Looking for Natural and Sustainable Ideas for Your Life?

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Living naturally is a noble goal that sometimes can feel a bit overwhelming. The best thing you can do is take it one step at a time.  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

  1. Buy and Eat Organic. This is the best way to reduce the number of chemicals that you ingest on a daily basis. And when you do eat, you get a lot more bang for your buck. Organically grown foods have a lot more vitamins, mineral, micronutrients, and enzymes than conventionally grown food. And frankly organically grown food tastes better.
  2. Avoid all GMOs. This is a hard one because these foods do not have to be labeled. The only way you will know for sure is to buy organic and/or grow your own food.
  3. Avoid all animal products that have been administered hormones, drugs, and antibiotics. In fact, even if you personally don’t take antibiotics you most likely have consumed it through eating animal products. More than 70% of all antibiotics are used in the animal product farming industry. Choosing organic animal products is essential to your health.
  4. Cut Out Sugar. It’s virtually a legal drug that will get and keep you sick for life.
  5. Make Your Own Vegetable Broth. Keep all of your veggies scraps in the freezer until you have a pot full. Then simmer them for several hours and then strain to create an amazing broth. It’s both healthier and less wasteful.
  6. Plan Your Meals and Shop with a List. This is important and less wasteful as you tend to buy less when you shop with a list. Couple this with checking out the contents of your food pantry, refrigerator, and freeze to see what you already have on hand. Not only will you be more organized, you will also waste less food.
  7. Buy Local and From Farmers’ Markets Whenever Possible. Not only will you support the local farmers in your area, but you will also be kinder to the environment. Food that is trucked in usually travels by semi-truck and thus burns quite a bit of fossil fuel.
  8. Choose Eco-Friendly Kitchen Supplies. Replace your plastic with glass containers. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.
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  9. Ditch the Teflon. Non-stick surfaces like teflon are detrimental to your health as they contain 15 different toxins and carcinogens. Instead look for cast iron or stainless steel.
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  10. Replace Your Appliances with Energy Efficient Ones. Look for Energy Star Rated appliances.
  11. Garden in Your Kitchen. Did you know that you can grow vegetables from your veggie scraps. This works with celery, romaine lettuce, potatoes, ginger, onions, garlic, and more.
  12. Put Your House Plants to Work. Houseplants like Boston ferns, palms, peace lilies, and mother-in-law tongue can remove formaldehyde and mercury vapor from the air. Think you don’t have it in your house? Think again. Formaldehyde is emitted by natural gas stoves, flooring and carpet glues, caulks, paints, sealants, and more!
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  13. Use Green Cleaning Products. Green cleaning does not have to be expensive. You can clean practically everything with vinegar and water. Baking soda can be used as a scrub. Do not use vinegar, lemon or anything acidic on granite or marble surfaces.
  14. Try Composting. In 2010 Americans wasted about 33 million tons of food. Instead of throwing away scraps compost them. You can use this rich soil on your house plants in the garden.
  15. Go Against the Grain. Question everything. Seek answers to your questions. Don’t blindly follow the status quo.
  16. Homeschool Your Children. If you are awake you understand that the public school system is where all the brainwashing starts.
  17. Don’t Buy Commercially Produced Food and Instead Cook from Scratch. When it comes in a package it is overly processed and more like a food-like substance.Why pollute your body? Cooking from scratch takes preplanning, but think of it like health insurance. You are what you eat!
  18. Raise Chickens in Your Backyard. There is nothing like fresh eggs produced by happy chickens.
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  19. Grow A Garden. As long as you have space you can grow in the ground or in a container. When you source your own food there is more peace of mind. I love growing in EarthBox. They have a tank of water in the bottom which also helps save a precious resource.
  20. Exercise Daily. Good health brings freedom and a better life.  You look better, feel better, and will give the pharmaceutical industry less money.
  21. Meditate and/or Pray Daily. Taking the time to stop, look, and listen reduces stress and connects you to your soul.
  22. Eat Mostly Plants. Industrial livestock generates as much green house gas emissions as all cars and trucks combined. Cutting industrial livestock out of your diet will keep you from consuming large amounts of hormones, antibiotics, and drugs these animals are given. We could all probably use more veggies in our diet. And if you eat meat chose organic.
  23. Avoid Medications As Much As Possible. There are lots of side effects listed for pharmaceuticals for a reason. Eating well and exercising is the best medicine! Try herbs, essential oils, and homeopathic alternatives to help you recover.
  24. Practice Minimalism. The outside world wants us to believe that we need every little “toy” out there that is available to us. Start out by going room to room in our house and decluttering. If you don’t need it, donate it. It doesn’t mean you can’t have things, it just means that you consider how much you really need them!
  25. Use Energy Efficient Lighting. Look for EnergyStar-rated, shatter resistant, compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs.
  26. Turn Off the TV. Play with your kids, read books, play board games, go for a walk, etc. You will save energy in your home and keep your self out of the negative energy of Hollywood and the press.
  27. Recycle and Reuse. Not only does buying less clutter your house less, it also means less stuff to get rid off. Recycle your bottles, plastics, glass, and papers. Reuse containers for other purposes.
  28. Unplug What You Aren’t Using. Most electronics draw energy when they are plugged in and not in use.
  29. Learn Something Every Day. We can only do better when we know better. Strive to challenge your brain and learn as much as possible.
  30. Use Your Own Water Bottle. Ditch the plastic bottles. Instead use something like a Klean Kanteen. It’s BPA free and made of stainless steel. It’s easily washed and not bad for the environment.


ModernMommy

I'm a stay home, homeschooling mommy of three little boys. One of my goals it to normalize natural living to bring us closer to mother earth.

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Jane - November 4, 2016 Reply

Great list, thanks for the ideas!

Kali Kealoha - November 4, 2016 Reply

Amazing list!!! It made me feel good reading it, two years ago I wouldn’t have crossed many off, but today I find myself practicing many!!! That’s so great! You gave me some good ideas for a couple of new projects too! Thank you.

    ModernMommy - November 7, 2016 Reply

    You are welcome! Same for me. Going at it one at a time will make great accumulative changes.

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