Healthy Habit Challenge, January 2010

A fresh start is always so motivating. That must be why so many people make New Years Resolutions. One of my resolutions is to make healthy living a habit, one step at a time. Join me as I post Healthy Habit Challenges each month this year in the following categories: Household Chemical Avoidance, Diet, Body Care, and Environment.

Included in italics are ways to take it to the next level, if you’ve already made a clean green start.

Healthy Habit Challenge, January 2010

  • Household Chemical Avoidance: Switch out a bathroom cleanser for a non-toxic alternative. Read my post Bathroom Product Change-Out.
    Next level: update your whole bathroom cleaning regime. Read my post How to get a Really Clean Bathroom and my series on Washing the Bathroom.
  • Diet: Get off to a good start each morning by making breakfast nutritionally sound. Read my post Breakfast: Off to a Great Start.
    Next level: focus on the quality of the foods you buy and prepare. Is your oatmeal organic,  your eggs free range (organic if available), your protein powder low temp whey or hemp, your bread sprouted, your honey raw? Do you soak your oatmeal, can you make your own kefir from raw milk, do you put butter on your oat meal?
  • Body Care: Choose hand and body lotion wisely. Read my post Body Lotion: Quench without Consequenses.
    Next level: go through your entire lotion cabinet and pull the ones with risky ingredients. Include all sunscreens and face lotions in your detective work. (Face skin care will be discussed in a future article.)
  • Environment: Improve your personal environment by letting some fresh air into your home. Read my post Indoor Air Quality: Home Smog.
    Next level: in addition to the open-window habit, tackle the other suggestions in the article: clean up your chemicals, install a CO2 detector, clean up problematic mold spots, leave your shoes at the door and wet-mop the floors weekly, and grow house plants.

What I’m Working on Consistency In:

  • presoaking, and putting butter on, my children’s oatmeal, and having sausage for them
  • making my own kefir from raw milk (only pasteurized milk kefir is commercially available . . . this is what we’ve been using until now. Great start, but I know I can do better.)
  • opening all three bedroom windows briefly each morning
  • adding some live plants to my home (I gave up 7 years ago after killing two for lack of sun . . . now I’m ready to attempt it again, and this time I’m armed with a kitchen windowsill. To all my local friends: does anyone have a prolific indoor plant they are wanting to divide and give to me?) 🙂

0 thoughts on “Healthy Habit Challenge, January 2010

  1. I found your website through your mom’s post on a local homeschool group.

    With the kefir, have you tried juice kefir? You can take some of your milk kefir and add it to apple juice, keep at room temperature for about 24 hours, test for “doneness” and then refrigerate and enjoy. It may take a couple times to get it to the right flavor. Once you use this kefir for juice, you can’t go back to using it for milk, so keep it separate. My family LOVES it – tastes just like sparkling Martinelli’s.

    Thanks for all this wonderful info! I’ll be bookmarking your site.

    1. Renee, I’m so glad you found my site! In regards to kefir, I have made coconut kefir, from young green coconuts. The juice from the young coconuts is watery and nearly clear, and becomes cloudy and effervescent when cultured with kefir grains. You can get excellent instructions for the method on bodyecology.com.
      I made the coconut kefir when I was working on some health issues for my then 5 year old daughter. I wanted a good way to have probiotics in her diet without dairy. She is back on dairy now and doing well. I highly recommend the above site to parents of children with allergies, autism, epilepsy, and other environmental or nervous system illness.
      Even when I was making the coconut kefir I did not add it into smoothies. It is kefir since it has the same culture, but it isn’t as thick as milk kefir, so I think a cup of it would ruin a smoothie. I suppose you could try like 1/4 cup just for the excellent probiotics in it, and then you’d need to increase the amount of fruit to give the smoothie bulk.
      I just saw young green coconuts at Winco near the mushrooms; this is the most economical way to get them that I know of.
      I have not tried other kinds of juice kefir, although I’ve read about “flavored water kefir” as an alternative to sugared drinks. Your apple juice suggestion sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!
      ~BD

  2. I am excited about your blog! I learned of it from your mom, whom I greatly admire! 🙂

    I am working on a post for my blog about healthy habits I want to implement this year, so this post was perfect!

    I received Nourishing Traditions for Christmas and I’m trying to learn more about a truly healthy diet. This is new to me, and I look forward to learning a lot on your blog!

    I already know you are a great writer, and I look forward to reading everything you write.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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