What an amazing time to be alive. We are surrounded by abundance. Restaurants everywhere we look, supermarkets shelves always full. Most Americans have it all in the palm of our hands.Shockingly, our consumption habits have coincided with increasing poverty levels and have left 68% of Americans overweight or obese! It seems the time has come to ask ourselves how to give grace for and gracefully respond to the abundance around us.
First and foremost, it is time to make time.
• Make time to touch, taste, and enjoy what nourishes you and share this with friends and family. No animal “eats on the run”.
• Make time to read labels of every single packaged food you ingest and choose those with the least amount of ingredients, additives, and preservatives.
• Make time to appreciate our enormous surplus of good, whole foods. Play with (yes, I said play) with foods sprouting from the ground. Visit local farms or farmer’s markets and know what and how animals live and die to sustain you.
Learn to respect yourself, Mother Nature, and the food she provides.
• Food is medicine, not evil! Love and eat the food we are blessed to have. Avoid non-foods disguised as foods; processed, high in fat, sugar, and man-made ingredients that only confuse and overwork the body into dysfunction.
• Do not destroy your body by mimicking the destruction of food. Ingest whole foods that are unadulterated and inherently possess and give the most nourishment.
• Support the soil from which we all depend. Avoid the purchase and use of unnatural and toxic materials that infiltrate the soil and seep down to our underground waterways and oceans. These materials will only end up back on our plates.
Give grace and want no more than what we have. Gracefully ingest real, living (or once- living) whole foods and grace will return to you.
Photo credit: Jun Belen