Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, Local
The S.O.U.L. approach to wellness begins with an ancestral diet and lifestyle.
An ancestral diet and lifestyle is based on our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who ate nutrient dense foods, led active lifestyles and made time for rest & pleasure. Because of this, our ancestors didn’t develop chronic disease as we do now. The modern world has changed faster than our genes can evolve, but S.O.U.L. living can help us adapt.
When we eat seasonally, we are getting the most nutrient-dense foods available. The nutrients begin to degrade immediately from the time of harvest, so eating seasonally ensures we are getting the variety of nutrients year-round that Mother Nature intended for us to eat.
Just as we embrace seasonal changes in our weather, we can align our lives with the universal seasons to feel more in sync with life itself.
Spring is a time for new life, renewal, and new beginnings.
Summer is a time to be out, taking on adventures.
Fall is a time for transformation and letting go.
Winter is a time to be still, in quiet contemplation and reflection.
For many women, menopause is a season of transformation. It may even be a time where we can (re)invent ourselves and possibly step into our passion for the first time. Just like autumn trees shedding leaves, we can embrace new life on the other side.
We experience many seasons in our lives - times of grief, joy, growth, change and renewal. When we choose to live in sync with the seasons in our lives and embrace where we are, it allows us to feel more at peace and balanced in life and the world we live in.
Choosing organically raised food is beneficial for our bodies, the land, and the animals. By definition, organic farming is done without pesticides, herbicides or other toxic substances that have a negative impact on our health. It also involves proper crop rotation, allowing for a healthy ecosystem and sustainable soil conditions for future generations.
Choosing an organic lifestyle can also mean staying true to our own need for nourishment. Sometimes it can get messy, with strong emotions, difficult feelings, struggles, & obstacles.
As tending to a garden, where we must properly fertilize and keep the weeds out in order for it to flourish, we must care for ourselves in the same way - keeping the toxic stuff out, and nourishing with self-compassion, loving kindness and an attitude of gratitude.
How are you tending to your soil? What kind of fruit are you harvesting?
When you eat whole foods in their natural form, all nutrients stay intact. With each step of processing any food, there is a loss of nutrients. In many cases, manufactures will add back synthetic nutrients because all the natural nutrients were lost in the processing.
SOUL living is more than just the food we eat. Practicing mindfulness, gratitude and play allow our minds and bodies to thrive in their natural form - allowing us to live in the present moment. Even just a few minutes of daily mindfulness practice can help reduce stress and reactivity, and support resilience, peace and self-awareness.
What are some ways you like to include relaxation in your life? What are you grateful for? In what ways do you like to play and have fun?
Eating locally grown foods helps the body stay in sync with what’s around us, and shorter transit time means optimal freshness and minimal environmental impact. Local foods also help support our immune system by building up antibodies against local bugs and pathogens. Not to mention, buying from local farmers supports the community and builds relationships with those who work hard to provide us with food.
Humans are hard-wired for connection. Our ancestors thrived locally: they lived in tight-knit groups, worked together, and relied on each other to survive. Being in community with others, getting to know your neighborhood, volunteering in local outreach programs and supporting local activities and businesses are all ways we can choose a local lifestyle.
Connection and community can be geographically local, but it can also be a group of likeminded folks with common interests or shared values who connect virtually. If you have distant relationships, it might be beneficial to include some geographically local ones as well. When we feel connected, we thrive, and when we feel alone, we don’t. This can have as much impact on your physical health and longevity as your diet, exercise routine, and sleep habits.
Not just surviving, but thriving!
You may experience some of the following benefits:
Reversal of metabolic syndrome
Better gut health
Improved hormone balance
Increased energy and vitality, increased level of happiness
More present, sense of peace/calm (less stressed/less reactive)
Overall increased wellbeing & more balanced lifestyle
Increased self-awareness and self-understanding
How do you want to thrive?