I had this vision of writing a blog where I weighed in on the dairy debate: raw vs. pasteurized, skim vs. whole, and so forth. But as I reflected on the debate, I realized it was really a symptom of a much bigger problem.
When I talk to people about their health, they usually think of only their physical health. However, our overall health, or well-being, includes our mental and emotional health, too. In fact, our mental and emotional health play a role in our physical health and vice versa. They are tied together like everything else within us and around us. I find, to stay healthy and to avoid common illnesses and injuries, it is necessary to take pro-active steps to de-compress from the go-go-go of today's society. This includes unplugging from all of the electronics, and consequently the Internet.
During our everyday lives we try to make greener and more natural decisions. However, when we get thrown into events, such as birthday parties, camping trips and the summer cookouts, we unintentionally fall back into our old, unhealthy and unnatural habits. Well, my husband and I are planning our first camping trip of the year and I wanted to be certain we made some healthy and natural changes for this camping trip and all the ones to follow.
Mother's Day is another holiday with the intentions of getting consumers to buy, buy and buy some more. These types of holidays have the potential to be so much more than about money and consumption. Mother's Day should be about spending quality time with your mother, and presenting her with a a gift or experience that expresses your appreciate for all that she is and all that she has done for you. It is easy now days to lose touch with even our own mothers. You live in a different state, have a busy job, started your own family and, well, you simply have a crazy busy life.
Just this past week I had a conversation with one of my speakers presenting at our fall workshop. Our conversation started out normal enough, but it meandered onto the topic of "green versus healthy." Green and healthy are words that started off very meaningful and probably interchangeable at one point. Now they are used to sell "stuff" - they mean money in the marketing world now.
If my daughter above could talk, I know she would eagerly say "Happy Earth Day!" Okay, those may not be the first words that would come to her mind and out of her mouth. In any case we have had a wonderful Earth Day. We did some spring cleaning and we went out and treated ourselves with the first picnic of the year by beautiful Lake Michigan. It was sunny with a crisp breeze blowing gently off the lake.