Watch Woody Harrelson‘s opinion on the people vs. corporations, and then read on below because I need your help! Help me, help you….. bonus if you know which movie I’m parodying…
Did you know that our issues are in our hands this way? But there is more at play than just corporations isn’t there? You gotta lotta stuff going on in your life that make these “easy” changes difficult. It’s easier said than done, because if it was that easy, we’d already be making greater progress now that so many people are aware of the shit going on.
I’m working on some ideas to help you switch to a lifestyle that better matches your beliefs and values to help the world. One that supports your change but without all the pressure and fear that you’re not doing it right, or all the overwhelm that comes with such an enormous transition.
But I need your help. I need to understand what some of the biggest issues are that people are facing so I can make those the top priority instead of just using what I know from my own experiences and research.
Would you help me out and tell me in the comments below what your biggest struggles are with social and environmental change? I would love to help more people start making the changes through this website, Facebook group (come join me!), and some materials I’m creating, but I would rather hear from all of you what you need specifically, so that it will make the biggest difference! Can’t wait to hear from you!
I just watched this video with Marisha Ray from BFD on Take Part TV.
Here is the comment I left on her video:
The portion sizes American’s eat are usually 2-3 times larger than what the body actually needs. Over-eating is not good for your health. Reducing portions and buying organic, as well as purchasing bulk will not only make food stamps stretch along with the food, but also reduce cost in over-the-counter medicines and other household products. As a side benefit, you produce less waste into the environment.
Read the comments below her video for other inspiring ideas on how to make your diet healthier and more affordable.
The truth is, if we all learned to live on less food, in a healthy way, we could all contribute to the hunger issues not only in our country, but around the world. And as a double solution, many bulk items and fresh produce have far less packaging than conventional and processed foods. I used to throw out my bulging plastic garbage bags once a day when I ate processed and conventional foods. When I switched to a more organic and environmentally friendly diet my pollution naturally reduced itself both in garbage and recycling.
When you consider the carbon footprint of producing, packaging and delivering food, the health implications of an American diet, and then the removal of the waste a diet like this causes, you can see that the more American’s that realize this perspective of thought, the faster we can make a huge impact on our consumerism and pollution problems.
What do you think?
If you have a sweet tooth, don’t deny it! Give yourself something healthy. Here is a creation I came up with last night to satisfy my cravings. Be sure to try to use as many organic ingredients as possible for optimal health.
Organic Apple Salad
Cut up 1 Gala apple into a bowl (or apple of your choice)
Sprinkle the following ingredients to your taste:
a dash of cloves
In the latest email from Green America, the article, “Green Goal #2: Take Back Our Food System,” reminds us that what we eat matters to our bodies and environment. Green America supports an organic, GMO free diet to help combat the issues of the devastating effects the food industry has on our health, and the issues it causes from pollution, pesticides and pesticide resistant organisms (GMOs).
Raising awareness about these problems helps us to focus together on a worldwide problem that hits us hard every time we grab a bite to eat. We have insurmountable evidence backed by research showing us what food does to our health and longevity, good or bad.
The drug called food
When we consider the damage caused by toxins, we also have to consider the time and money that goes into trying to stay healthy and out of debt. Not to mention quality of life drops a lot when we’re constantly focused on fixing the problem. We spend hours exercising, eating what we think is right, shopping, and learning about health. If we’re sick, we spend just as much time on medical care, prescription pills and therapy, struggling with the anguish of ill-health.
When you eat right, your life dramatically improves. Your food bill drops. Your trips to the doctor’s office become infrequent. You, in short, get your life back along with a feeling of empowerment and happiness. The kind of food you eat has a direct effect on your brain and how it functions and thinks. Your mind becomes clear and your emotions are easier to deal with if you’re eating the foods that are naturally designed to support brain function. (If you’re not so sure, check out this article about food and brain function at Psychology Today.)
Good food leads to improved relationships as well. There are countless articles and loads of research that show us something as simple as sugar and/or caffeine causes extreme irritability, which makes working on social and family relationships tough when all you want to do is bite their head off or you can’t even remember what the issue is. Did you know too much of the wrong sugar contributes to memory loss? Maybe we don’t have to get old so fast after all.
The big picture
In short, food is one of the biggest issues in our Western culture that connects our well-being with our lives, or our illness with dysfunctional lives. And since everyone has to eat, it is also one of the biggest issues that effect the environment. With the Western lifestyle spreading across the planet, that means more people out of the 7 billion + human population pool are starting to adopt less healthy habits, which is putting increasing strain on our world. Just as this overwhelming number of people is a bad thing coupled with bad habits, it can also be a good thing when more people start working together by switching to better habits.
There are many ways you can get involved to make this issue meaningful to you. You can join other groups, give money, volunteer with organizations, and help spread the word. Some people have time and money for that, others don’t.
So how can you get more out of your connection to these issues whether you can join others or not?
This creates direct impact and more immediate results to help you get back on track. But it also inspires people around you with your consistent results and compassionate behavior. This is exactly what we need to have happen so that more people will be willing to make the change too.
Times are changing
As we change, the supply and demand aspect of our Capitalistic society will have to change also. Media and marketing are hyper-focused on what we choose to react to and want more of. Advertising plays with our minds so we’ll impulse buy. We hold the key to improving our country by what we choose to buy and what we don’t choose to buy. Just take a look at this article posted on Forbes.com about how Hostess went bankrupt after being in business since 1930.
Although, lack of sales wasn’t the only reason they filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we all know that a business meeting the supply and demand requirements (cough, cough, you and me) doesn’t usually struggle with the other financial structures built to keep it floating.
Times are changing how we buy products, whether you’re a business or a consumer. Many people are starting to realize that what goes in their food also goes in their life and can result in traumatic illness that just isn’t worth it.
We all talk a lot of talk, pitch in some money here and there, but use direct action the least. Change that now. Commit to more and take the pledge with Soul Our Power today. Commit to adopting a diet that is full of nutrients and minerals that promotes your body’s ability to heal itself. This means eating more raw, organic vegetables, whole foods, and plenty of water. Eat less fast food, processed food, and restaurant foods that are toxic and poorly packaged.
So while you’re healing yourself, you’re healing the planet by making good food choices. There are endless amounts of diets that you can choose from that support higher intake of raw foods over processed foods. Start looking for one that you like. Even if the only thing you do today is think about it, that is a step in the right direction. Maybe tomorrow you’ll try an apple instead of french fries. Maybe the day after that you’ll get a little adventurous and try an organic pizza.
Diets composed of whole foods create less waste in our environment and pocketbooks. Transitioning to a new lifestyle is never easy but as you become more aware you will find ways just like countless other Westerners have, rich or poor. You don’t have to completely switch over today. All you have to do is decide to improve yourself and then keep on keeping on a day at a time.