Instead of picking a fruit off a tree, or a vegetable from a vine, we are shopping round, waxy produce from a pile of identical fruits and vegetables in the refrigerated section. This type of eating, while highly convenient, confuses our bodies, wallets, and the environment!
Indoor air pollution ranks among the top environmental dangers, and the majority of that pollution comes from the cleaners that we use on a regular basis. Often we don’t even think to relate symptoms we have to the product we use! Yet, some of the immediate effects might be headaches, nausea, irritation to the nose or eyes, and dizziness.
It’s kind of hard to believe that one of the top pollutants is caused by something that could be eliminated entirely. The problem is, then how would we keep our homes clean?
The good news: there are options.
Chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means for keeping your home nice and clean. Homemade, non-toxic cleaning products are easy to use, fun to make, and are definitely better for us and the environment.
Here are natural products you can start replacing those chemical products with now:
Baking soda is great for deodorizing, shining, and cutting through grease and grime.
Castile soap is made from plant oils and is us...
Do you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?
The skin's job is to protect the body from trauma and outside dangers, regulate temperature, and sense pleasure & pain.
Like with any other organ, it is good practice to pay attention and nurture its health. One way to do this is to start a daily routine of dry brushing your skin in the morning before taking a bath or shower.
Dry brushing, appropriately enough, is exactly what it sounds like - the brushing of the skin with a dry brush. The process removes dry, dead skin cells, leaving the skin fresh and new.
You may be thinking that adding another step to your already busy routine is too much, but besides the baby-soft skin, the benefits of dry brushing go beyond just your skin - and it only takes 60 seconds!
Here are some of the incredible benefits:
The lymphatic system is comprised of a series of nodes throughout the body that are connected to one another by lymph vessels. The nodes contain immu...
1) Eat Breakfast: You want to support your blood sugar (which supports your energy levels) and make sure you start the day on the right foot. This can often get skipped especially if your the host and want to get everything all set up. It can also get skipped for the false logic of "saving calories" for the big meal - which often backfires completely because instead you show up like Godzilla running down the buffet line eating 5x more calories than you would have if you ate a solid breakfast. Save Godzilla for xmas morning when you open presents and do yourself a favor by eating breakfast on Thursday.
The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.
2. Bring every room back to “ready.”
I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)
3. Display sentimental items around your home.
One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Mak...