The healthy living trend we are facing today is proliferating like wild fire. It's assuring to see that we are moving forward in our approach to health as it's allowing us to be responsible and proactive in how we care for our own well being. It's absolutely inspiring to see the movement towards nature's botanical wonders for our health and beautifying needs--this is even part of my brand statement. Look to turmeric to reduce inflammation in your muscles. Eat pomegranate to benefit from powerful antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress on the body. Reach for the chia seeds to get your load of calcium and omegas, and for that sustained energy that carbs cannot provide. It is utterly and truly all in nature. I am constantly amazed by how symbiotic our relationship to nature can be as it contains practically everything we need thrive.
However, the trend of promoting healthy living-- often equated with being "one with nature" as you enjoy the raw greens, exotic fruit and aromatic spices in your smoothy, or in your skincare can, if not careful easily counter what it actually means to live in health & harmony with thyself and nature. From news feeds to grocery stores to the ever burgeoning restaurants catering to the latest dietary fad, we are seduced into eating bowls of chia in the morning, snacking on cashew yogurt sprinkled with coconut shavings, lunching on quinoa salad toped with mango, finishing off with a 7-fruit smoothy of more chia, more coconut, more mango, heaping pinches of turmeric and the occasional raspberries. Finally for dinner we are enticed into eating mahi-mahi with more turmeric, more coconut, more....you get my point.
Imposing such a food craze onto those of us who want to live holistically is taking advantage of our intentions. Holistic living and being one with nature is not about indulging in healthy and exotic foods; it's about mindful living. This craze, however, is cajoling overconsumption, which is extremely taxing on natural resources (the anthesis of being one with nature), unless, and truly unless, the produce we consume are sourced form fair trade and gown under eco-friendly conditions.
Otherwise, all this craze is doing is giving multinational agro-industries the excuse and leeway to appropriate vast amounts of land (from developing countries) to grow monocultures that require toxic fertilizers and pesticides. Appropriating land for this purpose, puts smallholder farmers out of business. It employs civilians at meager wages. It also makes foods that are a part of traditional diet unavailable to the local people because exporting becomes the priority--and the level of exports today, is not what it used to be back then...not at the rate we are told to consume, and consume and consume.
Mindful living, sustainable living and being one with nature is, indeed, about eating well. But it's also about being aware of where your food comes from and how it's produced. Unfortunately, it's very hard to access foods that have been grown under eco-friendly conditions and ethically sourced. So if and when these foods are not available to you, you can at least do these 6 things to continue to improve or sustain your health without compromising your desire to live holistically:
Thank you for visiting our website and blog. Through this medium, I hope to teach, enlighten, and inspire you about Mother Nature's wonders so that you can discover the true value healthy living. I want to foster a love for Nature so that we, as a collective, can take a stance to protecting our Earth as we indulge in the beautifying remedies Nature has in store for us!