The frustration: “Where do I even begin?“
We’re all too familiar with those days… in a gust of motivation to eat healthier, you skip through the grocery store and pack your cart with cucumbers, asparagus, and more kale than you’ve eaten in your life.
Fast-forward to three weeks later, and you’re scared to open your fridge because you have no idea what might be growing in there.
I feel you. I should be the epitome of healthy eating since I grew up on a farm and am intimately connected to the food chain.
I know what garden-fresh produce looks like. I understand the work that goes into growing what we put on our plates. I have eaten mainly fruits and veggies since childhood. And, I grew up enjoying home-cooked Indian meals, thanks to my immigrant parents.
Yet, these days I find myself grabbing a quick bite on the go, ducking into a pizza shop for the sake of convenience, and making less-than-awesome choices when eating out. Who has time to source perfectly healthy, animal-friendly, environmentally-conscious meals anyhow?
At some point on my EAT journey I started to feel guilty for the choices I was making.
While surfing the web, I would constantly see healthy food articles with alarming statistics. Trying to make perfect choices left me frustrated with myself because I couldn’t live up to the highest standards. At one point, I became deeply anxious about every single food choice I was making. It was paralyzing. That was no way to live.
Lucky for me, I have a strong family history of conscious food consumption and access to the resources I needed to get back on track. With the right tools and mindset, I slowly reconnected with my body, my community, and the planet, my choices became more harmonious. I started to feel fantastic about eating in alignment with my values. Plus, there was still room for cake!
So how did I do it?
I want to share what I’ve learned through my EAT journey with you! My approach is grounded in classical Indian Ayurveda, a holistic system for a healthy life. That’s where the Sanskrit principle of “Ahimsa” comes in. Ahimsa means non-violence. It occurs when we practice kindness through our choices. When considering the way we EAT, Ahimsa means:
- Ending judge-y self-talk and accepting where I am on my EAT journey so I can enjoy the food that nourishes and delights me.
- Forgoing extreme health trends that can shock the body in favour of slow shifts integrated at every step.
- Supporting local farmers who are growing small batches of in-season produce.
- Eating sustainably by choosing pesticide-free, reducing wasted food, and composting scraps to create a positive impact on the future of our planet.
Life is challenging enough already, so the moral of the story is you don’t need to be a basket-toting, farmer’s market-goer (as awesome as that is) to do your part. You can choose to make a difference that’s doable. Balancing your impact with other life priorities is not just acceptable, we encourage it!
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