The sun and life. Both exist and it seems like we may need the sun more than it needs us. As we get ready to live through a unique experience on August 21st 2017 I reflect on how precious this resource is. Many across the United States will witness how the sun hides behind the moon tomorrow, also known as a total eclipse or partial eclipse dependent on your geographic location (please take necessary precautions if participating in any solar eclipse watching activities). During this time many will realize just how preciously we all co-exist, how tiny our problems are when compared to the universe and the amazing wonders it displays for us daily or sometimes makes us wait decades! The last total solar eclipse to hit the contiguous United States was almost 4 decades ago
In honor of this event, I decided to also give a sneak peek behind the story and reason I chose the sun to brighten up my ‘Food is Vida’ logo, being a nutrition-focused business you would think I’d choose a chili, tomato or other food item right? Well there is more to nutrition than just calories and food, this is why I wanted a touch of brightness!
Let me explain. The sun aids in maintaining and sustaining life itself. We need the sun and other resources nature shares with us. Being connected with nature’s blessings since a young age I understood through stories how significant the sun and other resources are. Can you guess what my favorite subject was growing up? The knowledge and science of life (biology) gave me a better appreciation for everything around me.
Additionally, always inspired by history and my culture, growing up I would constantly run across stories from the Aztec civilization. I learned from a young age how the sun and it’s significance in history is immense and equal to how important it is for our very existence. Since the 1400’s AD in what is now modern-day Mexico, the Aztec civilization, and many other cultures across the world, would regard the sun as a god. The Aztecs would name it Tonatiuh. They centered many mythological ceremonies around the sun’s significance, created the famously known Sun stone or calendar (pictured above) and passed down many stories through generations and descendants.
Not only does the sun provide everlasting warmth it co-exists with our oceans, our soils, and overall nature. It is critical that we exceed human expectations to help us thrive in life. Our water, air, food; all these things should be respected and balanced. The sun on my logo not only symbolizes how we SHOULD peacefully be in-sync with nature because it also provides life, it symbolizes a movement for us to continue to give nature a place in our hearts and a spot on our priority list to further help sustain her and us. Doing this can simply be done by listening to her and respecting her because without peaceful co-existence earth’s homeostasis and patterns will be disturbed. And the dietitian in me says “we all need our Vitamin D!” Synthetic versions are not as fun as going for an evening walk and feeling the rays do its job.
So remember, the sun, water, soil, the plant, the flower, the bee, the fruit & the human they all need each other, synergistically. Let’s do our part, and let nature do its own.
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Hi there! My name is Jennifer Rodriguez. I’m a Latina Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Professional Food Photographer and owner & founder of Food is Vida! This is where (as an inspired & experienced food expert) I share tips about health, wellness & most importantly preventive nutrition! Preventive nutrition is simply seeing the true value of food, respecting it and balancing it in our everyday ‘vida’ or life. Join me as I share my love for food & life photography, vegan recipes you wouldn’t believe are vegan, foodie stories/ facts & more!