Earth Day is a very special holiday. It’s a reminder to recognize the amazing gifts the Earth delivers to us, each and every day. Over the last 3 years, I’ve made an incredible transformation into a tree-hugging Earth lover. I’ve eliminated things in my life that I thought were essential; I’ve found alternatives to many products I thought I could never live without; and I’ve changed my diet to a “kinder” one, that doesn’t rely on the pesticide use, antibiotic application, raising, and transportation of animals. I’m no eco-god though. I still have a few things I do that are definitely not as kind to the environment as I’d like.
We should make changes where we can, and hold on to what's important to us, until we can make a sustainable switch . I’m not perfect, but I do make meaningful, small-scale changes that impact the environment in a big way. I’m striving to change some of my less-than-savoury environmental practices mentioned above over the next year. I’m a baby-step kind of girl, I’m not hasty. No health or environmental change I’ve ever made has been instant, but I do try to do a little something each day to improve. It’s incredible to look back and see the changes that have happened over the last 50 years regarding environmental achievements, and I hope to be able to witness firsthand, even more of those changes over the next 50 years.
At the end of this year, I’m planning my “Ultimate Hippie Vacation,” where I intend to head to the west coast, hit up San Francisco; drive along the pacific coast highway; explore, hike, and practice some yoga in Big Sur and Yosemite; and drink plenty of green juice. Part of this trip is to celebrate my recovery after the year-long annoying sickness and surgery, and the other part is just to step out of my comfort zone, and experience something awe-inspiring, fun, and brand new. And since all hippies need a good granola recipe, I thought I'd create one that I can take along with me during my west coast hikes. This hippie-approved granola is filled with oats, buckwheat, carrots, and cinnamon. It’s good for you, the planet, tastes like carrot cake, and has Earth lover written all over it. I like this au naturel for snacking, or as a mini-meal with my East Homemade Cashew Milk.
Let’s all do something nice for the planet today. Hug a tree! Eat some granola! Choose glass over plastic! Baby steps will eventually turn into a long walk. Enjoy this wonderful day, fellow Earth friends!