Last month I was contacted by Kevin Brown from Liberation Wellness. LW is a site dedicated to bringing the truth about health and wellness to the world through the voices of various different individuals in the sustainable and real food communities: writers, practitioners, authors, farmers, activists, and many others.
Kevin asked me if I would be willing to become a regular contributor and do an interview for the site. Here’s my first post: 10 nutrient-dense foods you need for good health.
I was very excited to hear from Kevin because I have been visiting the LW site for the last couple of years and have always liked what I’ve seen there. LW has two contributors whom I have met in person and admire very much: Maureen Diaz and Lauren Grosz.
What is our goal in helping people to learn about health?
One of the things I really like about the LW site is that Kevin emphasized to me during our interview conversation that working in the real food community is not necessarily a way to make a lot of money, and the main reason we do what we do is to help people, first and foremost.
I completely agree. This should be our number one goal. We can make money off of someone, but in the end, if the person doesn’t get well, all is lost. If we are promoting products or services we make money from, but that really don’t help people, that’s a big disservice not only to those purchasing it but also to ourselves because we are gaining off of someone else’s poor health and lost money.
Putting people’s well-being and health first allows us to maintain the ethics of what we do. Only our conscience can tell us for sure if we are truly doing that. In everything I do, I strive to have a good conscience and to help people to the best of my ability.
It’s certainly okay to make a living. And I realize that some people make a lot of money doing some food, health, or nutrition-related business for a living. But I’ve observed that just like in modern medicine, sometimes people have a tendency to overlook the good that should be done, and may allow the money they bring in to overtake the truth.
If I know something is not good for someone to eat or to do, despite what many other people in a health community may be saying, I will advise against it….even if it means some people consider me too “hardcore” or “extreme”. I don’t believe it is an extreme ideal to guide people toward eliminating processed foods and finding the safest and healthiest food they can. No one is perfect, and I certainly can’t eat this way all the time.
But I’m also not going to write posts about how I cheat or find ways to get around my real food diet or healthy lifestyle because I don’t believe it serves anyone. We all need to be the best examples we can to each other, and I take that very seriously.
Of course, I also believe balance in life is important. We should be able to enjoy life and to have fun as often as possible. Managing stress and keeping those sources to a minimum is something we should all do. When you adapt a new lifestyle or dietary habits, and you can see evidence of improvement in your life from eating and living well, that alone can absolutely reduce stress, fatigue, and unhealthy cravings which support the goals you have to create a healthier life.
There are levels of eating: good, better, and best. So if you go out to eat once in awhile or to someone’s house where there are not the optimal food choices, you shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it or beat yourself up. If you strive for best most of the time, you can expect your health to be good most of the time. If you slide back into eating things you know you shouldn’t, later on you will pay for it with poor health. Each of us has to decide whether we want vibrant health. Just remember: it’s what you do most of the time that counts.
Ask yourself this question when you eat something that might not be good for you: is a little bit of poison in my body or my child’s body okay? This simple inquiry might help answer whether you want to consume something, give it to your child, or make a different choice.
The food we eat nourishes our bodies and protects us against many things we have less control over. The other day, a woman behind me at the check out line in the store asked me in line if I saw the big crates of blueberries near the entrance. I asked her if they were organic, and she replied, “oh, I don’t know. ” I said that I wouldn’t buy conventional blueberries since they are likely sprayed with pesticides.
Then she asked me why that mattered since those same fruits and vegetables too are rained on with water from the sky which has chemicals in it. I replied that at least the organic fruits and vegetables don’t have extra toxins on them from harmful products produced by the chemical industry. She stopped for a moment and then said, “oh, I suppose that’s true. I never even thought of that.”
Planting seeds is extremely important, and if we continue to do this in our communities, we will move towards healthier living – even among those who are very set in their ways and don’t think twice about just how harmful all the chemicals in the environment are for our health.
Kim Metez’s health and wellness radio show Chew On This
My friend Kim Metez also had an interview with Kevin shortly after mine. Kim is a person I know locally here in Boise, ID and who started a radio show called Chew On This about 6 months ago with Radio Boise, a new, independent radio station. Her show addresses topics in holistic and natural health, food, and local farming.
Kim has a variety of guests on her show from natural practitioners and farmers, to activists and authors, to ordinary people talking about natural health alternatives and sharing their health stories and healing journeys. I really grateful our community has this wonderful new resource. Anyone can listen any time since broadcasts are available online after they happen each week.
I completed another interview today with Kevin about GMOs in our food supply, and which should be up on the LW in the next day or so. Please take a look around the Liberation Wellness site, and watch the other interviews and read some of the great posts there about important health topics.
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