by blog contributor Peter Minkoff:
The year 2017 is all about changes… well, at least to the most of us. We’ve been trying our best to say goodbye to our toxic ways, embrace heath and move towards a more quality, purposeful lifestyle. If you are one of the people who have decided to jump on this change wagon, congratulations! Do note that things will be challenging at first but you’ll find your way around them, no worries – especially if you are committed to taking your mind, body and spirit to a whole new level.
A warning: It’ll take time until your “fast” and “easy” dinner is replaced with a healthy option on autopilot, until your drugstore mascara is no longer an option and until you actually start understanding what ingredients listed in your deodorant labels actually are. But, once you get on top everything, it won’t be possible for you to go back to unhealthy options. Mark. Our. Words.
Here, we are giving you a few tips that will help you switch to organic lifestyle without making too big a deal out of it:
Try a clean, organic relationship with food
If you’ve been following beauty trends, you are then aware that nutrition is the fastest-rising trend in the entire world. Eat less of the bad. Eat more of the good. Eliminate toxins. Embrace health. Voila! That’s the whole idea behind clean eating.
To be more precise: clean eating is all about eating whole foods, i.e. un - or minimally refined and processed, making them as close to their natural form as possible. Organic foods are foods produced without synthetic inputs like chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This means they are not processed using industrial solvents, irradiation or chemical food additives. Unfortunately, eating clean has become ridiculously expensive due to the fast-growing sophisticated businesses promoting clean eating, making it almost impossible for an average citizen to eat healthily. Luckily, “the organic, non-GMO movement is catching on” and more and more households are starting to grow their own food, which is pretty amazing!
Make room for the non-toxic beauty products
We completely understand the drive to throw all the “junk” away and start clean. However, keep in mind that such an endeavor may be pretty costly. Rather, make your switch to organic skincare a step by step process.
Here’s a suggestion: start replacing your products with organic options once they start to run out. For instance, if your body crème is good for another go, use it. But, the next time you are shopping for a new bottle, instead of reaching for a well-known off-the-shelf-brand, try the organic isle. Do this with every product, and slowly make your green beauty enthusiasm a thing of habit and knowledge, not impulse.
Read the lines and all in-between
Say goodbye to your on a whim product purchasing and welcome thoughtful investments. Everything from eco-friendly home goods to skincare and eco-friendly women's clothing is, from now on, something you will be giving a few thoughts (and reads!) before actually reaching for your wallet. Committing yourself to organic lifestyle means actually understanding the labels of everything that you are buying and opting for the healthiest option possible. Know that just because a company says a product is “healthy”, “pure” and “organic,” it doesn’t mean it actually is. Don’t be fooled. Be smart and do the research before you buy – especially if you can’t pronounce something on the label or don’t have a clue what it is.
Educate yourself... and others
Knowing what lifestyle you are actually living (or, better, starting to live) is key to making it a successful one. To make a change, you need to educate yourself whether it’s reading articles or books, watching documentaries, or even surrounding yourself with people who aspire to bestow the same clean, toxin-free lifestyle. Truth is, you can actually save the planet from home by making just a few smart moves and thinking your actions through. For instance, a small thing like recycling, going places on a bike, public transport or on foot (instead of using your car), shopping in your local shops (instead of online), etc. can mean a huge difference for the environment and a very small adjustment for you! Think about it!