I grew up in the prairies eating Shake ‘n’ Bake and Kraft Dinner for supper, downing penicillin for my ails, and intravenously injecting Diet Coke into my veins when the urge hit.
When I moved out west my family joked that it wouldn’t take long before I became a hippie, like all the other shade-grown, fair-trade vegans out here.
I laughed, but after a decade in the west, I can see that their prophesy had some validity to it. It’s taken a while, and I am nowhere NEAR the hippie that many of my friends are, but I have definitely taken steps in that direction in regards to the food we eat, what we do to treat problems with our bodies, and how we aim to live. I am now a near-vegetarian, our freezer is filled with local game and frozen produce from our garden, I use (mainly) green cleaning products, and seek the help of massage therapy and chiropractic care before popping a pain-killer.
I know there are still countless ways I could live a more natural lifestyle (stop drinking Diet Coke, get rid of those carcinogenic dryer sheets, stop using antiperspirant, etc.) but the way I look at it is this: if in ten years I have made this many changes, think of where I will be in another ten years. Years I know will be filled with continued education about environmental issues, nutritional knowledge and inspiration from others living a clean life.
Most recently, I decided to take my three year-old daughter to see a Naturopathic Doctor for her night terrors. It was my first visit in a Wellness Center and I didn’t really know what to expect. The doctor we saw was really great and recommended a few supplements she thought would help (Magnesium Citrate, Theanine, and a few splashes of Bach Rescue Remedy). Desperate for relief, I bought everything she mentioned, not sure if I was shelling out a wad of dough for snake oil. But after three weeks, Karenna has only had (*knock on wood*) one night terror, and it was very mild compared to what we had been dealing with. Snake oil? Maybe. But I’ll take another bottle, please!
Are there any natural choices you regularly make now that you never thought would be important to you? Are there things you would aspire to do (go vegan, give up gluten, become a yogi, stash some chickens in your backyard) but feel intimidated about the commitment it would take to get there? One website I find particularly wonderful is Oh She Glows. Tonnes of delicious recipes, honest stories of the author’s journey to health, and beautiful photographs.
Here’s to the little steps we take that bring us closer to where we want to be!