*The information in this post in no way replaces that of a medical professional. If you wish to make lifestyle or dietary changes please consult your doctor first.
I have always tried to live a healthy lifestyle by working out and eating mostly healthy. Of course, there were times when I didn’t succeed, carefree college days when I could afford not to care, when I was pregnant; I ate mostly healthy but there was that period where I ate a Twix bar and whopper almost every day, I’m not ashamed, and when I was in a particularly lazy or down period. It wasn’t until my family and I decided to adopt a much more whole approach to all natural living. What brought it on was our involvement in the Natural Fertility Breakthrough Program. If you haven’t visited my blog before, our enrollment in the program is due to our on and off eight-year struggle with Infertility.
Our enrollment in the program would require a whole life change, not just diet. Being involved in the program meant replacing many of our cleaning and household products with all natural versions. Then there was the diet, gluten, dairy, processed foods, canned goods, which all had to go. Luckily we mainly used stainless steel to cook with but what non-stick stuff and any plastic storage we had needed to be replaced. It was a pretty daunting task and a huge change for all of us. Don’t forget that we are living with my parents.
For about a year we cut caffeine, dairy, gluten and all processed foods and sugars from our diet. It was hard, really hard at times but we made it through the initial detox period and it was amazing how much better I felt. You don’t realize just how much your diet and environmental factors affects how you feel and live until you start removing things. There was just one thing wrong with this way of eating, it felt way too restricting to us. That’s when we decided to ease up slightly on the dietary restrictions. So now we live a mostly all-natural lifestyle and I learned some valuable lessons.
Our Mostly All-Natural Lifestyle And The Lessons Learned
Though our family does not follow the dietary and lifestyle guidelines as closely as we did in the beginning, we do still follow most of them. I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way as well.
- You have more energy. Once you move past the initial detox period of flushing everything out of your system you do have more energy. The biggest surprise for me was that I didn’t actually NEED the coffee to get me through my days. I was able to rise easily and didn’t get the afternoon slumps I commonly experienced before taking on this lifestyle.
- It doesn’t have to be expensive to live this way. Having to live by a budget had me worried that eating an all-natural and organic diet would break our budget. It doesn’t have to, though. There are ways to still eat this way and keep your budget in check. Focus on the Dirty Dozen in order to keep the worst offenders of pesticide contamination out of your diet. Also check out Aldi’s, which has a wonderful selection of organic and gluten-free options available now, at a fraction of the cost of the big-chain stores. I also found an amazing online wellness shopping club for the majority of my all-natural cleaning and household products. I actually save by purchasing my household items from here because the formulas in many of their cleaning products are concentrated so you need half the amount to attain the same results of commercial products. Click here to request more information on this shopping club!
- You won’t want to go back to the way you used to eat. Even though we have allowed some of the previously restricted items back into our diet, coffee and some bread mostly, I have found that I don’t really enjoy a lot of the foods anymore. For instance, I used to not like dark chocolate but after I cut processed sugar and dairy out of my diet I learned to love it. Now, even if I allow myself to eat milk chocolate I can only have a little bit because I’ve found that I don’t like the aftertaste it leaves or how it makes me feel shortly after consuming it.
- Your health and that of your family will improve dramatically. Did you know that many of the products you use to clean, disinfect and make your home smell lovely are among some of the most poisonous items you have in your home? Not only that but many of them contribute to long-term health effects in individuals using them, including cancer and hormone disruption. It really didn’t take much convincing for me to decide to replace all of the products in my home with all-natural products. I no longer can stand the smell of the commercial products and cringe when I see someone using them because I understand the effect it is having on them and their health. Please go to my website here and request further information on where you can find non-toxic household products that are safer for your home and your family.
When we first embarked on this all-natural lifestyle journey I thought it was going to be impossible and that I would always miss the foods I used to enjoy and the products I was used to using. Now that my body has adjusted to the changes, though, I much prefer how much better I feel. The lessons I learned taught me so much about recognizing what affects me negatively and it opened my eyes to how I want to live.
These diet and lifestyle changes have also contributed to the reduction or disappearance of a lot of my hormonal imbalance symptoms; read my post on my Endometriosis symptoms for the biggest changes. My skin has cleared up, I have more energy, I no longer spot before and after my period and my blood sugar levels have evened out. It’s been amazing. These changes to our lifestyle and diet have paid us back tenfold in our improved health.
Living an all natural lifestyle is possible, on any budget and the benefits far outweigh any perceived inconveniences. Even if you just change one or two things, I’m certain you will see a difference in how you and your family feels. If you’re interested in getting more information on how to easily transition your home to a mostly all-natural lifestyle click here or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to help you and your family live as healthy as possible.