{Nourish.Breathe.Thrive} Earth Day Gratitude + Eating Green

 

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“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

I love Earth day as it gives us the opportunity to pause and be grateful for this big, magical planet we live on. Today’s post is as much about celebrating the Earth as it is about protecting it. Most of us care deeply about our own health and it is important to note that our health and longevity is directly related to the health of our planet.

 

{Nourish}: 

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday and making conscious food choices is a great place to start. Are you curious about ways you can make small changes to your diet that will impact your health and the planet? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

  1. Buy local! Spring is a great time of year to start purchasing local goods like produce, meats and dairy. Local goods travel shorted distances from the farm to your plate so the environmental impact is lessened. Consider visiting your local farmers market or joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture Program).
  2. Eat More Veggies. Meat production has a huge environmental impact and the simple solution…eat more plant centric meals. This doesn’t mean you have to be vegan but you can decrease the amount of animal protein on your plate or choose to enjoy a few meatless meals each week. Bonus–you’ll eat more veggies which is never a bad thing!
  3. Reduce your waste. This concept has multiple meanings. You can strive to reduce you food waste and even try to decrease the amount of packaging and plastic you use. Check out an article I wrote for US News Eat + Run on reducing waste and how this intention can clean up you diet and save you money!
  4. Go Organic. Organic, Non-GMO farming reduced the use of pesticides and pollutants and is healthier for you! Where should you begin? I save my organic dollars for my animal proteins first as there are multiple variables including the animals diet, hormones, antibiotics and the animals environment. Check out the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen on the Environmental Working Groups website for tips on which produce to by organic vs conventional.

{Healthy Bites} I love this Orange, Beet, Asparagus and Chia seasonal salad as it celebrates the best of the remaining winter produce as well as asparagus which is coming into its season!

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{Breathe}

I can’t think of a better way to connect with the Earth than through a walking meditation! One of the joys of a walking meditation is the awareness of the objects outside of ourselves like the sun, the sky and the sounds of nature.  There is something beautiful about paying attention to the our place on the earth and our bodies as we move and touch the ground.

 “Our earth is truly beautiful.  There is so much graceful, natural scenery along paths and roads around the earth!  Do you know how many dirt lanes there are, lined with bamboo, or winding around scented rice fields?  Do you know how many forest paths there are, paved with colorful leaves, offering cool and shade?  They are all available to us, yet we cannot enjoy them because our hearts are not trouble-free, and our steps are not at ease.”-Thich Nhat Hanh

Want to try a walking meditation? Today is a great day to give it a try!

To begin start to pay attention to your body as it walks–rather than the thoughts in your head. Notice the way your foot feels as it touches the Earth. Notice the swing of your arms. Your posture.  If thoughts arise, focus back on your body or even focus on the warmth of the sun and the noises around you.  Walk with ease, at a slow to moderate pace.  The point of walking meditation is to simply bring joy back into a simple thing like walking again.  We are always in a hurry, always trying to get somewhere and rarely take the time to feel grateful for the fact that we are walking and/or the beauty all around us (even on a crowded city street).  Practicing walking meditation allows us to bring joy into the simplicity of walking, and since it is Earth Day we can take that time to appreciate the magnitude of our amazing planet!

{Thrive}:

Have you ever done any inventory of the amount of plastic in your life? Think water bottles, cleaning products, food packaging and storage…the list goes on!  Plastic production and trash has a major impact on the environment and the chemicals in plastics (there are many!) can negatively impact your health. Challenge yourself to use less plastic. Tomorrow I will share my picks for making your kitchen plastic free!  

Want to start with a small change? Consider taking the straw challenge.   MILLIONS of plastic straws pollute our ocean.  If 25,000 people stop using  straws that would keep 5 million plastic straws per year from polluting our environment!  It’s such an easy change- that can make a huge impact!  

Take time to set an intention to protect the Earth as our health depends on its sustainability in so many ways. Share you intentions to inspire the group!

“Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth” – Chief Seattle

Namaste,

Katie 

 

 

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