I’ve spent all morning listing out ways to create a healthier environment for for my body. It is a long list and I got many helpful ideas from Katie’s blog: http://wellnessmama.com. It’s a good one to check out because she has done a great deal of research, experimentation and is living out her recommendations. I put little boxes in front of each item on my list so I can check it off when I follow through. This is not a dream list! I am going to accomplish what I’ve set out to do. I am determined and committed to trying over and over to get things right, family approved and accepted and a quality that I would want to share with others. This list is long. Way too long to list in a post, but I will be writing about them when I find what works.
Off to my experience so far with creating natural cleaning products… I’ve been loving cleaning with non-toxic cleaners. There are so many options that clean well! I used a store bought chemical cleaner for my stove and was quickly reminded, as I had a reaction affecting my lungs and eyes, why I’m leaving those chemical-filled cleaners in the dust. I’m in the beginning stages of creating and testing. This stretches me because when something new doesn’t work, I tend to go back to what works or try something else. Not this time! I will continue to find chemical free solutions through trial and error. When I grated my castile soap and melted it to make liquid soap, it turned into a gel that got stuck in the pumps. I’ve experimented with it and don’t know what the problem is, so I’ve ordered liquid castile soap to use in place of making my own. I’m anticipating more success with that. I’m, impatiently, waiting for it to arrive. I can’t get everything from Amazon!
I fell a bit more organized with my new healthier lifestyle after writing out my list! I already had a great jump on the food part and am feeling good eliminating many of the things that were hurtful to my body. I’ve replaced them with great, whole foods and have been able to get my husband and boys to incorporate some changes as well. All that being said, I feel more organized and good about creating a healthier environment. I’m noticing positive results and will continue to take steps toward better health for my family!
If you want to make some changes, list them out! Start slowly and move at a pace that works for you! Replacement habits take time! If you aren’t a list maker, how do you start to take steps for positive change? Please do share!
It sure has been long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog. I’ve been thinking about writing again, but haven’t taken the time to put my words down here. I’ve relearned a lot about myself this past year and continue to work on balance and incorporating habits to my life that stay. I’m an “all or nothing” kind of gal which isn’t necessarily a bad quality (I’m working on being kinder to myself as well), but I tend to abandon projects that I enjoy and are healthy when life gets hard and eventually move on to something else. Although I know routines are good, I can’t maintain them for more than two weeks.
I jump in to projects with two feet and everything else falls by the wayside. That has been an obvious cycle this past year… writing, cooking, reading, food changes, juicing, exercising, yoga and removing chemicals in my home. The pattern seems to be:
1. “I’m still at about 25% of my physical capacity than I was two years ago. There has to be a solution to my weakness, fatigue, pain and poor sleep that debilitates me for days or weeks on end.”
2. Take information I know or have researched and hope this will “fix” me.
3. Buy everything I need (excessive shopping has always been an issue for me).
4. Focus on doing that task/project.
5. My health issues drain me physically and mentally reducing further what I can accomplish.
6. Brick wall.
7. Abandon. Even if it was healthy and good for me.
8. Repeat with a new focus.
Currently, I am incorporating healthy eating habits and trying to reduce the chemicals entering my body every day. I’ve read some great books and found helpful resources. It’s just that I’m feeling inundated with all the information and am having a difficult time organizing myself. One of my goals in writing again is to organize myself. This will help me with accountability and focus. I’m letting go of my attempt at perfect writing and the length I think is necessary for a blog post. I will not read and reread before posting. Maybe this will encourage others to make healthy lifestyle changes as well.