I’ve slowly been making my way down this semi-crunchy road for a few years now. Some things I have tried didn’t stick (hence the semi part) and some things were super easy and didn’t cost me anything extra out of my monthly budget.
I mention the budget part because it is expensive to be crunchy. I mean full-fledged, organic all the time, crunchy. Let’s face it, that’s not me. I like to make the best choices I can at that time.
Here are a few painless ways you can walk toward more natural and healthy living. I also want to say that while this post is filled with affiliate links, I have been able to buy every single item, save the supplements, at either my local Wal-mart or Kroger, but that’s because I think “if I’m going to spend the money on suppliments, they are going to be good ones.” So, if you do not shop on Amazon, or don’t want to jump in with a bulk order, check your grocery store shelves first.
- Cut the “Whites” out.
- Switch white table salt to a pink or grey mineral salt.
- Switch white flour to whole wheat white, or just whole wheat if you’re really ambitious.
- Switch white sugar to honey, molasses, or stevia. This stevia is said to have the least after taste. This is the sweetener I like. It is a blend of organic stevia and organic erythritol.
- Switch to aluminum free baking powder. It’s in the same place in the store as regular baking powder, nothing special or extra about it, but it lacks the aluminum.
- Stop cooking from boxes! Biggest offenders are instant mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and cakes. It’s cheaper to buy the ingredients and make it from scratch. Yes, it may take longer, especially when you’re still learning to cook from scratch, but it tastes sooo much better!
- Stop using condensed “Cream Of” anything soups. There are organic cream soups you can buy instead, or check pinterest for some easy and cheap do it yourself recipes.
- Avoid MSG. This is actually getting easier to do. Aldi, a growing discount grocery store, has removed MSG from all of its store branded products. A lot of grocers are following suit as this chain is becoming a bigger competitor by the day.
- Avoid added fragrances, parabens, or dyes in soaps and shampoos. Again, I found shampoo and conditioner from Garnier in Wal-Mart. No, it’s not what I ultimately want to use, but it’s the same price as the other ones, so it fits my current budget. As for soap, I make my own…
- Switch to soy or, even better, beeswax candles. Regular fragrance candles may be nice to smell but so bad to breathe! Yes, these are a little more expensive, but worth it if you burn candles.
- Stop taking typical over the counter medicines. Instead of treating your symptoms, try to prevent them instead.
- You can take a multi-vitamin and probiotic to keep your gut healthy and avoid getting sick in the first place. Remember, over 70% of your immune system lives in your gut, so it’s important to keep those defenses up.
- If you have a problem staying “regular” try some magnesium. It is a mineral that most American’s are deficient in, and it will help with bowel movements.
- If you are vomiting, try activated charcoal or ipecac. Both stop vomiting almost immediately.
- For sinus troubles, drink 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.
- For most other health concerns, try some topical essential oils. Remember that with most, you should use a carrier oil.
Doesn’t most of this sound painless and do-able?
If you are trying to be more diligent about what you buy and use in your home, what were some of the first steps you took on that journey?
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