In our modern day American society many people want to have their food fast, easy, convenient and inexpensive. It seems that people don’t have time or just don’t want to think about what they are eating, where it comes from or how it got on their plate, let alone how it effects their body and health when they eat it. The Standard American Diet is centered around meat and dairy products which are the culprits of so many health problems. Not only that but these days there are so many processed and genetically modified foods, along with excessively high levels of added oil, sugar, salt and preservatives. Paired with high levels of stress, lack of sleep and water, not enough regular movement or exercise due to being too busy or too tired, it’s no wonder why chronic, lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity are at an all-time high. It also explains why we have the most expensive health care in the world and higher rates of disease and shorter life spans than other developed countries.
Our mental health is also contributing to our physical states because everything influences each other. The amounts of stress people feel- environmentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually is on the rise. Technology, social media, bullying, economics, politics, natural disasters, noise, traffic, juggling family, long work hours, multitasking, the continuous pressure to succeed and to get things done can really take a toll. If people want to be happier then they need to stop, feel, think, plan and try some healthy changes. We're taught to put ourselves last because it's selfish to put our needs first. But the truth is you can't be the best person you can be and be any good to others if you don't take care of yourself first.
The environment is suffering too. The large amounts of animal products produced and consumed is really taking its toll. Try walking down an aisle at the grocery store and just notice how many things have ingredients that are animal based- it’s unbelievable. The largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions comes from animal agriculture. It also uses a huge amount of water as well as land. Raising animals for food causes deforestation and the extinction of many species. Fertilizers and pesticides pollute our waters and create a "dead zone" in their wake. The one in the Gulf of Mexico is now the size of New Jersey! Most crops go to feeding the animals for our consumption- contributing to the world hunger issue. In fact, if we took all the grain we feed to cows raised for our consumption and gave it to those who were hungry, it would end world hunger. Eating animal products is one of the worst things you can do to your health. It's been proven in study after study and when you learn and understand why, it just makes sense! And the majority of animals consumed are raised on factory farms in horrible conditions- having to be fed copious amounts of hormones and antibiotics just to survive and grow. Even on “humane” or organic farms they are just a number with a dollar sign attached awaiting a torturous death. Billions upon billions of animals annually!!
Being an animal lover, a person who cares about the environment and the future of our planet and the health of it and its inhabitants, I have a passion and emotional calling to educate and enlighten people on how to become healthier, happier and more mindful. I wish more people would take the time to think about the long-term effects of how we live these days- the amounts of energy and water we use, overpopulation, animal agriculture for human consumption and ALL that it entails, the amount of waste and garbage we produce, high stress levels, sleep deprivation, caffeine and other addictions, materialism, global warming, technology and social media... We need to stop, think and hopefully act, providing us with a brighter, healthier and happier future for ourselves, for future generations and for our environment.
I am here to help those who want to improve their health, happiness and well-being! I am not here to lecture but to enlighten. I am here to motivate. It just takes one small change to move forward. Here's to getting healthy and being happy- from the inside out. Let's do this! I look forward to hearing from you!