Overall Health and Wellness

My family has been on a health journey for a few years where we are trying to improve our overall health and wellness.  So, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the various products that consumers use on a daily basis.  Its seems that for whatever reason, our country is very slack about regulating dangerous ingredients.

In addition, the average consumer doesn’t even really pay attention to the ingredients.  I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to who have no idea what natural flavors are…….. They are in almost everything!  What surprises me the most is that these same people are not concerned or bothered in any way that their food has this general ingredient in it.  Over the past two years, my family has slowly made the switch to eating more wholesome foods.  You know, like the kind where you can spell/say ALL of the ingredients.  There are some companies that are getting it right.  Every now & then, we will find a new product that has real food as ingredients.

Take Time to Do Your RESEARCH

Many food companies unfortunately are only in it for the profit with little or no regard to the general health of the consumer.  It is up to the consumer to do their own research and spend the extra 10 seconds in the aisle looking through the ingredients.  There are so many people who do not want to do that!  I wonder how many of our diseases are prevalent because of the food/junk that we are filling our bodies with.  Do your research.  Know what you are eating.  If I can’t pronounce or don’t know the ingredient in something, I generally won’t buy it.  The chips below were a recent find at Sam’s Club. Three ingredients!

Read the ingredients of what you are putting into your body. If you can't even say the ingredient out loud, do you think you should be eating it?

I like to apply the real ingredient rule to all products in my home.  Home care products are perhaps the worst.  Many ingredients of well known and used companies are known carcinogens and endocrine system disruptors.  The skin absorbs ingredients too!  If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.

Clutter is bad

…….. Having clutter says a lot about the current culture that we live in.  Many people believe that more is better, but I’m here to tell you that it is NOT.  Having more stuff means you have more stuff to clean/clean around.  It means that you have spent time & money on something that does not serve a purpose.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have nice things.  Just remember: they are things.  I hate cleaning to begin with, but when you add moving 50,000 things around just to dust, it becomes completely overwhelming!

This tiny living movement is encouraging, although, I don’t think at this stage in my life that I am willing to sacrifice that much space with a child and God-willing more to come.  At least, it’s making people think about what is important and what can be relocated.  Sell your stuff to make some extra cash, donate to a local thrift store, give to needy.  The options are endless.  And although it may be really difficult to get started, it is well worth the effort.

I think the hardest part of the home for me to get rid of was in my closet.  I don’t know what it is about women and clothing, but man was that hard.  Once I made the first step, it has become really easy and FREEING to scale down my wardrobe.

I read somewhere that everything we own holds a place in our subconscious mind.  Whoa.  Every. Single. Thing.  I have moved several times, so I know how much stuff we have.  Just that thought alone has made me more willing to let go of things that really have no purpose or meaning.

I encourage you to try it.  Pick one room in your home and look around.  Is there anything in it that doesn’t serve a purpose?  Could you do without something for two weeks?  Two months?  Two years?  If you don’t even know that you have it, shouldn’t it be used by someone else?  I promise that once you start, you will feel so much better.  If one room is too intimidating, try one area.  I used to be big into scrapbooking, so I focused on my scrapping stuff.  Start somewhere.  This week.  Challenge accepted?