By Charlynn Avery
My organic living “Aha!” moment was during my study of micronutrients for a holistic nutrition diploma.
The word “organic” has always been important to me. What is derived from living matter is organic – not only in the context of plants, but all life. Organic means authentic, real and alive.
My conscious choice to live organically was an early moment in adulthood when I realized that I wanted to live a life that was authentic and real. I had already began surrounding myself with organic products and making choices that reflected that ideal. However, it wasn’t until I educated myself about the impact of organic living on my health and wellbeing that I made the shift to where I am today. Organic ceased being an idyllic word and became a life priority.
Organic food helps us thrive
In the thick of a diploma program for holistic nutrition, I was immersed in understanding the importance of micronutrients – vitamins and minerals that are essential and vital for normal growth of living organisms. During my childhood, I learned about the necessity of vitamins to grow, but in adulthood I actually made the connection that what I feed myself also is about nutrients — not just taste. We absorb and use micronutrients so much more effectively when they come from our food rather than if we just rely on supplements. If I eat well, with nutrition in mind, I feel better.
At the same time, I found myself watching film after film about the food we eat as part of my education. I learned about what we eat, where it comes from and how food that is not grown organically has resulted in a decline in our health and quality of life. The first film I watched, Food Inc., was the catalyst for change in my world. I realized that nutrition wasn’t just about giving up fast food or junk food – I was already doing that.
Rather, nutrition is about making sure that my body has the appropriate fuel it needs to not just live, but to thrive — and that means choosing organic. I had spent years learning about holistic health, yet wasn’t getting the most out of the food I chose to eat unless I chose organic. I often let price make the ultimate decision rather than nutritional value, and spent more money seeking healing as a result. Change had to happen immediately if I wanted health, vitality and a long and happy life.
Living organically elevates us
Now, organic living is more than food to me. It also is about paying close attention to the world around me. It is in the choices I make in what I wear and how I take care of my skin. It is in the choices I make about how I treat my home and loved ones. It is a daily part of my career and reflected in my work life. And it is in the decision that (sometimes) spending more money in the short term on organic food is saving me money on health care in the long term.
Living organically is powerful and can truly elevate us. My health is the best it has ever been since that organic living “Aha!” moment for me became a daily practice. The result is reflected in what is important to me down to the core – achieving a life that is healthy, authentic and protective of what I love most. An organic life is the only life for me and it is the best life I could possibly imagine.
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About the author: Charlynn Avery, aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia, is on a quest to change the way we look at health and healing in the U.S. She has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist, and currently holds additional certifications in Holistic Nutrition, Thai Massage and Life Coaching. Although she loves natural healing, she loves spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park Passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport.