Making a difference

Have you seen the fortune teller comedy sketch by Micheal McIntyre? It’s  June 2019 and he asks to know what will happen for him next year. And is rather surprised and disturbed by what he’s told. It is funny but also poignant. Ask anyone this time last year to predict their 2020, and I doubt anyone would say our current reality. If you’ve not seen it, have a look here.

The ramifications of the Covid 19 pandemic, which is still affecting a huge percentage of the world’s population, will be felt for many years to come. Sudden change is traumatic and there has been so much loss – of loved ones, freedom, finances and much more. People are starting to talk about a new normal. Of how life will be post-Covid 19. It’s difficult to picture, and worrying too. But it’s also a huge opportunity to make changes that will have a positive impact, because the route being followed was taking us all off a cliff-edge.

Climate damage, excess consumerism, health, social inequalities – you name it, they’ve all been players in the mess we’ve found ourselves in. And who’s to blame? It’s not some poor bat or pangolin. But us humans. Mother Nature has put us on the naughty step for being reckless and disrespectful. This article expresses it well.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, because being in lockdown has also highlighted quite how quickly things can change for the better. Cleaner air, community support, raised awareness – a desire for something different. News items report how quickly air pollution drops, how there’s no demand for coal-fired power stations (did you know the UK has not used coal for 67 days now but increased use of renewable energy?) and how nature reclaims it’s territory (like these flamingoes in India).

Questions are being asked, like:

  • why is it people of colour have a higher risk of death from Covid 19?
  • How come the phrase ‘but they had underlying health conditions’ has become so dismissive?
  • What are we doing to protect and support the vulnerable in our society?
  • What can I do to make a difference going forward?
  • How can we make the world a better place?

I don’t have all the answers. But I do know that there’s much that I can do as an individual to make positive changes for myself and my family. But once a nurse, always a nurse, and I really want to support others to do the same.

Health and well-being has always been my passion. The human body is the most incredible piece of kit, far more capable than any computer or machinery we can make (so far!). It can be pushed and pushed, but at some point it runs out of resilience. And, as someone with a selection of chronic health problems, it’s not much fun!

But I can say there is much that can be done to improve health and well-being, even when it’s gone awry. And given the right support, it can start to heal, just like nature has. Which is awesome!

And of course, you won’t be surprised that my starting point for making positive change is with food! A whole-food plant-based diet has an amazingly positive effect on the body, providing nourishment and vitality, helping it to heal and be well.  And of course it can help prevent you from becoming sick in the first place. This is how I minimise the impact of my multiple sclerosis and also prevent the progression of skin cancer and a blood anomaly that has the potential to turn into a blood cancer. I really do live this stuff every day!

It’s also less demanding of natural resources, has a lower impact on the environment and lets animals get on with their life with minimal interference (as there’s still some as we all affect each other in some way).

So here at The Sensitive Foodie Kitchen, I’m determined to continue to share information and support others to eat great food that supports health and the environment. But also to make it accessible to all. That means affordable, relatable and relevant. Some of it is already available, some is work in progress.

What does that mean?

  • I will provide clear, accessible, evidence-based information that is practical and achievable
  • Continue to provide free resources on my blog with recipes, articles and information
  • Free on-line learning with my short course ‘Eating whole plant foods for health
  • Continue with weekly live cooking sessions on my Facebook page
  • Create more cooking videos for my Youtube channel
  • Continue to run my 5 week course Eat Well Live Well Online to support people to learn more and make positive change
  • Develop new services including courses and workshops that address specific health problems
  • Gain funding to be able to support specific communities and vulnerable groups who have less access to information

I’ve been working on many of these for a while now. In particular I wanted my flagship course Eat Well Live Well to gain accreditation. Getting whole-food plant-based eating part of the mainstream is challenging, so being accredited is step forward with that. Which is why I’m really happy to say that it is now accredited with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. This means it’s aligned with their principles of promoting the health of individuals and populations. Which is pretty cool! It also means that health professionals and practitioners can gain CPD points by completing the course, which is an added bonus!

If you are ready to learn more about whole-food plant-based eating, then my next full course starts on 22nd June – you can find out more here. I offer a range of discounts for organisations, health professionals, health conditions – send me a message using the form below.

2020 is definitely a year that will go down in history. I hope we make it a history that created profound good, positive changes that redirected the human race away from implosion to mutually accessible benefit.

How about you? What would you like a fortune teller to see in their crystal ball for the rest of the year and going forward? Will you make it happen? I hope so. And if you need my help in some way, please let me know.





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