Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Empower Yourself by Eating Well!

I’m not a vegetarian but I’m seriously considering it.

The scope of our individual influence on the state of the world is limited, but that influence expands significantly the closer to home we get.

So I ask myself ~ how can I have the greatest impact for good at the tender age of 63?

As Alicia Silverstone so cleverly states in her new cookbook ~ "The Kind Diet" ~ we are all activists when it comes to our food choices.

And why is that?

Unlike the political process that excludes those who choose not to participate, we ALL eat, and we vote every time we push a grocery cart up to the check out stand with the products we purchase. The same happens when we buy locally from a farmer's market.

The food industry is HUGE, and the choices we make not only directly affect our pocket books, it sends a message to produce more of what we're buying.

The closer to home it’s produced or grown, the more natural it is, the better it is for you. Basically, vegetables and fruits have the nutrients that most efficiently fuel our bodies and boost our immunity to illness.

I find it interesting that with the current conundrum surrounding health care reform, there’s a general lack of awareness of the level of control we can exercise in our own kitchens.

“Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food," was the advice of Hippocrates centuries ago.

Simple advice for the prevention-minded.

Difficult? It can be.

But simple? Absolutely.

The pay-offs are quick and obvious. You’ll spend less money and you’ll feel better. There’ll be more energy available to you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

You can then see yourself differently ~ as a contributor to the planet rather than just a consumer of its resources ~ with a wealth of options!

1 comment:

Sheri said...

Hippocrates quote makes SO much sense.

And you are right...with each item we purchase, we are "voting" on what we'd like to see more of.

Great "food" for thought. :)