It's been years now that I've been completely plantbased and I'm so grateful for my health and how plants have made me feel.
My journey has not been without many rollercoaster moments of twists and turns. I was on the normal standard American diet of Diet Cokes, yogurts and sugary protein bars. I had to listen to my body and learn what foods made me feel my best and what foods I needed to kick to the side. I also recognized that it's not just about diet and exercise, that lifestyle, stress and relationships also play a huge part in your health and happiness.
Today I continue to listen to my body and take small steps to lasting health. One day at a time. I find strength and encouragement all around me and look back over my shoulder from time to time to reflect on how far I've come. Waving so-long to thousands of Big Gulp cups in my wake. (yes...typical post college, first job drug of choice...pre-red bull) Below are a few things that continue to help me today. Maybe they can help you too!
I'm love the quote from Jim Rohn 'You are the average of the top 5 people you spend the most time with.' And it's always at the forefront of my mind. I'm lucky to have a few close friends in my inner circle, but I also consider weekly podcasts a small piece of my top five. A gentle reminder to of stay the course, honor my health and live life to its fullest. My top two are these guys! Thanks Rich & Sid for the weekly dose of hope and encouragement.
Surrounding yourself with upbeat, positive, happy people can be so important to your own health and happiness. Finding a community of people that love and support you makes a huge difference in life. Think about the people you enjoy spending time with and make plans to connect. It can brighten up your week!
I'm a self proclaimed fitness junkie. I'll walk into any gym, yoga studio or zumba class and give it a GO! I LOVE trying new workouts, meeting local small business owners and finding classes that make me feel strong. If you're not into that type of movement, it's ok. Start off slow by walking around the block with a neighbor or just to the mailbox. Any movement counts and is vital for longevity. Make moving your body a daily habit.
Smart people and leaders READ books. Let's just say it. Turn the TV off, put your phone down and pick up something useful. I try to have multiple books going at once and it's my daily adult recess. Even when my schedule its tight, I set a timer...even if it's just for five minutes. Here are a few in my que as we speak....