The Healthy/Happy Changes List

After posting about the start of my wellness journey, I thought it might be helpful to simply list out the lifestyle changes we have implemented (or are in the process of trying to implement!) in an effort to be happier, healthier people. Some of them may seem insignificantly small to you, while others may appear impossibly difficult. As I wrote last time, please remember to be patient and kind with yourself wherever you are on this path (even if you’re just looking at it for now and trying to decide whether you want to walk on it)!
Some of what I will list took a lot of research and discussion; others were ‘no-brainers.’ Some we stay true to easily; others may ebb and flow in terms of how well we stick to them. A lot of this process simply involves these decisions becoming automatic as we continue to make them over and over (especially concerning what we buy and/or eat). We have also learned that some changes really only apply to one of us, which may be the case for you if you are creating these changes in a household with different people.
Here we go!
1. Eliminated high fructose corn syrup
2. Eating smaller portions
3. Choosing snacks more carefully
4. Drinking pop only as a rare treat and instead drinking more water and 100% juice
5. Drinking vitamin-rich smoothies (we buy Bolthouse)
6. Consuming kefir and greek yogurt for probiotic health (good job, hubbie…I’m not there yet)
7. Buying and eating more fruits and veggies
8. Purchased a water filter (we use a container you put in the fridge, not the kind that attaches to the faucet).
9. Choosing whole grain products (and trying to avoid bleached, white flour)
10. Choosing products with lower sugar content
11. Switched to organic milk
12. Learned about the ‘dirty dozen’ and decided to only buy this produce if organic
13. Increased fiber intake (if you like cereal for breakfast, this is an easy place to find high-fiber options)
14. Switched to organic, cage-free eggs
15. Started a garden
16. Discovered ewg.org to help us shop smarter (thank you, EWG!!)
17. Began switching some of our hygiene products (some of these include deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body soap, & hand soap; some are bought, others are simple DIYs)
18. Started using more natural cleaning methods (say hello to vinegar, baking soda, and lemons!)
19. Replaced some cleaning products with Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
20. Changed many light bulbs (we received free CFLs through our energy provider, but eventually I’d prefer LEDs)
21. We unplug electronics when not in use (this and some of the following are more an efficiency issue, but smaller bills contribute to our happiness!)
22. Winterizing the house for colder months (this year, it’s been about 4 or 5 months!)
23. Purchased and use a programmable thermostat (we have it at 67 when we’re home and 62 for away/sleeping – we make it warmer for guests!)
24. Running an air humidifier regularly
25. Using a humidifier at night (great Christmas gift we received)
I hope to be able to add using all-natural lip balm and essential oils soon…but, as always, one small step at a time! What are some of the changes that you have made?!

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10 thoughts on “The Healthy/Happy Changes List

    • Thanks! I agree…when I try to do too many big changes at once, I typically just get overwhelmed and want to forget the whole thing! Thanks for reading and commenting : )

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  1. I like your list. Some are major changes and some do seem pretty easy.
    Here are some more ideas/ thoughts :
    If you would not eat it don’t put it on your skin
    If you can read all the ingredients don’t buy it
    Buy grass feed pasture raised animals if you are eating meat
    Breakfast cereals are a heavily processed food
    The standard America diet has the acronym of SAD…. That should make you think right?
    Does milk really do a body good? We humans are the only animal that drinks another species milk. Is that strange to you? You don’t need milk for calcium. Plants and the sun help to make vitamin D which builds calcium.
    80% of your food should be plants
    A happy healthy gut makes for a happy healthy body
    Stop using over the counter drugs

    Just some other thoughts to add to your great list. You are right one small step at a time change will occur and you will feel great!

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    • Thanks – that’s a great list, too : ) Some of those we are in the process of trying to stick to more (not eading foods with ingredients we can’t read, making our guts happy, not using over the counter meds), while others I haven’t thought of (milk…but how will I eat my cereal…oh, wait…lol). I’ll be sure to continue checking out your blog for new ideas : )

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      • Almond milk is what I use and I use it for everything. But there is coconut mill too. Trust me I know it can be overwhelming, but one day one step at a time. We can change our SAD into something healthy and we can achieve “nutritional excellence ” as Dr.Fuhrman states in his book Eat to Live 🙂

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