Replace standard brands with all-natural. Fill your medicine cabinet with nature-based brands of toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, tampons, and skin- and body-care products. You’ve been thinking about it for months—do it now.
Keep a journal to take note of the positives. Focus on the abundance in your life—family, friends, good experiences—and give thanks on a regular basis.
Buy a juicer so the whole family can down fresh vegetable and fruit juices whenever the mood hits. Or if smoothies are more to your taste, invest in a heavy-duty blender to easily whip up frothy, nutrient-packed concoctions for all.
A mango mocktail, served in a cocktail glass with a swizzle stick and paper umbrella, is a health-enhancing pick-me-up that all ages can enjoy. In a blender, combine 1 cup yogurt, 1 medium mango cut into chunks, and honey to taste. Serve over ice.
Stock up on nontoxic cleansers for inside your home. For outside, investigate natural alternatives to synthetic fertilizers and garden pesticides.
Recent research has confirmed the health benefits of such fun foods as chocolate (beneficial to heart health and mood) and hot sauce (the capsaicin in chile peppers bolsters metabolism and helps keep cholesterol in check).
The next time you’re strolling down the aisle of your natural products store, add five novel foods to your shopping cart: Seitan, tilapia or frisée perhaps? Sample different bulk items: Try dried cherries or exotic trail mix.
When midday fatigue hits, close your eyes for a few minutes to give the brain a restorative break.
Stock up on supplements you need—vitamins, minerals, herbs—and take them religiously.
When was the last time you got out a board game (Parcheesi?), gathered together a group of friends to hit balls and run around the bases, had a slumber party? Stock up on healthy snack food, sports drinks and beauty products and pretend—with an older and wiser perspective, of course—to be a kid again.
Bring nothing but organically grown products to the table. Prepare a feast for the family of seasonal fruits and vegetables, an oven-roasted free-range turkey and all the fixings.
Install purifiers to ensure that the water and air within your home is as clean as it can be.
Volunteering provides a sense of purpose, puts your concerns in a different perspective and just makes you feel good.
When harried and in a hurry, we forget to breathe the way nature intended. Take time to deeply replenish the body with oxygen.
Take a hike, or walk, or a fast stroll—just get some exercise and connect with nature at the same time.