Five Little Steps to Healthy
As you know, I didn’t make any real resolutions this year, but for some reason the first week and a half of 2013 has been nothing but green-washed for me.
There are my friends who are sticking to a mainly superfood-based diet after the sudden passing of a family member long before his time. My girlfriend whose baby son just went through a battery of tests to reveal sky-high toxicity levels, very possibly due to routine pesticide spraying in their community (he is on the mend, thankfully!). And then I happened to come across this post from a new blog reader of mine that does a great job of describing the eternal struggle we all face as moms to raise happy, healthy families in a not so happy and healthy world.
So just like that, I have been thinking especially green the past few days (sometimes maybe the universe handles that pesky resolution list for you?). I try to be a conscious consumer, particularly when it comes to my kids and the products they interact with, but I am certainly not perfect. Kai wears disposable diapers and their milk may be organic but their berries are sometimes not and once in a while, we go to In N Out. And we love it.
But I have decided to take on five little immediate steps to healthy – because as with all things, every step counts – to set us on a greener track in 2013. Or at least until our next double-double
1) Use a fruit and veggie wash spray. My friend above on the superfoods swears by them. I honestly always felt it was a marketing gimmick, but hey, so are most face creams and I use those, so…?
2) Canceled our ant spray service. Any of you living in Southern California know the agony of fighting off ants in your home. We tried green options that never worked and eventually gave in to a real treatment. But at this point, I would rather the green guy comes back five times than having the chemical guy here once.
3) Buying organic. I try my best, I really do. But sometimes the sheer sticker shock leads me away from organic choices that I know are better for my family. Now I can’t promise I will always opt for the “o” option, but I have made a conscious choice to not let money be a deciding factor in it. And I will research which foods are worth the investment and keep them on an iPhone list for handy reference in-store.
4) I will stick to my menu planning. Each and every week. I have already shared how much I love menu planning but the busy holiday season quickly made it passé instead of a priority. And it showed in what we ate and how we felt. Planning out our meals makes it so much easier for us to focus on real foods rather than opting for quick fixes that do a body bad…except for the occasional In N Out trip, of course.
5) Get more plants. This has been a BIG issue in our lives forever. We killed a cactus once. True story. So…we have no plants. Wait, scratch that. I have one on my front porch that has done surprisingly well (and if I could remember for the life of me what kind it is, I would be happy to share it). But that’s it. And I know the amazing effects, both physical and design-wise, they can have on a home, so I am rushing out this weekend to stock up. Please feel free to share your recommendations for EASY ones to look out for!
So there you have it. I am no doctor, I have no idea if these small changes will make any difference in our lives at all. But it will make a difference in my mind – and sometimes quieting that down is simply reason enough.
*image above via here*