Lifestyle Changes we’ve Made
It’s a new year and maybe your looking to make some lifestyle changes. The good news is it’s never to late to make even the smallest of changes. If you follow me on Instagram I mentioned a while back that my family and I have made some lifestyle changes over the past year to year and a half. I’ve listed out some of the changes we’ve made and have kept. Hope this helps!
Buying Organic Groceries: we switched to buying organic everything because we like knowing that we’re not eating pesticides, or genetically modified foods. It’s important to know what goes into your body and buying organic is one way to do that.
2. No Soda: we don’t drink soda really unless it’s ginger ale. We purchase our ginger ale from Whole Foods to make sure we get the one without high fructose corn syrup and no caffeine. Soda is just extra calories and sugar that we don’t need so we do our best not to drink it too much.
3. Dairy and Soy Free: we cut out dairy in 2018 for a few months because my oldest is lactose intolerant, than we decided to limit her dairy. In 2020 after having my youngest and realizing she has a dairy and soy intolerance we decided to cut it out completely. It wasn’t easy because we had to read labels carefully and research products that don’t have dairy or soy. It was one of the best decisions we could’ve made, our kids aren’t as constipated, and no complaints of stomach pains. Reasons you should consider cutting out dairy: research has linked it to an increase risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. (https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/nutrition-information/health-concerns-about-dairy) Dairy is also the top contributor of saturated fat, and saturated fat can lead to high cholesterol.
4. Making food from scratch: we started doing this in order to know all the ingredients going into our food so we could completely eliminate dairy. I now make bread for us, and any sweet desserts, and waffles and pancakes.
5. Using more natural/non-toxic products: when it comes to cleaning our house we decided using more natural non-toxic cleaning products are best. There are no harsh chemicals or smells. We also use non toxic product skin care such as hand soap, toothpaste, body soap. For hand soap we use either Mrs. Meyers lavender or Tom’s Probiotic lavender hand soap. For toothpaste we now use Hello for us and the kids.
6. Limiting how much rice we eat: this wasn’t easy to do. Growing up Haitian rice is a staple food so we eat it often. We decided to cut back on rice and limit it to 2 to 3 times a week max. Research shows that white rice is linked to increase type 2 diabetes. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/eating-white-rice-daily-ups-diabetes-risk-study-shows My husband and I both have family members with diabetes and will do our part to avoid us getting it.
7. Exercising: it’s never to late to exercise for better health. We weren’t exercising at all and with us spending so much time at home in 2020 we decided it was time to take our health more serious and start working out. You don’t have to go all out, just start with 20 minutes a day, that’s what my doctor recommended and you work your way up from there. My husband even got me an Apple Watch and it’s really helped motivate me to keep working out, not to look a certain way but to be healthy.
8. No High Fructose Corn Syrup: you find this in almost everything! High Fructose Corn Syrup has been linked to increased risks of diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/why-high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-bad And it’s not needed in the foods that it found in. So for me and my family we’ve chosen to eliminate this from the foods we eat.
I hope this information is helpful if you’re looking to make a lifestyle change.