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The pressure and stress increase and it becomes important to stop and take a relaxing break, take time for yourself and for the people we love, take care of our health and well-being, eat healthy, play sports, stay outdoors and enjoy nature.
In short, learning to live naturally and choosing a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle is what a green lifestyle is!
INTRODUCTION TO GREEN LIFESTYLE
A green lifestyle is a way of life in a natural way, respecting the environment and protecting human health from the risks of pollution.
Everyone knows that the abuse of natural resources and fossil fuels has led to disastrous consequences for the planet and for all the species that inhabit it. Being green is no longer, simplistically, an alternative but “necessary” lifestyle to safeguard nature and future generations from the risk of not being able to satisfy their basic needs.
Each of us can do our part to live better and more in harmony with everything around us. It takes very little to learn to be more aware and to live green immediately!
GREEN LIFESTYLE: FIND OUT HOW TO LIVE NATURALLY
Adopting a natural lifestyle means getting in touch with nature, from body care to physical activity, from the food we eat to the places where we live.
Body care is not only an aesthetic requirement but represents our search for psychophysical well-being. Knowing that you can take care of yourself respecting the environment is an added value because it expresses respect for yourself and for nature.
Today we hear more and more often about natural beauty and natural beauty products that do not contain substances dangerous for human health and polluting the environment.
Natural cosmetics include both natural cosmetics and eco-bio cosmetics: both are formulated with ingredients of vegetable origin but the processing method is different. Ecological and organic cosmetics contain plant extracts from organic and non-polluting products and are obtained from renewable sources. Even the packaging of these products is environmentally friendly and is made of recycled and biodegradable materials.
Often these are companies that favor ethical supply chains, promote social development and job inclusion projects. They are cruelty-free and sell at fair prices.
Natural beauty treatments are a positive thought for themselves and for the environment. They employ active ingredients that are non-aggressive or harmful to human health and the environment.
On the market, there are many lines of natural cosmetics: it is always advisable to carefully read the information on the products. If you want a truly green cosmetic, always check that it is a dermo-compatible, bio-compatible, and eco-compatible: the ingredients of vegetable origin must be certified by organic agriculture and must not contain polluting substances for our planet.
Exercises to do at home: color your physical activity green
A green lifestyle is not simply an alternative lifestyle. It is, first of all, an awareness: the planet we live in is at risk of disappearing due to the irresponsible use of its resources. Each of us has the task of doing something that allows the generations to come to live in a better world where primary needs are guaranteed and where respect for nature becomes an integral part of our habits. Green living is synonymous with healthy and well-being respect to nature!
Among the good green habits is certainly keeping fit with physical activity. It is a habit that we often cannot reconcile with work and family, because we don’t have enough time to go to the gym. Home fitness is the ideal solution for those who are unable to attend gyms or other sports facilities due to binding schedules and family and professional commitments but do not want to give up the benefits of sport.
Even when we do exercises at home we can be green and respect the environment, for example by paying attention to the clothing we choose. The clothing industry is one of the main causes of pollution due to the very high emission of CO2 and the waste of precious resources such as water. Even for sports, there is a green alternative!
We can finally choose garments suitable for physical exercise that are made of natural materials that have less impact on nature because they are obtained from organic crops that respect environmental compatibility standards. Organic cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, silk, merino wool, recycled polyester are ideal fabrics for sport: they are practical, light, breathable, and are friends of the environment and human health.
So, very few precautions are enough to start doing gymnastics at home without sacrificing environmental sustainability. On the internet, you will easily find daily exercise routines to work all the muscles and tone your legs and buttocks and after just a few weeks, you will begin to see the first results! If there is little time available, there is a training program called 7 minutes and it is the most popular fitness program at the moment. 7 minutes of training with simple exercises to do every day which, combined with a healthy diet, allows you to keep fit without major complications.
But if you want to live a 100% green experience, in total symbiosis with nature, what we recommend you to do is go out in the open air and train in a park or on the beach.
The benefits of outdoor physical activity are many: contact with nature, in fact, strengthens the muscles and the immune system, above all, reduces the stress of busy life, improves mood and vitality.
Even with outdoor training, we can make the difference and choose green solutions instead of traditional products: eco-friendly clothing and sneakers and water in ecological bottles that have a longer life cycle than disposable plastic ones.
Organic food: respect the environment and your body
Natural living means living respecting oneself and nature; a natural lifestyle cannot be separated from healthy eating. And when we talk about healthy eating we talk about organic. Consumption of organic food is growing in large numbers but do we really know what it is?
A recent food safety study reveals that only a low percentage of consumers are really well informed about what organic products are. We are victims of a lot of confusing information and we often end up buying products passed off as organic but which have nothing organic.
Let’s try to make some clarity.
Organic is an agricultural production method that respects the environmental balance and excludes the use of fertilizers, pesticides, synthetic medicines, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It is governed by a regulation that lays down specific rules which farmers and ranchers must follow in order to market their products as organic.
Only under these conditions can the marketed product bear the wording “Organic Farming – EEC Control Regime” on the label. Organic farming, therefore, is a production method that guarantees not only environmental protection but also food safety.
To always be sure to buy organic food, always remember to check that the correct wording “EEC Control Regime” and the date of collection, production or slaughter are shown on the label; Finally, remember that organic products are never marketed in plastic or other synthetic material containers.
On the shelves, we find more and more organic foods: not only fruit, vegetables, and greens but also meat, fish, dairy products, pasta, rice, coffee, tea, sweets, eggs, wine, and other drinks. They often cost more than traditional products but have all the advantages of having a more natural and fresh taste. They are safer because they do not contain chemicals. Moreover, they are produced avoiding unnecessary waste of raw materials, respecting biodiversity, and reducing the environmental impact.
Eating organic is good for health because it is rich in active ingredients that strengthen the immune system, prevents inflammatory states, regenerates organs and tissues, and has an important anti-aging effect.
Think of quick recipes that are also green
Even eating can become a green gesture: in fact, small and simple precautions are enough to follow a healthy and low environmental impact diet, without having to spend hours and hours in the kitchen, engaging in long and complicated recipes. There are many quick and easy recipes that can be prepared in a few minutes, and that protect the environment.
Being able to eat healthy and green means doing good for our health and for the planet. It also means saving time and money.
Let’s see how:
- Buy local products
Privileging the short-chain allows you to buy directly from the manufacturer, reducing the environmental impact of transporting products and saving on the purchase price.
- Prefer seasonal products
Respecting the seasonality allows to avoid the travel of products that arrive from other countries and that causes pollution with CO2 emissions and increases the sale price.
- Reduce meat consumption
Intensive animal breeding produces 15% of the total greenhouse gas emissions and requires the consumption of water resources which is already becoming difficult to sustain.
- Increase the consumption of vegetable proteins
Legumes and derivative products are an excellent alternative to proteins of animal origin and combined with vegetables and fruit that allow you to take all the nutrients to live healthy and strong.
- Give preference to organic products
Organic foods do not contain chemicals that are toxic to our bodies and contaminate the environment.
- Reduce food waste
We buy much more food than we consume and exploiting nature to produce food that then ends up in the garbage is enormous damage to the environment.
- Purchase bulk or draft products
The bulk allows you to buy only what we need and solves the problem of disposing of the packs and packaging that make up 40% of the waste we produce on average in a year.
- Plan meals
Organizing weekly meals is a great way to avoid leftovers and food waste. Decide what to eat, buy only what you need, cook, and put everything in containers. Keep the meals you eat in the following days in the fridge and freeze the rest. You will have everything ready and you will not have to rush to the supermarket at the last minute to buy something to cook, maybe ready-made dishes that have a very high environmental impact due to the amount of energy required by their production and conservation.
- Drink tap water
Bottled water is unsustainable from an environmental point of view, just think of the pollution of our seas caused by plastic. Tap water can be consumed in complete safety because it is subjected to stricter controls than bottled water. Not only that, bottled water, if not treated correctly, for example by avoiding exposure to sunlight or heat sources, can release harmful, even toxic, substances for the body.
As we have seen, these are changes in our habits that do not require an exceptional commitment. But if we do it in many, all together, we will be able to cure the planet and improve the quality of our life.
Eliminate stress with natural remedies
Living in a natural way also means learning to take care of your body by exploiting the properties and benefits of nature. There are, in fact, natural remedies for every type of ailment or malaise that allow us to remedy common problems without resorting to the use of drugs and medicines.
Natural cures are remedies that exploit the properties of medicinal herbs and plants, have no side effects, and can restore the right balance within our body.
Taking natural care means adopting healthy habits that will help us fight the stress, tensions, and malaise of the hectic life we lead.
Plants can be used to prepare herbal teas, decoctions, and infusions that are pleasant to drink and beneficial for the body and mind. There are various types on the market but they can also be prepared at home: just buy the right herbs or spices for our needs.
Passionflower, verbena, lemon balm, and lavender are excellent for relaxing; birch, horsetail, and bermuda grass are perfect for fighting water retention; dandelion and fennel have excellent detoxifying properties; Valerian, linden, and hawthorn work well against insomnia.
Experience nature with outdoor activities
The world we live in is an increasingly urban and digital world and the days are so busy that we can hardly carve out moments to spend outdoors. We have seen how nature can bring great benefit to the quality of our life and how getting back in touch with it can be a source of well – being for the body and mind.
If it is true for adults, let’s imagine what it means and how precious it is for a child to have the opportunity to grow in nature, to run freely in a meadow, to play outdoors, to go for a walk in the wood and to experiment, touch and know.
It is important, from childhood, to teach children to play in nature because it is an inexhaustible source of fun, learning, and freedom. In recent years, there has also been a talk of real educational models based on direct contact with nature. Outdoor schools and kindergartens have been established where children learn to have a respectful relationship with the environment. It is more peaceful and sustainable.
Ecopedagogy, as it is defined, could be the concrete answer to the modern environmental crisis because it will allow children to immediately connect with the environment around them and feel part of it. Environmental sustainability, the harmony between man and nature, will not be a lesson to be learned in school books but an experience to be lived every day.