The Road To Sustainable Living
After growing up on a Midwestern diet of meat and potatoes, school cafeteria meals not fit for prison inmates, and fast-food so greasy it could kill a horse, at 18 my body finally said, “Enough!”
I’d become sluggish, addicted to sugar and grease, and constantly sick from viruses. I was basically a walking drugstore.
Just when I thought all was lost, I had an awakening desire to get healthy. I dedicated my life to learning how to live free of so many of the early staples I was certain compromised my health and well-being. After many years of cleansing, research, experimentation, and learning from hundreds of health and healing experts, my internal compass led me toward a predominantly plant-based diet.
Plant-based sustainable living seems to have the answers to many of the life-threatening challenges we face, both with our bodies and the planet. It is based on a diet with a foundation of plants—and not just any plants, but fresh, organic, raw plants.
Why the term “plant-based” as opposed to “vegan”?
Realistically, you can be vegan and still be unhealthy. Doritos, Cracker Jacks, Ketchup, Hershey’s Syrup, and Kool-Aid are all vegan products. Yet their ingredients range from high amounts of processed sugar and carcinogenic cancer-causing food coloring, to GMO corn syrup, and many preservatives we can’t even pronounce. Also, many vegan meats and soy products can be just as unhealthy as processed meat for various reasons.
Piling On The Good Stuff
When I make a meal, I generally use a helping of fresh spinach or kale as the base. Then I might add some home cooked rice and beans on top, followed by a couple of fresh eggs, and finish off with some avocado. Eighty percent or more of the ingredients consist of fresh, organic, healthy plants, while at at least 50 percent consist of raw plants. No additives, fillers, chemicals, or preservatives appear on my plate.
Unlike traditional vegans, I’ve also found it helpful to incorporate locally farmed eggs and honey into my diet. A true vegan won’t eat honey, but I believe the benefits of raw honey make it a vital substance to consume.
Make sure you buy local honey from organic or non-chemical beekeepers rather than factory beekeepers. Organic beekeepers actually care about the health of bees and don’t feed them sugar-water.
The other non-vegan thing I eat is eggs, because I find home-grown organic eggs to be healthy, nutritious, and easy to keep as a self-sustaining food for the family. I have my own chickens; we feed them organic compost scraps and organic chicken food. Most importantly, they live free range on our land in Santa Fe.
If you don’t have the land to raise chickens yourself, I recommend always checking that your eggs come from local and organic, free range farmers that you know personally.
Not only have I experienced a healing of the body through this approach, but plant-based sustainable eating has the power to unify all of humanity. As we come together we begin to recognize and learn the importance of sustainability. The end goal allows us to transform the way we eat and live and the way we treat animals and one another.
Unsustainable Travels To Your Plate
Did you know that the average meal in America travels more than 1,500 miles from farm to table? Think about the truckloads of produce that travel sometimes around the world just to make it to your home.
If we simply shift into eating local food (within 100 miles of our home), we could drastically reduce, or even eliminate the Global Climate Change issues we’re facing. The reduction of greenhouse gasses emissions, burnt up oil, gas, and fossil fuels would be drastic. Local economies would thrive from the support of local farmers, stores, co-ops, and farmer’s markets.
Together As One
If communities worked together locally to ensure healthy food for their area, there’d also be a greater sense of unity, as well. Healthier diets would lead to a healthier planet. This would also build towards a more unified human race.
Thousands will be striving for this level of unification this September in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Join me at UNIFY FEST in Santa Fe—a four-day-long transformational festival dedicated to unifying humanity, celebrating life, and leaving the land better than we found it. With sustainability and health workshops, keynote presentations, more than 50 bands and musicians, dozens of yoga classes, and an indigenous ceremony, UNIFY FEST gives us a celebratory experience of what it’s like to enjoy life, uplift our spirits, and unite for the common good of our human race.
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