"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Now let that sink in for a minute. "Be the change you wish to see in the world." This little nugget of gold comes from the wisdom of Gandhi, and no one ever questions the wisdom of Gandhi, right?
My name's Tara, and I'm the Digital Marketing & Communications Manager at Greenfinder. It's this truth that led me to becoming part of the Greenfinder family, and it's this truth that makes me proud to put my time and energy into making eco-friendly and sustainable products more easily available to the world. Because, if not me, then who?
Who else will stand for nature? Who else will help ensure the beauty of this Earth remains for generations to come? Who else will work to ensure my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so forth will be able to enjoy the fresh air, nature and animals that we have the privilege of living amongst today? This is an important consideration for me, because I know the power nature can have on our health all too well.
Last year my health took a turn, and I ended up being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Crohn's Disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in which an overactive immune system attacks parts of your gastrointestinal tract, causing chronic inflammation and other complications such as ulcers and blood loss. Unfortunately there is no cure, however there are ways to mitigate symptoms and (hopefully) achieve remission. What works is different for everyone, however I personally believe that diet and lifestyle play a large role in this, and when you break it down, it all boils down to getting back to nature.
Now, I'm no doctor, and I don't make out to be in any way. However, in my personal journey, filled with lots of trial and error, I've discovered how important a largely wholefood plant-based diet is for my health. I've discovered that steering clear of processed foods, additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, and even certain animal products, really does give my body the best chance for success.
This isn't news. Back in the days before Christ, Hippocrates, our "Father of Medicine", said "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food". So if this is the case, then why stray from nature? Why stray from this gift the Earth has given us?
Beyond diet I've realised the impact of stress on my health. Stress is a big trigger for me, inducing flare ups. Now I don't know about you, but a nice long walk in the warm sunshine by the oceanside, listening to waves crash and people laughing, smelling the saltiness of the water, and throwing my puppies into the picture too for good measure, now that's my happy place right there. I rely on the joy from this happy place to keep me calm, to keep my stress levels in check. (There is a reason we say one should "stop and smell the roses" in order to relax... nature just has that effect on us!)
As I mentioned before, I'm no doctor, and everyone is different. However, just the other day my doctor told me I'm now in remission. Now, that doesn't mean I'm healed forever. I still experience pain and other minor symptoms on a daily basis, and could relapse at any time, without warning. But the fact that I'm in remission, that my body is not currently attacking itself, that my tissue damage and ulcers have cleared up... I truly believe that is largely thanks to the diet and lifestyle changes I've put into place as described above. Changes that, without nature, I wouldn't have been able to achieve.
So yes, to say I'd love for my children, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be able to experience the world as we know it today is an understatement.
For me to be able to stand here and say I'm doing my part to give them that privilege, to give them what they need to be as strong and healthy as they possibly can be, no matter how little my part may be, it truly makes me proud to know that I'm doing what I can for not just my family, but also for yours. That's why I'm proud to work for an eco-friendly business like Greenfinder.
Now, ask yourself. What change do you want to see, and how can you make that happen?
Written by Tara Hajek, Digital Marketing & Communications Manager at Greenfinder