What does it mean
to live sustainably? Is sustainability how we support ourselves and our
families? Or about our impact on the immediate environment or world? Where do
we fit in to the bigger picture?
Many of us are
still just living day-to-day, trying to do our best to manage that day. Between
meal prep, clean up, getting kids to school, working ourselves, paying
attention to bills, or car maintenance or our spouses, how do we fit in all in?
First, we stop,
breathe and really think about how we want our lives to be. What is an ideal
day? Can that ideal day first take into account our own self-care, then our
loved ones, then everything else—including the planet?
For some, living
well could be defined as having enough that we can give back to our communities.
If, every day, we could do one small thing that puts us one step closer to a
healthier life, would that be manageable? When we are healthy, that means more
energy, clearer thinking, a hopeful outlook, good sleep and satisfying
relationships. Health is a foundational choice that says, “Yes, I am okay being
on the planet and happy to be here contributing to the greater good.” What is in
the way of getting to that?
Of course, time
and money are what trip up most folks. But, we all have daily choices we make with
our time and money. If we can sit in front of a TV for one hour daily, then we could
be in a garden watching food grow and tending it in that same time. What will
we get in a month or year after one hour of TV daily? In two or three months of
spending that hour in the garden, we could grow food—clean, organic, tasty food.
After one year of eating that food, what happens? Our skin is clearer, energy is
better, depression cleared, gut problems are gone and we sleep better. That
choice is ours to make every day.
means it lasts. Considering what most folks do with their time and money, we
see those unhealthy results. Stopping even for a weekend and considering what feels
important or life changing could shift our health and our family’s health—by
doing one thing differently daily.
Write it down and
go after those goals.
Start with quitting the junk. Sugar is America’s
biggest addiction, and it is in everything. This means no candy, soda, Red
Bull, cigarettes and most grains like cereal. These products are full of
pesticides, heavy metals and poisons. None of that is leaning us in to healthy.
Drink clean water. Not bottled with BPA, only
filtered water in glass containers.
Get plastic out of the home. Microparticles of
plastic are even showing up in breast milk. Plastics will kill animals, and
that means us, too. Switch out plastic bottles and plastic storage containers
and do not microwave food in plastic.
Money talks. Realize that where we spend our money
means something. Money speaks when we use it wisely in ways that support
health. Imagine if no one ever ate at fast food restaurants again—then they
would shut down.
Get to gardening. Start with a small pot, six to 10
inches across. Make sure it has a hole in the bottom of it and plant organic
lettuce seeds. Put a plate under it to catch the water. Water sparingly every
few days and see what happens. Usually, if it gets a little sunshine and some
shade, sprouts will appear in one or two weeks. Let them grow until the leaves
are six to eight inches tall, then clip off one leaf at a time. Leave the base,
as it will continue to grow more leaves. Enjoy a fresh salad, add in organic
tomatoes, radishes, celery, avocado, carrots and a clean dressing. This could
be a complete meal.
Dr. DeeAnn G. Saber, NMD practices at Transformational
Medicine, located at 2028 East Prince Rd., in Tucson. Transformational Medicine
will host a free talk about sustainability on April 20, at 6 p.m. Connect at
520-209-1755, [email protected] or tfmnd.com.