Wow. I can’t believe I am here. Almost a year ago, I wrote down a goal of mine. My goal was to start a blog on health and wellness within the year. Guess what? Time passed and no blog. Some more time passed, and still, nothing. Recently, I realized that I was coming up on a year with nothing to show for my goal. So here I am.
So let’s get acquainted. As a little girl veggies were my thing. My sisters despised that I would actually choose vegetables or other healthy items while they were stuck at the dinner table until every last green bean was forced down. (Interesting side note: I coaxed my younger sister to eat her peas by putting sprinkles on them for her once. She ate every last bite!)
In my early teens I went through a very awkward phase and certainly fell out of love with myself and my body for quite some time. I didn’t have the healthiest relationship with my body or food. I went through phases where I thought I was eating healthy and yet I was choosing things like sweet n’ low or diet soft drinks because they were lower in calories. Little did I know or care that I was just feeding myself chemicals and junk that left my body exhausted and not fueled at all. I was also a fitness junkie and exercising often with little rest. I lacked balance. I lacked true nourishment. I wasn’t happy at all.
Long story short, along came yoga. In a very stressful time in my life, I found yoga. Since I was always the one on the go and on the run 24/7, I thought there was no way that anything could slow me down, but there it was, and it changed me. For the very first time in my life, my body became this “temple” that I had always heard the priest talk about at church. I was in tune with it. I was amazed by the things it could do and the way it changed as I practiced. I was noticing that I was criticizing and judging my body so much less than ever before. I was more aware and concerned about the things I was putting into my body and the affect these things had on my well being. Yoga made me whole, more than just my body.
This is where the shift really started in focusing on how I was taking care of myself. I started to rid my diet of chemicals, refined sugars and processed foods. I went on the hunt for clean eating recipes that I could feed my Kraft Mac n’ Cheese eating husband with approval. Since I enjoy creating things in the kitchen, I started trying a hand at my own concoctions that I could substitute for the old processed versions. Working to be balanced in the fitness area, I tried other forms of exercise such as Pilates, Spinning and other workouts to supplement my yoga. Even my skin and beauty regimen was impacted. I’ve tried my hand at a few homemade cleansers and toners with great results. All of this stems from a desire to take care of my whole self. I’m not on a hunt for a new diet or trying to lose weight. I am trying to nourish and take care of myself from the outside in.
And so, here I am.
The next phase of my journey starts here. I plan to share recipes, resources and more. I hope that I can inspire you to start living your life in a way that you can be your best self and that it is more than just what meets the eye. Be whole. and by all means, be YOU!