My health philosophy has changed drastically over the course of my life. The older I get, the more I realize the impact daily lifestyle choices have on my overall well-being.
Like so many beautiful souls, I struggled for many years trying to find the “perfect” me. I spent most of my twenties not feeling confident enough in my own body. I never thought I was thin enough, strong enough, smart enough. I had an unhealthy relationship with myself and food. A yo-yo of over eating and under eating. I was working just to make an income. I wasn’t tuned into who I truly was or what I wanted to be. I was living outside of myself.
I allowed my social life dictate the decisions I made regarding my health. I numbed out responsibilities and my true feelings about my life with friends and social outings. I was lost without knowing it.
I didn’t concern myself with things like daily water intake, how much junk food I was consuming, or getting adequate sleep every night. I fed into gossip, speaking negatively with others about others, talking in circles about issues that weren’t really issues at all. Overtime, my poor lifestyle choices took their toll.
I began to see and feel the changes in my body; fatigue, bloating, acne, premature wrinkles, red circles under my eyes, and dehydrated skin to name a few. I started to notice my thoughts to be in a more negative state instead of my usual happy-go-lucky persona.
After years of feeling stuck in a rut that wasn’t deeply fulfilling, I started looking at myself and my life head on. I quickly came to the realization that something needed to change – that I needed to change.
Knowing that this change had to start from within, I began declining social events, I cut out friends who drained instead of added to my life, and de-cluttered my head and home. I turned in and got comfortable with the uncomfortable. As hard as it was, I knew I needed to shut everything out in order to listen to what I wanted and needed to be able to fully love myself and appreciate my body.
I started learning how to modify recipes to make them healthier, drank more water, and began exercising regularly. All of which has made a notable difference in my overall health. I began educating myself on the importance of a balanced diet that incorporates plenty of whole foods.
Moving beyond just physical changes, engaging in mindfulness practices such as meditation and journaling has provided me with a holistic improvement to my health and happiness. It is astonishing what monumental effects these alterations can bring.
Once I began taking the steps to figure out what my soul needed to do in life, the path to study nutrition fell into my lap. I then started to feel the flow of alignment within myself and my life, and finally began to bloom into the person I knew I was always meant to be.
I now believe that a healthy lifestyle encompasses everything from the awareness of oneself to the foods that you eat. I believe that food is medicine. I believe that what you feed your body and your mind are just as important as the people you surround yourself with. Life is about creating balance, being healthy and happy from the inside out.
I am now stronger; mentally and physically. I am more in tuned with my body and my soul. I am so in love with myself and this life that I am creating.
Anything is possible when you set your mind to it. It takes time and dedication, but there are many great things that can come with just a little effort.
The main lessons I have learned so far on this journey are that it is okay to not have your whole life figured out yet, or be in your set career, or married by the of age of 30. It is okay to eat the cake. It is okay to be weird and goofy no matter how old you are. And it is damn okay to have curves.
Love your body regardless of the shape and size….and love yourself enough to want to continue to learn and grow.
I am excited to share with you all everything that has helped me make these changes. I hope my trials and tribulations will give you the motivation and tools to create a better, healthier lifestyle for yourself…..and I am here to hold your hand along the way.