Gaian Living

Gaian Living is more of a broad philosophy on living a healthy
 and environmentally friendly lifestyle than a rigidly defined way of living. 
~ Cranky Goat

Gaian Living incorporates the basic premise behind the Gaia Theory (see next page) and fuses it with sound scientific principles; then combines that with the latest research on longevity, genetics, nutritional optimization and general fitness; and finally merges it all into a simple yet comprehensive planet friendly Lifestyle Guide with a Nutritional Database grounded within the following S.O.L.E. food principles:

Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical (SOLE) food is part of a larger movement to change the way that people eat, and the sources of their food. Proponents believe that eating SOLE food will help people to live longer, healthier lives, and will also benefit the environment. They also believe that it is important to combine all of the elements of SOLE, as food could be organic but not ethical, or local but not sustainable. It is hoped that SOLE food will enhance our connection to the environment, food producers, and our food. Adherents of the SOLE food movement range from proponents of slow food worldwide to major corporations which are trying to change the way they care for their employees and the world.

The sustainable part of SOLE food refers to farming and harvesting processes which are supportable in the long term. For example, a farmer who rotates crops and allows fields to lie fallow is farming sustainably, because the land will continue to support agriculture for centuries if well cared for. A farmer who continually plants the same crop and douses the land in fertilizer is not farming sustainably, because this exhausts the land. Proponents of SOLE food believe that the growing global population is putting intense pressure on the food supply, and that the only way to guarantee food for future generations is to start thinking long term, and farming in a sustainable way.

The term “organic” in SOLE food is a nod to organic agriculture, which is a type of sustainable farming practice. Organic agriculture goes another step, though, and tries to take care of the environment in general by producing food naturally, without the use of herbicides and pesticides. Organic farmers rotate crops, use natural pest control, and do not use artificial drugs or hormones for their animals. Most organic farmers also adhere to humane standards which dictate the amount of room animals have to move in, and how animals are slaughtered.

Adherents of SOLE food also believe that it is very important to obtain food locally. Food that comes from long distances is highly inefficient, and uses a lot of fossil fuels for transit. Local food also supports the local economy by keeping food dollars local, rather than in the hands of large companies and agribusinesses. Eating local also allows for a greater connection to the people who produce food, and helps to bridge the gap between city dwellers and farmers, consumers and producers.

Finally, SOLE food should be ethically produced. Ethical food standards include concepts like Fair Trade, which ensure that people are paid a living wage for their labor. But ethical food is also food that is produced humanely and in a way that benefits the environment. Companies which produce ethical food are expected to pay their workers well, complement the communities they live in, donate to ethical charities, and care about more than just the bottom line of profits.

By combining these four cornerstones, SOLE food proponents believe that they will both nourish their body and the environment in a healthy way. With rising concerns about food supplies, food contamination, and obesity, many consumers are turning to SOLE food to make changes in their lives, and in the way food is produced globally. It is also hoped that a growing demand for SOLE food will result in higher production and lower prices, making it accessible to all consumers, not merely the wealthy.

One should eat to live, not live to eat.
 ~ Molière

Your health and well being rests in your hands and yours alone. There is much in life you cannot control but that part of life with which you do have control, do so with vigilance and determined persistence. Calvin Coolidge famously stated the following:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race...

Gaian Living’s perspective is one where building a healthy lifestyle is much like climbing a mountain – pardon the obvious goat based metaphor. The challenge is always before you and there is effort involved – unfortunately, we have become a global society obsessed with quick fixes and we have forgotten the simple virtues of persistence and determination. As individuals, we need to look for things to hold on to, handholds and footholds that feel solid and that you trust. Once you have found them, climb steadily moving from one hold to the next, ever ascending, until at last you reach the summit — satisfaction with your health and overall comfort in your life. A goal which so few of us truly seek, let alone attain… Live Simply. Live Healthy. and Live Happy!

Irregardless of your level of monetary wealth – to handle the unexpected and prevail over adversity, we all need personal faith and trust in our abilities to endure. It is our life to live, and the only one we will get, so learn to make the most of it and live life fully. Personal faith does not come from religion, it comes from the heart and the mind. The power to endure comes from our ability to remain agile and to adapt to changing circumstances. Change happens – life goes on; it can’t be stopped. The passage of time cannot be slowed or halted. We all grow old, how well we age as individuals is largely up to how we choose to live our lives. That is all there is to it – no fancy mumbo jumbo, no flow charts or set rules … we often make life far more complicated than it needs to be. Learning to Live Simply, Live Healthy and perhaps most of all Live Happy – it is definitely Gaian Living’s philosophy towards life!

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