We live in a processed world. As I’ve been learning to go back to the basics to some degree withÂ my food and healthcare, I’m often surprised at some of the things I assume have just always been the way they are now. How could people have functioned without this, that, or the other? How is this recipe actually made all the wayÂ from scratch? What was done before antibiotics? Chemical pest control? Or toilet paper?!Â No, I’m not looking for an alternative for my toilet paper (that’s an invention I’ll keep for now, thank you), but working around other items that I’ve come to rely on can be scary, because this is my comfort zone. My tastes have learned to match what I’ve been presented with all my life and having to learn a whole new way is terrifying! I like what I like and I want exactly that, but when my body rebels sometimes I just have to suck it up and follow its lead.
My most recent excursion in this area has been in processed food. You might not think of it this way, but processed food is an invention and it’s one that hasn’t served my body well. Under the guidance of my physician I’ve been eliminating things I love, but that my body doesn’t. One of these (sniffle, sigh) is processed sugar. After week one I was proud of my achievement. After week two, I wanted to punch someone in the face. By week three I was pretty exhausted as my body continued to transition and recover, but I wasn’t really cravingÂ sugar inÂ the way I absolutely needed it before. Still, there are those tricky cases where I had to stop and scratch my head thinking, “What do I do now that I can’t use processed sugar?” Case in point:
After a bout of sickness I wanted to help my recovery along by making sure I was getting enough electrolytes. I didn’t exactly know what these were (science has never been my strength), but I’d heard enough motherly repetition in the past to know it was important to some degree. When there’s fluid loss, whether from working out, an extremely hot and sweaty day, or an illness episode, my mental programming reminded me I needed to reestablish these guys.
You can go here for a full rundown on what electrolytes are exactly. I won’t get into the nitty gritty science, but making sure you maintain their presence helps to prevent everything from dehydration all the way to seizures that might result otherwise. In the past the assumption in my family was that you reach for a sports drink, like Gatorade, but since processed sugarÂ wasn’t an optionÂ what was I supposed to do?
After researching I found out that electrolytes (along with a number of other awesome benefits) can be gained from a concoction of hot water, freshly squeezed lemon, sea salt (not table salt), and raw honey (RAW being the key word here). For more information on naturally restoring electrolytes and what each ingredient offers, check out this article. I especially love their mug!
Bolder people than me have made changes for the betterment ofÂ the world.Â While this is an encouraging element to some of my lifestyle changes, at least in the beginning myÂ drastic habit changesÂ have largely been based on demands myÂ body has made that current practices in our processed world just can’t remedy. Out of respect I’ve listened and moved in other directions to serve those needs. In the process I’ve found that when you round that scary bend in the road and discover the alternatives, sometimes an “aha” moment hits you and a whole new world opens up. Yes, it can be scary, but once you see to the other side of fear it can be an empowering path to take with benefits that reach far beyond yourself.
What changes have you made that get you back to the basics, whether in transportation, health, entertainment, or other? What was your experience and how has it affected you and/or the wider world?