WHAT IS HOLISTIC RENDEZVOUS?
First, let us define the terms…
Holistic: Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
Rendezvous: A place where many people go to spend time or meet.
Together we have Holistic Rendezvous, a business, or really a community, that I have dreamed about for as long as I can remember. It is a sacred space where open minds come to collaborate and learn from each other. But it isn’t just a space or a blog. HR is a revolution for a lifestyle that doesn’t just focus on our health; it focuses on the health of our surroundings as well. It is based on the fact that we are all interconnected to each other and the Earth, making our choices bigger than just ourselves.
My hope is to change the standard: the standard of health, the standard of living, the standard of consciousness, the standard of buying, and the standard of being. We are meant to be happy, healthy, and whole in mind, body, and spirit and it is our innate nature to help and love others.
I hope that you find the Holistic Rendezvous way of life to be as enticing as I do and that you feel empowered to share it with those you love.
WHAT IS WHOLE HEALTH?
Whole health is feeling nourished inside and out, mentally and physically. In order to achieve this, balance is key. As a holistic nutrition coach, I help people implement ways to achieve balance in all areas of life, but my main vessel is food. That is why you will find snippets on herbal medicine, movement, stress relief, sustainability, and green products… but a whole lot of information on the vital life force, food.
Unfortunately, most ‘diet’ philosophies come with a strict dogma and rules that people MUST follow to achieve optimal health. This is not balance and it certainly does not foster a good relationship with food.
There is no right or wrong way to eat. There are no ‘unhealthy’ foods, there are only labels that can cause us to fear food. Yes, the foods that we eat should fuel our health and vitality, but they also need to satiate our minds.
My passion is to broaden people’s ideas of foods so that they are excited to eat ‘healthy.’ I want people to see kale, pumpkin seeds, and avocados as delicious and nourishing, not restrictive. This is achieved by changing our perspective. There is no need to be restricted to categories of ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ foods. Food is fuel, medicine, tradition, warmth, happiness; it is not the enemy. We have the ability to choose which foods will support us most each time we sit down to a plate; sometimes that is a salad, but sometimes it’s a piece of birthday cake. When we don’t label foods as unhealthy or restrict ourselves, we can enjoy these choices for different reasons. However, we will naturally be attracted to ‘healthier’ foods that support us when we are a little more conscious of our choices and why we are making them.
Locally grown foods support our environment, our community, and our bodies. A plant-based diet is rewarding emotionally and physically, while remaining in tune with our environment. Making foods with your family and friends brings you closer to your food and puts a love into it that is more nourishing than even the ingredients. Learning your grandma’s secret Christmas soup recipe and passing the tradition down is fulfilling, and eating a big piece of your favorite chocolate cake isn’t cheating, it’s just life!
WHAT DOES LIVING CONSCIOUSLY MEAN?
Living consciously means making choices that best utilize the knowledge you have. It’s a lifestyle that involves making educated decisions when purchasing foods, clothing, jewelry…and just being a thoughtful consumer. It means doing your best day to day to make a positive impact on yourself and those around you.
It’s acknowledging that a plant-based diet is not only great for your health, but also preserves the health of the environment. It means purchasing locally-sourced and organic foods because they contain more nutrients, support your local economy, benefit the soil, and have a lower carbon footprint. It means purchasing goods that are made with integrity, so that you have less negative impact on the environment and protect the health and rights of the people with whom you coexist.
It means being kind to others because you realize that we are all interconnected and share the same basic needs at the end of the day.
It means making conscious decisions that keep the wellness of the Earth, your fellow (wo)man, and yourself in focus. We challenge you to live consciously. Our Earth, all of its inhabitants, and YOU deserve it!
I purchase food with intent. I choose locally grown foods that support my community and my environment. I choose organic foods that have minimal pesticide residues for my health and the health of my surroundings. I buy whole foods and refrain from buying most processed foods to limit excess waste and unwelcome ingredients. I choose to eat a mostly plant based diet, but do not restrict myself to one dogmatic view of eating. I try my best to live my life in a balanced and healthy way that supports myself, the earth’s eco-system, and the people around me. I hope that my actions and teachings help those around me live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle, so that this lifestyle is emanated to as many people as possible and we all begin to heal emotionally and physically along with our environment.