The idea of being “natural” can be interpreted in many ways and can also be applied to various parts of your life, such as your health, your beauty routine, what you put in your home or just your general way of living. I personally aspire to live a more natural way of life due to the powerful effects it has on my mind and my environment so today I thought I’d share my definition of staying natural and how I generally take care of myself:
Probably the biggest part of being more natural for me is choosing to eat real food and limit processed items. Although I strongly believe in the “everything in moderation” motto, I still strive for a good 80% of my diet to be either food from my garden, fresh items from the store or making food with fresh, organic ingredients. I’ve done a lot of research on diet and have chosen this route because of the effects eating well has on my mood, energy and digestion. I’m also hoping to make the world a little better of a place for my baby boy! But again, don’t get me wrong… I still enjoy eating potato chips, boxed mac and cheese, etc. but I try to limit those items 🙂
Speaking of food, I also try my best to use reusable bags when we’re shopping to save on the amount of garbage we produce. Additionally, I have a reusable glass water bottle that I take with me every day and use glass/plastic containers for storing my lunch and/or leftovers from dinner. It’s not much but it adds up over time. For the items I do use and throw away, I try to choose items that can be recycled.
I have to admit that I struggle with this one. Just like everyone else, I don’t particularly like exercising. I used to be extremely active, but once I got into the workforce exercising became more of a chore than anything else. However, these days I do try to do yoga 2-3 times a week or at the very least get a lot of walking in. I’m also doing squats/lunges/pelvic floor lifts every day for my pregnancy and try to be active when I’m outside with my dog. The truth is, even if you’re naturally thin and eat well, exercising still has a huge impact on your health so it’s important that we try to do at least moderate exercise each week.
Finally, I try to be more natural with my beauty routine mainly because my skin reacts better to ingredients found in natural skincare lines. The effects that chemicals have on your skin can exasperate problems (acne, eczema, etc.), create sensitivity and generally aren’t good for the environment. Natural skincare lines tend to only contain ingredients that will benefit your skin so you can use less and really see results. I also really love that most of them promote zero animal testing, which is something I find really important. The less suffering in this world the better.
Overall, I try living a more natural way of life because it makes me feel better. I feel like I’m doing my part to make this world healthier, along with giving myself and my family better choices. I’m not saying my way of life is the best way (please don’t think that!) but am hoping that it promotes some inspiration for you all. Choose what’s important to you and just be happy – because when all is said and done, that’s truly the best way to be!