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Why I’m Making My Biggest Change To My Diet Ever

I’ve been reading and hearing so many inspiring stories about how a new diet plan can change lives. Now it’s my time to make a change in my own life. I don’t intend this to sound like a huge show of dedication, but I’m looking to change my diet for life. I want to get back into the gym and get stronger. In order to do all of this, I need to move more often and eat better, so that I’m getting every minute of my day with optimal health. Let’s see how we can make it happen together.

For the past 14 years, I have been addicted to junk food. Most of it in moderation, of course. For a long time I never took my health seriously, but this addiction finally brought my love life, my career, relationships and health into question. Now I am taking this one step at a time and I will keep this blog updated here to stay aware of new information.

What changed this year? I decided after a few years spent in the gym and eating what I was supposed to eat in a day that I wouldn’t do the same thing forever. I finally want to do something to better myself and eat more wholesome foods. I started researching and read the book, The Lean Pocket by Paul Jaminet. This book has changed my life as a result of its recommendations and made me realize how unhealthy I have been! It also helped me realize that I had been eating what I was supposed to in a day and was eating junk foods all the time. I learned to not only be more aware of the foods I am putting in my body, but to actually make choices about what I eat. I began by reading a variety of books, watching documentaries on nutrition and learning more about what foods should be my staples. For the first time in a while I am actually enjoying what I eat and I will post more about my new diet choices soon.

I found my love! Last year I knew I didn’t want kids and was a bit hesitant at first. Now that I am pregnant, a chance to build a life is a lot to ask. But I finally had a chance after talking to a few people I’ve been friends with for many years that were open to the idea. I really think I got it. My baby is gorgeous, adorable and I think if I was to get pregnant again I wouldn’t be so afraid. I think I would get on with it even more now that a baby is in my life.

For the last several years, not much money was moving through my bank account. No investments, no purchases. I don’t like taking money from other people, but for the past little while, I wanted to get a part time job to earn some money. I have always loved to design, so I decided that I wanted to design some clothing for myself and I would also be willing to share my designs on my blog. This has become a bit of a side project and I have enjoyed the time and effort I take to create each design. Last year I launched my first design, a t-shirt. I am planning on starting an even larger collection of items in the future. I love the idea of finding a hobby that I can focus on and one that I might end up making a bit of a living from someday too.

In 2015 I came off an 18-month mental illness hiatus. I was having a bit of thoughts and feelings that I felt weren’t right. I thought I’d always be in a state of constant depression, so much so that I felt a little scared of saying anything to anyone. I started researching ways to manage and better manage my mental health and I came across the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I saw that it was based in North America and seemed like a really good organization that could offer advice and tools for mental health professionals. Having no one else for support, I felt a bit lost. After talking to one of the NAMI staff, I learned of the MADD (Mind Active Movement) program and quickly became hooked.