I’ve been dreaming up this post for a while now and have had it on my heart to share more about living + leading a more holistic lifestyle. I truly feel like ‘holistic’ has become the latest buzzword and it’s something we are all trying to navigate, but it can be SO overwhelming when you don’t really know where to begin.
I want to make it a little easier for this sweet little community of mine. I am going to be breaking down what I believe to be a holistic lifestyle, things I do, what I buy, first swaps when you are transitioning and everything in between. EEEEP, I’m so excited beautiful souls.
First things first — holistic living is SOOOOO much more than 27 superfoods in your pantry, experimenting with fancy mushroom drinks and an expensive gym membership. While all those things are a part of my daily routines, it’s definitely taken me YEARS to get to where I am now and I would like to clarify you don’t *need* those things to live a holistic lifestyle sister. In my opinion, those things are all little extras you can choose to add in when you want.
To me, holistic living encompasses many different factors. I am going to cover 4 in this blog post and a few others in posts to come. so keep you're eyes peeled for that. With that being said let’s dive straight in and break them down.
Okay, the very first “factor” I’m going to cover is spiritual health. This is my personal journey and as I stated above, this is what I believe to be holistic. Jesus is the biggest part of my life. I truly wouldn’t be anything without Him and it’s hard for me not to share about His love, His kindness and His goodness. He is everything to me and this is where everything in my world stems from — HIM.
I try my best to be extremely intentional and carve out time to spend with Him every single day. I focus on prayer journalling, worship and reading my bible but I also find Him in the small things throughout my day like my morning walks, when I’m gardening or picking flowers. If my spiritual health is off, everything is off. It’s just how it is for me. If I’m not spending regular time with my Heavenly Father, then I am not my best self.
I’m not by any means saying I am perfect at spending time with God. No one is, But I try my best to show up, even when I don’t feel like it. Because if I’m being honest, there are some days where I really don’t feel like reading my bible, my heart isn’t always postured to learn about the corrupt sins that took place in the old testament and I would rather sleep in a little extra. Can you relate?!
I am definitely more of a heart kind of girl when it comes to my time with God. I find that prayer journalling and worshiping comes so naturally for me. Where as reading my bible consistently can be so overwhelming. I struggle to understand what every single verse means and what context particular passages are in. This is why I took it upon myself a few weeks ago to get myself involved in a women's bible study. It’s all completely online and we have a group chat where we can express anything and everything to each other in confidence and without fear of judgement. It is run by my beautiful friend, Makenna. She is the founder of sunflower dressed in vogue and she does such a beautiful job of continuing to show up for all of us girls in encouragement.
I don’t believe we were made to be completely comfortable in our faith. I feel like I’m constantly being pushed out of my comfort zone, learning new lessons and new truths. It can be scary taking a leap if you join something new or get more involved in your church but I promise you, only good things come from those big leaps. And remember God is with you every single step of the way.
If you are feeling a little stuck in your walk, I want to be someone you feel comfortable to lean on, trust and come to. Life can be weird, wild and overwhelming and I want you to know you’ve always got someone in your corner. In the mean time, I highly encourage you to start a prayer journal if you don’t already have one. I started this sweet little practice last year and it truly changed my prayer life like you wouldn’t believe. It’s amazing to write down prayers and to see them answered.
I’m also going to list a few of my favourite Christian artists I’ve been inspired by lately. I highly recommend you give them a listen!
Next up is nutrition. We all know this is my favourite topic to talk about, write about and get creative with. But… it is also a VERY broad + sensitive subject for so many. I want to reiterate that this is my personal opinion and this is what I do to live + lead a more holistic lifestyle. I’m not going to tell you what to eat because we have all been created so differently, what works for me and my body might not necessarily work for someone else.
While many people don’t believe in good and bad food, I do. Like, I really do. I understand the intuitive eating movement that has taken over our social media world and I can totally stand behind getting more in tune with your body and listening to hunger + fullness cues, that is a legitimate practice I think a lot of us have strayed far from, myself included, and it's something we should all be a little more intentional with. I also understand the heart behind no food is bad food but if we are being real here, at the end of the day there are foods that bring you nourishment and there are foods that are nutritionally void and just because I believe this doesn’t mean it’s coming from an unhealthy place. I feel like the common consensus when it comes to this topic is that if you believe some foods are deemed “bad” then you have an unhealthy mindset when it comes to food. I’m putting a plug in that because I’m not going to be made to feel guilty for wanting to eat foods that brings my body nourishment. It’s not an unhealthy mindset, it’s how I want to live my life. It’s as simple as that and if I do eat some chocolate I can actually recognise that it’s not the best for my body but I can eat it in moderation and enjoy it anyway. You know?
When it comes to the foods I consume I stick by the 80/20 rule. And when I say rule, I mean that very loosely. I don’t follow it strictly but it’s just an easy way to explain what I eat. My diet is made up from whole food sources and that is something I will shout from the rooftops for everyone to be doing. I eat an abundance of vegetables, fruits (mainly berries), eggs, meats, nuts and seeds. This compilation of food is truly what makes me feel my very best and I have recently been doing a little more research into eating for my specific blood type and on a biochemical level, these are the foods that work best with my blood type. I genuinely feel like I thrive when I eat this way. The other 20% is made up of yummy snacks.
My recent go-to’s are:
Honey Mama’s… AKA the BESSSSST choccy you will ever eat in your life. I don't say that lightly haha. I love chocolate and this is a great option made up of beautiful + wholesome ingredients.
I love siete tortilla chips. I actually prefer them over normal corn chips.
I also really love HU chocolate.
Cacao nibs + almond butter is a forever fav combo of mine.
I love paleo puffs from lesser evil snacks.
I understand that eating food can be overwhelming, which is just crazy to me. It’s something we should be excited about. Food is fuel and food is truly a gift from God. When I am looking at a holistic lifestyle I believe you should choose whole food sources. It’s not complicated and it’s not meant to be. You don’t need to buy all the superfood powders, you don’t need to buy all organic, you just need to focus on WHOLE FOODS. A big bag of spinach is $2. A bunch of Kale is $2. Chicken can sometimes be as low as $6 for a few pounds. Strawberries are sooooo cheap in the summer, like, 99 cents cheap. Eggs are $2. Avocados are 68 cents each!!!!! These are all beautiful foods that bring your body nourishment. So when people tell me eating healthy is too expensive, it’s really not. I encourage you to come back to your roots and get back to the basics. Stay in your own lane and do the very best you can. For me, living a holistic lifestyle also means including yummy treats. We need balance and let’s be real, despite being dairy intolerant, chocolate is just not something I would EVER cut out of my diet. There are SO many alternative options out there now. Find what works for you and don’t over complicate things. I have a bunch of recipes on my blog that use whole foods. I’ll link a few below for you to browse and get some cooking inspiration!
A thought to ponder: Do you spend $5 on a starbucks drink every week? That’s an extra $20 a month you could be putting toward other foods, actually you could buy everything I listed above and still have money left over. My heart is to show you that eating doesn’t have to be a challenge. If you want to save up and buy a specific powder, you can but it’s not a make or break when it comes to eating healthy.
Swap out those toxic products girlfriend!!!! This is something I am also extremely passionate about. While it is so very important to be nourishing our bodies well and be mindful of the foods we consume, it’s just as important to look at what we are putting on our bodies too.
I understand how overwhelming this process can be, and that’s exactly what it is — a process. Don’t feel the pressure to get rid of everything in your home straight away girl. I mean, you can if you want but for me personally, it’s been done over time.
This might come as a bit of a shock to you but we have so many chemical and toxin-filled products in our homes. Think of house hold cleaners, dishwashing liquids, laundry detergent, make up, skincare, soap, shampoo + conditioners, perfumes, deodorant… the list goes on. The reason I have added this section into living + leading a more holistic lifestyle is because a lot of these products can have harmful and damaging effects on our bodies. One of them being the ingredients used in commercial products contain endocrine disruptors. Our endocrine system has everything to do with hormones and if your hormones are a little out of balance, that in and of it’s self can cause many issues.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you everything is going to be cheaper, in some cases things are cheaper but in other circumstances, it’s not the case, and for good reason! As a business owner of a clean beauty brand, a lot of work goes into the production of our products, the overhead is a lot higher because we are using completely natural ingredients and we spend a lot of time crafting products that actually benefit your skin. Clean make up and clean beauty was one of the last swaps on my list because it was so expensive but in all honesty, I wish I invested in these things a lot earlier because they are something I use every single day, especially my skin care.
The best option I have found when it comes to clean swaps is to make things yourself. I do this with all of my house hold cleaning sprays!! This was the first 'clean swap' I made on my journey and I noticed such a huge difference in the cleanliness of my home but also my immune system!
All purpose spray recipe
I n g r e d i e n t s :
16 oz glass amber bottle
3-4 table spoons of white vinegar
10 drops of each — lemon, wild orange, clove (or immunity blend)
R e c i p e :
Combine all ingredients together, shake bottle well and get cleaning!!!
I also use baking soda + vinegar to clean my bath/ shower + toilet and then I use the all purpose spray for every single surface in my home! This was a great first swap. It wasn't overly expensive and it made a huge difference! I would never, ever go back to commercial cleaners now.
A few clean(er) brands I love:
Wildflower Harvest! This is mine + my best friends natural skincare brand. Our heart is to create a culture of clean beauty by providing products that serve your body well. We are super intentional with the ingredients we use and how we produce our products. I’ll link our instagram for you here so you can get to know us a little better. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.
Ecos! This is not the absolute cleanest dish washing liquid you can get but it’s something Gideon and I use to wash our dishes and haven't had any irritations with it. We also use this brand for our laundry detergent.
Mrs Meyers! We use this brand for our soap. Again, it’s not the absolute cleanest but it’s still pretty good and we like it.
Revive! I get all of my essential oils from revive. This is a company I totally stand behind and align with. I make all of my homemade products using their oils. I am affiliated with them. You can shop this link and use the code ‘BETHANYREVIVE10’ for 10% off your first order. Their essential oils are 100% pure grade and are a completely reasonable price! Go check them out.
Native! This is the current brand of deoderant I have been using consistently for the last 6-9 months. They aren't completly clean but they are aluminum, paraben, sulfate and cruelty free. This is the one and only cleaner deoderant brand I have found that actually works, doesn't leave stains and survives a workout. I've tried quite a few, save yourself some money and don't purchase shmitt's or tom's. I have used a crystal stick and found that to work but I prefer native. I'm still in search of a completly clean deoderant but for now I'm happy with native.
Lastly I want to touch on movement. This point is also extremely individualized but I believe it to be an essential part of living a more holistic lifestyle. It’s super important to be looking after our physical body. I always find that whenever I workout, not only does it help me stay in shape but it does absolute wonders for my mental health too. I want to make it extremely clear that you don’t *need* a gym membership to exercise and see results. I go to the gym because I personally love heavy weight training and for me it saves me money because I’m not going to go out and buy all the weights I need. While I love weight training, it’s not the only form of training I do. I incorporate cycle syncing into my life. If you want a more in-depth blog post on this topic I am more than happy to dive deep into it. But for now, you should know that cycle syncing is essentially syncing up your life + routines to match and nurture your individual cycle. Depending on what stage + phase I’m in, my training will look a little different. I try to be intentional and listen to my bodies needs at every chance I get. Sometimes I’m down for a good sweaty HIIT session at home using body weight and booty bands, other times I love doing yoga flows with Jesus and going on hikes + runs outside. I count myself so blessed to have the incredible opportunity to move my body every single day. I understand that gym’s aren’t for everyone and it can be a little challenging to get motivated to workout from home every single day, I’m with you sister. For the most part I’m never really motivated to workout but because I’m determined to push my body and see the results, I make it happen.
I know I’ve referenced these beautiful souls in other blog posts but they truly produce such good content and such good workouts! These are a few YouTubers I follow along for fitness inspiration and at home workouts:
Denika from unshaken yoga
Pop sugar fitness
Well, I could most definitely continue to write on this topic but I think these are the main 4 topics I really wanted to cover for this sweet little community of mine. Please know that making changes to cultivate a more holistic lifestyle can be overwhelming but trust me when I say it’s so, so incredibly worth it. You are going to be nourishing your heart, soul, mind and body in all aspects. My heart is to give you tangible and easy tips to make this all happen for you. Remember this process happens one step at a time. Give yourself grace and be proud of the progress you are making with each and every change, even if you think it’s small, I know it’s going to have a big impact on your life.
I pray you continue to flourish, lovely.