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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Three

Did you all do something Earth-friendly yesterday?

I decided to go pick up trash in the park near my home.

Arlo and the bf helped.

Of course we took time to stop and smell the flowers.

After our trash collecting adventure, we watched the Boston vs. New York NBA playoff game, and I enjoyed a Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat Ale or two.  The Celtics smashed. Or course. 🙂  (I’m rooting for Miami, but the bf is pulling for Boston.  We’d love to see a Celtics vs. Heat round 2!)

After the game, we went home and I cooked up dinner.  Quinoa, zucchini and Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce.  Simple, but delicious.

The curry flavor of the sauce really stood out to me, in a good way.  I’m having leftovers for dinner tonight. 🙂

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Three

Congratulations! You have been working hard for the last two weeks to establish healthy habits in your life that will lead to a better, more energetic future!  How are you doing on your goals from last week?

If you missed the first two parts of my How to Start on Your Path to Health series you can find them here:

This week is simple.  If the time limit of your goal has not yet been reached, then continue working on that goal, plus add another goal.  Refer to Part Two to learn to how to set the best goals for you.  If your goal was just for the week, and is now complete, then come up with a new health-related goal to work on for the next week.  You can also build on the goal that you accomplished this past week.

My task for you this week is reading labels!  No, I don’t mean the calorie, fat or carb contents.  Percentages aren’t what makes a food.  Instead, I want you to break these old habits and just start reading the ingredients in what you’re purchasing.

When you take the time to find out what’s in your food, I bet you’ll be really surprised at all the nasty stuff you’re putting in your body everyday.  All the preservatives and dyes at the end of the list, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and enriched wheat flour at the beginning of the list.  When you see these, I challenge you to put them down and find another product with a shorter, better ingredient list.  They may cost a little bit more, but this is your health we’re talking about here.  Those extra dollars you’re spending now could keep you from spending many more dollars for medical treatment in the years to come.

Not only will your body thank you, but your taste buds will as well.  When you finally get used to not having HFCS and other bleached, overly processed ingredients in your diet, you will realize how much better REAL food tastes!  All the complexities of the flavors of healthy, organic foods will be realized.

Give it a try and let me know what your thoughts are throughout the next week!

Did you accomplish your goal from last week?  If not, what do you think was your biggest barrier?

What will you be doing this week to improve your health??

❤ Lindsay

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What Are YOU Doing for Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day!!! 🙂

I think this has got to be one of the coolest holidays, because it’s a point during the year where we can all take a step back, look at our habits, and how they’re affect the world around us.  You can even think of Earth Day as a New Year for Going Green!  There are so many things that you can do to help lessen your impact on the planet, so why not use today to start!

Here are some things you can do to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Go Vegan!  Or just reduce the amount of meat and animal products you consume.  Eating less animal products helps reduce the amount of the greenhouse gas, methane, put into the atmosphere by all those factory animals’ farts and poo.  Ew.
  • Choose Local.  By purchasing food items produced locally you are saving the amount of gas used to transport the food from the farm to your mouth.  Up to 1/5 of the fuel used in America goes to transporting your food.  Check out local farmers’ markets especially.  The one near my house opens May 5th!
  • Choose Organic.  Purchasing organic food means that you are saving our air and waterways from the pollution caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Use Reusable Shopping Bags.  I know that in the past I’ve come home with up to 10 plastic shopping bags from one trip to the grocery store.  Not cool.  The average American uses about 500 plastic bags a year.  Imagine that in your landfill.
  • Buy a reusable water bottle and a water filter.  You know I love my Kleen Kanteen and my Brita.  Constantly buying bottled water from the store is a waste of your money, and all those bottles are crowding our planet.
  • Donate Your Unwanted Items.  I plan to donate my old clothes and shoes, that were weeded out during spring cleaning, to my local Goodwill.  It keeps them out of the landfill and puts them into the hands of someone who truly needs them.
  • Walk or Ride a Bike.  Drive less.  Use less gas.  Emit less nasty chemicals.
  • Switch to Online Bill Paying.  Reduce the amount of paper used each month.  Plus it saves you money on stamps.  The only bill I don’t pay online is my rent.  While you’re at it, switch to direct deposit if it’s available to you.
  • Pick Up Trash.  Around your neighborhood, at the park, wherever.  It’s easy.  Just make sure you’re using gloves.
  • Start a Compost Pile.  Even all your seemingly-easy decomposing food scraps can’t properly break down in the crammed, oxygen-less landfill.  Compost to save on your trash bill and to make excellent fertilizer for your yard or garden.
  • Start a Personal Veggie Garden.  I am constantly dreaming of the day when I finally have a real house with a yard and can grow my own veggies.  Talk about seriously local produce!
  • Buy Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.  Save money in the long run and use less electricity in the long run.
  • Turn Off the Water During Tooth Brushing.  Also, take shorter showers.  Saving water is awesome.
  • Use the Cold Cycle on Your Washing Machine.  Apparently, it washes your clothes just as well, unless it’s something that needs sanitation like cloth diapers.  Save electricity!  Also, use the least amount of water for the amount of clothes you are washing.
  • Fill Your Tires.  If you must drive, make sure that your tires have the correct amount of air in them.  Too little air can cause your car to lose fuel efficiency.  Not cool when gas is $4 a gallon!
  • Get Out in Nature.  Take in the beauty.  Learn to love it.
  • Recycle.  Duh.

Go check out A Billion Acts of Green at the Earth Day website to pledge your Act of Green!

I want my kids to be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water.  Every step that we take today affects whether or not that is possible.  Take the future into your own hands and participate today!  Also, remember, Earth Day is EVERYDAY!!!! 🙂

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day??

❤ Lindsay

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