#jackfruit Hmmm... I’m a bit on the fence about this wonder-fruit because I've yet to find a recipe that I actually like. Do you like it, if so why? “Food researchers are trumpeting the potential for jackfruit to become a staple crop on a warming planet. ...” #healthyfood #foodie #inspired #eatwell #wellness #bewell #wellnesswednesday #vegetarian #greenliving #sustainable #sustainableliving
In 2018 I did a personal 21-day vegan challenge and quickly discovered that was not the best lifestyle choice for me. I’m more interested in clean eating incorporating fresh fruits vegetables, which I love, and lean fish and poultry with a healthy balance of carbs into my diet. This along with proper rest and exercise seems to work well for me until life happens and I get off track.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes focus and discipline particularly as when your balancing a lot. For me, between family, work, school, travel and maintaining my lifestyle business all I want for breakfast lunch and dinner is French fries and a Diet Coke!
Having a proper diet with daily exercise could easily take a back seat to in my busy lifestyle. A recent plunge of my body into exhaustion has forced me to recognize that it is time to hit the reset button.
Listen to Your Body
Flying back home from a recent class meeting at Virginia Tech, where I’m working on the Executive Masters of Natural Resources degree, I felt drained. When I got home from the airport, I thought my husband may have to carry me up the stairs and put me to bed. A steady continued decline ensued over the next couple of days. For the entire weekend I was limited in my ability to focus.
My body was reacting to the constant on the go pounding I put myself through. I’m a very determined person do I will push myself no matter how I feel, to get things done. Now in a state of fatigue I had no choice but to stop and be still.
Getting Back on Track
Not only does stillness help with focus, being still also makes you more present and centered. That weekend I got very still putting off my normal run around errands to the salon, grocery shopping, etc. On Friday night I sipped on a cup of detox tea and drifted off to bed early. I woke up the next day feeling somewhat refreshed and energized; that lasted a couple of hours before I was completely exhausted again.
"why are you doing this to yourself, taking on a new career in sustainability, graduate school, and writing.... why do you even care about saving world?"
I settled back into bed to read, asking myself "why are you doing this to yourself, taking on a new career in sustainability, graduate school, and writing.... why do you even care about saving world?" Before those self-defeating thoughts could take root in my mind, I came across an article about jackfruit while taking a mental break from studies.
According to the Guardian, the trendy vegan fruit Jackfruit, or chakka in the local language, Malayalam, has flourished in Kerala, southern India for thousands of years. Said to be the largest tree born plant on the planet it is pest and drought resistant estimated to weigh as much at 35kg in South America and South-east Asia. Vegetarians and vegans across the world are loving this healthy alternative to meat that mimics pulled port.
The Guardian goes on to say that food researchers are trumpeting the potential for jackfruit to become a staple crop on a warming planet. Now that caught my attention. As a student of natural resources I'm interested in learning about sustainable food options. Per the Guardian, “the thing about jackfruit is that it’s huge – one of the biggest tree fruits in the world,” said Danielle Nierenberg, president of the Food Tank, a Washington DC-based food study institute. “It’s large enough that families can eat one fruit for a long time. It takes relatively little care, doesn’t need a lot of irrigation and is resilient to pests and disease. So if we’re thinking of foods for the future, jackfruit is what we should be thinking about.”
Researchers have gone as far as to suggest it could replace wheat, corn and other staple crops that may come under threat because of climate change.
The article inspired me to reset my mind and my body, and it also reminded me that while I may not single-handedly save our planet, I must remain steadfast in my desire to approach new things with wonder. As humans we are built to replenish and nourish ourselves. Much like our beautiful Earth, we have more than enough inside to sustain ourselves. It is time to hit the reset button.
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