Letter From the Publisher July 2020
The height of summer is here which means we are halfway through what has turned out to be one of the strangest years on record! But in the midst of this global pandemic and other sociocultural tensions, there are still pockets of enjoyment and inspiration to be found in these balmy summer months—especially as we start the gradual transition back into rhythms in the world outside our couches and Netflix screens.
Summer is an ideal time to soak in the restorative beauty of nature, and this issue of Natural Awakenings is centered around earth-friendly practices which are healing both for the environment and for ourselves—mind, body and spirit. From nourishing our bodies with the freshest bounty this season has to offer, to finding an exercise routine that builds strength and balance, to seeking out moments of conscious inner joy, to caring for this planet of ours with intentional daily choices, these pages radiate the positivity we all need right now. So let’s have a peek inside, shall we?
Nothing feels more like summer than a quintessential picnic on the grass with the sun overhead and the shade of a tree nearby. While you might have to make some adaptations due to social distancing measures, this is the perfect season to grab a blanket, fill your picnic basket and dine al fresco, even if it’s just in the backyard. This month’s “Conscious Eating” article offers tips on how to make a nutritious spread for your next picnic, whether it’s a Fourth of July cookout on the grill or a random weeknight that deserves to feel more special.
On the subject of nutrition, if you have considered reducing your meat intake, the abundance of juicy fruits, crisp vegetables and aromatic herbs that are currently in season make it easier (and tastier) than ever to consume less animal proteins. This month’s feature article, “Beyond Factory Farms,” delves into both the economic and environmental costs of mass-producing meat—not to mention, the inhumane treatment of animals in factory farms and the health risk to our bodies of eating hormone-injected meats. So take the plunge into a plant-based lifestyle this summer to reap these financial, wellness and eco-friendly benefits.
Balance is something we all seem to crave more of these days, and one area of the body that needs extra attention in this area is the gut microbiome. Stress can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, so it’s important to care for the gut in times like this when external and internal pressures are both high. Our article on “Gut Talk” explores how to sustain a healthy microbiome which enables the body as a whole to continue thriving in the midst of stress, tension and anxiety. In addition, for even more daily balance, our “Fit Body” article is all about exercises that restore strength and stability, so you have the endurance to take on whatever life continues to throw this year.
As per usual, dear readers, this is just a small taste of everything you will find tucked within these pages. If you have any questions, comments or feedback on this issue, email [email protected] I wish you health, positivity, resilience and safety as we enter the second half of 2020, and remember to be present to the simple joys of summer!