When I first started to reallllly get into nutrition and quality of food, I found that living a raw vegan lifestyle was just magic. The vibrant colors of the fresh Whole Foods, the perfect powdered superfoods to color my banana ice cream, and most importantly the way these foods made me feel! Just incredible across the board. How lucky I have been to experience these foods. I don't take it for granted.
I don't believe eating well has to mean breaking the bank, but I do understand that there is a fine line between money and food. We can't all start our journey by spending hundreds of dollars on an inventory of superfoods, herbs, and fancy machines.
However, one place we can start is by educating about the quality of food. And, fruit. ALWAYS FRUIT! We can't live without it and we should most definitely not fear it (we will save that conversation for a later time). How great would it be if food deserts offered more fruit in their gas stations, markets, and liquor stores.
It has taken years of self experience and working with many different clients to understand that needs are different across the board. When you take a look at income, family size, and demographic, most can only afford to start small. And, that is ok. But, intuitive healers, nutritionists, guides, and/or health coaches should at least be aware of this....and, many are not.
Maybe we can't accommodate everyone, but we can always do our best to respect and understand certain living conditions without placing blame or expectations upon an individual.
When I started putting the 8 Week Full Circle Wellness program together, I knew this had to be a higher ticketed program. Not out of greed, but out of necessity for my investment, the value of the program, and because this program is an investment in your health. When we choose to invest, we choose to focus. It is my honor to create something with such immense value to the sustainability of your health but along the way, I am choosing to remember that we are all unique. This means that this program has to be able to accommodate individuals in different living situations, different financial situations, etc. My mission in this program is sustainable health: this means to guide you in a direction that allows you to implement LASTING, and realistic healthy habits.
I want to share an article with you that I found to hold incredible insight across the board. This is a long article so you will want to set aside 10 or 15 minutes to work through it, but this article is so well written focusing on the topics we are facing in this world today: COVID, Systemic Racism, Food Deserts, the Food System, the Medical System, and how they are all related . If you have a tough time understanding this article or are quick to react with judgement or in defense, I hope you choose to take a moment and ask yourself: why am I feeling this way? what am I missing? how can I learn to understand? 13th is a great documentary on Netflix if you need a bit more insight. White Fragility is also a great book.
When George Floyd was murdered by the very system that is supposed to serve and protect, something that has been occurring for hundreds of years, I finally woke up to some deep and hard truths that many of us are completely oblivious to (again, watch 13th). This set in motion a newly lit flame within. This mass awakening showed me that I will never be able to ignore again and through my actions moving forward is how I will do my best to do my part in civil equality and justice.
I am reading, I am watching, and I attempted protesting (not the place for someone uncomfortable in large crowds). But, I am just trying every angle. I have come back to the place that makes sense for me....sharing wellness. This great awakening has allowed me to create a positive shift in the way I educate around chronic illness, autoimmune disease and generational trauma. It has cracked me open. I feel excited to share now more than ever! I will do my part by living consciously, compassionately, and forever educating myself in many different ways so that I am able to serve you: the community. I will do my very best to show up, and to use my voice for justice.
I have also chosen to share a portion of the proceeds from each student registered for the 8 Week Full Circle Wellness program to the following local Detroit organizations:
" Founded in 1999, Ruth Ellis Center (REC) has established a national reputation for quality and innovation in providing trauma-informed services for lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth, and young adults, with an emphasis on young people of color, experiencing homelessness, involved in the child welfare system, and/or experiencing barriers to health and wellbeing.
It is our mission, to create opportunities with LGBTQ+ young people to build their vision for a positive future.
Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ young people are safe and supported no matter where they go."
(Photo credit: ruthelliscenter.org)
"The Detroit Justice Center works alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities.
DJC is founded on the belief that we cannot build cities that work for everyone without remedying the impacts of mass incarceration. This mission requires innovative ways of community lawyering—rooted in defensive and offensive fights for racial justice and economic equity—that build up our poorest residents through direct services and novel approaches to land use, housing, and employment.
We use a three-pronged approach—what we call “defense, offense, and dreaming”—to serve individual clients, build power, and catalyze systemic solutions. Learn more about our Legal Services Practice, Economic Equity Practice, and Just City Innovation Lab."
(photo credit: detroitjustice.org)
"Creating sustainable food communities and feeding over 1400 Detroit families:
This year we are adding 300 families to our Nourish Food Program in the 48214 zip code. Working with our partners Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian Church, MACC Development, and JJ’s House, we are offering families in the 48214 the opportunity to receive a box of food weekly through our partnership with Trader Joe’s.
The current research globally for alleviating hunger shows that communities that create food abundance utilize many tactics including food relief as well as sustainable growing practices in order to alleviate hunger. Sustainable growing practices, including indoor and in ground growing have proven to be very effective in solving food insecurity in emerging communities. Eden Gives is working with community leaders, nonprofit leaders and local citizens in the Islandview and Mack Ave. corridor to create food secure communities utilizing acceptable growing practices that work for the community."
Finding health was not a simple journey for me. I scraped every penny from my $7.40 an hour job to make every meal at home. What I chose to do was start somewhere. I had no education. No hand to hold. I had myself. I was fortunate enough to be in a loving environment so that I was able to focus on myself. I know not everyone is able to even pull together the mental strength to do so. The donations to these local organizations is a way to bring positive mental and emotional health to those in need. It is a place to start.
If you have any questions or would like to chat about the 8 Week Full Circle Wellness program, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program launches August 2nd.
Thank you for your time.
In peace, love, and health,