways to live more naturally are in the comments below.