As you get healthier, you become aware of sustainability – and the incredibly symbiotic and beautiful relationship between the environment and your health.
s you get healthier, you become aware of the incredibly symbiotic and beautiful relationship between the environment and your health. Of course, it is easier to be healthier in a cleaner environment, and with a totally ecologically-ruined planet there would be nowhere else for us to go, at least in the short-term. But there is more to it than that.
As you seek calm and gratitude, trees, footpaths, and bodies of water will replace your current cravings. You will appreciate your oneness with the world. My own health journey has led me to become a novice gardener, truly working with Nature, getting some clean vegetables for the family and obviously reducing the transportation impact of our food needs. To push that further and support local sustainable farmers, we joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) group that delivers local produce and eggs weekly. You may also start traveling less and further reduce your environmental impact, as you realize there is so much to discover within others and within you that you do not need as many external stimuli. That being said, there are still plenty of not so environmentally friendly and not so healthful behaviors I need to work on!
Once you gauge the pervasive presence of chemicals and pesticides, in your day-to-day life, you will naturally seek out organic produce, food preparations and care products, By learning more about your detoxifying organs, you will understand why it is important to breathe in clean air, use safe cosmetics on your skin, and drink filtered water.
When you appreciate the benefits of home cooking, you will buy fewer packaged foods, reducing both food and packaging waste. Once you realize what really nourishes your soul and your appetite, you will likely prefer spending time on your favorite sport or hobby or spending time with a loved one rather than go clothes/shoe shopping– thus reducing the need for “stuff” to be manufactured. You may decide to walk more and drive less. Trees, footpaths, and bodies of water will replace your current cravings.
To reduce inflammation in your body, you may reduce or even eliminate consumption of red meat and cheese; because both foods have a very high carbon footprint, you can make a bigger environmental impact by doing so than by switching to an electric car. You see how there’s a pattern there? When you notice that your body breathes better through natural fibers like cotton and wool, you will reduce your use of man-made fabric and thus oil.
As you get healthier, you will live increasingly more in alignment with your true needs and values. If leaving the Earth a better place is one of your principles, then you will contribute to it simply by following a diet that is good for both you AND the Planet. The lessons we can learn from watching Mother Nature in action are infinite and all around us. I highly recommend Farmacology by Daphne Miller, MD; the book draws parallels on what Western medicine can learn about better patient care from farmers who are improving the health of the soil.
When you start paying attention to your impact on the Planet you see that many of your actions and choices impact everybody else. Your sustainability, others’ and the Planet’s are intricately linked.
I would really LOVE to hear you views on the link between sustainability and diet. Thank you for sharing them below.