health & wellness

I’ve always been interested in living a healthy lifestyle. But being “interested” in living a healthy lifestyle and actually living one are two very different things. For quite some time I thought I was pretty healthy. But in 2010 I had a bit of a health scare that caused me to radically change my entire lifestyle to resemble a truer version of the healthy one I had always strived for. My health scare turned out to be nothing (I’m a bit of a hypochondriac – the internet does not help this problem), but through that trial I came to make some major life changes.

Things I had read and heard about health and wellness were finally sinking in. My mindset was changing. My view on food was changing. And I started making some major changes.

Most of these changes had to do with diet. And when I say “diet,” I don’t mean a diet that one goes on to lose weight but only stays on for a few days or weeks. I mean a “diet” as in an eating lifestyle. As in, for life. I’ve always been one who has said, “As long as I work out, I can eat anything I want!” Well, as far as gaining weight goes, that might have been true (at least when I was younger 😉 ). But just because someone doesn’t gain weight it doesn’t mean they’re healthy.

So I made drastic changes to my diet, started using more natural personal products and household products, got outside more, tried to work out on a more consistent basis, and…I’ve never felt better! I know that if I’m treating my body right, my body is going to treat me right. And it has! And bonus – I lost weight I thought I wasn’t capable of losing.

Now I absolutely LOVE sharing with people the journey I’ve been on! I get so excited when people ask me how I lost weight or “what in the world is that pond scum you’re drinking?” while I’m sipping my daily green smoothie. 🙂 So I’m going to use this blog to share with YOU some steps you can take toward living a healthier lifestyle. It’s a journey – taken one step at a time – but a journey that has life-giving rewards!

fitness

I’ve worked out off and on since my teenage years and there have been many times in my life I felt I was pretty fit when working out consistently. Key word there would be consistently. 🙂 But I have never felt as fit as when I changed my lifestyle and started eating better, treating my body better and working out more using a variety of new and challenging exercises. I love the feeling of being in shape and feeling strong!

Now, I’m not a workout fiend – and there are still days when I struggle to do what I know I should – but I do my best, and one thing that helps a LOT is varying my workouts so I don’t get bored. I get excited trying new things and that certainly helps me be more consistent with my fitness plan!

So I want to share with you some of the ways I try to stay in shape and motivated, and encourage everyone to do some kind of physical activity – even if it’s just walking 10 minutes a day. I promise you will feel better about yourself and life in general. It’s a win-win situation folks! 🙂

food

My mom and I have always joked that some people eat to live, but we live to eat. It’s true. I have had a love affair with food since I was a child. And I can put it away like nobody’s business! Even as a child people would tell me what a “healthy” appetite I had. 🙂

And when I was in high school, I discovered I also have a love of cooking. Now, I’m not one of those people who can walk into a kitchen and whip up some gourmet concoction using only three random ingredients. I am a recipe follower. And I rarely deviate from them. Pretty boring, I know. Occasionally though, I do come up with something original!

Since my venture into a healthier lifestyle, I now look at food differently. I’m very particular about ingredients and the way they are cooked. BUT, I still love food and want it to taste awesome! So I’m always on the lookout for healthy, yummy, satisfying recipes. And as I find them, make them and eat them, I will also share them with you.