Well, January is finally over. The month of resolutions and my birthday has passed. I think the start of a new month finds me even more resolved and committed to making permanent, healthy change in my life. I have spent the bulk of the month taking good (dare I say, excellent) care of myself and paying a special, obsessive amount of attention to what is going into my body. I have had some of the things I was avoiding earlier - sugar, alcohol, french fries, to name a few. And they all left me feeling worse, rather than wanting more. So on to February I march with a new manifesto with all of my new found knowledge.
After watching both Food Inc. and The Future of Food, I resolve to do the following:
- Become a stronger advocate of the slow food movement
- Buy local - go to the Farmer's Market more, join a CSA (finally after years of wanting to), support local growers and businesses
- Buy organic. Don't get me started on the consequences of toxic overload to our health. Not only are we ingesting chemicals and poisons, we are eating food that is less nutritious, less useful and just less.
- Filter my water - look up your local water statistics... you will be shocked
- Vegan it up all over the place - I will be hosting some vegan dinner parties in the near future - prepare to be invited :)
I think that living a life that incorporates nutrition means taking care of myself in all the different arenas... I get plenty of rest, take care of the largest organ (my skin) by staying hydrated, moisturized and protected from the sun - but not so much that I don't get some good Vitamin D, drink plenty of water, etc. I think if we look at nutrition in a holisitc way, we can break down all the good things we do to take care of our bodies as "nutrition". All of those things are life giving and life extending.
But even beyond our bodies, if we look at our relationships, finances, spirituality, home life, careers, and on and on... I think if we look at all areas that make up who we are, we can find where we nourish ourselves and where we are lacking. For example, if I don't balance my checkbook, that leads to financial stress, which leads to sleepless nights, which leads to poor food choices the next day(s), which leads to physiological dysfunction, which leads to poor self image, which leads to more poor food choices, which leads to grouchiness and on and on... it can be a never ending cycle.
Nutrition goes so much further than food to me. Nutrition means taking care of what we have been blessed with.