5 Ways To Become Healthier ( Starting Now)

5 Ways to become healthier ( starting

All across the world, people are waking up to a pressing need for us to become aware of how to take care of our health, as well as making a positive impact on our environment and community. 

Through the internet, affordable courses, books, health leaders, alternative MDs, Moms/Dads/Kids, activists, chefs, and so have appeared. It can be overwhelming finding out what we should eat and how we can best take care of our health. On top of that, there is a belief that in order to be healthy you need to spend a ton of money on supplements or equipment. Sure, I love my Vitamixer and see real value in supplementation, but in reality you can start living a healthier life right here and now.

I’ve created my list of 5 ways you can take charge of your health without feeling overwhelmed. Start with one of these points or do all of them! Whatever feels right for you and your family. Remember, you are not in this alone!

1.) Say no to GMO

If you are concerned about Genetically modified food, pesticides, and other harmful toxins in your food, it’s time to switch to organic. It’s important to remember that even though organic food can cost more, it doesn’t have to; there are organic produce clubs you can join that send you an affordable box of veg/fruit every week, and at your local farmer’s market you can speak with farmer’s about seasonal produce.

Organic shampoo too expensive? Consider making your own ( youtube has many videos on everything from ‘no-poo’ to dry shampoo). No fluoride free toothpaste at your local store? Use baking soda and essential oil ( like peppermint) or even turmeric.

Remember to buy in bulk when possible so as to save even more. Your local health food store should have a bulk section for things like chickpeas, lentils, rice, etc You can also save by shopping at places like iherb which offers discounts and cheap or free shipping.

2.) Download my free workbook to determine your budget and assess your pantry

If you’re not sure where to start and are new to all this health stuff, download my free workbook and start filling it out. It will help you determine your budget, personal health goals, and what items in your house may contain harmful ingredients.

3.) Find the right exercise for YOU

Not everyone enjoys running, yoga, or cross fit. Find what YOU enjoy and do it daily. That’s your number 1 task: consistency. If you hate doing something, you won’t do it for long, so find out what works for you. If it happens to be running, then schedule it into your calendar and tell family/friends you are unavailable during that time for anything other than running. Or better yet, invite them along with you!

Enjoy yoga but no time to take a class? No problem, you can do it at home and fit it into your schedule. Read Emily’s post on how to not feel overwhelmed by yoga and know that it’s flexible for your needs and schedule.

4.) Start using and/or growing spices

You can do this right now! Write down your top 5 favorite spices on a sheet of paper and then google them followed by ‘health benefits’ or ‘how to grow’ and you will be amazed as to A. how health they are and B. probably how easy it is to grow them ( well, some of them)

I’ve written about the health benefits of ginger as well as cinnamon, and that is just touching the tip of the iceberg! Wait til I write about turmeric…one could write a book on turmeric as it’s a major superfood.

Once you’ve investigated the health benefits of your favorite spices and herbs, discover how to use them. The Herbal Academy of New England has excellent programs and articles for learning how to make poultices, cook with superfoods, make tinctures, etc. Meghan Telpner also teaches on her TV show and culinary nutrition program how you can use superfoods in your daily diet.

5.) Simplify

I can’t even begin to expound on how important it is that we all slow down and simplify our lives. That’s a challenging task in our fast paced keep-up-with-the-Joneses world, but our health and wellbeing depend on it.

A few ways to start slowing down and simplifying

-Declutter one room a week and donate or sell whatever you don’t use or need

-Journal 1 page a day. This will slow down your train of thought and get you into a contemplative mode. An excellent way to end the day. 

– Go on a limited info diet. I am not saying you shouldn’t stay on topic of topics that are important to you, I’m saying don’t be inundated with negativity that is dominate in media. 

– Spend time each day meditating and/or praying. 

-Take a nature walk with your family. 

All in all, remember that the journey to wellbeing is something that may not happen overnight. It can, and it’s great if it does but leave room to gradually improving your health too. No matter what health issues you are facing, you can do something each and everyday to get you closer to your goals.

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Health Experts 2.0


Just as quickly as Eastern and herbal medicine was swept away by Western MDs, it’s making a strong and permanent comeback; the new and real health experts are following ancient systems of medicine, designed to heal the patient, and not just treat the symptoms of their dis-ease. From 5000 year old Ayurveda to cutting edge herbalism, doctors such as Dr. Partap Chauhan are showing how what we eat and how we treat our bodies and minds on a daily basis will show us what kind of health we will have.

I became familiar with Dr. Chauhan’s work after my wife studied at his clinic, Jiva. The entire Chauhan family work together to disseminate the Ayurvedic way of living to the world, on TV, online, through his books, courses, and in his clinic. They tour the world spreading tips on wellbeing and stress reduction; companies have taken a strong interest in incorporating their methods into the workplace, to help employs become happier and more productive.

As the popularity of wellness coaching rises, coaches are popping up everywhere to meet the demand. Instead of following a fixed strategy, they are flexible and have our own ways of treating disease and helping one live in happiness and health. Gretchen at Total Wellness Mentor is one of those coaches, treating clients in person and online. She helps families and individuals plan their meals and move towards a plant based diet, loaded in Phytochemicals.

Nutrition researched Mike Adams, aka the Health Ranger, runs the invaluable site Natural News, which gives hard to find studies to the public, as well as research found on natural medicine. What I love most about the site is that it sheds light into the corruption in mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, while providing precious information on natural cures.

Dr. Eric Braverman is the ‘doctor’s doctor’. He has worked at the Princeton Bio Center and now is the founder of PATH. his must have book, The Edge Effect, expounds upon the importance of amino acids and diet in slow down aging, treating illness, and balancing one’s mental state. His Rainbow Diet integrates lots of veggies and fruits, as well as herbal teas and spices such as turmeric.

One of our friends and mentors in Juan Pablo Girardi of the University of Healing Arts and Brain Optimization. He has an MA in Psychology and MS in Engineering, and teaches students about nutrition and amino acids, and the importance of meditation. He also is a life coach and transpersonal psychologist.

Who are your favorite Health Experts?