In four little words: good health is everything!
When animals and humans are in harmony with the land and with each other, there is a sense of understanding, a soothing rhythm to the day – a morning that begins at sunrise, not at the beep of an alarm clock.
Keeping yourself well is essential to achieve a stress-free life, full of the promises of reaching old age blissfully, but what happens when an illness brings slower days along with aches and pains? When that precious balance of a joyous life and health is upset – all of a sudden it demands more care, time and attention to those that are feeling down. It is not a burden, rather a shifting of responsibilities that takes place. To be in the caretakers position comes with a price.
Nature is efficient in good working order, just as we humans often try to be, anything less however may be perceived as a loss. When we ourselves are not well, creativity suffers, deadlines seem more daunting and our work may begin to lack integrity.
The art of maintaining a healthy body is an all-encompassing one. It is not enough to simply nurture our bodies with rich kale, warming red beets and wild salad greens. We must provide the same for our grazing chickens as well. Wholesome agriculture with a deep respect for the land grants us many opportunities for amazing health, if we choose to take it.
We must nurture our environment, near and sometimes far, just as we nurture one another.
Here are 6 ways to keep our wonderful health in balance:
Eat local – by supporting farmers and gardeners near you, your meals will arrive to your table with a much smaller footprint. Greens will be fresh, eggs and milk too. Consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) so that you have a chance to experience where and how your vegetables are grown.
Eat seasonally – I know, it is hard to resist that first to arrive strawberry in January, but try and understand the conditions in which it was grown. Reach instead to your citrus bowl, munch on some fermented foods or grab a handful of nuts instead.
Garlic – it stores well for a reason, so eat it in every season! With its antifungal and antibiotic properties it packs a powerful punch in keeping colds and the flu at bay.
Introduce herbs – into your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Experiment with basil, oregano, fenugreek and caraway to add visual interest, flavor and phytotherapeutic qualities to your dishes. Learn to steep herbal teas for your memory, recovery from illness and prolonged strength.
Eat in moderation – when you eat a naturally balanced diet it is hard to overeat. Real foods will provide your body with a bounty of vitamins, minerals and the satisfaction of knowing exactly what you just ate, as well as developing a sense for enough.
Walk barefoot – everyday for at least fifteen minutes and breathe in fresh air. Inhale deeply and appreciate being alive!
Health is within us and all around us, slow down and take care of yourself, so that we may all take care of each other.