How to Live a Natural and Healthy Lifestyle

Many people have a hard time living a natural lifestyle. It seems as though we are constantly bombarded with messages about what to do and what not to do from the media, our friends, family, etc.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  There are some really simple ways you can live more naturally without feeling like you’re missing out on anything, and these tips will show you how.

– The first step is to go through your cabinets and get rid of anything that doesn’t align with a natural lifestyle.

You should only have items in there that you would be comfortable eating, using for natural beauty recipes, etc.  This will help keep track of what comes into the house, so it’s not just stuff purchased on impulse or convenience.

Now that you have a clean slate, start filling it up with natural alternatives!  If you’re looking for something to drink instead of soda or juice, grab some coconut water and lemonade.  They taste great and will keep your body hydrated all day long without the added sugar (or preservatives).  For when you need to cook dinner at home, try using olive oil instead of butter or shortening. It tastes just as good and is better for your body!

If you’re looking to add some plant-based protein sources into your diet – like walnuts, almond milk, beans, and legumes – check out the produce section at Whole Foods Market.  They have so many options that are healthy and taste great!

One thing to keep in mind – always read the labels.  If it says “cane sugar” or has any ingredients you can’t pronounce, put that product back on the shelf.  It’s not worth your health if it seems convenient one day but could end up being a disaster (literally) for you tomorrow.

-Eating right is important.

It’s no surprise that what we put into our body has an impact on how healthy and happy we are.  What you eat is just as important as the amount of sleep you get or the exercise you do!  Planning ahead is important for so many aspects of our life, and eating right is no exception!  When you plan to eat healthy meals or pack a nutritious snack, it’s easy to stick with your goals – but when left up in the air, we’re more likely to give in to temptation. Think about some ways that you can create healthy eating habits for yourself.

-Exercise regularly and be physically active.

Taking a walk around the block, going for a bike ride or playing with your kids in the park are all great ways to get exercise.

Sitting on the couch isn’t good enough!  If you have an office job and find yourself sitting at a desk all day long – make sure you take breaks to stretch out and move every hour or so.

-Stay connected with the people and places you love.

Some people may not think that going outside and socializing is the most productive thing they can do, but it does wonders for our mental health. Experts have found an increase in happiness after spending time with loved ones as opposed to being cooped up inside all day long.  This doesn’t mean you should stop working or studying.  Just make sure your friends are a priority alongside everything else on your plate.

-Enough and good sleep.

A good night’s sleep is one of the most invigorating things a person can do. The benefits are endless, but we break it down to three key points: increased creativity and productivity, improved mood stability, and greater life satisfaction.  A lack of sufficient rest will have you feeling sluggish throughout your day-to-day tasks at work or school, which may cause lower grades in class as well as decreased performance on job duties if applicable.  It also affects your mental health by making those with anxiety feel more stressed out about their worries, while extreme depression sufferers find themselves unable to adjust from what they believe was an unfavorable event days ago due to how tired they were when that occurred.

There are a number of ways to combat these feelings such as going outside for walks, taking breaks in between tasks, and finding the right mattress. In addition to this, it is important that you remember how much sleep your body needs before attempting to do anything else during the day – each person has different daily necessities, so don’t be afraid to sit down and figure out what yours are.

-Drink water and limit sugary drinks.

Staying hydrated is an important part of living a natural and healthy lifestyle.  We recommend drinking water instead of sugary drinks because they’ll make you hungrier for longer periods of time, which can ultimately lead to weight gain.  And the benefits of water go beyond just hydration.  Studies show that water can help with weight loss, prevent kidney stones, and minimize muscle cramping.

-Drinking less or cutting out alcohol entirely.

Alcoholic drinks can be a part of your diet, but they should not make up the majority.  Heavy drinking is never healthy and limits what you are able to do in your daily life – studies have shown that alcohol has an addictive quality that affects how we think about it.  Keeping track of just how much you drink each week will allow you to make sure that it doesn’t start affecting other areas of your life.

If we have a tendency towards alcoholism, moderation is the best approach.  The same goes for all addictive substances – if they’re interfering with our lives or causing problems in relationships, then abstinence might be more beneficial than drinking moderately.  And while there are some ways that drinking in moderation can be healthy, the same goes for anything else.

-Learn how to manage your emotion.

Discover the benefits of managing your emotions. We all have a range from happy to sad, but it’s important that we keep everything in moderation for our wellbeing and happiness. Learn how you can manage these fluctuations by looking at what is causing them!

The best part about living a healthy and natural lifestyle is that it’s not as hard or complicated as you might think.  It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing.  All it takes is a little bit of effort and intention to make better choices about what kind of lifestyle will be best for your body, mind, and spirit.  The easiest way to start living in alignment with these goals is by making small changes here and there, and the benefits are amazing!