Ok, I get it, you want to be “healthy”, you want to start to adopt “healthier” habits. You’ll do aaaaaanything just to lose a few kilos so that you’re feeling a little lighter, and if you drop a size in the process that must mean that you’re getting healthier, right?…
So you have this amazing goal that you’re working towards, you’re 3 months from reaching that year-long vision that you set for yourself when the universe decides to throw a curve ball at you! Your dog broke your housemates vase, your house flooded, your spouse is driving you nuts, or better yet your grandfather reversed into your car with your brother-in-law’s car (that actually happened to me!).
Having transitioned from a strict Paleo diet just under a couple of years ago to a fully plant-based diet was, for me, one of the most profound experiences of my life. And I don’t say that lightly. My whole entire perception of what I was choosing to fuel my body with changed in an instant. And I kind of felt like there was this deep part inside my subconscious that I just could not fight. After 24-ish years of eating every cut of meat imaginable, I turned vegetarian. I later became vegan, and I haven’t looked back since.
The other day I came to a little realisation that a lot of the time I can be a pretty serious person. After all, I’ve passed the age of 25, I should be all grown up by now hey? I’ve always been one to play by the rules and keep others best interests at heart, no matter what the situation or scenario is. It’s almost as though there is a big side to my personality that has this disease to please. Well, most of the time anyways!
I was having a discussion with a friend today, and for the first thirty minutes the conversation was set in the past, my friend didn’t once think to tell me about what was presently going on for her, or about how she’s planning for an exciting time in the future. She was, in my opinion, stuck in her past, reliving it through conversing with me.
How many of you have set that large New Years Resolution that’s based around a health and wellness goal? How are you tracking with it on day 3 of the New Year? If right now you’re thinking to yourself “oops I shouldn’t have eaten that donut/burger/pastry/bla”, don’t beat yourself up about it. I’ve devised this short little list of considerations that will help you get back on track in no time! 🙂
What kinds of food do you crave? Do you crave fresh fruits and vegetables? Caffeine? Processed chocolate? Ice-cream? Fast food? Do you feed your cravings without thinking about them, or do you use this as a chance to tune-in and listen to your body?
The me five years ago was not the same me. I wasn’t as consciously aware of what I was putting into my body, and I wasn’t aware that I inherently had a choice as to what I was doing and where my life was headed. I ate the standard three meals a day without question, and the weekly McDonalds drive through on the way home from the nightclub was just a standard Friday or Saturday night for me. I just plodded along, had lots of fun along the way, and did what was expected in order to fit into the mold that society had created for me (sound familiar?). I didn’t really think to question any of it either.
Remember those awful moments in life that left you feeling like you had the weight of the world on your shoulders? Like everyone was out to get you? Your world came crashing down and in that moment you literally felt… well… like shit!
Today I would like to tell you all about life and movement. What it means to me, and why most people play in dirty ponds. One thing I have found by speaking to others and also with my own journey is that when it comes to being in motion with life there is no in between – you’re either constantly on the go getting shit done or you do the minimal that’s required and the remainder is chill-out time, where you’ll watch a movie, hang out with friends, play some App on your phone, etc. Being in motion is either part of your lifestyle or it isn’t!
The last few days have been emotionally exhausting for me to say the least, and I’ve hit this point in life where I’m feeling so defeated by everything that’s going on for me at the moment. I have this mix of randomness bubbling up in my emotional molecules and it’s actually making me feel physically sick, I’m writing this blog post with a snooty nose, phlegm building up in my throat and a dose of cleanse tea brewing next to me (and the raw vegan cakes in the fridge are about to get demolished) – totally on my A-Game today!
After completing Tyler Tolman’s 7 Day Self Care Adventure in Bali I’m feeling educated, inspired and have a greater sense of mental clarity. As promised to my close friends and fans, here is a little snippet of the teachings that were involved during my time learning from Tyler.
I’m currently doing a juice fast in Bali, and one of the biggest things for me whilst being here is the ability to get out of my comfort zone and do shit that I would be way too scared to usually do at home. So, a couple of days go I decided to take on the activity of rapid water rafting and boy was it the most amazing experience ever!