Indigenize Your Health with #WellForCulture

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 9th, 2015 Last Updated on: June 13th, 2015

This valuable resource could not come at a better time. It's swimsuit season after all!

Chelsey Luger (Anishinaabe/Lakota) is a contributor to Indian Country Today Media Network and you may have seen some of her posts there under the heading “Well For Culture“, where she talks health and wellness. She recently launched a website under that same name, and it aims to be a resource where people can go to find great tips for workout plans, diet and all around well-being. We want our Natives to be strong and healthy right?

Here's Chelsey speaking on her first blog post from the website:

I joined this wellness movement several years ago when I became dedicated to fitness. Through these interests in Indigenous wellness, I connected with two people who have since become close friends: Martin Sensmeier and Thosh Collins. We came up with the name “Well For Culture” because we believe it describes the essence of the movement: being well and being about the culture are one in the same. Well For Culture.

While we are working on several projects under the Well For Culture theme, the idea to write this column came about. You can now expect to see this column every Friday. Each week, I will feature new ideas, people, places, or events related to Indigenous health, fitness, athletics, foods, and everything else related to health and wellness.

One of the first videos posted is a demonstration of basic core exercises. You don't need any fancy equipment or gym memberships to do these. Be right back, going to try these out real quick!

So after your workout you're going to want to refuel. But not with just any old processed foods, you need something nutritious and not out of a box. Luckily there are a few recipes up on the website to get you started.

For example, here's a tasty looking dish that Martin Sensmeier recently posted on his Instagram. I look forward to seeing some of these recipes show up on Well For Culture!

Breakfast. #organic

A photo posted by Martin (@sensmeier) on

There is also a section on the website called “Ancestral Diet” which talks in-depth about nutrition, which foods to avoid and why. One tip they mentioned was using coconut oil to cook with instead of vegetable or canola oil. I have to say since I started using coconut oil a couple of years ago, all my vegetable dishes taste better. Even my kid likes to eat roasted Brussels sprouts when I use coconut oil vs. olive oil!

So no excuses guys, let's all check out https://wellforculture.squarespace.com/ to help Indigenize our health!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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