By Tina Soetzenberg
Spring has finally sprung and with it our drive to change our lives, one ‘how to’ step at a time. This month, we encourage our readers to re-evaluate their daily life routines and choices, and we take a step in the organic and healthy direction.
Living an organic life isn’t confined to what meals you prepare, it’s a complete revolution of your ways and daily routines. This type of drastic change could be hard at first but the long-term benefits will ensure that your life change is worth it.
If you’re eager accept an organic change but not sure how to start the process of altering your ways, Change News is here to help. We asked healthy lifestyle expert and founder of Faithful to Nature, Robyn Smith, to provide us with five simple tips to live a more organic lifestyle.
Five ways to live a more organic lifestyle:
- Become an ingredient detective
Not all products are made equal and the surest way to determine that you are putting genuinely better alternatives for you and your family into your shopping bag is to start reading labels. No one wants to have the wool pulled over their eyes but it’s probably happening every day you walk into a store. Become a little more discerning to the marketing hype out there, and you will have back the power to make more informed and educated decisions when buying and bringing beauty, personal care and cleaning products into your home.
The first step in becoming an ingredient detective is knowing how to read an ingredient label. Luckily for you, it isn’t rocket science! Just divide the list roughly into thirds. The top third usually contains 90%-95% of the ingredients in your product, the middle third usually contains about 5%-8% of the ingredients, and the bottom third contains 1%-3% of the ingredients. You now have a pretty good idea about the concentration of ingredients you’re putting on your skin.
The next step is to read what ingredients are on the product. And don’t worry; you don’t need to be a scientist or chemist familiar with the long list of tongue twisting names to get this one right. You just need a rough idea of the common synthetic nasties most non-organic products contain and you need to also apply a little bit of logic. You see, this is where natural ingredients should stand out. If the product really is as natural as it claims to be then the ingredients should be easily recognisable and if they are not, then the warning bells should start to ring.
- Use Green products
Is it not ironic that one of the most dangerous and toxic areas in the house is the conventional cleaning cupboard? Furthermore, our skin (the bodies largest organ) can absorb up to 60% of the synthetic chemicals that it comes into contact with, so cleaning your floors, linen, clothes, plates and everything else in your house with ingredients that are poisonous when ingested hardly makes much sense when they are still being ingested through your skin.
You can also stick to natural cleaning and disinfectant products. For example, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, and white vinegar can all be used to clean many parts of your home just as effectively and much more safely than some of the better-known products
2. Swop over to natural and/or organic toiletry, beauty and cosmetic products:
In the cosmetics industry, the terms “organic” and “natural” are not regulated the way they are in the food industry. Here, a close eye on ingredient labels will benefit you more than ever. Product certification will help you navigate the authenticity of a product’s claims too. Another good label to look out for is cruelty-free. Every single product on Faithful to nature has been carefully scrutinised for your safety.
3. Shop local and eat seasonal
This is all about lowering your carbon footprint and also about eating fresher food. The more you are able to support your local organic suppliers the more choice will grow on the home front. Check out local markets and find suppliers in your area. It is a great way to meet like-minded people too!
4. Grow your own food. Grow anything in fact!
Not only is this a great way to save money, but it’s one of the best ways to empower yourself to be in complete control of the food you eat. Plus, it is a well-researched fact that working with soil increases the amount of happy chemicals being produced in your brain. And no, you don’t need a big garden to grow your own food!
- Get conscious about waste
Plastic is literally killing our planet. In fact, it is estimated by 2050 that the weight of plastic in our oceans will weigh more than the total weight of fish. Plus, plastic has the potential to leach further toxins into the products it is wrapped in. Recycling is yesterday’s solution. Today’s necessity is to bring in as little waste as possible to your home, so start selecting retailers and suppliers to support, that are making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of packaging on their products.
Take your own bags with you when you do your shopping, (including the smaller bags for fresh produce), say no to single use plastic like straws and take-away coffee cups, say no to single use sanitary and cosmetic products and opt for more sustainable solutions like the menstrual cup and biodegradable toothbrushes and think about taking your own containers when you get take-out food.
Robyn founded Faithful to Nature eight-years ago, turning it into an online haven packed with 100% organic and healthy products. She was inspired to change lives, one healthy product at a time and works hard to do just this. A strong believer in ethics and honesty, all the products on Faithful to Nature follow a strict organic guideline and all ingredients are made available to customers.
Embrace the organic revolution and live a life beneficial to both you and the environment. Your body is your temple and it’s your duty to always keep it an optimum health. You owe it to yourself, as well as your family and future generations to come. The best gift you could give yourself and your family is a healthy you.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Faithful to Nature, visit: https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/