I re-connected with friends at my best friends' weddings in the summer of 2016. I always have food memories (on top of the memories from all the amazing dancing we did all night!) but I also have one sentence that stuck with me, that I wrote about in my email newsletter in the summer.... In between getting in the limo and going to the hall, one old friend and I were talking about wild foraging for food, growing organic foods and buying from your neighbours rather than the grocery store.
Just the kind of talk I love.
He asked about how my role was going "in the food scene down there" meaning the Okanagan, since he lives on the Island.... and I boasted.....nodded "Yes! Fantastic!"
and then.... "I'm part of the movement, man. It's all happening," beaming.
He smiled. He paused...... and said... "Is it a movement though? Isn't it just... natural? I mean we're really just going back to basics."
He was right!
I dismissed it with a wave - "Well of COURSE it is. But not everyone gets it...... it's just not that easy....."
I've even written about "the death of real food" before. So why, if it's so natural and should be so easy, do we struggle so much?
We are in the system. The corporate food system, which supplies us with endless amounts of carbs & sodium, is too easy to access. So easy, that we never have to think about food if we don't want to. We can easily go through our day, mindlessly eating - slam back fast-food for breakfast, soda, cafeteria for lunch, chocolate, drive-thru for dinner, ice cream dessert, sleep and repeat.
No thoughts about soil, weather, harvest, local food, freshness, quality, standards, nutrition - at all. But when we begin to feel the effects of our choices day in, day out, year in, year out, we need to make a choice. We can choose to stay on the same road, or we can choose to take a stand.
In order to take a stand for our own health, we need to have education in place to make better choices to understand why they are better, as well as full knowledge of the responsibility required of us to make dietary changes.
It is not easy. But that's where I come in!
In my email newsletters I like to write about how people begin to make changes. My clients amaze me. They step into risk and unknown, giving it a try, and learning as they go. Playing with what works.... even when at first, it may not work. There are mental games, there is challenges, there are roadblocks. It's ALL part of the challenge and experience! That's when I can step in and help. Holistic Nutrition is not about the quick fix, it's about making sustainable changes, changing habits and putting in the time and work.
As a friend once said "We're all the same. Humans. Just a big ball of chemicals. It's our habits that define us and set us apart."
This natural movement is just that: natural. It's easy to go back to basics if you have EDUCATION and you allow yourself balance.
So, what kind of habits do you want to set in motion this fall? Get to your goals and get into the winter season with a stronger immune system, and steps closer to your goals.... it works better, when we work together!