Searching for the best suitable lifestyle can get very confusing. Should we give up all modern technologies, possibilities, ideas and views and go back to the ancient way of living? Or should we ditch all the wisdom our ancestors gathered and taught us? Meat, eggs and other products made of animals are malicious? Or are vegetarians wicked? Do we all need to be slim and go to a fitness center each day? Is Science trustworthy, or do we all need to become herbalists? So many questions, so many views.
I can’t even remember how long I’ve been interested in all these topics, but for over a decade, I have been gathering information, studied Natural Therapy, Nutrition and Well-Being for both animals as human beings, participated in workshops, etc. In this article, I would like to share my take on lifestyle based on the gained knowledge and my personal experiences. If I learned anything:
The perfect way does not exist.
As human beings, we are all unique and what might be good for me, isn’t automatically good for you too (and vice versa). Maybe you love rice, but your intestines can’t digest it. Due to rheumatism, you can’t go to the gym every day or your religion prohibits consuming beef or pork…Various reasons that differentiate us and therefore I strongly believe we should stop trying to convince one another there is only one way to live. However, there is a way to find a lifestyle that feels good to you and in addition, will make you thrive.
As an animal therapist (specialized in dogs), I always told clients to deepen their knowledge about the pet they added to their family. To packleaders, I explained the basic needs of a dog: clean water, healthy food, shelter, structure, guidance and of course love.
We, human beings, evolve and develop differently in comparison with (other) animals. Animals act and re-act based on their natural instinct, where people mostly don’t trust theirs anymore. Some of us don’t even remember they possess this important quality (behavior).
Yet, our basic needs don’t differ that much from animals. As well as most animals, humans feel better as part of a committed family; no matter the family relation, or how big that family is. Healthy food and drinks are just as important to our health. A roof over our head, enough exercise, structure, clear guidelines …
Natural living means to me, live in such manner
in which all natural needs of you, as a unique human being,
are fulfilled in the 21st century, without forgetting the valuable lessons
Nature and our ancestors taught us.
Beverages and Food
So first of all, let’s acknowledge the important fact we are human beings. Our species need both animal as vegetable nutrients. That doesn’t mean you can’t be a vegetarian or vegan, it means you have to make sure you add supplements as a substitution for important vitamins. For instance, B12 is only to be found in animal products.
I’ve read a rule, you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. Well, I personally don’t like the taste of water and instead drink a lot of tea. About two years ago, I stopped drinking cola and my migraines vanished. Sometimes, I am weak and drink a bottle of this beverage over the weekend: symptoms of migraines immediately noticeable and it’s not worth it to me. So, a whole bottle of cola regularly is a no-no for me.
Eat and drink as much pure, natural food and fluids as possible. Cook your own sauces, stay away from white sugar, most people can’t digest dairy products by nature and even wheat can cause a lot of harm to your health. To me, when healthy, you should respect the specie you are and therefore, a dietary pattern you need to add vitamins and/or minerals on a daily basis, just isn’t right to me.
At the same time, during Autumn and/or Winter take in a (for instance) vitamin D complex, to supplement the decrease of daily sunshine, won’t hurt you either. Eating pure, natural foods doesn’t have to be expensive, preparing your own meals doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming, is delicious and tasteful and your body will thank you noticeable.
Shelter ~ Dreampack
We all live together upon a big ball, but I wish we could all live upon it in peace. My website-logo represents our globe in the shape of a heart, because to me our big Dreampack should and could be a place we all can thrive. As unique individuals, the interpretation of how to fulfill a Dreampack will be very different, since we all have our own specific natural needs.
Guidance, structure, exercise
Did you know the average person needs 8 hours of sleep (consecutive) per day and most people thrive better with a steady day rhythm? For instance, if I sleep four days in a row just six to seven hours a night, because the book I’m reading is so good or I really want to watch the end of a television program, I can’t concentrate and feel unwell during day five. I might even get cranky and who wants that, right?
It really is NOT necessary to fitness or do yoga every day. However, we do have to move each day. It is truly beneficial for your health! There are simple exercises you can do behind your desk or while cooking. Take the stairs more often, instead of sending an email… walk over to your colleague in person. At least once a week workout at a fitness center, ride a horse, swim, hike, dance isn’t going to kill you, hence, you will benefit from these kinds of activities on a physical and mental level.
Nobody really likes to be told what to do and how to live their life. I can be quite a ‘Kruidje-roer-me-nietje’ (Mimosa Pudica) myself, if I believe something isn’t fair, or unreasonable in my opinion. There are times (note to myself too) you really should ask help and reach out to a doctor, specialist, therapist, counselor, coach, trainer, dietitian and take his/her advice.
Science contradicts often, but certified/licensed people studied hard and long, so don’t dismiss everything either. There is nothing wrong with embracing modern knowledge and techniques, if it is reasonable, sounds and feels good to you.
So don’t forget, we are all born naked, and you always remain responsible for your own body and life. Question, challenge, debate, inform yourself, ask for a second opinion, when the advice doesn’t feel right.
Which brings me to our mindset. It all comes down to choices and being prepared to accept the consequences of the decisions you make. We, humans, are the only species on earth who know that it knows (phrase Mr. Leen Mees) and we should, in my opinion, take care of this fact more thoughtfully. That also includes choosing your way of life.
Broaden your knowledge and stick to a lifestyle of your choice for at least thirty days, sixty days is even better. Observe carefully what is happening to your body and your spirit. Most of all, be realistic and honest to yourself. Skipping meat forever, because you don’t want to hurt or kill an animal, fine. Realize, a plant too has senses and is also a living organism.
Consuming fast food every day is a ticket to obesity, diabetes and many other health issues…My biggest bad habit is smoking, which means I have to be realistic and accept the consequences: my teeth are decaying, I am at risk for lung-cancer and/or other health problems, and I will approximately live ten years shorter.
At the same time, allow yourself to enjoy an ice-cream every now and then, join your family on holiday at the local restaurant (by the way, healthy and delicious meals on the menu are increasing), drink a glass of wine a party. As long as you make a well thought-out decision and don’t complain later 😉
Depending on your choice of lifestyle: eat natural food, which you can find at your local farmer’s market, but also in most supermarkets or even at the internet. If possible, grow your own vegetables, raise your own animals to consume, and always with respect for what nature offers us.
Use your barbecue, outdoor grill to cook. Enjoy the convenience of an oven, slow or pressure-cooker. Dig a hole in the ground, use your basement to preserve your food, when you prefer this method. There is nothing wrong with using an environmental friendly refrigerator and freezer instead.
Finding the balance, which is right for you as a unique individual, may not seem easy, and it will not always be, however I believe it is possible.
There are many more examples how to combine natural living with the 21st century. Please, don’t turn your back on modern technology and possibilities, don’t forget we are part of nature either. Boost Your Soul and find that way that makes you energetic and happy throughout the day. Wake up in the morning and like a Dutch melody goes:
“Start the day with a little dance
Start the day with a smile
Being jolly in the morning
Will make you smile all day”
Stop convincing others and yourself there is only one perfect lifestyle, make a choice and dare to live natural in and with the 21st century in a manner suitable to you!
Always, with respect for our big Dreampack and for the lifestyle choices of others.
What’s right for me may not be right for you!
You are and will remain responsible for your own health, your own well-being, your own environment.
When in doubt about your physical and / or mental health, about your life, about specific food choices… A doctor, specialist, dietitian, nutritionist, therapist, or other caregiver may remove your doubts.