Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Green Light- Nathalie

An eco-sista who feels revitalized, positive, and thankful


How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly for about three and a half years now. The summer before my junior year of college in 2012, I was presented with a couple of documentaries that totally shifted my world views. I knew that with this new found information, I could no longer continue old habits. I had a responsibility to myself and to my environment to go vegan.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I chose to become eco-friendly because I learned that when we destroy the land we live off of, we are essentially harming ourselves. Aside from the negative energies we internalize when consuming meats and dairies from animals that are abused, we are causing great harm to mother earth. Statistics say tat it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat where it takes roughly 50 gallons to produce a pound of fruits or vegetables. Alongside that, we see that roughly forty pounds of soybeans are produced by the same amount of fossil fuels required to produce one pound of meat. As a result of all this, we are putting the planet through great stress and doing posterity a disservice.

I want for my great grandchildren to live in a green earth, and I knew that could be achieved if I did my part by not supporting a destructive lifestyle. Meats and dairy are no longer appealing after seeing what these animals went through and how much our environments hurts as a result of it.

What do you like about it? I like that I am not harming life by nourishing my body. I like that I have awareness that just because I am human, I am not the most important being on the planet. There was life that existed before I began my human experience that will also remain living after I transition on, and I need to respect that. I like that when I eat fruits and vegetables, I feel revitalized, positive, and thankful. I like that I can comprehend the inter-connectivity of all things in life on this rock and it's beautiful.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The only challenges I face when I went vegan was that I was criticized for sacrificing my culture and told that I would be at risk for being vitamin deficient. However, I quickly got over it by realizing that these are the same people who lead very unhealthy lifestyles. There is a saying, "misery loves company". Many times people would feel a lot more comfortable if you were doing what they are doing. When you reach a new space in the way you think and your conviction is strong, you will never concern yourself with misinformation and negativity.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? I would tell that person to remain optimistic about the bigger picture. If you want to become eco-friendly, think about the ways in which posterity can benefit. Think about the life that shares the planet with you. Going vegan is just a small way you can be eco-friendlyand it is also a major first step. You are saving SO much when you become vegan. When you go vegan you are initiating a cycle of positive energy. 

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? I totally understand where you are coming from. I never feel that way because I know that I am doing my part. Whether it be by going vegan it is a great effort on my part. I agree that a small action is better than no action at all. When one becomes aware, they will grow in their awareness and will want to do more. So I think we should be patient with ourselves and not be so judgmental. 

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? HaHa! Thank You! I have been natural since October 2010. I have been through the whole "hair product junkie" phase for a year before realizing that I was natural for a reason. I need to keep things natural. So I only cleanse and condition with the AS I AM Coconut Co-Wash (effective and cruelty-free). I normally wash my hair in sections and air dry as much as possible.

During the drying phase, I grease my scalp and ends with a mixture of castor oil and vitamin E oil. For added moisture throughout the week, I spray my hair with a leave-in mixture of filtered water, lavender oil, peppermint oil, E.V. olive oil, and castor oil. I try to keep my hair stretched as much as possible as this helps prevent tangling and knotting. I also find that keeping it in one style for the week helps me maintain a detangled head of hair. That's pretty much it!

Is there anything you like to add? Well first off, thank you for allowing me to share your platform! I think that spreading awareness about eco-friendly lifestyles is a great way for people to really understand the gravity of the situation we are in on a global scale. I hope that your blog can continue to reach others for the better! Again, Thank You!

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