Spending time on Facebook and co. can be pretty addictive. Therefore, I fill my daily newsfeed with posts that help me to learn something valuable. Don’t get me wrong; I love to watch the latest video of a cat, almost pumping her head by falling asleep. However, sometimes, this can get out of control. Following these 7 websites are a great source of inspiration to live healthier, more sustainably, and more consciously:
1. Trash is for Tossers
One person who really inspires me is Lauren Singer from New York. She started living a “Zero Waste Lifestyle” three years ago. During her Environmental Studies major in college, she noticed that a fellow student brought his lunch in a plastic wrapping and plastic lunchbox, accompanied by a plastic one-time-use bottle every day. She thought: “We are supposed to be the future of this planet and here we are with our trash, messing it up.”
In her blog, Trash is for Tossers, she writes about her insights and what you can do to reduce the amount of waste you produce. And, she is living her own advice. Her trash from the last three years fits in a small glass container; so small, you could carry it in a handbag.
What I love about Lauren is that she is not finger pointing, but still serious about her mission. In her charming, but educating way, she shows you the no-go’s of your everyday life and what you can do as an alternative. I am still far away from a zero waste lifestyle, but I was able to really declutter and detoxify a large part of my life. Thanks, Lauren!
2. Blue Zones
Dan Buettner is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of the books, Blue Zones and Blue Zones Solution. Blue Zones are areas of the world, where people get really, really old. And, they are not just getting old, but they get old, really healthy. Buettner conducted a decade-long study to find out what the world’s longest living people do and eat to grow old, healthy, and happy. In his books, but also on his website, Blue Zones – Live longer better he shares his insights, explains the research behind the findings, and shows easy ways to create your own Blue Zones at home.
Most health coaches base their advice on their own lives and external research. Dan Buettner brings his advice to the new level. His longevity tips are based on a great number of people, who prove through their age and agility, you can grow old healthy by eating naturally and living sustainably and consciously. Unfortunately, we cannot all move into Blue Zones. However, Dan Buettner shows you ways to create your own small Blue Zone at home. If you are done taking pills to feel better about yourself, follow Dan Buettner and learn like the longest-lived people on Earth.
Ecowatch is my favorite source of daily news, related to green living, sustainable business, science, and politics. The Ecowatch team consists of dedicated authors who believe in “uniting all shades of green to ensure the health and longevity of our planet.”
For me, Ecowatch is a great source of inspiration to reconsider and question my daily habits. Just because I have done something for 30 years does not mean it is the best way to do it. Their news serve as a constant reminder to consider the consequences of your actions for yourself, but also for your environment. I am a great admirer of the founder of Ecowatch, Stefanie Spear. She has been publishing environmental news for more than 25 years. Her goal is it to educate and motivate people to become engaged in their community and to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives.
Ecowatch delivers inspiring, sometimes provoking, but definitely valuable information that helps you to mix up your daily news intake.
4. Oh She Glows
Angela Liddon started her award-winning food blog as a hobby in 2008. For the past years, she has shared energizing, plant-based recipes that you can enjoy on a daily basis. Today, Oh She Glows has over 1 million unique visitors each month. Angela’s recipes even won over Eric, her devout fast-food and soda loving husband (so, I guess, there is still hope for my boyfriend). As a result, he lost 20 pounds almost effortlessly and got rid of his high cholesterol – without dieting or medication.
Oh She Glows is not just a food blog, but shows a journey of a woman who overcame her destructive relationship with food (read eating disorder) and transformed it into a healthy passion. I love Angela’s blog, because she is authentic, her recipes are cookable by an average person, and everything is based on natural plant-based ingredients.
This woman does not need to shock you with pictures of agonized animals to convince you of a vegan diet. Instead, she lures you with delicious looking dishes that are irresistible and impossible to ignore. Give it a try!
5. Grow Food, Not Lawns
Sometimes provoking, often entertaining, and mostly, very educating- that is how I experience the community website, Grow Food, Not Lawns. It has been around for quite a while and focuses on natural living, gardening, and environmental news. The authors are not always kind, but through their provocative way of publishing, they pinpoint issues that are often unsaid or unrecognized. I like the way they risk their necks by saying the things people don’t want to say and hear. I love how they draw attention to topics that are not covered by the general news, and I admire their rebellious attitude that shows they really care. Grow Food, Not Lawns is a top notch-website if you are really interested in what is going on in the world.
6. Collective Evolution
Let’s talk spirituality, quantum physics, science, and ancient wisdom. The founder of Collective Evolution, Joe Martino, and its co-authors believe there is a shift in consciousness happening on Earth right now. The shifting relates to the way we see our world, ourselves, and each other and how we choose to live. CEs mission is to encourage people to live sustainably, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and creating a spiritual relationship with themselves.
Collective Evolution goes beyond what any traditional news magazine can give you, in terms of personal development, awareness, philosophy, and spirituality. Backed up by quantum physics and science, it’s the best source to get answers to your most burning questions. If you like to think outside of the box and are not afraid to search deep within you, follow this online magazine.
7. TED – Ideas Worth Spreading
TED is a non-profit organization, sharing ideas, usually in form of very powerful talks that are about 18 minutes long. Their mission is to spread ideas from every discipline and culture, so people can gain a deeper understanding of the world. TED is a community of curious souls who engage with ideas and each other online and during organized TED and TEDx events.
Some people binge-watch Netflix. I do the same with TED talks. Once you get hooked, you long for more – more fascinating, jaw-dropping, beautiful, courageous, and inspiring talks. Ideas that let you see the world in a different light. Stories that let you wonder why this is not covered in traditional newspapers. Follow TED and get amazed by the wide variety of ideas, stories, and insights.
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