MOVING FORWARD THROUGH MINDFUL CHOICES

Megan May shares her passion for food and how she moves forward through mindful choices. 

Through something as simple as changing our consumer habits, we can play a vital role in changing the world we live in. Each choice we make in the market, from the clothes we choose to wear, to the products we use on our skin, and the products we buy at the supermarket, is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. In our market driven economy, the quickest and easiest way we can create the change we want to see in the world is to purchase things that align with our values.

Changing what’s on our plates can have one of the biggest impacts on our health and the state of the environment. There is a vast amount of research out there now showing us how a predominantly wholefoods and plate based diet is the cornerstone of both good health and vitality, as well as being one the best ways we can reduce our environmental footprint. Eating this way produces a whole lot less greenhouse gas emission, packaging, water consumption, and the list goes on and on…

Food miles is a really big one for me, and is something that we tend to forget about. It’s a fun exercise thinking about the journey your food has been through before reaching your plate, and ultimately your belly! Not only does it make you fully appreciate your meal, but also encourages you to reduce waste and aim to really cut down that journey from plant to plate.

Where did it grow? who grew it? what conditions did the workers have? how was it processed and packaged? How was it transported? It’s incredible to think about how everything we consume has essentially had a life before reaching our plate, and has been influenced by so many factors and people. On one hand it can be daunting, while on the other it can be empowering.

Once we have this knowledge, we have the ability to make more informed consumer choices about everything we consume, and how it counts as our vote for the world we want to live in. Collectively as a community, these small actions can amount to real change through what we choose to buy, or not buy.

We also need a whole lot less stuff than we think we do. All those old sayings like ‘less is more’ and ‘quality over quantity’ that our grandparents used to say are so much more relevant and important than ever before, yet they seem to have been lost in a new age of mass consumerism.  

Food is my area of knowledge and passion, but when it comes to making conscious choices about what I consume it doesn’t stop there. I apply the same thinking to the rest of my life, from the clothing I wear, to the beauty products I use, and the cleaning products I use in my home, and the café.

There has been a large movement towards reducing meat consumption, and choosing more natural skincare and household products, however, clothing seems to still be something that isn’t talked about much. In the past, there have been so few eco-conscious options out there, but we are beginning to see things change. With a little thought and research, we quickly begin to realise how important it is to move away from fast fashion and choose to wear clothes that have been made sustainability and ethically, using quality, organic and natural fabrics.

I love wearing WE-AR, as the brand embodies all of the same values I bring to food, with sustainability and ethics being at the heart of why Jyoti started the company. WE-AR is almost 10 years old now, and was one of the first New Zealand companies to focus on sustainable fashion. The values weren’t based on a marketing tactic, and Jyoti wasn’t following a trend, it was just something so close to her heart that she felt was important to build into her brand. I want to see a lot more of this in the world, and so I choose to wear WE-AR clothing.

Megan's new book, Little Bird Goodness is available to purchase by clicking here. Fill your plate with an abundance of beautiful plant-based wholefoods with these utterly delicious recipes.