One of the greatest challenges in body sustainability has very little to do with the body itself. Instead, it has everything to do with what we use for fuel. Our industrial world, manufacturing people at an alarming rate, has created a perpetual struggle with food. In order to feed the masses, sustainability, fair trade, care for biodiversity, and nutritional value are the first considerations to be tossed out the window by many of the cheap brands we take for granted. We like Target and Walmart, not because we’re bad people, but because at the end of the day, who doesn’t want to eat well, and not spend their rent money doing it?
Even amongst those who are well versed in Western practices of corporate fitness, there is a powerful reliance on unsustainable products. In sustainable communities like Kalu Yala, chefs and nutrition experts are working together to produce meals that not only keep their impact on the planet small, they replenish and provide powerful nutrition for growth.
In your average American grocery store, there is a section for sustainable food. In my family, we refer to it as the “breeze by isle”, because that’s where the hilariously overpriced organic produce is. According to consumer reports, online retailers like Amazon Fresh, Fresh Direct, and Peapod are great resources for “cheap” organic food. Although all are very effective at undercutting the big retailers, they still face a major obstacle : sustainably sourced and organic food is expensive as shit. In fact, This has a lot to do with how difficult it is for sustainble farmers in the United States and around the world to get connected with markets, and how it’s harder still to get certified as an organic producer.
These barriers force farmers into a bad decision: spend years trying to achieve the standards of food we all deserve and be forced to jack up their prices in exchange for their efforts –or face a wasteland of synthetic drugs, inhumane conditions for livestock, and unsustainable feed sources for them, just to save on costs of production.
Make no mistake, it’s a hard time; for consumers and producers alike. But there are projects, like Kalu Yala, that are working to create systems of production that allow everyone to bed, sustained, and empowered, while
For the students and staff of a sustainabile village, living in the Panamanian jungle, each day may bring a new variety of labor intensive tasks and challenging weather conditions, so the fuel they consume becomes even more vital. you either live the lifestyle, or stay at home.
In the world today, we face a global food crisis. Our diet has slowly become on several staple products, which drastically alter the state of our health. Additionally, eating certain types of food can cause terrible imbalances and even food allergies. What’s more–too much, and we face metabolic crises like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. If we have too little, our capacity for problem solving deteriorates rapidly, our physical capabilities slowly leave us, and we face the same type of zombified slowness people too often associate with people who are overweight!
Nutrition plans are difficult, and hard to accomplish without careful planning while keeping your personal finances in consideration. If you’re like some people, and have the kind of income that can support buying large quantities of whey, fish oil, creatine, and other supplements, more power to you. Not all of us can afford these tools, but there are ways to get around it…This may all seem a bit scary, and it can be. There’s a lot to consider when trying to take on a fitness regime, but it’s easy with the right information.