3 Super Powerful Ways to Heal in our Toxic World

Throughout most of my 20s, I was plagued with chronic depression and anxiety.

I’m delighted to say that I’ve been free from those shackles for the past decade, other than the rare, mild bouts that come with the inevitable ups and downs of life.

This is largely due to the fact that for the past four years, I’ve been living in the woods. It’s not exactly Walden—what with the dog, three cats, husband, and young daughter sharing space. Still, residing in a tranquil forest has certainly altered my life in fabulous ways.

In the United States and other developed nations, while the sheer ease of doing everything has increased exponentially with the advent of so many apps for shopping, food delivery, taxi services, and meditation practices, so has the obvious toxicity of American culture. Wi-Fi microwaves, unlimited screen time, plastic disposable everything, rampant consumerism, invasive advertising, pharmaceutical addiction, all-you-can-eat GMOs and packaged junk masquerading as “food,” and endless media outrage broadcast in our living rooms are just the start of this list.

Here are a few of the most helpful habits I’ve found that led me to health and wholeness in a relentlessly toxic society. May they be of benefit!

1. Less meat, more vegetarian/vegan fare. 

According to a GlobalData report, “70 percent of the world population reportedly is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether.”

Are you among this majority? Eating less meat—or, better yet, skipping it altogether—is the most effective way we as consumers can help slow down and even reverse the tragic deforestation that causes climate change. A wise, longtime vegetarian friend explains his diet choice this way: 

“It’s so people everywhere have access to food and no child starves because I have to have a meat-based diet. Those of us who have the luxury of eating whatever we want cannot ignore that our choices determine that some people will starve because most individuals are not willing to give up their cravings for meat.”

Can you reduce your meat consumption? Even if it’s just one or two days a week, that’s a start. Consider incorporating more delicious, nutritious superfoods into your diet instead.

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Detox from an Unhealthy Holiday Diet with these 8 Foods

The holiday season, for many of us, is a time of cookies, cakes, and other baked goods, both homemade and packaged.

All variety of rich foods, meat, cheeses, and eggnog are offered and consumed, often in excess, at Christmastime.

What if, instead, we could find some balance in our December diet by choosing to eat foods as close to their natural form as possible?

The more we change the food from its original form, the less “super” it is. The term “superfood” is a marketing buzzword that has become part of the vernacular.

Most natural foods are packed with vitamins and provide our bodies with high quality nutrition. Food, like air and water, contains life force. When we eat high quality foods, we are filling our bodies with more vitality and energy. Eating foods that are canned, boxed, prepared in a factory, or pumped with preservatives and other chemicals is not going to give us a whole lot of life force.

Many superfoods are exotic, expensive, and not practical to include in our everyday diet, such as acai berriesMoringachia, and bee pollen. While all of these are definitely worthy of your attention and consideration, this article focuses on foods that are accessible in any grocery store in the United States.

Here is the list; please read the full post on Elephant Journal for more details about incorporating these wonderful foods into your diet!

1. Sweet potatoes
2. Dark, leafy greens
3. Beets
4. Turmeric
5. Peanut butter
6. Avocado
7. Ginger
8. Garlic

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