What does clean living mean? Most people automatically assume that adopting a clean lifestyle means giving up the things you love in favor of a restrictive routine. Yes, clean living does often entail walking away from unhealthy habits. However, it’s really about starting new habits that make you look and feel so much better! What’s more, adopting a clean lifestyle doesn’t have to feel like you’re making a dramatic change. Let’s take a look at easy ways to embrace clean living!
In Your Beauty Cabinet
Many people are compelled to practice clean living after discovering all of the toxins and chemicals in their mainstream beauty products. Is this you? You may already know that our skin is soaking in things like BPA, BHA, BHT, petrolatum and plastic microbeads every time we apply lipstick or slather on moisturizer. There are fears that chemicals in common beauty products could be linked to everything from cancer to reproductive problems.
How can you make the switch to a healthier beauty regiment? It starts by reading labels. The fragrances and preservatives found in most products do little more than create the illusion of natural scents and colors. Switch to a beauty brand with a very short list of ingredients on its labels. Even doing something as simple as switching from your fragrant body wash to goat soap can drastically limit your exposure to parabens and other chemicals. You can always whip up some beauty products that are literally good enough to eat at home. Here’s a quick rundown of all-natural beauty treatments you can do at home:
- Add peppermint oil to sugar for an all-natural, invigorating exfoliator.
- Combine powdered charcoal with coconut oil to make homemade liquid eyeliner.
- Condition your hair using a raw egg.
- Use apple-cider vinegar as a toner.
- Use coconut oil to remove makeup.
- Moisturize with raw honey.
- Dry out pimples with lemon juice.
- Make blush and lip stain from beet juice.
Playing around with food-grade beauty products can be fun! Of course, your dermatologist can recommend some clean brands that aren’t quite so edible if you’re looking for a full beauty and skincare regimen. Don’t be surprised if your skin and hair look better than ever once you ditch the chemicals!
The mainstream cleaning products you’re using in your home may actually be leaving behind some pretty scary chemical residue. Luckily, there are plenty of brands out there that use things like lemon extract or essential oils to clean and deodorize your home! Don’t forget that some diluted vinegar can go a long way for cleaning surfaces in your home in a chemical-free way. Here’s a quick checklist for keeping a home that’s compatible with clean living:
- Get rid of nonstick cookware to avoid exposure to toxins when heating foods.
- Avoid heating oils with high levels of polyunsaturated fats (corn, sunflower and soybean). These oils actually release free radicals that are linked to cell damage and disease when exposed to heat.
- Skip packaging that contains BPA. You should also never reheat your food using plastic containers. Invest in a toxic-free glass or ceramic food-storage system.
- Swap plastic cutting boards for organic, antibacterial wood or bamboo cutting boards.
It’s also important to make sure you’re dusting and vacuuming surfaces inside your home regularly. Toxins released from the products we bring into our homes can build up on surfaces to create toxic dust. This can create some serious health problems if you’re sensitive to environmental allergens.
In Your Diet
Clean eating is considered the most important aspect of clean living by most people because it has the biggest impact on the way you look and feel. Clean eating can also help you to treat or avoid long-term and chronic health problems. A big part of clean eating simply revolves around swapping out artificial foods for organic, unprocessed foods. Many people try clean eating to lose weight. However, you don’t necessarily need to have weight loss on your mind to benefit from the better skin, increased energy and improved cognitive function that many people report after switching to clean diets. Here’s a look at the basics of a clean diet:
- Lean meats.
- Healthy fats.
- Whole grains.
- Sustainable foods.
- Fermented foods.
- Natural sweeteners (in moderation.)
- No chemically altered or charged foods.
- No preservatives.
- No dyes.
- No added sugars.
- Little to no saturated and trans fats.
- Limited alcohol.
Yes, eating plenty of raw, unprocessed foods is part of a clean diet. However, you can also enjoy plenty of “clean” versions of your favorite prepared dishes. You might be feeling overwhelmed by the idea of learning a completely new style of shopping and cooking. Luckily, you can start your voyage into clean eating with help from clean eating meal plans. How do you think all of the clean-eating celebrities you see stay on track while leading such busy lives? They have guidance!
Tackle a Healthy Lifestyle Your Way
Clean living is better living. There’s no need to feel like you’re placing limitations on what you can do and eat when adopting a cleaner lifestyle. You’re actually creating limitless potential for how good you can look and feel!