I have been hearing a lot of the “it’s all too hard, why bother?” mentality lately. Or “what’s the point? what will one little change do?”
But I would like to suggest this mind-blowing concept:
There is no such thing as a little change. Sure, it may be something that seems small, like switching the brand of yoghurt that you buy to one which has no additives or frankenfoods, is simply milk and a culture. Firstly, small changes like this have a big impact on your body. So to your body, which relishes changes like this, nothing is a small change. You give it stuff that it can actually digest and use, you give it more goodness, more energy, more drive to get through the day and then some. To your body, every change is big. Secondly, small changes inevitably roll into one another in one big wave of change and before you know it everything is completely different. This is exactly how it happened for us.
I bought my thermomix. I started cooking more from scratch. I read a fantastic book by a superb nutritionist, Cyndi O’Meara. I started making some changes based on information in her book, and soon my kitchen cupboards underwent a complete transformation. We had more energy (particularly me; I have come to think that I am very sensitive to a number of different additives out there). We were happier. Our food was yummier. It was cheaper. We were chucking out less plastic junk because all of our foods were being cooked by us, not coming wrapped in plastic. We were no longer supporting the supermarket giants or big bad companies with big bad reputations. How’s that for little changes becoming one huge change?
We helped ourselves, but we’re also helping the environment and helping local businesses…
Every “little” decision and “little” change that we make for ourselves has this rollover effect onto other domains, which only amplifies the change and turns something small into something big.
So there is a very big point to all this change, and it’s not too hard. And it doesn’t matter that you are only one person. Your children (or future children) will learn wonderful lessons from you. And you will influence your friends and family to start down the same path of “little” changes. And that’s worth more than any personal gain, in my book!
You don’t have to be over the top about it (although I happily admit to being over the top myself). If you don’t have the time/capabilities/resources/whatever, then don’t try to change too much. But change something. And then when you’ve changed that something, then change something else. To use a wonderfully fantastic cliche, be the change you want to see in the world. 🙂
And remember Aussies – National Additive Free Day is fast approaching! Friday November 4th. Bake an additive-free cake to take to work! Host an additive-free morning tea for your friends! Make a pledge to eat additive-free ALL DAY! Do something, because it all makes a difference. 🙂