Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Simply Elegant: Healthy Living

This last year I have made a lot of changes to my everyday life, in hopes of adapting a "healthier" lifestyle.  I put healthier in quotes, because really what does that mean?  For me it means healthier for me.  I have found that no matter the issue or topic or ingredient you will be able to find an article posing on either side.  It always seems that depending on what you read the same thing can be good for you, or it could kill you.  In my opinion I have never lead a truly unhealthy lifestyle.  I have always been conscientious of what I am eating as well as staying active.

This past year of my life presented some new health challenges that I had not been faced with before causing me to look deeper into what I put into and onto my body.  I have grown to be more and more aware of how my body reacts to different things I come in contact with.  My mission became knowing what I was putting into and onto my body.  If I read a label and and it was clouded with crazy sounding ingredients I wasn't going to eat it or use it.  My goal was to simplify and eliminate as many additives and chemicals from my lifestyle as I could.  I by no means am an extremist when it comes to this, just much more aware or what was in things.  As well as alternatives I could use instead.

The biggest change I have made is going gluten free.  In the past I was a self described bread addict.  I could make a meal out of the bread basket and be perfectly content with it.  I always thought that the no gluten thing was the current fad and just glanced it over.  This summer someone opened my eyes to the logic behind it and I started to do some of my own research.  I decided I would give it a try for a month and see.  It was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be and I genuinely felt better.  Since I felt better, I didn't see why I shouldn't keep it up - that was 7 months ago.

Another thing I have been changing are products I use on my body.  Again I am not converted to only using 100% natural ingredients, but just simplifying as I can and being aware of what is in what.  Have you ever read the ingredient list on your lotion bottle? or body wash?  I remember the first time I did and I was surprised as how long the list was.  I couldn't believe there could be that many ingredients in there.  I thought for sure I could handle making my own, and turned to Pinterest - of course!  I have been experimenting with different homemade products over the last several months.  It is great to know exactly what is in them, and cost effective as well.

I plan to share different things that help me to create my version of a Healthy Living lifestyle, from food to fitness to beauty products and beyond.  What is your version of Healthy Living?

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