Before The Pure Living Expo, I just dabbled in holistic-ness. I had one foot in the holistic pond and the other foot still stuck in the main stream.
But this weekend, I went from part holistic to, like, whole holistic.
All kidding aside, integrating a better lifestyle has been an ongoing process for me.
I want a rockin’ immune system.
I want some really strong intestines. Healthy intestines are the hot look for 2015. Our intestines are the center of...everything, like good skin (that’s a plus) and mental stability (call me crazy, but sane is pretty hot, right?).
So as I was attending the Pure Living Expo (formerly known as the Raw Expo) in Sedona, Az, I saw some gorgeous people of all ages. The crowd was bounding with energy and was a-glow with radiant, supple skin.
So if a holisitic lifestyle makes you look and feel so good, why isn’t everyone into this?
I know many a conventional eater who has had the non-pleasure of meeting an over-zealous vegan, who in trying to win the battle lost the war. I don’t know who this vegan was, but he definitely got around and yelled at a lot of people. In reading the comments section on Facebook's newsfeed, you learn a lot about the world. I’ve learned that non-vegans hate vegans because at one point that one overzealous vegan made them feel bad, like tried to make them out to be cruel for eating animals or made them feel stupid for not knowing how much water it takes to produce a pound of meat. (It takes about 700 gallons, or so I've been told) And what happened from all this berating? The conventional eaters didn’t stop their practices – they tuned out the annoying vegan and continued eating drive-through hamburgers.
Guerrilla tactics don’t help anyone.
I’m not exactly a vegan. I’m more of what one comedian calls an ovo-lacto-pesco-hypocritearian.
But I can’t eat dairy anymore because my acupuncturist tells me that it gives me too much "damp", and I don’t eat fish anymore because I don’t want to completely destroy our already decimated oceanic ecosystem, and I only eat eggs that come from chickens that I personally know from two degrees of separation or less and who have well defined calf muscles, if you know what I mean. So basically, I guess I’m practically a vegan by default.
Now, I should clarify that some people living a holistic lifestyle are vegan, and some are not. Some are fruitarians (you don't have to stretch your imagination too far to understand the gist of this), some are whole foodists, and others are doing other things.
But regardless of the dietary particulars, people living a holistic lifestyle care about their bodies, animal welfare, and the planet. These are good goals.
A lot of consideration goes into holistic products. Every ingredient is carefully selected, and there is an emphasis on minimalism and sustainability.
And today, I got the holistic mother load.
I got bags full of free product – product that I will use and love. And the samples that I tried were not only tasty, but reparative and detoxifying. That’s what I’m talking about people.
I’m a pay it forward kind of gal. I want 50-year-old me to look back at 30-year-old me and say, “thank you.” Now, my 30 (something) year-old self looks back at my 20-year-old self and says, “Girl, you got lucky.”
For the rest of the story on holistic products and services from the expo, stay tuned for the next blog post and check out the Products Giveaway page.