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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Simple Living for Holistic Beings

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A balanced life is a well lived one. Ask yourself right now – are you living up to your full, meaningful potential?

Holistic nutrition is just one part of our existence where we can mindfully choose to embrace healthy, active lives. We are what we eat and the softness of our skin, the strength of our hair and the density of our teeth show us if we are on the right path, or whether we have an imbalance in our diet.

There are simple things we can do to correct dietary imbalance:

  • Eat seasonally
  • Buy locally
  • Support organic farming
  • Forage for nutrients
  • Reduce grains and refined sugars
  • Eliminate processed foods

To only change our diet is not enough to overcome the imbalances created by a consumer-driven life. We must become unbusy so that we have time to enjoy things that truly matter. We must declutter to find space. We must reduce stress so that we can be grateful. We must regard all of nature and the greater environment if we strive to become holistic beings.

We must understand connections if we dream of a sustainable world. Then we need to act.

Simple living is a gentle way of life that reminds us of how interconnected the world actually is. We become conscious of what we own, what we waste and what we really need – and with a different, more aware mindset we will find that it is much less than what we have been led to think.

Natural simple living may be right for you, if:

  • You are seeking a less complicated way of life
  • You are ready to live in a non-toxic home
  • You are willing to search for health through food, rather than medication
  • You realize the importance of organic clothing – for your body and the future of agriculture
  • Your natural beauty is ready to shine through
  • You already feel the positive benefits of earthing, or are ready to walk barefoot like a child once again
  • You desire more self-reliance in your life

There are a myriad of ways to slow down and enjoy the benefits of a simple life. Choose a place to start and take the first steps towards a lighter tomorrow.

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Cheryl Magyar is a sustainable life designer who shares a blog with her husband at Handcraftedtravellers. Sign up for their free newsletter Weekly Ideas for Simplifying Your Life at Home and Away and step into a simpler day!

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Family Time

More and more, people are realizing how integral family time is. I constantly talk with people who have quit their jobs or have been fired or laid off, and are choosing voluntary simplicity so that they can spend more time with family.

One of the many blessings of the internet is that families can be together more often; one or both parents can work from home. This leaves more room to homeschool, if a family chooses to do so.

When I worked in Korea, I was gone all day, got home and my wife wanted some time to herself ( after having been in an apartment with a toddler all day). I spent maybe 2 hours together with my family, as I had to prepare for class. This nearly destroyed my marriage and my daughter wasn’t too close with me. How could she be? She rarely saw me.

The months following our moving, I was still trying to put together my fragmented marriage and family life. I would walk by my wife without really acknowledging her, and she too would do the same. We are soulmates, so this is not acceptable for us. But modern life has modern stresses, and the 9 to 5 is not conducive to wellness or happiness. We therefore have to weigh what our priorities are.

Spending Time With Family

In 2005, MTV had a program on that posed ‘ is this generation the first ‘me’ generation?’ In other words, selfish. We like to pride our world as supporting individuality but in reality, it supports individualism. We are like walking islands, focusing mainly on ourselves. Community has drastically decreased, and so has the family unit. Spending time with family comes after our busy schedules. We ‘fit it in’ when we can.

But this has caused nothing but increased unhappiness and a deep feeling of emptiness and lack of support. Kids and adults both are overscheduled, rushing from one activity to the next. Coach Matthew Kelly mentioned in one of his books how when he asked students what they wanted from life, the overall wanted to be famous. This is the ultimate deification of the ego, and if you take a look at celebrities, it is pretty alienating. Maybe many people know of a person, but that doesn’t meant the celebrity has friends.Nonetheless, it’s what kids want the world over. Fame.

When we spend more time with family, instead of being distracted, we begin to understand how powerful and supportive and family that listens to eachother is. All members grow when they come together amicably. Has the selifishness and hyperconsumerism we see developed because mom, dad, and Johnny are gone all the time, and not spending quality time together?

Yes.

Voluntary Simplicity

Some families are choosing to drastically alter their lifestyles in order to spend more time together. From conservative religions such as Mormonism, to ‘progressive’ educational movements such as unschooling, single moms to former CEOs have decided that they want to spend more time with family. To do this, some are working from home while others are living off of savings and blogging about their lifestyle. Others are working part time and on a budget, in order to limit their expenses and therefore spend more time at home.

Frugal living means different things to different people, but the overall theme is to not overconsume.

There is a ‘slow family‘ movement brewing in the US, where families are choosing to slow it down and quit overscheduling every moment of every day. This saves money and opens up more time.

Living Simply

In Europe, quality is focused on over quantity. We lived in Italy, and my wife grew up in France. Lifestyle is very important to Europeans. That’s why their quality of living is high, with countries like Spain and France having several hours off for lunch. The US on the other hand puts more of an emphasis on buying frequently, from stores that sell cheap products made in China. Junk food and restaurants serving cheaper, low quality foods reign in popularity. The US has a frantic lifestyle that has gained popularity the world over.

Lifestyle design according to experts such as Tim Ferriss means putting an emphasis on what matters most, to you. If you crave to spend more time with family, this may mean altering what you buy, possibly working from home or at a different job, and living simply. But it can also mean financial abundance…just minus the constant spending on things that will not matter to you in a few months.

Therefore, voluntary simplicity and lifestyle design are not at odds. You don’t have to give up everything.

You just have to put your life’s focus on what you really want, instead of compulsive spending ( which we all do) or overworking.

Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness

What is a healthy lifestyle? Is it merely counting calories and going to the gym? NO. It comes from taking control of our lives. Most of us live pretty unconsciously and are on a set treadmill. Many chose careers that someone else wanted for them, or that they felt ‘would make me able to provide for my family’. In these economic times, we are seeing trends that jobs we once were told would be successful and ‘stable’ are in fact not. It’s a facade.

That is why lifestyle design in the US and abroad has become so popular, as people are in need of an alternative.

If we can go back to our passions and make a career out of them, or spend less time at work, and be in control of what we buy, then we have more time for the real treasures in our lives. We have to make family time our focus and schedule things around that.

Not the reverse.