1. Start small.
In order for a lifestyle change to become a permanent part of my life, I must begin and continue slowly. Introducing new products and ways of doing things must be done one at a time. I’ve found if I bombard myself with a barrage of new things, I become overwhelmed. And the new changes don’t usually stick.
Over the past 2 years, there have been a numerous amount of foods we’ve added to our diet and kicked others to the curb. We’ve begun making our own cleaning products. We’ve introduced essential oils in our life for health benefits. And we’ve switched to more holistic and natural doctors. It’s been a huge lifestyle change, but we’ve done it slowly and that has been the success of it!
2. Find a buddy.
I’m so blessed to have a girlfriend who is incredibly knowledgeable of all things natural, organic & holistic. She’s been living this way for a decade! And she’s local so she can help direct me to the best places to buy! If I ever have a question, I call her.
If I didn’t have her friendship, knowledge and care to share I don’t think I would be as successful in my journey towards organic living as I am today.
Yes, you can do it on your own! But it makes it so much easier to have someone who’s gone before you and figured some things out.
- Find helpful Facebook groups
- Read good books
- Watch videos on YouTube that are relevant & make friends with the channel owners.
3. Decide what’s important to you.
There are number of synonyms to describe the very topic I’m writing on right now:
And in this world of organic, natural, holistic living there is a wide range of topics:
- food consumption
- chemical awareness
- holistic medical treatment
- cloth diapering
Not every natural, holistic, organic living seeker will care about all of those issues. And that’s okay. We’re all on some kind of journey and go at our own pace!
The point is to decide what’s important to you today. What interests you most? What gets you the most angry or excited? I began with an interest in eating healthier and it led to the knowledge about chemicals in our cleaning products and so on.
4. Keep a log.
When you discover something new to you, document it so you can refer back to it. Why is this important to do?
- There’s no way you’ll be able to remember everything you learn as you go along.
- It will be easily available to show to your Hubby or others interested.
- When in doubt of the importance of the issue, you’ll have it to refer to.
On a personal note…
As I would research about different issues, I would discover something new to me and groundbreaking to my life! I would be appalled at the shocking nature of the content! I would be amazed that not everyone else in the world was avoiding this drug, chemical, food, etc. But as time passed and the “newness” of the information wore off, I would sink back into my comfortable state. I would see and hear others around me using that product. I would forget the importance of the negative effects of it. And I would begin to buy it or use it again.
Having a log of those new issues I’d learned about would have really helped to remind me of their importance.
5. Avoid conversations with negative people.
Don’t try to convert everyone. I say that right away because I think it’s in our nature to want to share good news with others. As we learn new things and realize better ways, we want to share and rightly so!
Not everyone cares. Not everyone wants a lifestyle change. Not everyone is open to new ideas. Know your audience. And don’t try to convert those people who wouldn’t appreciate it.
There are those who will argue til the day is long. You know those people in your life. Avoid those conversations with them. Besides being fruitless, they can really get you discouraged and off track. Just don’t waste your time.
6. Be open-minded.
To some people, some of these topics will seem almost conspiracy theoretic. Thinking that big companies or the government has hidden important information about products or processes is unthinkable!
But sometimes, keeping an open mind will serve you well. Don’t immediately shut down a new idea to you. Be open-minded to new ideas, theories, etc. Some will be bogus and some will not be. But how will you learn and grow if you’re not open?
7. Employ a like-minded doctor.
This is a very specific point but it has definitely helped in our organic living journey as a family. If you’re having trouble getting specific answers to your questions or getting Hubby on board with you, keep reading!
As I said before, Hubby was very skeptical about certain issues. Because we didn’t start doing everything at the same time, the skepticism would come and go when we learned about new issues and ideas.
Because I’m not medically or scientifically trained (I was a music major at college), Hubby doesn’t often take my word on issues. He trusts the opinions and statements of doctors or scientists over what I say. Which is probably normal.
While I would do my research, cross-reference and try to find reliable sources for information, it did not often carry enough weight for Hubby to believe.
But because many doctors and scientists are “backed” by the government or big companies, popular opinion isn’t always in favor of organic/holistic/green/healthy living ideas. So to find good, helpful, prominently-viewed information on ____issues is hard.
It wasn’t until we went to a natural, holistic, organically-minded pediatrician for Baby Boy that some of Hubby’s fears were allayed. Having a like-minded doctor to confirm or deny something is really helpful! Not only was it helpful for me personally to get specific questions answered, it was helpful for Hubby to speak to an actual doctor.
This point isn’t about manipulation. It’s about being able to trust someone (a like-minded doctor) to give truthful answers to specific questions. When researching online, you can’t always get forthright or clear answers to your specific questions. You certainly can’t talk to those authors of articles and posts online. And sometimes you wonder if you can even trust those who write what they do. Being able to get a straight answer (whether positive or negative) from a like-minded doctor has been so helpful for us as a family.
8. Utilize Facebook groups.
Because raw dairy isn’t available in most grocery stores, I buy directly from a local farmer. Because cheaper prices on organic meats (or even a variety of organic meats) aren’t available in most grocery stores, I buy in bulk from organically-run farms across the U.S.
I wouldn’t know about any of that↑ if it weren’t for Facebook groups! I’m blessed to be a part of local co-ops run through Facebook groups. Most cities have this available.
There are so many benefits to these groups:
- Ability to buy in bulk with other people. Sometimes companies or farmers require you to buy so many pounds of a product before they’ll deliver or ship to your area. If you’re a part of these groups, you can buy with other locals and not have to spend a fortune or store so much food.
- A support system. This is a great way to make new friends and ask questions of like-minded people.
- More learned knowledge. Many members of one co-op know about other local co-ops that are helpful. I’ve been able to expand my organic buying ability because of references by Facebook group members!
9. Buy an extra freezer.
I just can’t run to the Publix or Wal-mart and buy raw milk or an organic turkey. I buy from local co-ops via Facebook groups. And oftentimes these co-ops have a buying schedule: monthly, quarterly, yearly.
So that means that I have to stock up on those items when buy them. But that also means I must have the space to store it! That’s a problem unless I have an extra freezer.
Having an extra freezer is a blessing because you don’t have to worry about having room to store what you need. You can buy as much as you will need to last you til the next buying time.
If you don’t have an extra freezer, it limits you. It makes it harder to buy what you need. You’ll oftentimes run out of ___ because you can’t store the amount you’ll need til the next buying time.
And what happens when you find an amazing deal on organic apples and want to freeze applesauce? You’re doomed!