Happy New Year everyone! First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who made my first year blogging so much fun. Here’s to a great 2015!
Like many of you, I tend to re-evaulate my habits and priorities when a New Year comes along. I am glad God gives us a fresh start with each and every new year, aren’t you?
One of the areas many of us focus on with the start of a new year is our health. Since so much of this blog is about healthy living choices, I thought it would be appropriate to have the first blog post of the year be about how to get healthier.
The following is a list of ways I have chosen to improve mine and my family’s health. I hope some of them will be helpful to you too.
1. Use Essential Oils:
While I had studied Aromatherapy and tried different brands of essential oils for a few years, 2014 was a banner year in Essential Oil usage in my family. At the beginning of 2014 we discovered the Young Living brand of essential oils. Finally, I found a brand of oils that actually help with everyday health issues! Over the course of the year we basically eliminated all over the counter medications as we found essential oils worked better and with no side effects. On top of that, rather than weakening the immune system, they actually strengthen it. I consider Young Living to be the “Strativarius” of essential oils. They are more expensive than “health food store” oils but that is because their quality is so awesome! You get what you pay for and if you are really interested in using essential oils for wellness, you need to get a good quality oil. This coming year I will be working on helping our trauma issues (ours and our Attachment Disordered kids) with essential oils and I am sure I will post about it as I go along. (If you are interested in trying Young Living Essential Oils, check out my special promo going on now.)
2. Make your own health and beauty products:
Other than makeup ( I use Cowgirl Dirt which I LOVE!!) I now make all my own health and beauty products. Soap, Deodorant, Under eye cream, facial moisturizer, toothpaste, lip balm and lotion can all be made at home for a fraction of the cost of store bought and the homemade stuff is way better for you! I still use my Aveda shampoo and conditioner (shampoo bars and no-poo methods have not been successful for me because our well water is so hard) but those items are easy to make as well.
3. Get rid of toxic fragrances in your home:
We are a nation surrounded with toxins. Many of them we have no control over but we certainly have control over the toxins we bring into our homes. One of the ways to decrease toxic load is by getting rid of chemical fragrances. There are many ways to do this – essential oil diffusers, natural candles with no fragrance ( I make a beeswax/coconut oil candle that naturally smells like honey), non scented laundry detergent, homemade cleaning products and DIY perfumes. I plan to show how to make my beeswax/coconut oil candle in a blog post in January some time.
4. Cook more whole foods, from scratch:
Cooking from scratch has many benefits. First, the cost is usually significantly less than prepared foods Second, you can choose whole, real food ingredients so you know what is going into your body. Third, the taste is SOOO much better! If you are not used to cooking from scratch, take baby steps so you do not get overwhelmed. Over time it will become second nature. My twice monthly Recipe Hop is a good place to find some awesome recipes!!
5. Get off the computer:
I have been working really hard on this one. I now do two things. I used to have a routine of drinking coffee and looking at social media in the mornings. I find that this can be a huge time drain and also is not how I want to greet my little ones when they wake in the morning. Now, I read my Bible while my coffee is percolating and then go ahead and get started on my days preparations. In addition, I actually now have a very specified time each day when I work on the computer. I find having an actual scheduled time does two things. I do not waste time on the computer and I have much more time for other things I enjoy like sewing, quilting, spinning and other creative endeavors.
6. Focus on accomplishing one task at a time:
This is another one I have been working on. It used to be that I would have a sewing project, fiber project, DIY project and food project going on all at once. I found that I never really got good at any of them and didn’t complete much. I am now trying to focus on one thing at a time. For instance, if I have a quilt project I want to complete, I finish it before I go on to another project (like soap making or constructing a scarf). I find I enjoy what I am doing so much better and I actually get that feeling of accomplishment when I am done. Plus, I am not causing my brain cells to be all scattered (a good thing at my age).
7. Grow or raise some of your own food (garden, chickens, etc…):
You can raise some of your own food no matter where you live! Even folks who live in apartments can grow some food in containers. Self sufficient skills are very valuable, both for yourself and to pass on to the next generation. In addition, you will be surprised how much better what you grow will taste.
8. Read more real books:
I am not talking about kindle reading here as I do plenty of that. I mean, read an actual book, not just blurbs of information on the internet. Reading a whole book strengthens your brain cells and you can learn so much from an actual book. I hope to post lots of book reviews on this blog over the coming year.
9. Eat more fruits and vegetables:
Yes, we have all heard this one but how many of us do it? Do you ever make a meal that is comprised solely of vegetables? Or do you juice? Our bodies need the enzymes and nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables. In fact, most of our diet should be comprised of them if we are to be truly healthy. Most of us however only eat a smidgen of what we should, instead filling up on breads, meats and sweets. This year make a plan to eat lots of different kinds of fruits and veggies.
So there you have it – nine ways you can change your family’s health for the better. And now, would you like to discover more ways to make this year great? Here are 40 more ideas…:)
1. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage
2. 15 Ways to Stay Organised at Work During 2015 | Elizabeth Harrin @ A Girl’s Guide to Project Management
3. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting
4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance
5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools
6. Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship | Amanda Woods @ Adventures All Around
7. 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year | Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health
8. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous
9. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden
10. 5 Ways to Make this Your Best Monarch Season…Ever! | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden
11. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries
12. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth
13. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By Design
14. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman
15. A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green
16. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut
17. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond
18. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit
19. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller
20. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen
21. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an Overworked Mom
22. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia
23. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ The Memory Journalists
24. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist
25. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner
26. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund
27. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense
28. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet
29. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage
30. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes
31. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy
32. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies
33. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know
34. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak
35. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String
36. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @ Shambray.com
37. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home
38. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home
39. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table
40. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama
41. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys
Fashion Resolutions: How to Add Style to Any Outfit | Ellen Christian @ The Socialite’s Closet
Til next time,