Cool Globes Chicago Veggie Face – Photo Courtesy: John LeGear
I don’t know of anyone who has experienced a major cleansing and thereafter wishes to go back to their old eating habits and lifestyle. As I mentioned yesterday, my taste buds have been awakened to a point where sugar and refined foods don’t even taste good anymore. I believe that a clean inner ecology means a clear mind and a fresh perspective.
Ridding our bodies of toxins means that eventually we will feel more energy and less aches, pains and stress. I’m still on the road to complete detox, and it is also opening me up to the time and labor that goes into growing, distributing and preparing truly healthy organic foods. I feel that if we want to make real health a valid option for the world, we need to make healthy food more accessible. But, like everything else, activism begins at home.
Doing Our Share
Apparently, I’m a day late with this environmental message. Yesterday was Blog Action Day, where bloggers from around the world posted their views on environment and global warming. In the last year, the extent of my environmental consciousness has been recycling “most” of my recyclables, and trying to remember to turn off the lights when I wasn’t using them. You can’t do everything at once. But, once you get a grip on your inner health, you can realize that the only way to remain healthy is to create a healthy environment.
Banana Island is a blog managed by a family of raw vegans. Yesterday, they posted very simple instructions for composting at home. This is something almost any of us can do to reduce waste or even create a healthy foundation for growing your own herbs and vegetables.
A new friend of ours showed me how to make simple compost bins. We have had problems with varmints in our bins, and stopped composting all together. When I visited her home recently, she showed me several plastic boxes sitting around her yard. They are protected from rats and mice, can be shaken instead of turned, and are simple and inexpensive. We already had the plastic storage boxes, which I was planning to give to Goodwill in our plastic purge. We came home, followed her instructions, and in less than 15 minutes, we were back in the composting business.
- Drill holes around the sides and bottom of a plastic storage box.
- Place your fruit and vegetable scraps in the box.
- Take the box outside and place in a grassy part of your yard.
Voila! You are composting!
This process can be modified if you live without a yard, like I do. I am using smaller containers and placing them on my balcony. And, if you get really creative, you can use planters and hide compost in window boxes.
Any small step you can take for the sake of our outer world also helps your own health. Maybe composting is out of the question where you live. But, I’m sure that you can pass this message on to some folks who can compost at home.
I believe that it is the responsibility of those of us who are aware and educated to teach the rest of our friends how to heal themselves.
Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.