If you're looking to adopt a more organic lifestyle, there are 6 key steps that will help you on your journey.
Step 1 - Know Your Why
The key to any change is knowing why you want to do it in the first place. Reasons for adopting an organic lifestyle include:
- improving health
- reducing environmental toxins
- using better quality food and products
- supporting local businesses
- wanting to be more eco-friendly
- changing your view and contribution to the world
- reversing a medical condition or reducing reliance on medications
Take some time and write down your list of why you want to live an organic lifestyle. Post it anywhere you need a reminder and look to it for support when things get hard. Share this list with your life coach and trusted friends so they can help you along the way.
Step 2 - Buy Organic
This seems like a no-brainer, but it can still be surprisingly difficult to find good organic products in certain areas. Thanks to a growing interest in organic products, they are becoming more available and you don't have to pay as much as you think. The main thing to realize when shifting to an organic lifestyle is that one-stop shopping will be a thing of the past. You will need to create a community of organic producers to help you. While you can certainly find the basics at a big box chain like WalMart or Target, you will severely limit yourself and miss out on some amazing people and products along the way.
Step 3 - Buy Local
Part of an organic lifestyle is reducing the distance between where your food is grown and you. Not only is buying local more environmentally responsible, it also supports small business owners in your area. You are supporting your community, being kind to the environment and getting much fresher products than you would if they were shipped in from afar. It's a win-win for everyone!
Step 4 - Cook More Often
I could list 100 reasons why you should cook your own food, but the biggest is that doing so gives you 100% control over what you and your family are eating. When a meal can be prepared using whole ingredients in your own kitchen, you KNOW that it's healthy for you. If you look at the ingredients and nutrition guidelines for your favorite restaurants, you'll be shocked at what you find. Many packaged foods are filled with chemicals and preservatives that work against you in your quest for health and wellness. I am not saying that you have to give up all convenience foods, but the more you make from scratch, the better you'll feel.
Step 5 - Use Natural Products
Even the best diet cannot undo the amount of environmental toxins we inhale and absorb on a daily basis. If you tally up the chemicals in every piece of food, cleaning product, beauty product, lawn care product, and personal item you use, you will need a calculator to keep track of it all. There are thousands of chemicals and toxins in the average US household that are ingested, inhaled, and slathered on and in our bodies by everyone living in that home on the daily. This contributes and opens the doorway for all kinds of health issues to occur. Your risk for asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, liver disease, and even cancer all increase due to environmental toxins. We may not be able to control what we come into contact with outside of our house, but we can damn sure control what happens within it. Using all-natural or organic products decreases our exposure to these toxins, and makes our whole family and the environment much healthier and happier.
Step 6 - Be Kind to the Earth (and everything within it)
Whether you agree with climate change or not, we can all agree that we need to take care of the planet we live on. Anything we can do to be kind to the, currently, only planet we can reside on, has to be a good idea. Ideas for kindness include reducing waste, recycling, re-using or upcycling used products, using organic or all natural products, serving in your community, helping others, and planting a garden. My philosophy is to do what you can, when you can, and to always try your best. You don't have to be perfect, but being better is always a good choice.
There you have it. It's my 6 step plan to an organic lifestyle. Did I miss something? Comment below with your ideas and suggestions, and let's do this together!