Happy 2017, Modern Haven readers! I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for what the new year has in store. Now, as cliché as it may be, I love the feeling of the fresh start of each January. It provides the unique opportunity to reflect on past experiences and choices, and to set your intentions for the year ahead. In talking with the readers and viewers of Naturally, Danny Seo, one of the reoccurring themes I am hearing is that many of us see 2017 as our happiest and healthiest year yet. But, if you’re in need of some inspiration, read on for five easy and healthy living tips that you can start today.
Healthy Living Tip #1—Eat Local: Blueberries. Avocados. Traffic. Oh, my! We all know eating fresh fruits and vegetables are a tasty way to live a healthier lifestyle, but did you know that produce loses nutritional value as soon as it is harvested? The further fruit and vegetables have to be transported, the greater the nutritional value is lost due to a chemical process that slowly deteriorates the nutritional peak of that piece of produce. To prevent this process, try to buy as much of your fruits and veggies locally, which have the shortest transport time from the tree, bush or fields to your kitchen.
Healthy Living Tip #2—Waste Less: We all experience it every week. The beautiful produce you purchased at the beginning of the week has spoiled and must be tossed into the trash. One easy way to keep food tasting fresh is to invest in a battery-operated resealing device that heat-seals items—whether it be a plastic pouch of produce or a loaf of bread—as if they were never opened. You can also keep your food fresher for longer by storing items in the VitaFresh™ drawers of your Bosch refrigerator. These refrigerators actually have a freshness system designed to store your produce at its optimal condition.
Healthy Living Tip #3—Compost: It probably comes as no surprise that I love composting! But, I know that for many the idea of taking up this earth-friendly habit can be overwhelming. However, it’s actually very simple! Find an old stock pot with a tight-fitting lid, and voilà – you’ve created a compost bin to house your various food scraps. Not only does compost reduce landfill waste, but it is also a great fertilizer for your garden. You know, it’s never too early to think about growing fruits and vegetables for a summer harvest.
Healthy Living Tip #4—Support Your Community: Helping others live a healthier 2017 is just as important as making healthy choices in your own daily life. When donating to your local food bank, think about things beyond the typical cans of beans, vegetables and dried pasta. As it turns out, food banks are often in need of things like spices (salt, pepper, chili powder and cinnamon and more) because so much of the donated food is unseasoned. Also, easy-to-make soup packets can help people make a complete meal with the addition of ingredients like beans, broth and vegetables. Helping those who live in your community is sure to bring a smile to your face throughout the new year!
Healthy Living Tip #5—Save Energy and Water in the Kitchen: Just as the kitchen is the center of your home, it also is the center of energy and water usage. A dishwasher is a great way to help you save water, energy, and money. According to ENERGY STAR, dishwashers are far more water and energy efficient than washing by hand, and, on average, they can help you save about $40 a year on your utility bill, 230 hours of time, and up to 5,000 gallons of water a year. If you are in the market for a new dishwasher, I would seriously consider an ENERGY STAR-rated Bosch dishwasher. What better way to clean up your kitchen and help protect the world around you?
Feeling motivated to give a few (or all) of these tips a shot? Keep us updated on your progress, or share your favorite healthy living tips of your own in the comments below!