Those of us who love to learn about nutrition may sometimes feel that if only we could share the knowledge we’ve gained with the rest of the world, everyone around us would be happier and healthier. But it can be frustrating when we’re trying to educate others, and they don’t seem to care. The good news for anyone who’s on a mission, like we are, to change the way the world eats, is that there are several great strategies we can use to make a powerful impact on the global nutritional landscape. Our time, our energy, our money, our influence, and the quality of presence that we bring to our own lives can all create real change in our environment. If you’re passionate about building a world that offers better nutritional options for the generations to come, you won’t want to miss this uplifting new video from IPEtv. Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, shares 5 practical, doable techniques you can start practicing right now to make this future a reality!
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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:
When I look at the nutritional status of planet Earth, my heart aches. The topic of nutrition is no longer merely about our individual quest for health, but an issue that grips all of humanity. The challenge to feed the world – in a good way – is huge. So, what can we do? Actually, there’s a lot we can do. I’d like to offer 5 great strategies that can help transform how humanity eats. These are practical and results-oriented ways to plant the seeds for a more nourishing future.
1 – Kill Monsanto With Love
In case you haven’t noticed, the Monsanto Corporation has crowned itself as the quintessential evil empire of a company. Their stunning disregard for human and planetary health, and their push for public policies that destroy the food chain are unsurpassed. Fortunately, the grass roots response to Monsanto has been amazing. There are all kinds of ways to contribute to the good and necessary fight to take back the food chain. But you can fight the Monsantos of the world without getting a bloody nose. Kill them with love. Meaning, fall in love with real and natural food. Fall in love with gardening and heirloom seeds and local organic farms and businesses that sell real, honest food. Yes, we need people who are willing to go into battle, but when we add love into our arsenal of weapons, we affirm the beauty of life. Oddly enough, companies like Monsanto just might be here to remind us how important real food really is.
2 – Vote With Your Wallet
Money is energy. Money reflects the thoughts and consciousness that we put into it. How you spend your money tells the world what you value. In essence, every time we spend money, we’re voting with our wallet. So many companies have jumped on the green bandwagon, the organic bandwagon, and the healthy bandwagon, not out of the goodness of their hearts, but because citizens like you and me spend our hard-earned cash on products that truly support the body, the community, and the planet. Empower yourself around your own spending. Know that every time you buy locally, purchase from community supported agriculture, or choose true organic food – you are making a bold statement that will eventually be heard by the economy, and the universe. And don’t believe this nonsense that eating healthy is super expensive. Disease and ill health costs us the most. Make your dollars do good things in the world.
3 – Find One Nutritional Cause and Support It
We’re all complex beings with many demands on our time and energy. Choose just one organization, one person, or one cause – and honor it with your support. This could mean a cash donation, volunteer time, or any way that you can practically contribute to an already existing action oriented organization that’s dedicated to the food chain. We live in a time when we can no longer deny that we’re all intricately connected. Find just one cause and support it, and the repercussions will flow out from there. Feel the power in your contribution. Feel the cosmic correctness in putting your energy into that which affirms the goodness and the light of the world.
4 – Grow Food Savvy Children
When so many people are gripped with financial challenge and fear, it can be hard to think ahead. That’s why one of the best things we can do to change the way the world eats now and in the future is to begin to grow food savvy children. Teach the children in your life about the value of real food. Let them know that good food makes them grow beautiful and strong. Let them know that certain things are produced with consciousness and quality, and other things are not. Let them know that it doesn’t make a person bad if they eat a bad food, it simply robs them of health. Let them know that they will be powerful participants in making the world a better place. Children love to feel a sense of mission and importance. The beautiful truths that you teach the children of today will be transmitted for many generations to come.
5 – First Awaken, Then Eat
This last way to change how the world eats is more subtle, but perhaps the most impactful. For those of us who have access to good food, good water, and good shelter, it’s often easy to become a bit obsessed about food. We might be pulled into endless dramas about weight, body image, binge eating, overeating, or achieving the perfect diet or perfect health. Of course, we need to address head-on any obstacle that stands in the way of the potential that we’re each here to fulfill. Mind Body Nutrition teaches us to first awaken, then eat. Awakening means realizing that we’re here to grow and learn, to contribute to the world, to further the action, to bring light into darkness, to bring healing into disease. The world needs you to stay awake at the plate. The world needs you to step into your full potential.
One of the best ways to overcome our personal eating challenges is to help others overcome theirs. For some of us on planet Earth, the biggest eating challenge is simply having enough to eat. Awakening also means having the intestinal fortitude to see some of the dark challenges that we face in our world, and to address them with the sword of love, truth and consciousness. It’s time to wake up, have a nice cup of tea, and do some good work. Whether you know it or not, every day, the world needs you.