Earth Day

From it’s humble hippy dippy beginnings, Earth Day has become a worldwide celebration! With so many people on the planet it’s more important than ever to love the Earth!

What are some things you can do?

Eat natural whole foods. If you are hooked on the over salted taste of processed foods, go easy on yourself. Start with small changes. Find one recipe on line that sounds delicious, you can make from scratch try it. If you don’t like it, forget about it! If you like it, rotate it into your two week menu. Then look for another simple whole food recipe. Eat seasonally. As summer rolls around lots of fresh vegetables are available. Cook with fresh herbs for a stimulating taste! Go Asian Fusion or Mexican ethnic, or get back to your roots, ask your grandmother what she liked to eat. I didn’t know my own grandparents, but you can always adopt someone else’s. My first husband’s grandmother gifted me with numerous depression era cookbooks full of inexpensive recipes made from whole foods, with minimal prep needs. After all, who owned a food processor in 1930?

What else can you do?

Chose natural ways to clean your body and your home. Beware of taking medication unnecessarily, or too frequently. If you are taking ibuprofen once a day for aches or pains, consider a restorative yoga class to regain flexibility, hydrate your muscles and spine. Use body deodorant in lieu of antiperspirant, which is made with aluminum. Perspiring is natural, and “anti-ing” that should be done with caution. For many people strong body odors can be modifying by observing and changing one’s diet. Consider using vinegar or baking soda around your house as natural cleansers. Buy an air purifier in lieu of air fresheners which merely attempt to mask odors with further odors. Conserve energy! Stay out of the house in the heat of the day. Read in lieu of television. Dry your clothes in the open air!

What else can you do?

Go outside! Reconnect with nature. Take a hike, jog, get a mountain bike, dirt bike, or go horseback riding. Try something new – surfing lessons are available down in Santa Monica or Venice beach, wind surfing, parasailing, kite flying – many will become lost arts if the next generation commits to video games and on-line activities. Even yoga can and was originally performed outside. Take your mat to the park! Do a sun salute at sun rise! Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

What else can you do?

Consider less as more. In this recession, with this many people on the Earth, do you really need more stuff? After the initial purchase, how much of your stuff do you really cherish? Keep the good stuff, and let the other stuff go. If it’s usable and nice give it to a friend. If it’s usable and less nice, donate to a charity. If it’s unusable PLEASE throw it out! Don’t pass on shirts with stains and holes, pants with worn out elastic, socks without heels – that’s NOT charity! Consider purchasing items European style: i.e. a more expensive but reusable item, such as cloth napkins verses cheaper but must be constantly replaced items such as paper napkins, paper plates etc. You’ll feel better if you eat off of nice plates, the kind you want to pass on to your grandkids.

What else can you do?

Educate yourself. Mark Twain famously said, “Education is the only thing people are willing pay for and not get.” Don’t spend your college career cutting and pasting things out of Wikipedia. Read and absorb the material you are reading, or check out the learning videos on YouTube. You can see demonstrations of just about anything: using a Neti pot, driving a stick shift car. Be a lifelong student. Continue finding things of interest to you. A passive life is a wasted life!

What else can you do?

Be kind to others! Have charity in your heart. If you have the chance to say something nice to someone else, why not say it? Radiate joy.