2017 is here! (It's been here for a few days, I know, but promptness has never been my strong suit.)
It's time for resolutions, new habits, brushing the dust off my sneakers, and cleaning out the house and fridge.
Sam and I have been thinking through our lives and really praying about how we can make some positive changes for our family and our home. We wanted to emphasize a healthy balance in all areas of our lives, not just physically. We want to model for Hudson that being healthy is so much more than being 'fit', whatever that might mean. We want our home to be a safe place for Hudson to crawl, walk, learn, grow, and eat. We want our spiritual conditions to be mature, growing, and ready for a little one to observe. We desire to be physically healthy, not for just a season, but for our lifetime. We want to have a healthy marriage that honors Christ and proclaims the Gospel through its' message.
I want to see change and often don't want to put in the time and energy to see it through to get results. I am a product of the immediate-satisfaction generation. I see these big changes and lifestyles I desire for our little family, but I know that we can't afford to simply trash everything overnight and start with brand new things or gadgets to help us. So, we are taking little steps. We evaluated different areas that we could start small, and work our way towards where we want to ultimately be. Here is a (hopefully) brief list of what we are doing to start:
1) Limited Cell Phone Time
When was the last time you checked Facebook? How long were you on there? Was someone in the room with you when you did? We found ourselves to be checking social media, playing games, and/or reading articles way too often on our phones, when we could have been spending time with each other. We would put Hudson own to sleep, and then BAM. Our minds turned off. I was too tired to engage in conversation. I wanted to relax, do nothing... so I would scroll. For way too long. Sam and I decided that for the month of January, at least, we would set our phones in another room starting at 5 p.m. This was our family time. Dinner is uninterrupted. Play time is not being captured through a lens. Conversation would be face-to-face and not through direct messages. We want to cherish our time as a family and protect the hours we have without wasting it on our phone. Sam and I have noticed this week we have talked for HOURS at night and feel like this is already positively impacting our marriage.
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2) Essential Oils
"Oh, great. Another oily lady post." I used to think that using essential oils were crazy. That it was made-up and a short-lived fad. That was, until Hudson had a sinus infection and could-not-breathe-at-night-for-weeks. (This momma was at her wits end.) We traveled to Georgia to visit family for Christmas when my sweet mother-in-law offered to share her oils for Hudson's breathing. We had tried everything else and I was desperate for relief for my baby. 15 minutes of diffusing later, my child was sound asleep and slept through the night. That night, I swore I would spend my life savings on oils if it would really help him. I read up on the benefits of using them and researched the pros and cons. (I never found any true cons...) I contacted a friend who sells Young Living essential oils and we have been using them this new year. They are, in a nutshell, wonderful. All three of us are sleeping better, my coughing and various illnesses are improving without cold/flu/stomach/cough/you-name-it medicine. I have gone from the biggest cynic to the biggest believer. Let's get coffee and talk about them because, HELLO, they are wonderful and I want you to love them as much as we do. Like I said before, we could not afford to spend a ton of money, and we didn't. They are affordable and are already saving me money I would have spent on medicine. Plus, they smell and taste better than cough syrup.
3) Reducing Chemicals
This one goes hand in hand with the oils. When I was pregnant, I began to really pay attention to what I was using to clean my house (whenever I had enough breath in my squished-up lungs to do so). I was extremely aware of the chemicals I was breathing in and began to ask Sam to clean with harsh chemicals so I wouldn't expose Hudson to them, even in the womb. Now that he is mobile, cleaning has taken on a whole new meaning. I felt like I couldn't spray my cleaners around him without worrying if he was breathing it in. I would close off rooms, wash my hands, and not let him touch anything after cleaning. My friend, Maggie, then invited me to a Norwex party. Here is yet another thing I was unsure about. I saw some videos on how they work, and we took a small step by ordering one item to start with. I love using the product so far because I can clean while Hudson crawls all around me and even grabs the cloth. It sets my mind at ease and though our house is not yet entirely chemical-free, we are closer. We have also ordered some Young Living cleaner to use to further eliminate chemicals and use ingredients that are safe for my little guy to breathe in.
4) Clean Eating
This is such a trendy word and I am not sure anyone truly knows what it entails. Here is what we've experienced. A few months ago, we decided to try the Paleo diet. To put it simply, you cut out grains, dairy, nuts, legumes, and sugar. It is high in protein, fruits, veggies, and better fats. When we did this, we felt SO GOOD. More energy, better sleep, less stomach issues, weight loss... just to name a few perks. We stopped doing Paleo and within a few days, I began to feel terrible. And I continued to feel sick for months. I did have one legitimate infection during that time, but the rest of my symptoms have continued long after the infection passed. So, we are going to eat clean. Eat more protein and less grains and dairy. This is a process and one that will take a while to get down, but I want to make it a lifestyle, not a quick fix diet that helps me shed some baby weight. I am easing back into that way of eating, and will likely keep eating healthy dairy in small amounts. I know this 'diet' isn't for everyone, but I have seen firsthand how much this helped me, inside and out.
So, there you have it. These are our small steps to being a healthier family and providing a healthier home for our son. These steps are not for everyone, I know. But we all need to start somewhere and make little changes to improve our overall health. I am dedicated to being healthier in whatever way I can be, because life is so much more than just me now.
What changes are you making for a healthier home?
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