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How To Start Living A Natural Lifestyle: 9 Easy Changes To Make

Updated: May 8

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How To Live A Natural Healthy Lifestyle

Living a natural lifestyle means many different things, depending on who you ask.

But at the core, those looking to start living a natural lifestyle want to create a better environment for their body, mind, and space.

And often not just for them personally, but for the world around them as well. Love it!

Does the whole "natural living" thing seem overwhelming to you?

You're not alone and no one can blame you— because it totally is overwhelming. Brands and people are constantly talking about how to do it and why it's important.

And I support that! But if you're new around here, my goal is to turn healthy living into simple, balanced, and affordable actions.

And natural living can definitely play a part in this.

So in this post, I'm going to share a few easy ways to start living a natural lifestyle that are actually attainable for the everyday person. They helped me and I hope they help you too!

What Is Living A Natural Life?

Living naturally can take many different forms, but there are definitely some general guidelines.

Here are some of the most important things that define natural living:

  • Choosing products with whole, non-synthetic ingredients (avoiding toxins)

  • Being mindful of the environment and waste production

  • Connecting with nature

  • Prioritizing sustainability

  • Appreciating and striving for simplicity

  • Being mindful of routines and habits

My favorite part about natural living is that it can kind of be what you make of it. Some of that list might make you scream "yaaass!" and some of it you might disagree with.

And there may be some things you consider to be living a natural lifestyle that you don't see on this list at all. (If so, comment below and let us hear them!)

For me personally, learning how to live naturally is

about feeling better physically, being mindful of the world around me, and finding calm and peace in life.

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You can be committed to living more naturally without removing every single gram of processed sugar from your life.

Take it slow, learn how to form healthy habits that matter, and treat natural living as a journey, not a destination. Developing habits for longer-term natural living means taking things slow and enjoying the journey.

The Benefits of Living a Natural Lifestyle

If you want to know how to live a natural healthy lifestyle, start by finding your own reasons for choosing to live more naturally.

It's your life and your journey!

Although everyone considers living life more naturally for their own reasons, here are some of the big benefits that you should know about:

  • Safer Products- If the food and products you use and consume contain chemicals, synthetic materials, or other harmful ingredients, they could be harmful to your health. Using more natural products can help protect you and make you feel better.

  • Helps the Environment- Many actions of natural living decrease waste and pollution and contribute to a higher appreciation of the place we call home.

  • Peace and Mental Wellness- It might not be a cure-all, but learning to spend time with nature, use fewer electronics, eat wholesome nutrition, and other features of natural living can help you relax and process life easier.

Life is pretty...for lack of a better word... manufactured.

What I mean is that there's a lot less natural stuff going on, simply because that's the way we get stuff done.

You don't walk to the neighbor's house to tell them your news, you send a text message.

You don't work outside all day or even do your research in books. It's on screens.

And how often do you pick food from the garden in your backyard instead of eating something processed from a box?

I'm never going to de a doomsayer and scream about how bad that is for us. But it's still important to consider it as a part of life and find ways to balance it out.

So without further ado, here are a few simple ways to start living a more natural lifestyle that are actually attainable for the everyday person.

9 Simple (And Attainable) Ways to Start Living a More Natural Lifestyle

Living life more naturally doesn't have to be complicated. I want my natural lifestyle to be:

  • sustainable

  • manageable

  • something that I truly enjoy

So here are some simple, affordable ways to implement natural ideas into your every day that have worked for me or people that I know.

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1) Eat More Whole Foods

Processed foods contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients that help preserve food for longer and make them taste better.

But whole foods can taste great too!

And I promise it doesn't have to take a lot of time in the kitchen. Buy fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables as often as you can and eat them to

  • feel more energized

  • get stronger

  • prevent breakouts

  • generally, be your best self

You can use superfood powders and vitamins to supplement your diet and fill in gaps that you might not get consistently otherwise. But you can't rely on them to replace your intake of whole foods!

Keep it simple, plan healthy meals ahead so you know which produce items to pick up at the grocery store. Or, use the bulk meal planning method and save fresh ingredients in the freezer for use when needed.

And hey, take it slow if you need to. It takes time to build habits for longer-term natural living. If you eat out 4 times a week, make it a goal to eat out only 2-3x a week and cook a simple recipe at home instead.

2) Upcycle, Recycle, & Minimize Garbage

While recycling is undoubtedly a great thing, upcycling and minimizing the waste we create in the first place is actually way more sustainable and productive.

Recycling takes a lot of energy, still produces some pollution, and outputs lesser quality products. Plus, despite misconceptions, even recycled products eventually end up in the landfill, even if it took them longer to get there.