How To Begin a Non-Toxic New Year: Your Mindset
My younger brother has called me a hippie ever since I began to practice yoga when I was 15. I was naturally drawn to what the earth could provide us. Since then, I have went through a vegetarian stage, then a (very) brief vegan lifestyle, made homemade granola, stopped dying my hair for a year, started using tea tree oil over topical acne treatments (still doing that), planted an herb garden, used the word organic each day, and created a blog. I do think I have laid a comfortable foundation for pre-hippieism. However, I was still cleaning my toilets with Lysol, eating sugar-laden granola bars everyday, and using...antiperspirant…(I have to say that quietly or I’ll lose my points with the organic gods).
I was still finding my way around being healthy and having a convenient life. Then I realized that having a healthy, non-toxic life does not have to be inconvenient.
It just takes a bit of thought.
So this time, I’m really sticking it to my brother and welcoming everyone to this pre-hippie lifestyle.
The key to being receptive to making these small changes has to do with one thing: your mindset. I get your hesitation completely. This whole non-toxic buzzword can start to make you feel overwhelmed and inadequate when you look around and realize you just had Cup O’ Noodles for dinner everyday this week. Then you just want to throw in the one organic cotton towel you bought and forget it all. Guess what? I had 9 of those crunchy tea cookies from those hey-I-don’t-know-you-very-well-but-I-wave-to-you-when-you-get-your-garbage-bins tin you get at Christmas from your next door neighbor.
Nine. In one sitting.
But you know what I did the rest of the day? I just made sure I ate my salmon for dinner and went to the gym and I didn’t beat myself up for it. Moving into a non-toxic lifestyle is all about giving yourself grace - a break. It’s about keeping the pep in your step when you stumble over a pebble (or 9 cookies). You are already doing the hardest part - making the change. The entire earth wasn’t even made in a day. Why would your kitchen pantry suddenly be stocked to the brim with coconut oil and avocados after one grocery haul?
Make one small change at a time. It doesn’t even have to be everyday - too much change can cause us to go batty. Commit to at least 1 non-toxic change per week. Or even per pay period - whatever is easier for you. Just commit to whatever you choose. A lot of these changes don’t even have to cost money. Heck! One of the best, most simple surface cleaners requires 2 ingredients: vinegar and water. I bet you have those in your house. And if you don’t, your grandma certainly does.
These next 4 posts (following this one) each share one tip on how to begin your new year in a non-toxic, green living type of way.
Read here see the ONE thing you can physically change in your daily routine toward a more non-toxic lifestyle. (hint: you gon’ smell good).