February 11th 2018.
How many of us go day to day with our typical consumerism habits of not applying very much mindfulness in what we purchase? How much consideration is given to the types of food we buy, the clutter we fill our house with and how much it affects our health? If your like me, I spent many years not giving 2 cents of thought to my own day to day spending habits getting everything we need from a grocery store or big box store simply because a product that fit the form I was after was offered to me and I knew not other reason to think anything differently. If I was buying canned peas or carrots, it was canned peas and carrots and there was no thought in my mind as to where it came from.
I would like to introduce you to a concept I call building a trusted network of staple supplies for your home. In today’s world if we are going to become responsible citizens we need to understand where our staple sources come from. That is because contrary to the thought that we are small and one consumer cannot influence how the millions of other people purchase things, but this is simply not true. You have real power to influence, if you do not believe me try something new for the better and pay attention to how many other people are also on this path, you will surprise yourself. Also even large corporations are struggling to make a tiny extra profit due to the fact that either they grow or bust in the stock market, it doesn’t take as much as our mind tends to tell us.
Making a habit of doing a little research a little at a time to source staple products locally from sources that make you feel good about where you spend your hard earned money gives you a sense of greater purpose as belonging to a community as opposed to singular cooperate consumer. So let’s get right into it. Here is a list of ideas that can be used to get going on this path.
– Visit a farmers market and talk to your local farmers and producers. You will be amazed at the advice you can get about cooking veggies that a farmer can offer you that you just can’t get at a grocery store. For example I noticed that after eating a lot of potatoes, I would find my breath heavier that before so I asked the local farmer for a potato substitute that was lower in starches. I was told that I could combine Rutabaga, Celery Root, Turnip and mash it together as an improved potato substitute that was overall a more healthy option and is less boring in my option.
– If you eat meat find a local butcher who sources from a local farm. Often times it does not cost more money and you will appreciate a much fresher taste and overall value that will keep you going back.
-Supplements. Get your supplements from a local owned natural food store. Often times these small food stores will have a person on staff who specialized in supplements and can give you valuable advice for helping select the right supplements for your needs. These local owned shops take greater care to source supplements from reputable suppliers which you will be glad you did.
– Bakeries are a great place to find a possible trusted supplier. You can talk to your baker about the ingredients they use, such as if they are sourced from local sustainable growers or if you have particular concerns due to food allergies.
These are just a few of they ways we can apply mindfulness in our day to day shopping habits which can go along way to make us feel good about where we give our vote (dollar) for the type of world we want to live in for the sake of our health and passing along good habits to the younger generation.