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Think Globally, Eat Locally

We all know that our planet needs our help right now, but we often feel unsure about what to do, where to make an effort, and what will really help. The good news is that we can heal the planet on a daily basis simply by buying and eating food that is grown locally. Food that has been transported long distances doesn’t contain much life force by the time it gets to your kitchen. Making a commitment to shop, buy, and eat locally is not only a very important part of creating positive change, it can also be delicious fun.

One of the best places to begin the adventure of eating locally is a farmer’s market. Stalls brim with fresh fruits and vegetables grown on nearby farms. Not only is this good for the environment, it’s good for the farmers since they benefit from selling directly to the consumer. The consumer benefits, too, from the intimate experience of buying food from the hand of the person who grew it. In addition, the food is fresher and more diverse. In supermarkets, particular varieties of fruits and vegetables are favored due to their ability to survive transport to a far destination. Alternately, at a farmer’s market, you will find versions of the fruits and vegetables you know that will surprise and delight your senses—green striped heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, white carrots, and edible flowers, just to name a few.

Make an effort to buy as much of your food as possible directly from local farmers. You will become one of a growing number of people eating delicious food to save the planet and having fun doing it.

DailyOM

Foodie Friday: Italian Beef with Tomato & Basil

(Serves 1)

Ingredients:
2 slices sourdough bread
2 tsp low fat cream cheese
3 little gem lettuce leaves
1 tomato, sliced
20g bresaola or cooked beef
6 slices cucumber
2 radishes, sliced
A few basil leaves

Method:
Thinly spread the bread with the cream cheese. Layer the remaining ingredients in the listed order on one slice, press down with the other and cut in half.

Foodie Friday: Mexican Veggie Wrap

(Serves 1)

Ingredients:
1 flour wrap
1 tbsp tomato salsa
125g mixed bean salad
Handful rocket leaves
2 tsp Cheddar cheese, grated

Method:
Spread the salsa over the wrap. Top with the bean salad, scatter over the rocket and grated cheese, roll up, tuck in the ends and cut in half.

Foodie Friday: Prawn & Avocado Pitta Pocket

(Serves 1)

Ingredients:
1 wholemeal pitta
1/2 avocado, peeled and sliced
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
8 cooked and peeled tiger prawns
A few basil leaves
Lime juice

Method:
Toast the pitta and cut in half. Fill the two pockets with the avocado, tomatoes, prawns and basil leaves. Add a squeeze of lime juice and season to taste.

Your Wellspring of Energy

Sometimes our lives are so busy that we treat our homes as if they were impersonal places that we merely pass through. But we can make certain that our homes truly feel like our sanctuaries by taking the time to tend to them like gardens, which need care in order to offer us the beauty of their blooms. When we take the time to treat our homes like beloved treasures, we can shift their energy from being merely places to being wellsprings for the replenishment of our energy.

Consider that homes are the outer reflections of those who live within. If we feel that the current appearance clashes with how we’d like to see ourselves, it can keep us from fully allowing our light to shine. Updating our homes to reflect our inner landscape need not involve massive redecorating or a large outlay of money. Small things can make a big difference, like simply moving items so that we constantly gaze upon the things we love the most, liberating the treasures we’ve hidden in our closets, using our best dishes and making small repairs. Organizing and cleaning is a no-cost way to remove chaos from our homes and introduce more calm. Lovingly rejuvenating our personal space can become a creative project that increases the flow of good throughout all aspects of our lives and increases our feeling of connection. We can give old things new life by donating them to charity, opening space for newness to enter. Removing stress from our homes can be as simple as putting our bills into pretty boxes and choosing a specific time to deal with them, or removing clutter so that we and our energy can move freely throughout our space.

Simplifying our space lets our imagination and energy roam free. We can choose to prioritize our homes, making them the true heart of our family’s activities. Then we are free to focus on what really matters—time to ourselves, to share with loved ones, and to replenish our energy so that we have more to share with each other and with the world.

DailyOM


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