5 EASY SWAPS FOR A HEALTHIER WAY OF LIFE

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We all try to achieve a certain level of health and to help with that there are simple changes we can make. A healthier way of life shouldn’t be a burden or dreadful. Their are some easy things we can do throughout our day that will take our healthy living to the next level. Let’s dive to find easy swap-outs for a healthier, safer lifestyle.

FOOD…ALL THE GLORIOUS FOOD

Dieting can be tricky, especially if you’re a foodie. While some people are exceptionally great at following a strict diet regimen, others fall on the yo-yo diet. Whether you fall on either side of this spectrum or are somewhere in the middle, there are plenty of healthy food recipes and alternatives that are nourishing and won’t sacrifice your taste buds!

BREAD 🍞

Delicious…right out of the oven with a big slab of butter…oh my. Is there anybody in the world who doesn’t love themselves some delicious bread? When wanting to make a switch to a healthy lifestyle, this is normally one of the first things to go. But if you’re a huge fan of sandwiches or daily morning toast, by no means do you have to sacrifice your love for bread. Instead of eating white or even wheat bread, opt for sourdough, ezekiel, rye or even cauliflower bread.

ALCOHOL🥂

Sometimes after a long day of work, all you want to do is come home and enjoy a nice cocktail. But if you’re trying to stay on the healthier side, it’s helpful to limit your intake of salt, and sugar, especially the sugars found in fruit juices that are often included in cocktails. While certain wines and light beers are perfectly fine to drink, if you’re a fan of the classic gin and tonic, switch the tonic for soda water instead as tonic is full of as many calories and sugars as classic soda is! No matter what your preference is, there are all kinds of healthier alcoholic drinks available.

HEALTHIER PASTA🍝

Pasta is no-doubt one of the best food creations out there. But with all the carbs that are in traditional pasta, investing in healthier versions is the way to go. Vegetable based pastas have become highly popular in recent years. From chickpeas to edamame and zucchini, the kind of vegetable-based pastas are extensive. You can either find these options in the pasta section of the grocery store next to all the other traditional options or you can make the noodles yourself. The next time you have a zucchini stored in the fridge, use your veggetti or cut the zucchini into thin noodles. Top off your vegetable pasta with delicious sauce and parmesan and it will taste just as delicious as traditional pasta!

HEALTHIER BEAUTY PRODUCTS💄

There are endless options of makeup and personal care products available at our disposal. So it comes as no surprise that some options aren’t as safe as others. Potentially harmful chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, and triclosan are often included in widely available products. No one should have to worry about what they’re applying to their bodies on a daily basis, so applying safe personal care products is the way to go.

The most assuring way to be safe is by going the natural route. There are countless natural makeup brands that use absolutely no toxins or irritants in their products. The same goes for hair color. Hair color companies often use sulfates and parabens in their products. So it is important to find hair color with natural-based ingredients like this. When looking for natural personal care products, look towards companies that are vegan and even possibly PETA certified. This will be the easiest telling sign that any product from those kinds of companies is fully safe to apply.

SUNSCREEN🌞

The need to protect our skin on a regular basis is vital. Even though sunscreen should be leaving us feeling safe, chemicals included in sunscreen do exactly the opposite. Oxybenzone can be found in a majority of available sunscreens. This chemical is included in sunscreen as a way to absorb sunlight. Unfortunately, studies have shown the possible negative side-effects of using products with this chemical in it has been shown to have detrimental effects on the environment, specifically our coral reefs. In order for you to have the safest sunscreen protection, apply eco-friendly sunscreen the next time you go for a hike or a swim. With absolutely no oxybenzone included in eco-friendly sunscreen, applying environmentally safe sunscreen will leave you feeling as healthy and as protected as possible.

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