Clean living…What’s that? It’s a term that’s been tossed around more times than we care to count. The term encompasses a wide range of possibilities. It can refer to diet, cosmetics and personal care products, even the type of media we consume. So does that mean we should grow our own food, while getting rid of our TVs and cellphones. Absolutely NOT! We should, however, be mindful of what we are consuming and ingesting on a regular basis.

If the idea of ‘clean living’ seems daunting, take it one step at a time. Instead of buying the pre-packaged, frozen “diet” meals, consider meal prepping one or two days each week. Replace one soda with a glass of water. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no “clean living” race.

Here are some easy ways to be on your way to cleaner lifestyle:

  • Drink More Water: Don’t decide you’ll drink a gallon of water when you don’t usually drink any. Instead, replace one of your drinks with a glass of water. Once you’ve gotten into the habit, replace another drink. This way, before you know it, you’ll be hydrating regularly.
  • Cook at Home: Decide you’ll cook one meal at home. Pick the dish you usually order when you go out to eat. Most recipes make more than one serving. So you’ll have left overs for lunch (or dinner) the next day.
  • Eat More Vegetables: A sneaky way to have your vegetables is to make a smoothie. Combined with yogurt and fruits, you won’t even noticed you’re eating your veggies.
  • Detoxify Your Skincare: Replace one product you use on a regular for a more natural option.
  • Move a Bit: Commit to getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. This can be a walk, run, or a class you’ve been itching to try.

It can be easy to get caught up on all the different ingredients and foods to avoid. But it doesn’t have to be. Pick one change to make. Stick to it. Then move on to the next. Don’t focus on the big picture, or the neighbor who makes her own bread from scratch. Just work on the habit you’ve decided to change.

What are you focusing on this week?