Family Health Tips

 

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Good health is so important. Keeping your family healthy shouldn’t be hard. Just small changes can make a big difference. We didn’t really try to be healthy until our second child was born and my parents moved in. With so many people in one home it was time to get healthier! We’ve noticed that we all have more energy, we’re getting sick less often, and we just feel better overall. These are just basic health tips, we’re always looking for more strategies for being healthy and I’ll be adding more health related posts soon!

Drink More Water

Stay hydrated! Staying hydrated is so important to your body. Water keeps your body functioning properly and aids in metabolism.

Cook From Scratch

The less processed your food is, the better! Less processed foods have more vitamins and less preservatives.

Exercise

Great to boost your metabolism and burn off that fat. Exercise in the sun and get a good dose of Vitamin D.

Fruits and Vegetables

Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables as much as you can into your meals and snacks. Full of vitamins and minerals to give you energy and boost your immune system.

More Fiber

Keeps your blood sugar regular, your family regular, and keeps you full longer. Need more energy? Add more fiber!

No High Fructose Corn Syrup

This stuff is so bad its banned in some countries. Start reading labels! High fructose corn syrup can be found in almost anything. We were so surprised at the amount of food and drinks this stuff was in when we started reading labels.

No Soda

Almost all soda has high fructose corn syrup. There are a lot of companies starting to make real sugar versions but its better to avoid soda altogether. All that sugar is bad for your health on many levels. Can’t cut that craving? There are soda flavors available that can be added to your water.

Eat Less Meat

We love meat, but eating less of it has made us have less stomach trouble and feel better. Love a good burger? Try meatless black bean or mushroom burgers.

Less Salt

Everything in moderation. Look for no salt and low sodium products. Add salt sparingly to your food. The best way to use less salt, add more spices!

More Spice

There are so many health benefits in different spices. Chili powder boosts your metabolism. Turmeric is an antiinflamatory. Garlic helps circulation. Most spices have multiple benefits. And the best part? They add so much flavor to your foods and drinks!

What is your best health tip or experience?

Easy Ways to Make A Happier Home

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Sometimes we all need some cheering up. Home should be a happy healthy place to escape from the negativity and stress of your family’s outside lives. There’s always room for more happiness in your life. Home is a good foundation to build security and comfort to your life and to your family.

Natural Light

Let in the light! Natural light is healthy and helps lift your mood. If you need privacy then let light come in the top half of your blinds, above eye level. Sheer curtains also work well to let in the light without sacrificing your privacy.

Sort Mail Immediately

Piles of mail create clutter and add up very quickly. As soon as you receive mail, immediately throw out the junk mail, sort/pay your bills, make/add to your grocery list so you can toss the flyer, cut your coupons, and erase the stress of forgetting to pay something or adding to clutter around the house.

Clean Your Windows

And then open them! Fresh air is a great way to freshen up your home and let out the stale air. We tend to open our windows more at night for better sleep.

Fill Your Home With Energizing Citrus Scents

Citrus scents can be achieved by boiling lemons and oranges. We then use the infused water to make cleaning products that also help give our home an invigorating feel. Essential oils are also great and easy to use.

Grow Something

Plants are great for filtering the air and providing your family with more oxygen. Snake plants are easy to grow in any room and green colors are calming.

Keep Work Areas Clear

Kitchen counters, desks, sinks, most surfaces that serve a purpose should be kept clear in order to serve their purpose. How can you be motivated to make a great meal in a cluttered kitchen? Clutter equals stress, clear it all away!

Bake

Bake bread, cakes, cookies. Baking is a great way to make everyone feel welcome in your home. We try to bake something once a week. Bake with your children and with your spouse to create memories. Memories transform a house into a home.

Play Music

There is almost always upbeat background music playing in our kitchen. We do a lot of singing and dancing in the kitchen. Its hard to be in a bad mood with happy music on!

Be Grateful

Remind yourself and your family to be grateful for your home and for everyone in it. Pictures of great times spent together are great to remind yourself of all your happy memories. Be thankful for what you have.

Add Your Personality

Your home is a reflection of yourself. Make sure it is full of reminders of people and things that make you happy. Don’t have a home to impress other people. Have a home that serves you and your family. Your opinions of your home are what matter most.