I’ve always been interested in conserving resources where I can, including water, and recycling + reusing containers for example.  And I remember when we were growing up, mum would always pop along to the second-hand store, scouting for deals on things that were beyond her budget to buy direct from the retail store.

I had the exquisite pleasure of experiencing once of my fav places on earth recently, that exemplifies living lightly for me. It’s a beautiful facility called Sanoviv1 that Chris and I visit each couple of years for our top-to-toe health check.  It’s a fully integrated medical hospital that includes an extensive complementary approach to health, and it’s become an important part of our approach to maintaining our vibrant health.

To me, Sanoviv is the ultimate in living lightly because it’s designed to function holistically in more ways than simply an approach to health.  This includes recycling, functioning with natural options where ever possible, serving organic locally grown food – much of which is grown on-site, recycling waste, using solar for power, providing organic clothing to wear, avoidance of harmful chemicals, employing local people and encouraging self-responsibility.  

Living lightly also has me think of some of our dear framily who decided to go on their big O/E (overseas experience) a few years ago now. They travelled as a family together for around 8months – epic! Their time traveling influenced them to think about their carbon footprint, and when they got home to New Zealand they bought an electric car.

That got me thinking, what are more ways we can minimize our environmental  impact?

It might be small, although wee steps to recycle and reduce our waste can make all the difference.  It might be reusing containers, or identifying a place where we can recycle rubbish.

Perhaps it’s visiting places like Sanoviv. This oasis of relaxation and the best-of-the-best health care can be a life-changing experience; it’s been a game changer for us and many friends + family. From the series of thalasotherapy pools with their different temperatures and mineral content, to the gourmet kitchen producing high quality fresh foods prepared with vitamin L (‘Love’), to the beyond- 5-star accommodation block; Sanoviv is designed intentionally.  The electric wiring is triple-insulated, there’s reduced EMR throughout the facility, the materials in the rooms from the chairs to the beds to even the stain on the wood is organic and non-toxic.

And the medical facilities are fully integrated with all the practitioners in communication about the health and care of each patient.

Sanoviv is an effective example of living lightly in action, which is part of the reason it was such a treat to celebrate my 50th birthday there this year!

I’d love to hear what’s your favorite example of living lightly? 

-Jazzed I’ll get to connect with your personally on this week’s #AliveWithFi  ?

1To learn more about Sanoviv (it’s worth knowing about!) – PM me.


Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador.








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