Interrupting my series on healthy eating and weight loss with is a guest post. I’ll continue the discussion of stress, cortisol, and weight next week. Thanks for your patience.
plantsIn a busy world of hustle and bustle, it’s hard to remember the importance of taking time out of your day to relax, renew and refresh both your body and your spirit. We’re so addicted to technology and racing around with busyness that we rarely stop to remember the importance of who we are, where we are and how we feel.

These are all aspects of living a more natural and healthy lifestyle, but the change can be difficult to make. While your best option to live more naturally would of course be to shut off all personal technological devices for an extended period of time, the reality of that is that it’s really nearly impossible to do. So if you want to live more naturally and more in tune with yourself and with the earth that you are on, here are 6 simple tips to get you started without having to make any changes that are too major.

Buy Organic

Organic food is the most natural food you can purchase; organic meats are raised cage-free and organic produce is preservative-free. This means that the meat you are buying was raised in a natural environment that’s closer to their actual natural habitat, versus the meat that is raised cooped up in cages and fed artificial diets. It also usually means that the animals were slaughtered in a humane way.

When buying organic produce, you can be sure that you are buying fresh, natural products that were never sprayed with any insecticides or pesticides that could be harmful to your body, and much organic produce is even packed in all-natural packaging. You may pay a slightly higher price for organic food in comparison to the regular food on the shelves of your grocery store, but you’ll be getting a healthier, fresher and more natural product that is worth the couple of extra bucks.

Eat In-Season

To take the buying organic step just another step further, eating in-season foods will increase their freshness and health benefits. In-season food is usually harvested on the farm and sent directly to the grocery store or farmer’s market, which means you’re buying the freshest and healthiest option.

Foods that are out of season are often highly processed and contain large quantities of artificial preservatives and sometimes even growth hormones, since they are grown “unnaturally.” So try to avoid the strawberries and corn on the cob that are on the shelves in the winter, as they were both likely grown in unnatural environments using chemicals and artificial preservatives to get them on the shelves while they are out of season.

Cut Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

Here’s an easy change to make – cut sugar out of your diet, and don’t substitute it with artificial sweeteners. The simple act of cutting out sugar can help you live a much healthier life overall, and will likely cause a good drop in weight. But many dieters who choose to eliminate sugar will often replace it with artificial sweeteners, which, of course, is a big no-no if you’re trying to go au naturale.

Artificial sweeteners are called artificial for a reason – they don’t contain anything of any benefit to your body. In fact, they contain tons of chemicals and artificial ingredients that are actually bad for you, including aspartame, which is a known cancer-causing agent. The sooner you can cut them out all together, the better off you will be and the more natural lifestyle you will already begin to live!

Get Rid of Chemical Cleaners

The products that you use to clean your house are usually loaded with harmful chemicals that we don’t even think twice about. But did you ever wonder why you’re supposed to hide household cleaners from pets or small children that may be able to reach them? Did you ever stop to think about the fact that if they’re harmful to a pet or child, they’re likely harmful to you, too?

Most cleaners contain tons of artificial cleaning chemicals that, when exposed to large doses, can be very harmful to our bodies. Instead of buying the cleaners at the store, replace them with homemade concoctions from natural ingredients that will do the trick when it comes to cleaning your house.

Opt for Natural Remedies

When you get sick, your first instinct is to probably take some cough medicine or some Tylenol. Next time you are sick, think twice about your choice in remedies, because many of over-the-counter products contain tons of artificial ingredients that are actually terrible for you.

Give natural remedies a try, like using herbal teas and aromatherapy, to cure your next illness. There are even some spices that you can cook with that will help relieve the symptoms of your cold. Getting over your illness naturally will not only help relieve your symptoms, but it will also help boost your immune system to fight the illness better the next time it comes around in your body.

Get Outside More!

Obviously, if you’re trying to live a more natural lifestyle, the best way to do so is to spend more time in your natural surroundings! Get outside and give your body the fresh air that it so craves. Take walks on lunch breaks, go on hikes on the weekends and just spend some more time getting familiar with the wonderful earth that you live on.

Emily Carmichael is a freelance writer who is always adding natural supplements to her diet so that she can live a more natural lifestyle overall. She recently bought bioidentical hormones to supplement her healthy eating choices, and she’s already feeling positive results!