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Natural Awakenings San Diego

March 2012 Publisher Letter

Feb 28, 2012 08:20AM

How exciting is it to see the words “local” posted on the products we find in our neighborhood stores. “Buy local, eat local” has finally become a mainstream expression. We, at Natural Awakenings, work synergistically with our local markets to promote healthy lifestyles. With that in mind, I would like to thank all the local merchants who distribute our free publication. I also thank all of you, our readers, for caring so much about your health and the health of the environment. Your demand for a healthy lifestyle and diet are the reason this is happening.

And while in this state of thankfulness, I would be remiss to not include all of our wonderful advertisers for making these products available to us and for supporting our publication and our community’s well-being.

We are in a day and age where working together is essential and competition is viewed as a healthy way of doing business. The more natural and sustainable products that become mainstream, the more accessible and affordable it becomes to eat, live and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Survival of the fittest is a theory that no longer applies. Harmony and health is essential to our survival—both in our work place and in our homes.

My youngest daughter is now studying abroad in Spain. One of the first emails she sent me exemplifies both my personal excitement and her overall healthy outlook. She said that she had the same instructor for two subjects and his goal was to teach them and not overload them with homework. I felt her stress reduction through her email and I sent mental gratitude to her teacher. She then noted that she changed her Spanish class to a conversation class and absolutely loved it. She was concerned that reducing her course load from 15 credits to 12 would worry me, but instead, I jumped for joy. Not only did she have the wisdom to make the change but she was inspired to do what felt right.

Immersion into another culture and acceptance of new ways to learn and to listen to your mind and body is an education that text books can't teach. I'm saddened by the excessive homework and stress we put on our children. GPA's alone will not suffice. Creativity, consciousness, and the willingness to shift to a new perspective will help us to make those necessary changes happen in our lives. Restaurants, convenience stores, food delivery services, and even vending machines are all stepping up to the plate and offering healthier food choices. We need to do the same by shifting our way of thinking so our younger generation can make better choices without feeling pressured or guilty that they are straying from the norm. Let's all commiserate and add healthy choices to our children's mental menus. Let's offer them a smorgasbord of wholesome ideas and food to sustain their growth and our planet Earth.

Smiles and healthy menus for all,

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