Simply, I know what practicing sustainable behavior in your life can do; that is why I do what I do! Try Living sustainably with food, chemical free Living, healthy money habits and a strong spiritual practice. It makes a difference one moment at a time, one person at a time!
So many children think food literally comes from the grocery store! A unique way of learning about the source of food are FFA (Future Farmers of America) events such as one, Food for America on October 10 held for elementary and middle school students from Lorain County. The event is organized by FFA chapter high schoolers. Learning about cattle 🐄 raising, maple 🍁 syrup production, horseback riding and tractor maintenance are included. The end result are informed children who are beginning to make their own decisions about food!
This is one of the best current books about the selling of food! Michael Ruhlman, from Cleveland, spends some time with the Heinen Brothers, and really educates the reader about grocery stores and food. Yes, I like the book, but I am beginning to see a shift in marketing practices at Heinen’s. I will be keeping an eye and ear on that! Read the book, educate yourselves on food!
Sometimes I believe we spend more time researching the fuel for our car than we do for our body! There is so much information available on food that I often say “the more I read, the less I eat!” But there are some easy guidelines, well publicized but often ignored, and easy to follow.
Grow Your Own Food
Buy Local at Farm Markets
In the grocery store, stay in the following areas whenever possible:
The Produce Section
The Meat and Poultry and Seafood Section
And the question comes through many times, loud and clear, but what about everything else. In most cases “everything else” is processed food. That is what brings trouble to the table or the couch or the deck, etc.
Even in the Produce area, and the meat and poultry area, you need to further educate yourself: GMO vs. non-GMO, farm raised seafood vs. wild seafood (and its many variations), and with meats and poultry, there are days of reading to do to decide what you will spend your dollars on.
BUT, to begin with, produce and meat and poultry and seafood are a great start to begin eating to fuel your body! I have heard so many folks lately who have begun working with a coach, and they have lost significant weight just by eliminating all processed foods. Consider your personal worth and begin to buy food with quality!
Once upon a time, a farmer’s market was a gathering place in cities where many merchants went to a food terminal, bought at discount, and sold at a profit to individuals. Time has changed that, and in addition to large city markets, like in Cleveland The West Side Market, there are farmers’ markets in many communities. And then there was the time, that many organic farmers were found at farmers’ markets. That is not so true these days. But farmers’ markets are important as socialization hubs revolving around food in communities. For example, the Farm Market in Oberlin has very few organic vendors, but the ones that are there are very good. You can learn a lot by talking to farmers of all kinds about how they grow their crops, the type of seed they use, and learn if you are comfortable buying their products. I know that I do buy local produce as well as organic once I get to know the farmers’ processes. Do not be afraid to talk to them, know that they love to talk about their farms and produce. And you may have a new source of your local food…
This is an actual copy of my 1970’s era of The Supermarket Handbook, which inspired me directly and my children indirectly in our food choices way back then. It is worth reading today. Some things remain! And this was decades before all of the shared knowledge on GMOs and pesticides. What are you worth? Take a few minutes for you. Pick up a book on food and educate yourself in some small way today.
you are important…and you need to take care of you! Not only nutrition but GMOs, pesticides have been shown to harm the human being, and you are a human being! Why would you choose anything but organic when it is available? A simple replacement is locally grown when you get to know the local farmers and their growing practices. We will talk about farmers markets and more, but the question for the day is: how valuable are you?
To become personally sustainable will require some change. Of course, it will. Change sleeping habits, change eating habits. But any caterpillar who has become a butterfly can tell you it is worth the change. Our next area of basic needs will be food. Hold tight because it might not be a pretty change.
No matter where you are on your path, make sure that the basics needed for a sustainable life are included in your plan. Sleep is one of the greatest healers, and we many times carry with us the stigma from our parents about sleep issues. I know as a child I was always told that I sleep too much. So I went around with not enough sleep, not quite as sharp as I was told I could be by teachers. No one ever addressed the sleep problem without being told by my parents that I sleep too much! I believed that for many years, and upon my beginning work with a holistic, intuitive doctor, I was suddenly told that I was sleep deprived. Of course, after many years of being a single parent, burning the candles at both ends and in the middle building a life for all of us, I was sleep deprived with fatigued adrenals. Then I began to listen to my body and soon learned that I function best on 8-10 hours of sleep. I feel fantastic with my sleep routine. I do try to minimize that when necessary but I can feel it within the day. Some say that it is a selfish way to live, sleeping away a third of the day, but OMG can I tell the difference. I guard my sleep in all ways: caffeine intake, exercise routine, meals, and scheduling activities. I wish I could be happy with 6 hours of sleep, but it will never work for me! I do not lay awake 99% of the time. I hit the pillow, go into meditation and sleep. It is a foundation for Personal Sustainability in all ways. When I sleep appropriately for me, I stay in a positive place with my money relationship, my eating habits, my cleaning habits, my successful Personal Sustainability practice housed in The Empower Excellence Experience. Take the time to analyze your sleep habits and how they affect your total life. You could be in for sweet dreams!
Trusting myself can be difficult because knowing my True Self is not always easy! To know my True Self is a combination of self acceptance, truth, clarity and vision. And I have been working and studying with these concepts for years as I work on money relationships of clients. It will never be a perfect, forever situation, but it can be perfect on a daily basis. Go for a perfect day and trust yourself!