It’s unfortunate to see that there are still people out there who don’t prioritize their health. Some might say they are too busy to work out or eat right, and others would straight out claim that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is just way too expensive. When it fact, health literally gives us the chance to do the things we want to do, go where we want to go, and live a life full of joy.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t only focus on the body but also on the mind and spirit. But is starting and maintaining a healthy, organic lifestyle really that expensive? The answer is no. Don’t believe us? Check out these
Be smart when shopping for organic food
In case you don’t know yet, organic foods at grocery stores are expensive. Depending on the season or the store itself, their price nearly doubles non-organic options. For instance, you can buy a pack of organic strawberries for around $2.99 or higher, while non-organic ones are typically priced at around $1 to $1.99.
That said, buy your organic food during store sales or get off-brand or generic ones, which are available at much lower prices. Or, you can check warehouse clubs such as Sam’s Club and Costco that usually have amazing deans on their organics. Most local warehouse club stores are complete with organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. You can also buy from farmer’s markets which sell organic food for a lot less. Options here are also mostly fresh and tasteful compared to those stored in grocery stores for days.
Get to know your local food producers
Take note that food grown or raised with sustainable, natural agricultural practices typically have no organic certification. Be a smart shopper and find out where food in your local community really comes from. Talk to local farmers or producers to learn about their organic practices. You can book a farm tour or find some local producers at the farmer’s markets.
Who knows, they might even give you tips and tricks on how you can grow your own organic garden the right way. Nevertheless, taking time to talk to your local farmers won’t just help you learn more about their fresh food, but you also get to understand why supporting them is essential.
Keep a healthy home
Living a natural, organic life revolves around eating healthy and living in a chemical-free and natural home. Having houseplants is an excellent way to elevate and liven up your space. They also help clean the air indoors and often require minimal maintenance. Some low-maintenance houseplants you can get include Snake Plant, Lily, Bromeliads, Succulents, and Pothos.
In terms of making your home smell good and fresh, there are varieties of air fresheners out there that are safer alternatives to artificial scents. Or, you can opt for handmade scented candles available in varieties of earthy and fruity aromas and don’t contain harmful chemicals like phthalates. Other smart ways to create a healthy, organic space include using natural cleaners, water filters, and natural deodorizers.
As for other household items such as clothing, towels, and beddings, go for ones made in organic fibers. These include hemp, cotton, and linen that contain no toxic fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Unlike recycled textiles and synthetics, such natural fibers are sustainable options that are generally better for the environment.
Switch to non-toxic or natural self-care products
You’re probably used to reading labels on the food you buy, but what about checking the ingredients of the beauty products you use? Harsh trust is, conventional self-care products, from perfumes, lotions to cosmetics, in the market today are riddled with questionable or harmful ingredients. Some of these include irritants, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens. Other ingredients you should avoid include parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and benzophenone.
When switching to non-toxic products, keep in mind that terms such as non-toxic, clean, and natural aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The best way to do this is to find natural replacements for your deodorant, shampoo, soap, or lotion. Some examples are coconut oil, rose water, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and Arabica coffee. You can also purchase personal care products produced by sustainable brands made with plant-based or organic ingredients.
Leading a natural, healthy lifestyle should not be expensive. You don’t need a full home gymnasium to stay fit or have a daily delivery of fresh organic produce at your door. By incorporating some practical and frugal ways into your life, you achieve a healthier life and even save money at the same time. After all, the key to an organic lifestyle is not the products. It’s you.