In my daily life, I often think about the type of balance I am trying to achieve – somewhere between living what could be considered an alternative, holistic lifestyle and still being quite “mainstream”. There are certain things I definitely still do a bit more mainstream for convenience’s sake. When I first set out on my wellness journey, I tried to do too much at once and got burnt out quickly. I eventually realized that there were some areas where I could be completely all natural, and there were other areas where I really needed to find a more convenient solution for time and sanity’s sake.
I used to make my own deodorant, since the regular store-bought ones I had used in the past were loaded with harmful chemicals. I did that for awhile, but then I found a couple of great alternatives online that I saw had nice, healthy ingredients. Plus, they actually worked! So I started buying those instead. And I just don’t miss making my own deodorant. It’s kind of nice to save that time for, you know, other hippie pursuits :) I don’t make my own house cleaners either, much past vinegar mixed with water and an essential oil. But that could change. I feel it’s important not to overload myself. There is only so much time in the day and the goal is not to add more stress to our lives, right?
On the random occasions that I go out to eat at a restaurant, I don’t worry too much about what’s on the menu. If there is no gluten and dairy-free alternative or if I don’t feel like having a gluten and diary-free alternative, I order what I want. Keep in mind, I also don’t personally have any major allergies. For me, it’s ok to cheat sometimes, and I do. If at any time I feel like that’s not working for me and I’m going too off course with healthy eating, I address it. I just try to reevaluate as I go along and not drive myself crazy (which can sometimes happen with my Type A tendencies). Feeling bad and feeling guilty about what I haven’t achieved isn’t a great way to keep motivated.
The point being, if at any time it seems overwhelming to begin to change over to a healthier lifestyle because you feel it is an unreachable goal, know that everyone starts somewhere, and even the healthiest of people give themselves some cheat days.
Here’s to a (mostly) healthy lifestyle!