Over the past decade, the phrase “clean and organic” has become more and more prevalent in the health and lifestyle world. Stores, brands, and gurus provide their own meaning and stipulations of the words, offering differing views on what a basic lifestyle truly means on a practical, day-to-day basis. But when it comes down to it, shifting to an organic lifestyle is a personal, individualized change—it must be flexible to what works for each person’s unique needs and restrictions. No matter where we begin on our journey toward a cleaner, simpler life, this growing trend is possible for everyone—it just takes a little tailoring to each person’s circumstances. Below are several areas to consider when beginning the transition to a clean, organic way of life.
A Flexible Mindset
One’s individual reasoning behind making this shift varies from person to person. For some, cutting out chemically based products is a way to control what enters their body, while for others, the lower carbon footprint of organic life may be the most crucial aspect. Additionally, there are certain economic benefits to paring back disposable items and processed foods in the home. Whichever motivator is right for you will act as the driving force behind the change.
One of the most important aspects of shifting mindset is patience and self-understanding. This is not an overnight change, tackling the simplification of home and body is a one-step-at-a-time process, and each small move ahead will fuel your ongoing journey.
Study Your Own Daily Habits
To begin, consider making lists throughout your day, studying the items you regularly use on your body and within the home and office. Also note what you throw in the trash, observing which products create more waste than others. And then ask yourself: is there a budget-friendly way to cut these items out of my life or shift their usage? For example, by utilizing reusable rags instead of paper towels, you immediately cutting back on waste, budget, and purchasing time. Replacing name-brand shampoos and cleaners with Castile soap or homemade cleaning products is another simple shift. These changes should positively impact all aspects of life. The less disposable an item, the less frequently it needs replenishing. And the simpler your soaps and body products, the more versatile their uses for both body and home.
Considering Diet Changes with Care
This shift is innately more complicated, as each body is unique, and diet changes should always reflect medical advice. And yet by approaching food changes the same way you approach the home and body, you will begin to question how many “extras” are really necessary. Moving meal by meal is a good way to begin—and focusing on “replacing” opposed to “cutting out” is a way to view this shift in a positive light. We should never deprive our bodies of what we need, but can reconsider the cleanest ways to receive it. In each meal, seek basic recipes that feature whole foods opposed to over-processed ingredients. This shift will cut down on purchasing complicated products and expensive brands, as well as providing versatility during meal planning. Going meal by meal in this way removes the pressure or guilt that comes with trying to drastically shift overnight.
Above all, pinpointing your personal motivation and desired goals are essential first steps in shifting away from unnatural or over-processed items in your life. The path to a healthier and simpler lifestyle is always within reach, and aligning the change with your personal needs is a great place to begin.