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Heading into December Cleaner, Leaner, and Greener

May 10, 2023

December is the final stretch before heading into the new year. And while this year has been one of the most confusing, stressful, and turbulent years of any of our lives, it’s always important to try to end each year on a high note. And although many people tend to use January 1 as a start date for a plethora of resolutions, new lifestyle choices, or goals, it’s wise to give yourself that time to transition before the new year truly starts.

This is that time.

The expression “new year new me” is great and it doesn’t mean wait to start working on yourself the first day of 2021. You can start your lifestyle makeover now and enjoy the fruits of your labor heading into the new year clean, lean and green.

What does all of this mean?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle comes in many forms. From cleaning and clearing your spaces and your indoor environment, to exercising daily, and of course- eating well. All of these things take time, practice, and patience- which can be difficult for many of us. But as this year has shown, it’s all about endurance. Here are some of our healthy lifestyle tips to get you started on the new you.

Cleaning and Clearing

Tackling our indoor environments is not only a cathartic release but it also really helps to clear our mind and detach from all the clutter (both metaphorically and physically).

Our advice? Start with your closets and the smaller spaces before working up to the bigger rooms and shared spaces. The whole “skeleton in the closet” expression certainly rings true here. We often hold onto a mountain of things or stash unwanted items away to “deal” with later. But after years of not dealing with it later all of these material possessions and memories weigh us down instead of lift us up. This is why it’s so important to go through all of our belongings a couple of times per year and weed out what we need and what we no longer need. You’d be surprised how much just doing this can you change your entire mood and mental state. Plus it’s never a bad idea to start the new year off with less.

Lean Into It

The next step to achieving a balanced lifestyle? Physical well-being. This one goes particularly overlooked for any of us who live busy lives and who experience demanding work schedules. Sadly, our physical well-being tends to be a non-priority which ends up costing us more in the long run!

In order to start this new year feeling the best that you possibly can, think about a new exercise routine or a fun physical hobby that you can really sink into that promotes not only physical well-being but also mental clarity and focus. Without getting the physical nourishment that we need each day we can’t be asked to operate at full-functioning capacity. Think about starting a biking, jogging, or walking group with some friends. After all, you’re certainly not alone In your need to exercise!

The Green Machine

The third pillar in which we can make significant changes in the coming weeks is through a health-centered diet. And while a healthy diet can certainly have varying definitions per individual, the common understanding is that an educated transition to a plant-based or vegan diet is the best option. Vegetables, fruits, starches, as well as nuts provide us with a wonderful balance of nutrition, protein, natural sugars, and fiber. When we cut back on saturated fats, sugar, and oil, our bodies and minds thank us by functioning at a high-level, holy benefitting from our lifestyle change. But we also sympathize with the challenges faced when transitioning to a vegan or a plant-based diet. Not to worry!

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