Originally published on Connect Nigeria
With the advent or rather the break out of chemical-laden products especially in the cosmetics industry, organic living seems quite far-fetched. The media is doing a fantastic job selling this products to us so much that we’re don’t think twice before clicking the ”add to cart” button. The frenzy is almost sickening. In the midst of all this, some of us have taken a backseat to reevaluate our lifestyle. We’ve decided to embrace a life devoid of this harmful chemicals that are fast becoming hazardous to our health.
What then is Organic living? Why am I advocating a break from the norm? Why am I asking we return to our roots thereby living a healthier life as a result? According to All Things Healing, Organic living is a way of life that means becoming healthy, simple and close to nature. In layman’s term, it means doing away with foods, drinks, cosmetics e.t.c. that are heavily laden with chemicals and opting for healthier options like fruits and vegetables amongst other things. Yes I know what you’re thinking. How’s that even possible especially in this environment of ours? Well, it is very possible. Stick with me.
Would you rather eat healthy and save your money on hospital bills than have a diet filled with carbs for instance and suffer from malnutrition? I’m sure you’d pick the former. Food is generally relateable so we’re sticking to diet for the purpose of this article. Now it’s very simple. It’s not an Herculean task. Think about rearranging your wardrobe for example. For you to get the optimum use of the clothes, you’d need to eliminate some right? The ones that you haven’t worn in a long time, the ones that are no longer your size e.t.c. You get the drift. The same applies to healthy eating. You need to restructure your diet to fit in other classes of food to make a balanced diet. Because at the end of the day, eating a healthy balanced meal is what we’re looking out for.
Then there’s the issue of living healthy on a budget. Some people think it’s an expensive venture and would rather not. But I’m here to debunk that hearsay. You can live healthy on a budget. First thing you need to do is to search within. If you can’t afford to shop in the high-end stores, look around stalls around you. There’re markets that stock in wholesales, patronize them and preserve them. At the end of the day, you’ll realise you’ve made a real bargain. You end up eating healthy and saving money at the same time. Next you need to read up. Information is power. Read up on veggies,herbs, fruits and whatnot. Google new smoothie and salad recipes. Buy a mini oven if you’re single, substitute deep frying for grilling. Replace your seasoning cubes with herbs and bone broths. Little things like this go a long way. Now I’m not saying It’s particularly easy for anyone to wean off this things overnight. It’s a gradual thing. It takes time but it’s actually possible. Baby steps. Same thing goes with cosmetics, opt for handmade/locally made soap bars and clays. Ayruvedic treatments are a good example of herbs for hair and skincare. Stay away from alcohol as it drys out the skin. Scrutinize the ingredients of any packaged products. When you’re through researching you’ll be familiar with the terms and realise they’re all just chemicals with small quantities of the actual products.
By the time, you’re done with this little changes here and there, your organs and body in general will thank you.
Guys, I think I’ve gotten my guest posting mojo back. This is the first in a while. The last one sort of toyed with my emotions and so I subconsciously restrained a bit. I hope this can continue. I hope I can calm down enough to write and send to the editor who btw is very responsive. He replied almost immediately(which I later found out was an automated response but even at that) and the article was posted in less than 24hours with little or no alterations which in my books is highly impressive. So guys, hit me up (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any site that accept guest posts (preferably on lifestyle in general. The pay-per-articles ones wouldn’t be a bad idea at all.)