Starting to adopt healthier lifestyles can be a rewarding challenge for many of us who have been eating a Standard American Diet high in processed foods. Although it can be tough to start out with, the rewards for every family member are manifold. Illness and disease can subside or be eliminated. And children can have a healthier start on their lives; these habits will be ingrained in them for possibly decades.
Here are 5 basic steps you can consider if you are wanting to have a healthier home but aren’t sure where to begin.
1.) Avoid Commercials That Advertise Junk Food
Kids are easily swayed to consume junk food of various kinds by the multimillion dollar marketing campaigns that work tirelessly to hook kids as early as possible and have them as customers for life. Many adults today were subjected to such marketing and without their even knowing it are reaching for their favorite ‘comfort foods’ because of the advertising they saw as a child. Hence the struggle many of us have to adopt healthier eating habits.
2.) Join Like Minded Support Groups
If you aren’t sure of what’s best to buy, what’s in season, where your local farmer’s market is located, try joining a few online groups that can offer you support and advice.
Some sites to check out:
– Our Holistic Families group on Facebook
– Herbal Academy of New England ( which has excellent classes on herbalism and uber helpful blog posts)
– Mothering Mag forum for almost every holistic question you can imagine!
3.) Talk To Your Local Organic Farmer
One of the best ways to learn more about what you eat while supporting your local economy is to speak with organic and pesticide free farmers in your area. Head on over to your local farmer’s market and take a gander around and develop a relationship with the farmers, ask about any specials they may have and what they recommend.
4.) Begin Reading Holistic Health Books
One of the best ways to enrich your life is by learning as much as you can about anatomy, biology, nutrition, and botany to name a few! As daunting as that may sound, there are plenty of easy to read ebooks and books of all varieties, many of which may be available at your local library or bookstore or if not, on Amazon. One book I send to all my family and friends is Healthy Living From The Inside Out by Mariel Hemmingway. It offers great suggestions, resources, tips/tricks for eating healthier and also for cleaning your home. Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition Bible goes more in depth into vitamins and supplements and nutrition. Prescription for Natural Healing is a must have resource that goes into herbs and their usage.
5.) Begin to replace toxic house hold cleaner with natural ones
Clean with vinegar and/or essential oils instead of toxic chemicals. You will save yourself money too! It’s relatively easy to make a general antibacterial soap from mixing the unscented Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap with Thieves essential oil, which is a blend made from cinnamon and other amazing essential oils that can kill germs. On Guard from DoTERRA and Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy are similar blends. We use the latter, which comes in a 30ml and 100ml size and is quite affordable. We use it for sanitizing surfaces too.
Another bonus tip to help you create a healthier home is to green your makeup and skincare items. You may think that this will cost you more but I’ve found that by buying fewer makeup items ( and purchasing more holistic versions) plus making my own facial serums I actually save money when compared to buying cheaper items at say the pharmacy. Why is that? We ladies tend to purchase more when we’re at say Target or a drug store beauty counter because things cost less. And there is such a variety! And while it may be fun to peruse the makeup isle, it’s better on your wallet to only order your staples ( like a good natural mascara and lipstick) and ignoring the ever-changing popular makeup trends. But, if you want to go all-out Kardashian and still go green, there are loads of eco-friendly and organic, cruelty-free brands on the market.
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Start where you can and within your budget!