SIMPLE STEPS TO RECONNECT WITH NATURE DURING YOUR BUSY DAY (part 3) This post is an extension of the two posts THE MISSING LINK, PART 1 and PART 2, where I talk about how to reconnect with nature and rewilding your modern family. As I […]
Month: April 2016
I like to look at our ancestors’ way of living for guidance to solve many of my problems and modern world problems and diseases. I also see an ever increasing interest like in me in other people. Our ancestors and the few tribes left in our modern world know how to live a slow-life without stress and high accomplishment where they look after each other and the natural environment which is their number one foundation to thrive and without our many modern diseases. Chris Kresser expresses here what to me is essential for humans to rewild in a modern world.
Many of us think that our modern and high-tech society can solve all problems. We know best! We’re so highly educated! However, many of us are not thriving in our modern world, struggling with stress, depression, cancer and degenerative diseases. On the contrary, hunter-gatherer people laugh more, experience little to no suicide, no degenerative diseases and their teeth rarely cavitate. They consume a more nutrient-rich diet with fewer calories and they expend more calories but work less.
The 21st-century man is fully domesticated. Few of us have ever killed our own dinner or foraged for wild foods. Most of us subsist primarily upon domesticated foods, we usually purchase them having been harvested elsewhere and by someone else and we eat processed and packaged meals. We’ve separated ourselves from sourcing, picking and preparing our food, and we rarely engage our sense of taste when connecting with our landscape.
Eat more organic and heirloom local produce.
In a “perfect world”, you would be foraging and hunting your own wild foods, as wild foods are very nutrition dense and it’ll bring you closer to your landscape by also tasting it. However, correct identification is a crucial component of good foraging, both for safety and for sustainability. So start looking out for plants that you know is edible. Here in Perth, my family loves walking down the many lane ways picking fruits hanging into the lane way. Urban lane way foraging as we like to call it 🙂 When we’re in Denmark (where I come from) we look for cherries, apples, elderflowers etc. that grown along the roads or paths.
I also suggest that you start growing or buying organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, a traditional variety of plant, which is not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture. The closer the foods you eat are to its wild predecessor the more nutritious and it’s often more robust and less labour intensive to grow. Take for example dandelion that seems to put pop up everywhere compared to iceberg lettuce that needs the soil fluffed, a lot of watering and is an easy target for pests.
How to establish a deeper connection with your food.
Despite the moral challenges of the notion, we humans, like most animals eat the tissues of living or dead organisms from the botanical to the zoological and the fungal to the bacteriological kingdoms of life. We can’t, after all, subsist on sand or stones and we can’t live alone on a regimen of air, water, and sunlight.
- What species are on your plate and in your garden?
- Investigate which wild plants or animals, your food were bred from (its wild predecessor).
- Meet the food that your eat by growing/raising them yourself or visit the species in nature or on the farm.
- Prepare and eat your food with gratitude and make it a social element in your day.
- Eat less processed foods
- Eat more local foods
- Pick food with no or less packing
“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilisation” (Charles Lindbergh) makes so much sense to my everyday dilemmas, raising our son. When I became a mum, my life was turned up side down which is probably how most parents experience it. I was thrown out […]
This post is an extension of my post THE MISSING LINK from last week, where I talk about how to reconnect with nature and rewilding your modern family for great energy, sparkling eyes and a vitality that lasts all day.
RECONNECT WITH THE NATURAL DAILY RHYTHM AND SEASONAL CHANGES.
Connecting with nature isn’t only for hippies 🙂 Study after study shows how people recover quicker when they spend time and interact with nature. Being in contact with nature doesn’t only benefit sick people but everybody. It increases their sense of well-being and reduces stress.
Make it a habit to observe the daily and seasonal changes every day and reconnect with the outdoor environment. It doesn’t take much to look outside when you’re brushing your teeth, taking a break at work, stopping at the red lights, using public transport or getting ready for bed.
- Where is the sun in the sky?
- When does the sun rise and set?
- Do you know the species of the birds you see or hear?
- Can you see the moon during the day?
- Is the the moon full, waxing or waning?
- Where is the moon in the night’s sky?
- Do you recognise any stars or constellations in the night’s sky?
Today the moon has reached it’s first quarter. Tonight, I encourage you to go outside or look out the window. Can you see the moon or is it overcast? Do you see it in the northern, eastern, southern or western night’s sky?
GET SUNLIGHT ON YOUR SKIN, IN YOUR EYES AND GET GROUNDED.
It can be hard to find time during our busy day to spend time outdoors but it’s not impossible and you can start with small and easy changes to your routines and habits. Where can you make a few changes so you can spend more time outdoors?
- Get off one stop before your normal stop and walk the extra distance
- Park further away and walk the extra distance.
- Take breaks outside when possible.
- Eat your lunch in the local park.
- Pee in your garden 😃
Other posts will be coming up covering how to;
- Eat more organic and heirloom local produce.
- Invite the outdoors inside.
- Align you sleep-wake cycle with the natural rhythm.
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There are so many small things that we do each day that are just as easy to do as they are not to do, yet stepping up and doing them can have a profound impact on what your life looks like today as well as […]