Friday, January 6, 2012

Healthy lifestyle changes are frugal and green



After our New Years re-review of the movie "Supersize Me," my hubby and I have decided to make a few new small changes. The benefits of changing to a more active organic lifestyle is that it is innately frugal and green in nature. Eating more organic, less processed food is naturally going to reduce the amount of packaging. While walking more...uses less gas.

Wearing a Pedometer

In the movie "Supersize Me," they use a pedometer to calculate the number of steps Morgan takes everyday. Experts estimate that the average office worker walks less than 2000 steps a day; it is recommended that we walk around 10,000 steps a day (approximately 5 miles). Wow!

You don't have to buy a pedometer to calculate your steps. I downloaded a great step counter widget for my android (the downside is you have to wear your phone around). It was free! I found mine at United Cheddar. Choose the widget rather than the app, it is more accurate. The widget not only tells you your steps it gives you a kilometer count as well as a count of the number of calories you have burned. I love it.

The Great American Detox Diet

The other great change inspired by the movie is the diet Morgan's then girlfriend (now wife) offered at the end. Alexandra, a vegan chef developed an 8 week detox diet for Morgan to help reverse the evil effects of McDonald's food on his liver. We are not planning on going all vegan for 8 weeks but we are planning on drastically reducing our meat, refined sugar and processed food intake. While we normally cook very healthy and eat at home, for at least the next eight weeks we plan on eating more vegetarian meals than meals with meat and when I say this I mean dinner. As a rule we usually only eat meat once or twice a day substituting with high protein legumes, but for a few weeks we are going to meet the challenge and do so much more often. Again, what is good for your body is also good for the environment.

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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