Last newsletter we introduced you to THINK + EAT + THRIVE. For some this has been the way you live anyway, for the majority, making the connection with what we eat and our choices surrounding that is a newer concept.
The topic of THINK + EAT + THRIVE is a huge one. So lets THINK about this…
Logic dictates that the saying “we are what we eat” is easily understood and that our diet directly affects our bodies, skin and hair. Food affects both our mental and physical wellbeing. The effects are tangible and we can see and feel results from a change in diet reasonably quickly. The correlation between what we eat and the impact it has on our planet and all others is maybe not so quickly evident.
You may have heard the buzz word MINDFULNESS recently, we would like to expand on this by suggesting thinking, or being mindful of what we eat can lead to awareness of the way in which we are all connected. Becoming more aware of our choices and the impact they have on our planet and all living beings in turn leads to a greater understanding of our own bodies and minds.
Our choices have impacts far beyond satisfying our own senses.
Food is the sustainer of life, a reason for celebration, family, social , religious and cultural traditions surrounding food have been interwoven into our lives. But just because we have “always done things this way” does that mean that those make it the best choice?
If you haven’t seen HAPPY THE MOVIE, go get it, it’s a great watch. When people are asked what they want in life, overwhelmingly the response was… “To be happy” What if we suggested that what we eat can change our brains, our way of thinking, help us to become kinder, more compassionate, calmer and happier?
Making the connection (THINKing about) between what we put on our plate and into our bodies is a great starting point.
What is our food made of, is it healthy, is it sustainable, does it cause harm to others or our planet? Let’s start with IS IT HEALTHY? In our following THINK blogs we will cover the other topics.
So exactly what do we mean by healthy? Nutritionists all seem to agree that this means a balanced diet. Eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients to maintain your health, feel good and have energy is probably the simplest explanation. (Disclaimer….We must point out we are not nutritionists and if you are suffering from ill health or disease then you should seek advice from a heath care professional).
Eating better is not only about cutting out the bad but adding in the good. Its about THINKing first…
Keeping things simple and as natural as possible is important, it doesn’t have to be hard. Here are a few tips for keeping it simple:
• Try making more food at home- you know what goes into it! You don’t have to be a great cook, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Gather a few basic recipes and make the effort to prepare at least 3 meals a week at home- you will save money too
• Shopping- never go shopping if you are hungry! This can lead to bad choices. Make a list and stick to it. Make most choices from the fresh aisles around the outside of the store
• Eat the rainbow- more more more fresh fruit and vegetables!
• Eat less animal products ( more on this topic later) if you eat these, reduce it now, or preferably cut it out all together. So many reports are now conclusive in the correlation between these products and ill health. As a plant based company this is our stand point but we realise that this connection may be slower and harder for some to come to, so make a start at least.
• Buying pre-packaged food- What are the ingredients? Read labels, if you can’t pronounce the ingredient then , do you THINK its beneficial to eat it?
• Sugar and white salt. Its bad- okay! Nuf said
• Eating out? Choose places that have nutritious and vego choices. Choose wisely from the menu and don’t over eat.