We recently moved (again) and although it wasn’t the smoothest transition we have ever done, it was still fun to see a new place and learn about new people. One of my biggest priorities when moving is to look ahead and find places where we can purchase healthy food. When you’re gluten, dairy and soy free (or just health-minded) you never want to end up between McDonalds and a hard place.
While I was doing this, it dawned on me that moving can be the perfect way to transform your home into a healthier, less toxic place than it was before.
Think about it. You have an empty frig and pantry, you have a few cleaning supplies that probably need refilling after scouring the last place you moved out of and you have to depend on your iPhone to tell you where the grocery store is. This leaves many opportunities to upgrade your options.
1. While that empty frig looks depressing to a rumbling belly, it is actually the perfect chance to fill it with healthy foods. Make a rule that anything you put into the frig will be organic or local, or chemical free (ie more whole foods). Choose foods that have a short ingredients list with words you can understand or better yet dont need an ingredients list! Broccoli has never needed a label for what’s in it as far as I know.
2. When you look for new cleaning supplies search for the healthier stuff. Opt for baking soda and vinegar, or a cleaning solution that uses essential oils instead of the usual “I-cant-breathe-while-I-clean” products.
3. Utilize google or yelp to help you find a better grocery store. Simply upgrade where you shop. Find a place that sells organic & local food with gluten-free options. It should sell things like Apple Cider Vinegar, fermented foods, quinoa, hemp hearts and humanely raised, antibiotic/hormone-free meats.
Better yet, hit up the local farmers market and the butcher. Ask them questions – is the food really pesticide free? How do they treat their chickens? Are the cattle corn or grass-fed? I want my chickens to see sunlight and peck around in the grass, getting their daily dose of bugs and vitamins. I also want them to enjoy life, not be scared & suffering the entire time. Scared animals make for scared meat. I don’t need the extra adrenaline in my body, thanks though.
Suggestions for better grocery stores: Wegmans, Whole Foods, Mothers, Sprouts, any local health food store, Fresh Market.
Moving also allows you to switch up your routine. New home, new town, new you. Start some healthier routines like an evening walk every day after dinner or a morning swim. Take advantage of where you now live – can you hike in the mountains on the weekends? Or go snorkeling in the ocean? Maybe you can learn to wakeboard. Try to learn something new and get out of your new (healthier) house. You will probably make some new friends this way too.
Moving can be stressful or it can be a way to improve your health and quality of life. Take advantage of the clean slate and fill it with fresh veggies & enjoy the ride.