Children · Lifestyle · Mind Body and Soul

Health: Back to Basics

(Day One)

Over the course of the last couple of months I have decided that a change needs to occur in the way I view my life. I have reached the stage of adulthood that requires me to delve deep into my “whys”, “whats” and “hows” of being: Why do I feel and think the way that I do? What are the consequences to the way I live? How will the way I am living affect my family?  The resulting conclusion keeps coming back to one thing: a shift back to basic healthy living.

To be clear, I am not going to do anything as drastic as attempting a completely raw lifestyle or strict juicing regimens because, lets face it, my family just doesn’t have that kind of budget and this really needs to benefit everyone in our household. Instead, I am going to take baby steps in the right direction. Slow and steady. To begin, I just want to start incorporating as many whole, natural foods as I possibly can into the meals I prepare. Focusing on how food fuels our bodies and finding joy in the sustenance it gives will be a large part of the transition. Not too long ago I did something similar to this approach and as I began noticing how real food tastes without the sauces and the overload of salt and sugar I started to fall in love with eating. How it benefited my health just seemed like an added bonus.

Along with the change in food selection there will also be a change in how I use my body. This change will be solely for me, as I desire a change in perspective where my body is concerned. In the distracting chaos of life, we become disconnected from our bodies and we forget just how fantastic it is to live in such beautiful creations. The goal is to awaken my senses and learn a new way of interacting with both my body and my surroundings. After reading about how our bodies crave versatile movement, make that movement in general, I am thinking that for now I am going to find little ways to keep myself moving, even if it is just around the house. I also want to begin doing yoga daily, when possible because I love how yoga helps reconnect body and consciousness. The feeling is so grounding.

For the moment the changes in nutrition and activity are going to be my only focuses. The plan is to keep things simple. If there comes a point where I find myself getting frustrated about what to eat or how to balance exercise and life or something of the like I will try my best to just revert back to the basics of it all. Eat, move and enjoy every living moment. Life is supposed to be experienced with joy, and at this point in life maybe taking a moment to “stop and smell the roses” is the best advice ever given.

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