There are tons of ways to be healthier. Eat better, move your body more, drink a gallon of water a day, etc...But my favorite tip for leading a healthier lifestyle is not to take all the bad stuff out of your life immediately, but to add in healthy substitutions! Just take something that you know is good for you and add that to your day. You don't necessarily have to remove the "bad" to get benefit from the good, though that happens sometimes by default. If you drink more water as a way to add something healthy, then by default you will eliminate at least a couple of other less healthful drinks in your day. Here are some of my favorite healthy additions:
1) Obviously, use Essential Oils! They are an easy addition, and they don't require a sacrifice to receive the reward! Love that.
2) Take your ding-darn vitamins. Just do the thing. I missed my vitamins for 4 or 5 days last week, then wondered what on earth was wrong with me, All I wanted to do was sleep and I had the grumps...Then I took my vitamins and a shot of Ningxia, and I was bouncing. Like, actually bouncing, instead of wanting to sleep. My vitamins are awesome, and like the oils, I don't have to give up anything to receive the benefit. Woot!
3) Skip your deodorant, or find a healthier alternative. Ok, you may think that there is a sacrifice to skipping your deodorant..The stink! However, I implore you to do some research on traditional deodorant, and at least consider that you may need to find an alternative. I have tried every alternative to deodorant EVER because my pits aren't dainty, scent-free environments. To learn more about deodorant alternatives, check out this post from earlier.
4) Eat a fruit or vegetable. Note that I didn't say, "Don't eat the doughnut!" Simply pick up a fruit or veggie. At the least you'll add some vitamins into your day. At most, you'll avoid a less nutritious snack and feel like a champ. ;)
5) Do your kegels. You're welcome for the reminder. It's a little out of left field, but it DOES add wellness, and sometimes you just need a reminder! Your post-baby bladder will thank me! All gain, no pain on this one. Simply remembering to do them is a victory!
6) Take a detox bath. Add some Epsom salts, pink Himalayan sea salts, some baking soda, and some essential oils (we use lavender and frankincense) to your bath, and add wellness instead of using bubbles which aren't healthy for you! (or your daughters... My little girl asks for salts and oils now instead of bubbles, which makes me super happy!)
7) Pray! Have a conversation with the one who created you. It can change your day, your life, or even your eternity.
What are your favorite pain-free ways to add wellness to your life? Share them with me in the comments!
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I have used all the deodorants. For most of my 20's I was an Arrid XX Dry ONLY kinda girl. My pits aren't delicate flowers. They need extra extra help smelling the best ;). But.. As I learned more and more about living a healthier lifestyle, the deodorant thing kept coming up as an unhealthy choice that I could change and potentially make a huge impact on my future health.
1) At the VERY LEAST switch to an aluminum free deodorant ( usually with no antiperspirant) When in doubt, check the label. I very often use men's deodorant because most are strictly deodorant with no antiperspirant and we already have it in the house because i have a husband. Sure I smell a little manly, but it's better than nothing on days when I have to leave the house.
2) Experiment with making your own! It only takes a handful of ingredients and doesn't take much time. I like this coconut oil deodorant recipe a lot for controlling the stink, but it was a little messy to apply and seemed to get used up pretty quickly, I'm guessing because it was softer than a traditional deo. This recipe had a great consistency, and I believe with some tinkering, it could have become a winner. Alas, I did not tinker, and in its current state, it did not protect the senses from the assault of my pits. If I were going to make my own deodorant again, this is the recipe I would start with. Also, Wellness Mama has an AMAZING blog with recipes for almost any homemade skincare product you can think of, and lots more.
3) Try straight baking soda. I really liked using baking soda. I never smelled bad when i was using it, but it made my armpits break out. It could have been the quality of baking soda I was using, and I'd be willing to try again with some high quality naturally sourced (instead of chemically created) baking soda. Here's a great explanation of the difference in quality of baking soda.
4) Try Native deodorant. I *hear* that it's the best ever. So I ordered some! It hasn't come in the mail yet, but I have very high hopes.
5) Truly go without. If you are at home, there's barely any reason to use deodorant at all. I have gotten very used to skipping deodorant simply because it was the best option available at the time. It's easier than you think to go without, even if you don't smell like a rose at the end of the day.
6) Check Etsy and find someone else who can make your deodorant for you. The only problem with that is the trial and error that may be involved, same as with making your own or trying different store brands. Looking back, I would actually go this route instead of wasting my money on anything from a box store.
7) Don't give up! I have been searching for a natural deodorant for YEARS. but I do believe it's one of those things that's actually worth the work. I just refuse to give in on this one! It may be the wannabe homesteader in me, searching for the DIY and healthier way of doing things, but I do not believe that smelling sweet all the time is worth the risks of traditional deodorant for myself or my family. I want my kids to have safer and healthier options right from the get-go. Maybe I can figure it all out so they never have to use an unhealthy deodorant! Share your best natural deodorant tip with me in the comments because I'm open to all the suggestions you might have!
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