As our founder, Cassie Day has taught us, “Our body is our home, it is the only place we have to live”. When we treat it with the love and respect it deserves, we see it give back to us in energy and strength. We gain the confidence and capability to love bigger and deeper, and the acceptance to truly be ourselves.
What does this really mean?
When your focus is on tuning in and giving your body what feels good, your body gives back. The weights you’re lifting in the gym work to build your muscles and your body gives back by making you stronger. The food you give your body to refuel, gives you the energy to carry on your day and tackle anything that comes your way. You give back to your body by recognizing when it is tired and needs rest, when it is hungry, when it’s ready to move and when it needs time alone. By giving and receiving in this way, we are choosing to create a healthy relationship with our mind and body.
“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”
— Diane Von Furstenberg
When contemplating our relationship with ourselves, we must also consider our relationship with the earth around us. The air we breathe, the clothes we wear, the food we eat all come from the earth. We are not one on the earth, but rather a part of it. Humans are no different than a bird or a tree species. We rely on the earth for the nutrients and shelter needed to survive. Once upon a time, we gave to the earth by taking care of its plants and animals, and in return, it gave us our life necessities. This relationship allowed us to coexist in a way that left both parties happy and healthy. There was mutual respect and care, just like our bodies at All Day Fit. As the industrial revolution began, our connection to growing our own food began to diminish. When was the last time we took care of our own hen to collect an egg? Or picked our own blueberries? All we have to do now is to simply go to a grocery store. Our connection to the earth has changed and it has me wondering if our respect for it has changed a bit as well.
“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
Though there are many ways we, as humans, can continue to giving back to the earth (read more about them here) one way, in particular, we can contribute is by taking only what we need from the earth. If you read Babs article on meal prep, you’ll know the time and money saved, nutritional benefits and fun you can have while meal prepping… but have you ever thought about the environmental impacts as well? Meal prepping entails thinking about and planning your week ahead. By making a grocery list and sticking to the items you know you’ll need this week, you reduce the risk of buying excess groceries and wasting them. An article on CBC states that 58 percent of all food produced in Canada – 35.5 million tonnes – is lost or wasted each year. That’s a heck ton of food!! I challenge you to give meal prepping a try and to further your cooking by thinking about the process it took for your food to come to you. We need to connect with the environment to fully complete our relationship with ourselves, and in time we will begin to take care of each other again.
Thank you for reading.