6 Eco Friendly Ways to Feel Younger

6 Eco Friendly Ways to Feel Younger

Since turning to a more eco-friendly way of life, I have found myself with more energy and a way of looking forward to each day. I am feeling younger, fitter, healthier and even wiser. The following 6 ways are the things that have made the most difference in my life.

Eat a Plant Based Diet

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Eat organic vegetables

I have stopped eating beef and pork. As I started paying more attention to how certain foods make me feel, these turned out to be in the group that just don’t make me feel good. As I am trying to live in a more eco friendly way, I realize that the production of meat simply uses too much of the earth’s resources. I eat much more fruits, veggies, legumes and nuts. I still eat seafood and chicken, but not on a daily basis.

One of the foods that I love here in Ecuador is chochos. Chochos are made from the seeds of the Lupine flower. Lupines grow wild in Canada, but I don’t think anyone eats the seeds, maybe it’s a different variety. Chochos are available in baggies at the local market for 50 cents, and they come with a topping of veggies, some tomato sauce and a big squeeze of lemon. They are delicious, a perfect light lunch.

Eat Local

Eating locally grown has become much easier for me here in Ecuador. Most of the food is grown within an average of 50 miles. In Canada, it was more like an average of 2000 miles.  Ecuador also grows crops all year round, there is no long winter season. We also get fruit and veggies in season mostly ripened on the vine/tree.

It could be that eating locally and eating food that has been ripened in the field is undervalued. Some of the studies I have read recently suggest that much of the fruits and veggies that we eat in the West loses a significant amount of its nutritional value due to the time between harvesting it and eating it (often up to 2 weeks). Certainly I have noted an increase in the flavor of the vine-ripened food that I eat regularly in Ecuador. Tomatoes, bananas and mangoes taste amazing.

Get Enough Sleep

Now that I am running my own business, I have more flexibility with my work hours. If I start an hour later because I slept poorly and need an extra hour of sleep, I can do that. Its always been difficult for me to get enough sleep, I sleep poorly in general, anxious by nature and had an office job that didn’t allow for sleeping in.

Another thing that has helped with my sleeping situation is that I am living a car-free life, so I end up walking almost everywhere. More exercise helps me to feel more physically tired at night, contributing to a better night’s sleep.

Use Eco Friendly Cleaning Solutions

Lemon, vinegar, lavender and baking soda – its all you need. In Canada I used to have a huge hoard of chemical cleaning solutions. There seemed to be a different one for every part of my home. I wasn’t aware of how these chemicals could interact with my body, especially over the long term. I use more simple ways to clean here with basic ingredients. I am no longer inhaling and picking up those intense chemical cleaners and it feels better on a variety of levels.

Pray without ceasing

Pray without ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing

Over the last 2 years I have sold all my possessions, moved to a foreign country, learned another language, made new friends, started a business… really changed my whole life. The stress of all those life changes pushed me to evaluate where I was spiritually. I did not want to be making decisions from a place of fear or anxiety, but to be living in faith, hope and confidence. So I pray without ceasing and find that I receive the help and guidance that I need every day.

Connect to Your Passion

Easier said than done, in my case. I found that my North American lifestyle of work, shopping and kids’ activities left little time to explore my passions, to really find the core purpose of my life. But always I have felt it in the background, this ‘not-quite-right’ feeling about how I was living my life. I did important work, but it wasn’t my vision. So when the opportunity came up to move to Ecuador I took the leap. Many things have been terrifying, but I have this ease of spirit that I am heading the right direction.

I would love to hear from you – have any of these types of changes, or other changes made you feel younger?

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Two Things to Remember With Chunky Bead Necklaces

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Accessories can make or break an outfit. This is especially true with bold and statement-making accessories such as the chunky bead necklace. To make sure this accessory completes your outfit instead of confusing it, here are two tips to keep in mind when wearing this statement piece.

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Bold and organic, this chunky necklace is worn with a simple shell

Keep it simple

Always wear chunky bead necklaces with a clean neckline by sticking with embellishment-free options. Also choose open neck tops such as crew necks, v-necks, scoop necks, or even strapless necklines to better showcase these kinds of jewelry. If you must accessorize around your bold piece, wear very minimalist earrings and a bracelet or a cocktail ring. Adding more jewelry accessories will likely overwhelm your outfit.

Keep it coordinated

To successfully build an outfit around chunky bead necklaces, make sure to keep an eye on the following details: occasion, material, and color. These elements need to work well together in order for you to come up with a great outfit.

Keep it fun during a day out with friends and pair a chunky necklace in a bold color with a top or dress in a contrasting or complementary solid color (e.g. a bright fuchsia pink necklace with a cobalt blue top or a turquoise green dress). You can also channel bohemian chic by pairing your bright chunky necklace with a fun print. These casual occasions mean that almost anything – from organic wooden beads to intricate metal work – will work with your outfit!

If the occasion calls for a more subdued or formal look, choose hues that are on the softer end of the color spectrum and pair these with your solid or elegantly patterned neutrals. Sticking with our pink example earlier, a pastel pink chunky necklace will look great with tops or dresses in neutral (white, black, gray, tan, etc) or pastel colors (sea foam green, baby blue, very soft yellow, etc). Keep things interesting by adding a punch of metal in your accessories (e.g. a gold clutch, silver shoes, etc).

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Chunky bead necklace worn with a simple neckline

I’d love to hear from you!

Recently I received a video testimonial for “Strong Pink Square Tagua Nut Beaded Necklace” from Faye. Click here to see it. In the video, Faye tells us how she loved the vibrant color of the necklace and how it allows for clasping at various point to adjust the necklace to any neckline. Another plus for Faye was the fact that the necklace was a fair trade and organic item handcrafted by an Ecuadorian woman.

What about you? What do you think about chunky beaded necklaces? Sound out in the comments below!

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Customer Testimonial – for Artisans in the Andes

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