Simply Natural- Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Life

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It is far too easy to say that if you eat an extra apple a day and walk 15km a day that you will be fit as a fiddle. But, the truth is most people don’t need to be ultra-slim and sporty to be happy. Often a couple of smaller changes can add up to a much more significant difference mentally, emotionally and physically. Lifestyle changes aren’t just about what you eat, they are more of a state of mind - but like everything it takes time. Habits are made or broken in around 12 or so weeks. So that is three months of dedication to either breaking or introducing new practices, and a key factor is to not be hard on yourself while you do it.

Let’s start in the home. Often we are overloaded with chemicals, more than we really ever think about. It is perfectly easy to keep a house in tip-top condition, smelling fresh and clean without all of those bleaches we often use. Essential oils are going to be the lifesaver here, they are readily available and have a range of uses. From calming and soothing scents in the bedrooms to fresh lemon scents in the kitchen and bathroom. Be sure to choose the highest quality your budget will stretch tom and ensure they are 100% pure.

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It is far too easy to say that if you eat an extra apple a day and walk 15km a day that you will be fit as a fiddle. But, the truth is most people don’t need to be ultra-slim and sporty to be happy. Often a couple of smaller changes can add up to a much more significant difference mentally, emotionally and physically. Lifestyle changes aren’t just about what you eat, they are more of a state of mind - but like everything it takes time. Habits are made or broken in around 12 or so weeks. So that is three months of dedication to either breaking or introducing new practices, and a key factor is to not be hard on yourself while you do it.

Let’s start in the home. Often we are overloaded with chemicals, more than we really ever think about. It is perfectly easy to keep a house in tip-top condition, smelling fresh and clean without all of those bleaches we often use. Essential oils are going to be the lifesaver here, they are readily available and have a range of uses. From calming and soothing scents in the bedrooms to fresh lemon scents in the kitchen and bathroom. Be sure to choose the highest quality your budget will stretch tom and ensure they are 100% pure.

Vinegar, baking soda, cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide are all found in the natural cleaning arsenal. Top up yours and get ready to make the house sparkle without the toxic chemicals.


"Living a more natural lifestyle will always involve cutting down on the take-out, the junk food and anything that you haven’t cooked yourself. Often tie when we are feeling poorly, sluggish or suffering from digestion problems it is due to diet. IBS, diarrhea and stomach cramps can often be warning signs of a bad diet or intolerance. However, if you think that you might be suffering from more complicated digestion issues, it might be worth seeking out help for IBS." 

Grocery stores have more fruits and vegetables than ever, not to mention the rise in people growing their own produce and local farms. Cooking from scratch does take some more time, but it is worth it. Try and eat as whole as possible and you will see a difference in a matter of weeks. 

It doesn’t matter if you are alone or you have a whole house full of kiddos, start growing your own. As above, when you grow your own, the food comes without all of the chemicals that mass producers use. Start with the easier ones like tomatoes, peppers, herbs and potatoes - then move on. You can start growing your own produce on a windowsill or in your garden, so lack of space shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

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Stock up on recipes. Open a Pinterest account and set up three different boards. One for homemade cleaning supplies, one for quick recipes and the other for personal products. When you are surfing the internet, anything that looks like it might fit with your lifestyle changes or will help you improve in one of your areas be sure to pin it. Once a month, rather than print anything (and waste all of that paper), get a recipe book and add a few to your list to make. Making these changes is two-fold, one is the gathering of the materials and other is the actions you’ll take to make it work.

Natural and proactive healthcare. Millions of people swear by the abilities of natural remedies, and maybe it is about time you jump on the bandwagon. Using herbs to make teas for coughs, colds and to soothe upset stomachs. Echinacea to help prevents colds and flu, peppermint for stomach issues and cod liver oil (or the flax seed alternative) for a bunch of other stuff. Take a look at what areas you might like to improve, then start using the associated supplement. Before you add any supplements to your diet, then contact your doctor.

Self-care isn’t a buzzword. It is an essential thing that ensures you are taking time for yourself. Mentally and emotionally we tend to keep piling stuff on until we hit a breaking point. However, by implementing a good self-care routine, we are preventing stress build-ups and illness too. Figure out what you need. It might be a weekly bath and facemask, it could be an hour reading a book. Whatever it is, this is one of the most natural things we can do to help ourselves.

Move it move it. The idea of exercise to many of us is a little off-putting. Pulling on moisture-wicking clothing and getting ready to sweat can see much more difficult to fit in than say, a dance around your kitchen and a walk to the shops or in your local park. Moving your body just makes you feel good, it doesn't matter how you do it. What matters is THAT you do it. Yoga is one of the most common ones that people add into a lifestyle change because while it does move your body and encourage better eating habits, it also combats stress - almost a cure-all. You should ideally be looking to add in some walking, yoga or anything else you love to do 3 or more times a week. If you are just starting out then even once a week is a great start.

Seek out information from online magazines and blogs. The internet is a hive of great information from slow living, to people making their own shampoos and bubble baths from natural materials. It has never been easier to find guidance and support.

When you are making lifestyle changes, it can be super tempting to change as much as possible at once. The truth is that it is easier to do it bit by bit. You’re more likely to stick to the changes if you make small once over a period of time. Let each new lifestyle habit form, and become part of your life (for those 12 weeks as above), before you introduce another one.

Vinegar, baking soda, cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide are all found in the natural cleaning arsenal. Top up yours and get ready to make the house sparkle without the toxic chemicals.

Living a more natural lifestyle will always involve cutting down on the take-out, the junk food and anything that you haven’t cooked yourself. Often tie when we are feeling poorly, sluggish or suffering from digestion problems it is due to diet. However, if you think that you might be suffering from more complicated digestion issues, it might be worth seeking out help for IBS. Grocery stores have more fruits and vegetables than ever, not to mention the rise in people growing their own produce and local farms. Cooking from scratch does take some more time, but it is worth it. Try and eat as whole as possible and you will see a difference in a matter of weeks.

It doesn’t matter if you are alone or you have a whole house full of kiddos, start growing your own. As above, when you grow your own, the food comes without all of the chemicals that mass producers use. Start with the easier ones like tomatoes, peppers, herbs and potatoes - then move on. You can start growing your own produce on a windowsill or in your garden, so lack of space shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Stock up on recipes. Open a Pinterest account and set up three different boards. One for homemade cleaning supplies, one for quick recipes and the other for personal products. When you are surfing the internet, anything that looks like it might fit with your lifestyle changes or will help you improve in one of your areas be sure to pin it. Once a month, rather than print anything (and waste all of that paper), get a recipe book and add a few to your list to make. Making these changes is two-fold, one is the gathering of the materials and other is the actions you’ll take to make it work.

Natural and proactive healthcare. Millions of people swear by the abilities of natural remedies, and maybe it is about time you jump on the bandwagon. Using herbs to make teas for coughs, colds and to soothe upset stomachs. Echinacea to help prevents colds and flu, peppermint for stomach issues and cod liver oil (or the flax seed alternative) for a bunch of other stuff. Take a look at what areas you might like to improve, then start using the associated supplement. Before you add any supplements to your diet, then contact your doctor.

Self-care isn’t a buzzword. It is an essential thing that ensures you are taking time for yourself. Mentally and emotionally we tend to keep piling stuff on until we hit a breaking point. However, by implementing a good self-care routine, we are preventing stress build-ups and illness too. Figure out what you need. It might be a weekly bath and facemask, it could be an hour reading a book. Whatever it is, this is one of the most natural things we can do to help ourselves.

Move it move it. The idea of exercise to many of us is a little off-putting. Pulling on moisture-wicking clothing and getting ready to sweat can see much more difficult to fit in than say, a dance around your kitchen and a walk to the shops or in your local park. Moving your body just makes you feel good, it doesn't matter how you do it. What matters is THAT you do it. Yoga is one of the most common ones that people add into a lifestyle change because while it does move your body and encourage better eating habits, it also combats stress - almost a cure-all. You should ideally be looking to add in some walking, yoga or anything else you love to do 3 or more times a week. If you are just starting out then even once a week is a great start.

Seek out information from online magazines and blogs. The internet is a hive of great information from slow living, to people making their own shampoos and bubble baths from natural materials. It has never been easier to find guidance and support.

When you are making lifestyle changes, it can be super tempting to change as much as possible at once. The truth is that it is easier to do it bit by bit. You’re more likely to stick to the changes if you make small once over a period of time. Let each new lifestyle habit form, and become part of your life (for those 12 weeks as above), before you introduce another one.



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