Many people decide they want to live a healthier lifestyle. However, I think they sometimes make too many drastic changes to their daily routines, and find the novelty wears off too quickly. Perhaps “baby steps” is a better approach.
Here are some ideas/suggestions you might want to incorporate “a little at a time”.
First and foremost, practice following God’s perfect food laws. They were given to us as a guide, to know which foods are clean, and which foods are unclean. Pork is one of the worst things you could possibly put in your body, and there are many scientific reports to support this. Avoid all of the “bottom feeders”, such as lobster, shrimp, etc. Build your diet around fruits and vegetables, raw (or steamed) whenever possible.
I am not a vegetarian; I personally believe all foods mentioned in Leviticus 11 are meant for our consumption, even today. However I would urge you to be cautious with your meat selection. Because of all of the antibiotics and growth hormones fed to cattle and other livestock, meat may not be a good choice. All of these unnecessary chemicals are passed on to you when eating that nice juicy steak. Try and shop for meat advertised as organic, grass and pasture fed and free of all growth-hormones.
For this very same reason, I would avoid all dairy products also. (My apologies to all of the hard working dairy farmers across the land). By the time your milk and butter have gone through pasteurization, there is very little, if any, good left in them. Besides, I still feel that cow’s milk is for calves (which even they are weaned off of), not for humans. I gave up drinking cow’s milk 30 years ago.
A healthy alternative to butter is organic, virgin coconut oil. Spread it on your toast, melt it into your baked potatoes, you can even use it as your oil to cook foods in. The list of health benefits of coconut oil is endless: it strengthens the immune system, benefits the liver and kidneys, controls blood sugar, aids our body to absorb minerals, and much, much more. By the way, coconut oil is also a great skin softener and hair conditioner.
Raw nuts are very rich in protein and nutrients, and are a good source of dietary fibre. Nuts such as walnuts and almonds are best soaked overnight in a bowl of water in your fridge, then drained the next day. Not only will they taste better, but this process releases many of their toxins. If possible, always have a bowl of nuts soaking in the fridge, ready for consumption. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds hemp seeds, etc. not only taste good, but are very good for you also.
I use almonds to make milk 2 or 3 times a week. A blender half-full of water, about 4 generous handfuls of almonds and a couple of oversized tablespoons of raw honey makes a drink the whole family will enjoy. Add raw cocoa for chocolate milk. You can optionally strain it to drink it, or just pour it over cereal right out of the blender.
The term “fast foods”, when referring to restaurants, is really only half right. It is usually served to you fast, but it cannot be described as food. There have been many articles published in the news recently stating there are more chemicals in most fast foods than real food itself. One particular article stated that a hamburger had been found in a home over a month after purchase, and not only did it not look any different, there were no flies or insects attracted to it. No matter how much of a hurry you are in, avoid all fast food restaurants, let’s put them all out of business!
Also associated with these places are pop drinks. Even though there isn’t much good in bottled fruit drinks, (or bottled water, as far as that goes), they would be less harmful than pop. Depending on your flavour of choice, one can of pop can contain the equivalency of 10 to 20 packets of sugar. And the only thing worse than pop is diet pop, which contains deadly artificial sweeteners.
When cooking on your stove top, avoid all aluminum and non-stick cookware. At high temperatures, the coating of non-stick cookware will break down into a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, a chemical agent of the WWII nerve gas phosgene. All of your pots and frying pan should be stainless steel.
Another place aluminum should be avoided is in your deodorant. Aluminum compounds can be absorbed through the skin, and high levels of aluminum found in the brain have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Be sure to use an all-natural deodorant, where you can pronounce all of the ingredients in it.
Make sure your toothpaste is fluoride free. Though the medical folks tell us otherwise, fluoride is not supposed to be in your mouth. Along with actually weakening your teeth and bones, it is also known to create havoc with your nervous system. One article on this subject on the www.naturalnews.com website states it is very easy to make your own toothpaste. Just mix a 50/50 solution of coconut oil and baking soda (optionally adding some peppermint for flavor). The coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth. Baking soda provides a mild abrasive for cleansing, and can also neutralize acids in your mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay.
And gradually change all of your cleaning products to easier-on-the-environment natural ones. That includes household cleaning, laundry cleaning and even the soaps you use on your body and hair. Disclaimer: For those that asked, I am not a doctor and I don’t have any medical training. I am just an individual who researches information that other people have studied and proven to be effective, and I just pass that information on to you.