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9 Interesting Ways To Reuse Your Unwanted Christmas Tree

9 Interesting Ways To Reuse Your Unwanted Christmas Tree

Are you unsure what to do with your old Christmas tree? Many people throw away their unwanted Christmas trees, but there are much more practical ways of getting rid of your Christmas tree. You can use your unwanted Christmas tree to improve your garden, create spaces for your pets, or even help out at the beach.

Check out 9 things you can do with your unwanted Christmas tree here.

1. Bird house or bird feeder

Your unwanted Christmas tree is useful to birds in more ways than one: you can use the tree to build a bird house or a bird feeder. Use the largest pieces of wood to build a bird house to put in a tree in your garden, or make a bird feeder with suet. Birds love suet, especially just after Christmas when the weather is cold and their food sources are limited. Drill out the trunk to create an effective bird feeder!

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    2. Garden wood chippings

    You can use your unwanted Christmas tree to improve your garden in many different ways. You can use a wood chipper to create wood chippings for your garden to brighten up any garden beds or features you have. You could also consider creating garden pathway edges with the leftover wood.

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      3. Mulch

      Your Christmas tree can do wonders for your garden; you can use the old needles to make mulch for your garden, and you can compost the branches. Mulch is great for your garden as it improves the fertility of your soil, reduces weed growth and it conserves moisture. Many companies will be happy to mulch your tree for a small fee.

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        4. Cat tree

        You can reuse the wood from your Christmas tree to build a cat tree for your cat. Trim away the branches and use only large branches. This is a great idea as your cat was probably already using your Christmas Tree as a cat tree!

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          5. Fish habitat

          You can use your unwanted Christmas tree to create a beautiful habitat for your fish. In the wild, many branches fall into ponds and lakes, offering protection to the fish in the water. You can put the smaller branches into the tank to give your fish a place to hide and relax. Make sure the branches are fully clean before you put them in the tank.

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            6. Pathway edgers and garden bridges

            If you have the spare time you can use your unwanted Christmas tree to totally transform your garden. Think big; you could build a small bridge to cross a pond, or a garden bench for you and your family during the summer. You could also use the wood for trellising and staking your garden.

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              7. Firewood

              After a month of drying out in your home your Christmas tree is extremely flammable, as they have very little moisture left in them to help supress flames. Use this to your advantage by cutting your Christmas tree down into firewood for your fireplace – or you could even have a bonfire in your back garden!

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                8. Dune restoration

                You may not have considered this, but it is a great idea if you live near the beach. You can use your unwanted Christmas tree as a dune restoration tree. Trees are often used on the beach to trap sand to rebuild damaged dunes and banks. This is a helpful and useful way to reuse your Christmas tree!

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                  9. Recycle it!

                  It is much better to recycle your old tree, rather than throw it away. Many places have a Christmas tree pick-up day, so contact your waste and recycling companies to see if they offer a day. If not you can take your old tree to the local recycling point. Remember to remove all of the decorations before you recycle your Christmas tree!

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                    The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                    The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                    You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                    Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                    Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                    An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                    Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                    1. The Paleo Diet

                    The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                    The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                    In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                    How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                    The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                    With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                    It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                    Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                    2. Whole30

                    The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                    With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                    During the month you are eliminating:

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                    • sugar
                    • alcohol
                    • legumes
                    • grains
                    • dairy
                    • soy

                    Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                    At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                    Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                    Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                    With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                    This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                    3. The Mediterranean Diet

                    The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                    For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                    With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                    • Fruits & vegetables
                    • Whole grains
                    • Legumes & nuts
                    • Replacing butter with olive oil
                    • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                    • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                    • Moderate amounts of red wine

                    Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                    Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                    With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                    4. The Alkaline Diet

                    The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                    The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                    Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                    The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                    People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                    One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                    Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                    There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                    The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                    What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                    The Big Takeaway:

                    Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                    Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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