OK, hold on to your hats because things are about to get weird for a minute. One of the many people I’ve met along my health journey is a spiritual healer and she is so interesting! She was telling me about the meaning of the spring equinox which I’m going to badly summarize here and then explain why I’m thinking about it.
Spring is the time in the earth’s cycle in which the days start to get longer after the dominance of the darkness during winter, and life springs forth from death. The sun’s journey throughout the year signifies our journey to enlightenment and renewal. Especially this year, which for many of us will be transformative because apparently that’s what happens when Jupiter is in Virgo like it currently is. According to www.cafeastrology.com, during this cycle, health is a particularly prosperous avenue and taking care of our daily lives, routines, work, and health contribute to our sense of fulfillment and attract success. During this Jupiter in Virgo cycle, we place strong emphasis on developing our skills and expanding our knowledge, being of service and helping others, and improving our health. I found this relevant to my life considering my whole health focus. And if Jupiter’s willing to help me out on my health journey then I’d better take advantage!
In thinking about improving my health, something I’ve always wanted to do was to eat more sustainably. I may be using that term wrong so feel free to correct me in the comments. But what I mean is, I want to buy local when I can and organic always. I want to know my farmers and support local agriculture. I want to eat little-to-no processed food and gratefully eat the meat from animals that lived good lives and thank them for giving their life for my nourishment. This is all food related and I will add that I’d also really like to incorporate other sustainability measures into my life like stop using plastic, composting, and canning more, but those are other topics for another day.
So, with the help of Jupiter (and a new job that pays more) I’m finally taking the leap and eating the way I’ve always wanted. I have always been held back by a fear of affordability but the reality is that my poor husband and I have a really big food budget and if we stopped eating out four days per week (don’t judge) we could very easily afford eating higher quality and humanely raised food.
I like to start things with a bang and this is no exception. I’ve decided to do the Whole30 in May as a way to detox my body without going on some sort of extreme fasting diet. If you’re not familiar with the Whole30, allow me to explain. The Whole30 is a nutritional reset. It emphasizes real foods like fresh vegetables, low sugar fruit, and high quality protein and removes inflammatory or unhealthy food groups like sugar, dairy, and legumes. I’ve done three Whole30’s in the past and found them all excellent. I learned about a few food intolerances and I discovered that my body runs better with and without certain foods. For more information on the Whole30 I recommend you check out the website and read the book It Starts With Food which outlines the science behind the Whole30.
I’ll be sharing my recipes, experiences, and emotions as I go through the Whole30. I invite you to participate and I’ll happily make myself available to anyone who wants to chat about their experiences. I’m so excited to take this next step in my health and I hope you’ll join me.