afpa · Health and Wellness

Cleaning Up My Act

As I’ve been studying to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, one thing I’m starting to learn is how much our environment affects not only our body but our mood. Depression and anxiety are on the rise in this country and our environment, the products we use, and the food we eat are all contributing to it. I have suffered from both depression and anxiety and I’m slowly learning how to cope.

I’ve already started to make changes and feel like things are improving in our household. I still have a lot of changes I want to make but doing them slowly, as I’ve learned, is the best way to make them last. The first thing I cleaned up was my diet. I’ve been focusing on more nourishing foods and drinking plenty of water. Of course, I’m not perfect and I do have the occasional cookie or fast food but I really try to plan ahead and eat as close to plant-based as possible. I’ve already noticed a huge difference, not only in the way I feel but my mood, energy and my skin. I’m going to continue to work on healing from the inside first. Nutrition is the number one area I want to continue to develop and grow.

My next goal is to start cleaning up my environment in my own household. This includes cleaning up my makeup, skin routine, bath regimen and our cleaning products. The first thing I started with is my skin routine. I’ve been using Primally Pure products for over 2 weeks and my skin has never felt or looked better. It makes my skin feel so clean and natural. I finally feel like my skin is starting to normalize, with less breakouts and more even skin tone. My next purchase is makeup, I’ve been researching on EWG (Environmental Working Group) which I highly suggest checking out if you haven’t been on their site. Such good information. I found a makeup brand that is verified by EWG called Mineral Fusion. I’ve also purchased Branch Basics cleaning products but I have not received them yet. After I receive the products and try them out I will report back. The next thing I’m going to focus on is finding a better shampoo/conditioner solution and better options for my kids and husband.

After that I’m going to tackle other items in my house such as filters, air purifiers, essential oils, kitchen products and more. This step in my Journey to Find Joy has been my favorite so far. Knowledge is power and I’m learning so my from AFPA books. My other great resource is finding people on Instagram that are on the same mission and path that I’m on. I’ll share some of my favorites in a future post.

Tell me how you are cleaning up your act. Any products you’ve found that you swear by or any that you avoid like the plague?

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Daily Dose of…

I’ve shared fears and dreams so far but one thing I want to share is how I’m doing small things every day on my journey to find joy. I really do believe that one small step in the right direction makes all the difference. Improving small things each day adds up to big results. Take for example a weight loss journey. One of my favorite quotes that I like to live by is “One burger won’t make you fat, just like one salad won’t make you thin.” It is repetition and consistency that will provide results good or bad. And this goes for all aspects of your life. The habits and routine you establish make a huge difference in the every day. One meditation doesn’t make you spiritual, one glass of water doesn’t make you healthier, one dream doesn’t mean it will come true. You must do things every day to work towards the changes you want to see in your life. Here are a couple things I’ve been trying to incorporate into my daily routine, and so far it has been making a huge difference in my mood and my purpose. I need my daily dose of…

  1. Morning meditation. Most mornings are hectic trying to get the kiddos out the door, so when I get to work and park, I do {at least} a 5 minute meditation in my car. It literally takes 5 minutes but it has been greatly improving my mood in the morning. Going from the madness of getting 2 kids off to daycare and the madness of work, it provides just a small window of calm and helps me recenter myself and feel in control. I highly suggest doing this if you can spare 5 minutes.
  2. Workouts. Obviously a huge mood booster, working out in some capacity every day just makes the biggest difference, not only for your body but your mind! At this season of my life with 2 small kiddos, the best time I can find to do this is after they are both in bed around 7:30 but it really puts a nice little nightcap to my day. It lets me focus on myself and my body and it really makes me feel so good to get it in before I go to sleep.
  3. Daily walks in nature. Getting outside is so important for my mental health. This is a hard task when the weather isn’t nice but if I have to, I’ll walk inside on the treadmill at work. I usually do my daily walk at work on my lunch break and then eat lunch at my desk.
  4. Drink more water and tea. Honestly, this one is still a work in progress but I’m trying to drink more water and tea during the day. So good for your body.
  5. Planning. This is a hard one for most people, but I’m a planner by nature so this one comes fairly easy to me but I still have to work on it. I plan a lot of things at work and for my family but one thing I don’t do is plan for myself. I need to focus on planning what my future looks like. To accomplish my dreams, to eat healthy, to find time to meditate and workout. Writing things down is the easiest way to do this. I love to make lists and schedules. However it looks for you, I do suggest writing things down. For some reason it makes all the difference!

Everyone is different and maybe your list looks a little different, and that’s okay! What does your daily dose look like? Please share in the comments below! I’d love to know what works for you!