Personally, I believe a big part of why obesity is at an all time high is because one’s day-to-day activities and purpose are much different today. Most people have less purpose for the little activities (common tasks) that used to be an essential part of our daily life and yet are neglected today. I think when we engage in the activities of our ancestors, we are fulfilling a little piece of ourselves that needs replenishment. So, how can you get back to your roots? Let’s find out.
Relationship with Food
The first, and most obvious, is our relationship with food, and the amount of time we spend with it before consumption. In the age of extending a pale hand through a drive-thru window (one repetition) or cooking dinner out of a square box, people preparing and making their own food is at an all time low. I strongly agree with the notion that we are missing an essential spiritual element when we don’t prepare our own food. Create a new relationship with food by:
- Heading to the farmers market this weekend and grabbing some delicious produce from a locally grown farm
- Starting your own mini garden in your backyard or on your apartment deck.
- Setting a weekly limit on eating out and focusing on finding healthier restaurants.
Spending Time Outdoors
Hanging out in the woods… when was the last time you did that? I believe there is nothing that brings us back to our ancestral roots more than looking up at the night sky, deep in the woods. The farther away from the bright city lights, the deeper the feeling becomes. Get outdoors and try:
- Trail Running
The ambiance is uniquely grand, and the rustling trees, the crackling campfire, and the loud silence are tonics that cannot be manufactured or replicated anywhere. I think the more we engage in “getting back to our roots” the better our lives will be.