Living in the Treehouse has me thinking about the lifestyle choices I make. With the New Year, many people create resolutions to eat healthier and/or exercise more. They aim to take care of their health. I have found that by thinking about the environment, I automatically take care of my health. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Take, for instance, what you eat. Look at the ingredients in your food. I’ll admit, I was not pleased the first time I did this. It forced me to make some serious changes in the way I thought about food. And I am most definitely not perfect now. But at least I am very aware. Fresh, non-processed foods are the best. Not only do they taste the best, but they also give you more energy and fill you up more than processed foods. Want to eat healthily? Read the ingredients. It’s scary how much extra stuff is in our food that we don’t need. My approach to cooking and choosing what foods I eat has transformed since I started reading the list of ingredients.
What about that other New Year’s resolution? When it comes to exercise, there are easy ways to take the environment into account. By exercising outside, you expose yourself to the sun, letting your body take in important vitamins. When I exercise in the great outdoors, I find myself appreciating the view of nature around me. Whether it’s hiking, running, biking, walking, skating, skipping, zumba, or tai chi in the park, nature’s beauty is here for us to enjoy.
Cleaning is another great one. Many of the products we use to clean with today have toxic chemicals in them. They’re not great for us nor the Earth when we dispose of them. There are EASY ways to make cleaner at home, which works just as well as anything a person can buy from the store. Don’t want to make your own cleaner? Try an eco-friendly one.
Energy is the last category. It might seem like a hassle to have to open and close the shades everyday. Aside from that wonderful connection with nature I previously mentioned, opening the shades brings in warmth from the sun. So you save energy and money on your heating bill. Free coupons!
All of this can be overwhelming. So pick one thing you want to change and work on that for a little while! (That’s my secret to environmental success.)