For those who don’t know what a “hack” is, it is: a quick solution that solves a problem. In this case, the problem is unhealthy junk that you don’t need in your life. Implementing these changes, might actually might save you money too! Who doesn’t want more money?
So here is my top 5 list of healthy hacks that I think we should all do which will have us living healthier, happier lives.
Healthy Hack #1:
Replace your dryer sheets or fabric softener with wool dryer balls, available here: http://amzn.to/1rBqu6M. Have you ever stopped to think about what is in your fabric softener? It’s not good! We put these chemical ridden dryer sheets in our dryer with our clothing, linens and etc and then we wear them and use them. So we are essentially walking around wearing chemicals, drying off with towels that have chemicals on them as well as sleeping on beds with chemical ridden sheets and blankets. Think about it!! It’s not necessary & it’s scary! I love these wool dryer balls!! These 100% wool dryer balls soften your laundry naturally with no chemicals or synthetics. It shortens your drying time. They are handmade, eco-friendly & save energy. They last for thousands of loads which saves you $$!
Healthy Hack #2:
Purchase 3 essential oils…peppermint, lavender & lemon. Then go here to learn what you can do with them.
Peppermint Oil: http://happycleanlife.com/peppermint-essential-oil-saves-you-money/
Lemon Oil: http://dontmesswithmama.com/20-everyday-uses-lemon-essential-oil/
Lavender Oil: http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2014/03/lavender-oil-uses.
There are all sorts of essential oils you can buy but these are the 3 that I use the most. You can use these 3 essential oils to replace your household cleaners, use as bug repellant, as air fresheners, to wash your produce, for all sorts of health and wellness uses, and etc. And guess what? By using essential oils instead of the common chemical household products, you are providing a natural alternative that is healthy & so beneficial for you and your family & since you typically only use drops of the oil it goes a long way and saves you $$!! See a pattern here?!
Healthy Hack #3:
Drink a glass of cold water first thing in the morning before you have your coffee, tea or breakfast. This simple step can help boost your metabolism for the day by as much as 30%!! Who doesn’t want to burn more calories?! Drinking cold water is the key…your body will burn calories just getting the water to a normal temperature to digest. This cold water will also help wake you up!
Healthy Hack #4:
Use more Greek yogurt. It’s packed with protein and it’s so much healthier for you than the alternatives. Did you know that Greek yogurt can be used in your recipes to replace: eggs, butter, mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, & even buttermilk? I use Greek Yogurt to replace sour cream when making veggie dips. I also use it when I’m making a cake mix…my fave is Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake mix, 1 c. of Greek yogurt & 1 c. of water. I also use Greek yogurt to make my southwest veggie dip/salad dressing. I use Greek yogurt, taco mix seasoning and ranch mix seasoning. Yum!!
Healthy Hack #5:
Stop eating for 3 -4 hours before going to bed. Now, I know for many this sounds impossible, but this is huge if you are trying to lose weight and aren’t we all? Eating before bed is a guaranteed way to slow down your metabolism and gain weight. Eat dinner earlier if possible. Eating lighter at dinner is also a great idea! Try taking a short walk after dinner to help reduce your blood sugar and boost your metabolism.
I hope you find my healthy household hacks to be beneficial. These are all hacks that I implement into my life daily. Do you have a hack of your own that you’d like to share? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!