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New Year’s Resolutions for a Greener, Healthier YOU!

 With the new year, comes new self-promises we make to enhance our lives. Whether it be fitness goals, cutting a bad habit, or some other goal you have set for yourself, the new year brings on a new you! So why not make this new year’s resolution a green one? The most popular resolutions are undoubtebly health-related. 2014 can be the year of a healthier you and a healthier environment if you follow these simple tips:

 1)      Lose weight – Join a Gym/Exercise More

  • Like the rest of the world, you’ll finally be putting that gym membership to use again this year! Don’t have time for the gym? Consider walking or biking to work! You’ll be losing pounds while reducing the amount of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Keep in mind the green ways you can keep your workout sustainable like using reusable water bottles made of organic materials at the gym instead of plastic bottles. Or choosing workout clothing or yoga mats made from organic materials. And don’t forget to wash away the sweat with organic soaps and laundry detergents which are less harsh on your skin and clothing and can actually prolong the life of your clothes.

 2)      Lose Weight – Start a Diet/Eat Healthier

  • A healthy diet is the perfect way to kick-start a new year! You can start by eating locally-grown organic foods that are incredibly beneficial to both you and the environment! While local and organic foods are a great option, they can get pricey and are not the ONLY option for a healthier and sustainable diet. A good rule of thumb is to eat fresh! Loose, fresh fruits and veggies are far better for your body and the earth than pre-packaged ones. Avoid anything with a lot of chemicals or preservatives. Another rule of thumb, is to check the ingredients! If you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients, then it probably isn’t the best choice for your health.

 3)      Cut a Bad Habit/Quit Smoking

  • Cutting a bad habit like smoking is not an easy task! It takes a lot of self-discipline and endurance to succeed. Cut the habit by picking up a new hobby like gardening or cooking. By focusing your energy on a new hobby, you can distract your cravings and put your energy towards something positive. Gardening is an excellent way to keep your mind busy and give back to the environment. Avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides and opt for a natural compost that you can make from scraps in your own kitchen!

 4)      Manage Stress

  • There are so many ways for you to manage stress that are also great for the environment. Get out and go for a walk or plant a tree – exercise and natural sunlight give our bodies a substantial amount of Vitamin D that is beneficial to our overall health and can enhance our mood. On hot summer days, when UV rays are particularly strong, make sure to opt for a sunscreen that is free of petrochemical active ingredients and nanoparticles that are harmful to the environment. And always remember your sunglasses, hats and beach umbrellas during the summer months.

 5)      Save Money/Manage Debt

  • One of the easiest things you can do to save money is switch to a greener lifestyle. By switching to greener appliances in your home, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, on your utility bills! Eating healthier, exercising more, and quitting smoking can save you thousands on health insurance and future health bills. And little things can save money and waste like using reusable products such as water bottles, coffee mugs, and napkins to name a few.

 6)      Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Follow these simple tips for a greener year and a greener you! And keep reading our blog for more tips on how you can continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle throughout the year. Happy 2014! 

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