“Don’t forget to look back to see how far you’ve come”
I normally use this website of mine as a platform to share my thoughts about food and mindful eating and why I think it’s so important to care about what’s on your plate.
But, lately I’ve felt like my focus has been drawn away from food a bit. Blame it on our recent kitchen remodel and not having a kitchen to cook in for almost two months – or blame it on my busy hectic schedule balancing two full time jobs and keeping up on my social life – either way, I’m fully aware of the fact that I am healthy today, not just because of the food I choose to eat and bring into my home – but because I have focused on the whole me – mind, body, spirit – throughout this year.
Ever since my discovery of my severe gluten intolerance – I’ve become incredibly in-tune with what makes my body feel good and what makes me feel terrible, fatigued, stressed out, worn down.
It’s about so much more than food.
You can eat mindfully and be a mindful eating expert – but if every other aspect of your life needs work, you’ll be struggling hard to feel any different no matter how much organic produce you buy.
When I started writing this blog, I had one goal – educate people about the quality of food they’re eating and help them discover how important it is to change. Believe me, I had no idea that my path of learning about the nutrition in food would ultimately change me and my priorities in a much bigger way.
As I became more aware of the food I was eating and in-tune with the reasons why I was purchasing certain brands and avoiding others (voting with my dollar), I began to realize I could do this with so much more than my food. So, I began paying attention to my body products, makeup, cleaning products and I swapped those out for cleaner brands and began learning about companies that actually care about the ingredients and the environment too. With that shift, I was ready for more – I began changing the restaurants I was eating at and the clothes I was buying (alot less of for that matter). Then yoga happened. I avoided going to yoga for years because I was afraid I would embarrass myself & I thought it was just that – stretching and posing in front of a mirror. I was never very flexible and I had NO IDEA what savasanah or chataranga meant. It didn’t matter though, that’s the beautiful thing about the community – they’ll teach you. they’ll never judge you. & they’ll always challenge you to think deeper, set goals and follow your dreams.
Now, I can close my eyes and move through the motions of a yoga class easily without looking at anyone else in the class for direction, I truly understood the language once I allowed myself to listen, I’m in-tune with my mind, my body, my purpose like never before – and I am so excited about it, I’m happy you’re here.
You see … we have the power within us – we just have to get our own thoughts holding us back out of our own way. & allow ourselves to truly begin living our lives. Declutter your home, Declutter your friends (really, get rid of the ones that bring you down) & begin to surround yourself with opportunities and people that lift you up.
My biggest regret?
I wish I would have done it all sooner.
But, throughout this whole process I’ve learned the most important life lesson of them all. Achieving optimal health and wellbeing actually never happens. It’s not a finish line. It’s not a goal or a deadline on the calendar. It’s not something you finish and walk away from.
It’s a process everyday, It’s a lifestyle, It’s a commitment. & I’m frickin loving it.
When I first started blogging about food, I thought I had found all of the answers. I was treading water in the ER staring at all of my terribly sick and unhealthy patients thinking … “It must be the food … it has to be the food.” So I dove in head-first and researched everything I could. & YES, trust me – THE FOOD is truly a problem. our food system is terrible and it’s making us sick – but the answer to true health & wellbeing doesn’t lie solely within the food you’re eating.
That’s only part of it.
So, I challenge you to begin caring about what’s on your plate. Focus in on that. Make small, healthier changes one at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself, it truly took me years to get to where I am today.
Once you begin to enjoy it’s benefits, I can guarantee you’ll be ready for more.
& Keep this in mind along your way …
It’s not just about the food that you’re eating
It’s truly about the thoughts that you’re thinking, the actions that you’re doing and the words that you’re speaking.
If you’re not being true to yourself, honoring your passions, your dreams, your goals, moving your body, connecting with friends, building healthy, lasting relationships and routines, you’ll never achieve the health you’re looking for no matter how many salads you eat.
It’s a lifestyle… not a diet plan.
& I feel like I’ve only just begun to truly realize this.
I have found passion in my life over the years by learning to slowly focus in on what’s important to me, move on from things that aren’t, shift my way of thinking about what I used to think was ‘RIGHT’, adapt to change along the way, & connect with those who inspire and encourage me to be better.
& to think …. it all began once I became mindful of what I was eating.
I hope I can inspire you to do the same.