The Busy Person's Simple Guide to Starting a More Natural Lifestyle

If you aim is to create a healthier, happier life for yourself and your loved ones, I’m excited that you’re here because you will find that your goal is not as complicated or time consuming as you may think.  In fact…..

It all starts with aligning your present life with a more natural way of living.

But you might be feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Your schedule may be so filled with activities you simply don’t know how to get things rolling. If you are feeling this way, take heart because I was in your shoes just a few short years ago.  And you know what I’ve learned?  Well, how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time. This analogy also applies to your unique journey of living naturally – take one step at a time. 

You will not be perfect, so don’t try because you will only be setting yourself up for failure. Instead, aim for progression. Determine your own pace.

Starting a natural lifestyle doesn’t mean that you must completely walk away from your current lifestyle nor are you required to spend lots of time in your kitchen cooking and creating DIY projects.  Don’t feel like you must change who you are and lose yourself in the process. Think of this adventure as an all you can eat buffet. Take what you like and leave the rest. Just that simple.

Are you ready to begin? I’m confident you will reach your goals and I will be with you every step of the way. To help, I’ve outlined below five principles for living a more natural lifestyle that will lay the foundation on which you can build. But before we begin, let’s determine what “natural living” actually means.

The term “natural living” varies from person to person, but below is my simple definition:

“Living Intentionally so That the Things You Bring into Your Life Are as  Close to Their Natural State as Possible” 

 Keeping these points in mind, let’s dig in!
1.  Remove As Many Toxins From Your Life As Possible

There are so many toxins in our lives, and we are essentially walking waste dumps.  Most of the cleaners and personal care products are loaded with chemicals that can cause allergic reactions, disrupt your hormones and make you sick. The sad part is that many chemicals accumulate in our bodies over time, so the result of toxic chemical exposure isn’t manifest until years later when it is more difficult to treat.

So start by removing these offending items, one at a time, and don’t feel you need to go all out in cleansing these items from your home. Instead gradually replace the toxic items with natural alternatives. If you can make your own products, all the better. Doing it this way will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed.

2.  Eat Real Unprocessed Food

This is one of the most important steps you can take in your path to better living.  We truly are what we eat.  This was the hardest thing for me to do, but I realized it was one of the most important steps for me.  How can you accomplish this without losing your sanity?

Again, the key word is gradually. You don’t need to throw everything out of your pantry, but choose one item that is unrefined and once that food item is consumed, be determined to replace it with a healthier choice.

Something you can do right away is to make it your goal to eat at least one serving of a fresh fruit and/or vegetable with each meal.

If you can grow your own veggies and fruit, go for it.  But most of our schedules don’t allow for this luxury. Perhaps you can do something as simple as planting a small herb garden in a pot.  You can knock this project out in an hour or two.  Herbs make food taste amazing by adding extra flavor, and they are excellent detoxing agents.

In eating real unrefined food, keep in mind that this doesn’t mean you have to buy everything organic, although if you can afford it, that’s great. There are still healthy options available that is budget friendly.

3. Spend More Time Outside 

You’d be surprised at the number of people who haven’t been outside in the sunshine for any significant length of time in many years.  It is becoming more and more common for people to only leave home for work or to do errands, and that’s the extent of their fresh air!

Your body was designed to benefit from the earth’s natural resources. And when we work against our biology, trouble is soon to follow. When was the last time you walked barefoot in the grass or the dirt of the earth or sand on the beach? What about sleeping with your windows open? Do you get an adequate amount of sunshine and fresh air?  With our electronic age, it is becoming rare to see even children outside playing.

So make it your aim to spend just 15 minutes outside each day to take in the fresh air and sunshine. This simple step will do wonders for not only your health but your mental state as well.

4.  Consider Plants For Wellness

I would never advise you to ditch your medication, but in many cases, natural remedies are just as effective as drugs. For instance, honey can be used for many ailments – from sore throats to infections. Many items in your kitchen offer potent medicinal benefits; you just need to learn what they are and how to use these treasures. 

5.  Show Gratitude and Take Time to Meditate

We live in such a busy and complicated world. And with social media taking a more prominent role in our lives, it is easy to become distracted and compare ourselves with others. We forget the blessings we truly have, and we forget to show gratitude. Can you take just 5 minutes each morning to stop and count at least one blessing you have in your life and appreciate it? When we start our day this way, we are more mindful and we tend to look at things from a new perspective.

And lastly, remember that your own life will not be the same as someone else’s because we are all on our own unique journeys.  Take things slowly, don’t try to be perfect, and realize that this is an amazing experience that will change your life.  

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Are You Truly Busy? 

There is no denying the fact that the world we live in can be a busy place with many distractions.  But the simple truth is that we find the time to do the things that are most important to us.  

And to be honest, you may not be as busy as you might think. Could it be that you are just distracted by too many non-essential activities. Why not take a look at how you spend your days and see where you can make the necessary adjustments, if possible.  

After all is said and done, you may determine that you are indeed busy…really busy.  If so, no worries, because when you start to living a more natural life, you will find that you’ll gain some time in your schedule, and you’ll be able to better handle a hectic, busy existence.

Wishing you the best,