By: Bec Robertson
What does it mean to live a plant-based life? And how do you incorporate this way of life into your daily habits and routines?
Living a plant-based life means connecting with the power of nature and its healing/sustenance properties. We can work with plants/plant properties to boost our mood, energy, connection and overall wellbeing. Plant-based life covers more than just food. There are many ways that you can connect with nature and plants to upgrade your life.
As Amy Miller, Naturopathy Student, says:
“When we separate ourselves from nature, we also disconnect ourselves from its incredible healing power, resulting in imbalance and dis-ease within our body. Plant-based eating is a powerful way to reconnect to this source, as food is the most intimate and direct way we experience nature.”
To experience the healing power of nature and plants, try these simple suggestions:
- Experiment with eating more plant-based foods. This kickstarts our nutritional intake and improves bodily functions that rely on the nutrients we consume.
- Rather than walking around your suburb, try hiking in nature. Many hikes are suitable for all levels. Research what hikes you can find in your local area.
- If you love running, swap pounding the concrete pavement for trail running. The varied tracks provide more challenge for developing strong running fitness. And the scenic route is always the best!
- To switch off the chattering mind, sit in an area where you can hear the wind rustling through the trees. Just listen. If you can’t find such a place, there are many free YouTube videos with nature sounds.
- If you are feeling stressed, simply being in a forest, park or garden has immediate impacts on stress levels. Just breathe. Let nature do its work.
- Walk barefoot on the earth. When we release tension through the energy centres of the feet, it also invokes our connection to the universal energy.
Try at least one of these each day. I recommend all six every day for maximum effect.
NB: For any medical or health related conditions, please always consult with a qualified medical practitioner. We love to provide lifestyle inspiration but we aren’t qualified to provide medical advice. Our articles are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. If in doubt, always check in with your doctor.