Living in the mountains, it seems that every day is Earth Day. We like the scent of fresh air on our dried clothes.
Daily walks on our nature trail beats driving to the gym for a workout or driving to a park to walk. Both because walking in nature is more beneficial and because driving is not involved. We often happily go days without driving and usually when we do drive, it’s very close by.
Our canine companions are part of our healthy lifestyle! Our dogs increase opportunities to exercise and be outside. Studies show that regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels.
We aren’t meat eaters which is better for the planet and our bodies. We eat salad with almost every meal.
Homemade pizza has the opportunity for creative and healthy toppings to enjoy, along with our raw vegetables.
I’ve read repeatdly that the more colorful your meal is (naturally) the healthier. We get most of our protein from plants. We attend the annual blood draw health fair.
My tasty, easy to make, spinach quiche.
Cold mornings I delight in slowly starting my morning, with coffee in front of the fireplace. This is better for my emotional health than rushing out the door or having the news on the television. We don’t have television up here. We’ve never had dish TV. We download programs to watch in the evenings.
Recently I’ve started enjoying listening to books.
I always have a book going. The library is a regulary part of my week for both physical and audio books.
Wood burning is not the absouletely best green option for heat. It is what we use, along with eletricity and consciously dressing in layers. We don’t have an air conditioner. Air conditioners use a lot of energy, which not only affects the environment but also increases the users electricity bill. The increased demand of energy is causing more fossil fuel to be burned and this is what leads to an increase in CO2 emissions that are harmful for the environment.
Reading in front of the fire is soothing and cozy.
We like to travel! Making informed decisions as how to live more green at home and while traveling, is better than not thinking about our choices…
How to start traveling more sustainably
- Get off the beaten path. …
- Slow down and stay awhile. …
- Use efficient modes of transportation. …
- Conserve water and energy. …
- Offset your carbon footprint. …
- Keep your dollars local. …
- Respect local communities. …
- Avoid single-use plastics.
Both this comfortable overstuffed chair with footrest and the pretty, round, green endtable, came from 6 Points Thrift Store in Gunnsion years ago. They are a comfortable addition to our sunroom. I shop our thrift store in Gunnsion as well as donate goods I no longer use there. Recycling is good for the environment.
Happy Earth Day!
What deliberate choices do you make in favor of Mother Earth?
“The most precious gift we can give one another is letting them know they matter.” Julie A R Stephens