With all the horror stories in the media today about reactions and diseases caused by the long-term use of chemicals and pesticides in the production of food, it is no wonder there are more people every day looking to lead a more organic lifestyle. The thoughts and worries of what is going into your body and the bodies of your family is enough to drive this notion of sustaining an organic lifestyle into reality.
An organic lifestyle sounds pretty good on paper, and can provide your body the cleanest fuel it needs to maintain an active lifestyle and prime physical and/or mental health. Starting to live and determine your food choices by an organic lifestyle can be an easy adjustment when given the proper tools.
Let’s take a look at how you can start living an organic lifestyle today!
The Basic Tips for Living an Organic Lifestyle
To follow an organic lifestyle, try to do all or the majority of the following:
Eat organic and unrefined food
Purchase locally grown organic food or start a garden to replace the need of purchasing veggies or fruits from grocery store chains.
Prepare food in a way that doesn’t destroy natural nutrients
Steam vegetables or grill them in olive oil to bring out the full flavor of the food
Drink water or make your own juices
Use well water when available and blend fruits and veggies into delicious smoothies.
Use alternative means of transportation
When possible, walk to a location or bike or even look into the use of public transportation.
Spend more time outdoors, engaging with and protecting nature
Participate in nature hikes or spend time volunteering on a cleanup of a local area.
Use alternative medicines when possible, as discussed with a medical professional Ask your doctor about essential oils or organic supplements of vitamins and minerals essential to good health.
Compost waste and use in your organic garden
Save scraps of food preparation and old newspapers to start and maintain a compost pile for gardening.
Reuse items or purchase secondhand when possible
Purchase items from a secondhand store or flea market, boosting the local economy while reducing your carbon footprint.
Make organic cleaners
Use essential oils with proven natural cleaners, such as lemon juice or vinegar, to avoid the use of chemicals in your home
Practice exercises that open the mind and heal the body
Partake in a yoga or meditation class to learn the uses of the body
Find the best fit
The single most important thing to remember is to find a lifestyle fit that is best for your needs, not what is the trending pick in the media or amongst your friends. Chose tips that will fit your lifestyle, as it is impossible to grow an organic garden while living in an apartment located in the center of a bustling city. Perhaps, you have a medical condition that can only be treated through prescribed medications.
Grow Your Own Organic Food
If your home and climate allow, try growing your own organic vegetables or fruits or berries or herbs. Choose plants that will be enjoyed by the entire family and save the waste to start your own compost pile. Start small if you are not an avid gardener with a couple of rows or boxes of common hearty plants, such as carrots, potatoes, parsley and cilantro. Invest in some equipment to make gardening easier on the body and mind such as the following:
· A set of padded gardening gloves and kneeling pad (or knee pads; whichever your preference)
· A shovel in a height that fits your body
· A trowel (the little shovel that easier turns over dirt and allows you to get to roots of stubborn weeds
· A sturdy, ergonomic wheelbarrow to make transporting easy on the body. Find the best ones at Backyard Boss.
· An organic fertilizer and soil compound to ensure prime growing
· A watering can or hose that will allow easy watering to maintain a routine
Growing your own organic garden will allow you to feel confident the food you are ingesting and putting in front of your family night after night is prepared with the utmost love and care. Without the thought of what is in my food will lead to an enjoying dining experience and allow you to taste the full flavor of the food without the mask of chemicals or pesticides.
Set Attainable Goals
It is impossible and unrealistic to change a lifestyle overnight and it definitely isn’t expected. Set small goals that will make the transition to an organic lifestyle seamless and productive. Set the goal of having homemade juices three to five days a week for the first four weeks and up the number by one day as you reach the end date. Set a goal to have an herb garden growing in your windowsill by the end of the month or to take an organic supplement for an entire month. Commit to attending a yoga class two nights a week for a month or mediating in the privacy of your home every second night.
Once these goals have been achieved, you will have confidence to set bigger and bigger goals until you come to the realization, you are leading an organic lifestyle.
Minor changes are all that is required to start leading and eventually maintain an organic lifestyle. Invite your family to assist you in your goal, asking their input and issuing a challenge of who can reach their goals quicker. Do your homework to find an organic lifestyle that fits your family because an organic lifestyle is how you make it, not a definition or set model on a page. Make the change to an organic lifestyle exciting to avoid resistance and soon you along with your loved ones, can be on your way to a healthier life!