Going green these days has almost become a cliché. But it is a trend worth paying attention to since it moves us toward helping our planet, and ourselves, get healthy again. Just like the planet, our bodies require some help to be its healthiest. Going green takes adjustment so why not get the whole family involved? Going green together will create ways to bond and gives each member extra support in their efforts.
One way the whole family can practice greener methods while also vastly improving health, is committing to using alternative transportation when possible. If you live close enough, have the kids ride their bikes or walk to school. Accompany them if your schedule allows and you’ll get some exercise and family bonding time in before you’ve fully digested your breakfast. On weekends, you can promote activities that don’t require driving anywhere. Ride bikes to a local movie theater, walk to a nearby park for a picnic or take the bus to a museum together.
If you have the capacity and time, start a family garden in your yard. Not only will you be producing healthier, cleaner produce for the family to eat, the whole family will learn valuable lessons aside from gardening. You’ll get to spend time together maintaining the garden. To make your garden as healthy as possible, start with composting your leftover, appropriate food material. You’ll cut down on your trash by as much as 30% and could help save water and save money on watering bills if you use your composted soil in your garden. It maintains moisture better and infuses all its vitamins and minerals directly into what you’re growing. You’ll be amazed at the differences you notice when eating foods rich in nutrients. The planet can never have enough gardens and humans can never have enough vegetables.
If you don’t have the room or time to have a vegetable garden, consider adding some house plants for the family to take care of. It’s been proven that taking time out of the week to focus on plants improves mental health. House plants purify the air and create more oxygen so even the air you breathe will be healthier with some house plants around.
Or simply start planning weekly meals using only organic and naturally-produced local food. Your health and the planet’s health will both benefit if you eat locally and organically. Make it a game with your family to see who can create the best meals with what’s available in your area and season.
If your family is healthier than ever using these and other tips, you may find that other needs in your life won’t seem as important. You may realize you’re paying ridiculous insurance rates to protect a wholly healthy family. You can probably think of a thousand different ways you could spend a portion of the money currently devoted to insurance rates. You can always look into new insurance options. With all the information available online, you can get quotes, find information and see insurance rates. You’ll even find that you get a temporary health insurance quote if year-round insurance isn’t affordable.
Keeping your family healthy is a top priority so why not get the whole family involved? Once everyone sees the difference in their own bodies, you could start making your house more eco-friendly together. Make a pact to reduce water, electric, and trash waste. You’ll feel better all around and so will the planet.