Health & wellness have been passions of mine for many years. Since 2011 when I took part in things like diet pills, restrictive diets and obsessive exercise. I’d struggled with eating disorders in the past, so finding true health and balance was something foreign to me and frankly something I’d lost hope in one day attaining. I know I’m not alone in this and who could blame anyone with all the “health” and fitness advice, diet fads and trends, and rapidly growing list of things to avoid? It can quickly become overwhelming!
But I knew if I gave up then I’d never reach the health I desired, both mentally & physically.
Thus began my journey towards true health & happiness!
This took plenty of sifting & sorting through the barrage of information out there, reading health books, reading blogs and articles, but more than anything, listening to my body
& figuring out what was right for ME.
I knew I did not want to count calories or track macros, doing this sucked the joy right out of eating which is something we do 3+ times a day & frequently with friends and family! So I wanted it to be enjoyable, in order to do this I needed to learn to trust and listen to my body. After all, we are always with our bodies, they’re our vehicles through this life & we only get one! So I didn’t want to ignore it’s wants & needs anymore. Things like needing a rest day or simply eating when I was hungry.
At that point, I knew I wanted to fuel my body with high quality, nutrient dense foods & came to the realization that health is ALWAYS worth the investment. Whether that meant time or money. It’s that or invest in medicine and doctors later, because if we don’t take care of ourselves Now, then we will be forced to sooner or later when we get sick, acquire some disease, burn out, are no longer able to exercise because we didn’t take the time necessary to recover from an injury, and the list goes on.
The body is smart, it will communicate with you through signals, but if these signals are ignored long enough, the body will find a way to force you to stop. Don’t wait until then.
But as a Massage Therapist of 6+ yrs. I’d learned how toxic stress is to our bodies & minds, so I knew diet and exercise was only a portion of Holistic Health.
Did you know Stress is the #1 Killer?
Chronic stress is linked to the 6 leading causes of death: Heart Disease, Cancer, Lung Ailments, Accidents, Cirrhosis of Liver and Suicide. More than 75% of physician’s office visits are for stress related ailments and complaints.
We are taught by society & well meaning parents, teachers & many others, that feelings make you weak, you just have to ignore them and keep on pushing. But, as I previously mentioned, your body will only give you so many signals before it has to get your attention in more serious ways. There are many factors to Holistic Health including; your relationships(friends, family, bosses, coworkers, significant others’, peers, etc), career/jobs, your thoughts & beliefs, food, exercise, spirituality, and home environment.
It’s important to really check in and become conscious of the things, events and people surrounding you. I like to draw from a Minimalist perspective and question, “Does this (thing/person) truly bring me joy or is this something I can live without?”
All of these categories can perpetuate MASSIVE amounts of unnecessary stress if left unattended. And life is too short to be anything but happy!
I believe it’s part of my purpose to bring awareness of these aspects into the lives of those who wish to Thrive in life, not just survive.
Taking responsibility for your life doesn’t have to be scary, it can be LIBERATING if you allow!
It means YOU get to choose what you want, who you’re willing to allow in your life, who & what you give your energy to, the thoughts you prefer to think, the body you wish to have or health you wish to attain, the LIFE you desire & deserve! What is more empowering than that? It’s your ticket to ultimate joy & freedom!
I believe we are powerful to heal ourselves and our lives. This is the message and awareness I wish to spread. I post healthy recipes & lifestyle related topics frequently so if this type of content interests you or you feel pulled to it in anyway, please feel free to subscribe! I look forward to connecting with you!
Btw, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that my diet//lifestyle of choice is fully plant based & vegan. Many doctors, physicians & scientists HIGHLY recommend this, especially if you’re trying to prioritize your health. If done properly, it is the healthiest and most healing way to eat and live. The benefits extend far beyond yourself & have a majorly positive impact on the Planet as well as all of it’s Inhabitants.
However, I realize there are reasons this way of life isn’t necessarily possible for everyone so I just urge you to be a conscious consumer. Research where your food, products, clothing, everything comes from in order to collectively move towards healthier, happier beings and planet!