Archives for October 15, 2018

Palm Oil: The Hidden Monster in Your Processed Foods

Everyday, countless people stroll up and down grocery store aisles making selections to nourish themselves and their families.

We are highly influenced by the shapes, sizes, colors, and words that define these product brands. With time, we may even begin to establish an attachment to certain products, making our ritual market runs predictable and mindless.

In so many ways, we are deeply involved and invested in these choices, yet, how many of us actually know what goes into the products we support and where and how they are sourced?

Due to our rapid-paced, convenient-food culture, consumers tend to know very little or nothing about the products they’re purchasing, and companies know that most people do not care enough to make these corporations change their ways.

It is my hope to shed light onto one of the most destructive, non-sustainable food ingredients prevalent on our shelves today: palm oil.

It’s already well-known to be destructive on our environment and wildlife, yet somehow, this sneaky ingredient has managed to find its way into nearly fifty percent of packaged products in the US today.

  • Packaged noodles
  • Your favorite snack foods
  • Cereals
  • Washing detergents
  • Cosmetics
  • Hygiene products
  • ….and so much more

Why Should You Care?

  • Palm oil is now recognized as one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction as rampant plantation growth devastates some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.
  • Palm oil is responsible for globally significant carbon pollution.
  • According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area equal the distance of 300 football fields of rainforest is destroyed each HOUR to create room for the palm oil industry.
  • Precious rainforests are burned in order to clear land for plantation development, adding to the already prevalent issue of human induced climate change.
  • The release of smoke into the atmosphere from these deforestation practices has given Indonesia the rank of the third highest ranking greenhouse emitter in the world.

These circumstances alone are enough to sound the alarm, but unfortunately, it’s just the beginning of the devastation.

Loss of Habitat

  • More than 190 threatened species are impacted by the palm oil industry’s deforestation practices. Some of the most vulnerable animals, such as the Sumatran Rhino, Sumatran Elephant and the Sumatran and Bornean orangutan are on the verge of extinction as their habitats are wiped away.
  • The orangutan, the irreplaceable poster-child for the anti-palm-oil industry, is predicted to become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years if we do not bring these practices to a halt. An estimated 1000-5000 orangutans are killed each year due to over 90% of their habitat being destroyed in the past 20 years. The United Nations has dubbed this situation a conservation emergency.

Our pleasure and modern-day consumer conveniences are occurring at the expense of our ecosystems, and these damages will be irreversible if we do not create change NOW.

Human Right Violations

  • Indigenous Peoples are forcefully removed from their communities and precious land.
  • Drinking water from streams and rivers that once provided clean hydration have dried up due to water being redirected and privatized by plantations.
  • Local people are deprived of opportunities to create alternative, environmentally sustainable businesses. This lack of economic potential adds pressure for local people to work for the very plantations that rob them, exposing them to hazardous conditions leading to long-term health impacts.
  • Child labor and modern-day slavery still occur on these plantations. This is a very real issue.

What You Can Do

So why am I telling you all of this? Because sadly, we’re the ones paying for it.

  • Get clear and real on what the true cost of our purchases are by researching everything. The industries are deliberately and effectively omitting the truth from us, and it's our job to put the time in to look for the truth.
  • Shine the light of awareness on this issue by talking and writing about it (with love, not judgment, please).
  • Spend money only on products that come from industries that align with our values to protect the planet, its precious creatures and each other.

Too often, we are lead to believe that our individual choices are too small to make a difference. But united as consumers, we have the ability to shift our consumerism landscape to trend towards longevity, sustainability and integrity for all.

Spread the word. Share this article. Support this issue coming into the collective awareness by sharing it in dialogue or in social media. And most importantly, leave palm oil products out of your shopping cart.

Join me in saying “no” to palm oil.

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Always Do Your Best: A Motto to Live By

Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if you always tried your best, no more or no less.

Imagine for a moment the amount of mental and emotional energy you would save yourself by dissolving feelings of guilt, blame and self judgment.

Imagine for a moment the self-love, acceptance and celebration you welcome into your heart when you say no to feelings of regret and remorse.

Give yourself the assurance to embark on this journey of radical self-acceptance. Embrace and accept this invitation to put this simple, yet profound principle into practice to shift and transform the way you perceive and relate to your efforts.

If you always try your best, you can trust that its always enough.

Honor Where You’re At

Our best can and will change from moment to moment. Just like the ever-changing, impermanent nature of life, our capacity to kick-ass and take names will vary on many circumstances.

Our health, mood and energy levels will all influence what our best looks like at any given moment. At times our best may feel high quality, while others, not as much.

For instance, our energy first thing in the morning versus after a long day of work will yield different capacities for what our best looks like.

Learn and know that this is more than acceptable.

By always doing our best according to where we are at in this moment, we can strive and excel when we feel rested, healthy and powerful, while honoring our needs with cautious pace when we’re not feeling super charged.

By honoring our natural cycles of plowing forward and receding back for recuperation, we allow ourselves to live in accordance with our natural waxing and waning experience.

There are times and activities of speed and exhilaration that can multiply our enthusiasm and energy on some days, that can burn us out and leave us depleted at other times.

Tune in with what your best looks like at any given moment.

By doing so, you preserve your precious energy to excel in all you pursue with a greater care and attention to your sustainability and longevity. By doing so, you go with yourself instead of against.

Curb Your Inner Critic

So you were able to knock out a full-laundry list of chores in one morning, while juggling deadlines and showing up early for your business lunch?

Cut yourself some slack for not feeling mega juiced up to knock out more come the evening.

Put your foot down towards self-judgment and self-abuse.

Dismiss the inner critic that may size up and compare your previous performances and achievements. Understand and observe with skillful view that many of our habitual patterns have been firmly established through countless experiences and affirmations. We may not always create change or bring goals to fruition at the speed in which we desire, but we can always try our best.

Recognize your energy levels, mood, and the quality of your experience in your body (Are you feeling relaxed or tense?) as signals and communication from your body of what your needs are.

Don’t give your inner judgments permission to neglect and deny time for vital self-care and rejuvenation practices.

If you strive to do your best in each moment, you can eliminate the urge to judge yourself, dissolving needless blame, guilt and self-punishment.

When and if the inner critic rears its head, casting doubt and criticisms of your efforts, you know you’ve got the answer:

“I did my best, and that’s always enough.”

Dissolve Remorse

Your best is always enough.

Chances are, life has already dished out enough experiences to show you that things won’t always go the way we want them to. Despite the ebbs and flows of life not perfectly aligning with our preferences at all times, we are granted countless opportunities throughout our lives to show up to the best of our abilities.

From the easeful, joyous, celebration times to challenging, “didn’t see that coming”, bumps in the road, if we arrive to each moment of our life willing and able to do the best we can, we can dissolve any remorse or regret.

With this one simple truth, we can liberate ourselves from the mental bondage of self-accusation and regretfulness.

Give yourself permission to celebrate your earnest efforts in all circumstances and expressions of your life.

It is more than enough.

Inspired by Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements.”