What’s the hardest part about making the switch to healthier living? For me it came down to three main factors.
The first is “what’s good and what’s not?”
I remember when I started making the transition I assumed that because it was on the shelf at natural grocer (or whole foods) it had to be good, right? I found myself straight up whamboozled by fancy marketing terms and buzz words and the more I learned the more I found myself angry at a lot of brands….those scalawags! Most companies aren’t transparent, they just want your money. It’s hard work getting to the bottom of what’s good and what’s not.
Next problem is performance.
If you’re anything like me you’ve come to expect a lot from my products…like I don’t know, that they’d lather and leave my hair feeling clean. But when it came to “natural” products I got to the point where I was like “shoot, I’d take a shampoo that lathers for $500 Alex” (any jeopardy fans out there?). Anyone else out there had the ill fated experience of a non lathery shampoo? There are a lot of inappropriate things I could say here, but I’ll keep ‘er PG and go with super disappointing.
Problem numero tres is “But I don’t wanna DIY!”
There came a time where I suddenly thought “Welp, guess I’m gonna do it myself!” And that quickly dissolved into “oh good lord, I’m gonna have to make it all myself”. There was seriously a point at which I was like “alright, sack up, Sam, YOU CAN DO THIS!” And the number of “DIY mineral makeup” pins I’d acquired in Pinterest in the early days would make a heck of an episode of hoarders. I finally came to terms with it’s just NOT gonna happen people. Some women were given a beautiful DIY gene, and damn you if I haven’t spent a lot of motherhood wishing I had that gene, but I don’t, friends. I flat out don’t have the time of patience to actually DIY anything at this season of my life. Anyone else on here feel me? So what’s a girl to do?
We’ve got “fake news” with shady brands and what works and what doesn’t, non lathery sadness with products that don’t perform, zero time time to DIY, and let’s not even discuss the number of dollars I’ve literally tossed in the garbage when something sucked. And these are such common themes, you guys. I cannot tell you how many “I know, right?!” conversations I’ve had with other women. And don’t even get me started on the men. It’s like they’re more resistant than the kids and you start bringing new things home and they just roll their eyes all “WHATEVER”.
So now that I’ve officially turned EVERYONE off from EVER trying to convert to a healthier lifestyle….let me tell you I have overcome all of these obstacles, and I promise it does NOT mean you’ll officially relegate yourself to a corner of no fun land where you can’t get any volume in your hair, you can’t eat any dairy or gluten, you’ve gotta give up tasty adult bevy’s, and you’re gonna smell like pachouli for the rest of your life. I mean seriously raise your hand if any of those have been a legitimate concern of yours!
I know with 100% confidence you can have your cake and eat it too! And it’s why I started Decidedly So. Because knowledge is power and when you know better you can do better. But in the midst of all of that, living a healthier lifestyle should be a whole heck of a lot easier. Can I get an Amen?!
And that’s what you can start expecting to see a lot more from me over at Decidedly So. Empowerment and convenience. Keep your eyes peeled for some new things coming over the next few months (UPDATE: check out this post!) and if you’re not already doing so, make sure you head over to my various social media accounts and follow along.
Share your thoughts in the comments, have you struggled with these same things in your quest toward healthier living? What’s your pet peeve or the WORST product you’ve tried that’s failed you in a mighty way? Thanks so much for tuning in, guys, have a beautiful rest of your night!