PRIMAL ZEN asks the question, “What can I intuitively know about our collective importance as human beings?”
The idea for this blog came from two ideas or philosophies (Zen Buddhism and Ancestral Health) that I wanted to blend together in order to achieve a lifestyle that was congruent with my endless quest to reach optimal health for my mind, body and spirit.
Primal Zen is a blog geared toward finding balance and simplicity in our eating habits. Learning to grow your own food and become sustainable is compatible with the art of Zen. Now I realize that most people wouldn’t think of putting Primal/Paleo in the same sentence as the word Zen because it seems like they would be incompatible. I don’t think the two ideas, like Science and Religion, should be mutually exclusive. Incorporating simple, healthy, whole foods and consuming only what our body needs is, in fact, harmonious with the Zen lifestyle. For when we eat processed, dead, packaged food, we are not honoring our bodies and our minds. When we eat processed foods loaded with chemicals such as HFCS, sugar, and gluten, it poisons our bodies and robs us of necessary nutrients we need to live and thrive. Eating those foods also causes us to crave more, which means we will over consume. Over consumption of food is incompatible with Zen philosophy.
HOW DOES SLEEP FACTOR IN TO PRIMAL ZEN?
I have suffered from insomnia for as long as I can remember. It could be attributed to psychological factors, but more than likely it was due to inadequate nutrition and a lifestyle of substance abuse for many years. Now that I am clean, adequate sleep is very important to me.
According to blogger Leo Babauta, “Along with sleep, what you eat is likely the biggest determinant of how healthy you are. Not exercise. Not supplements. Sleep and nutrition.”
Having said all that, Primal Zen features stories on living an active, healthy life and keeping things in balance. You’ll see topics on Home & Garden that feature bold, exciting landscapes as well as beautiful homes that adhere to the philosophy that “less is more” thereby functioning as an extension of ourselves. Our homes should be uncluttered, simple yet elegant with bold colors that speak volumes.
Most of all, stories will focus on eating healthy, nutritious, whole foods from Mother Nature.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
I hope you will visit often to see what’s new. I will be posting lots of fun recipes you can try your hand at! This is a learning process for me, too. I am by no means a Guru or a Zen Master, but I do strive to become the healthiest me I can be.