Someone recently asked me, “Why are you so passionate about healthy living? What is it that motivates you to stick with it when it would be so much easier to just live ‘normally’?”
Honestly? It’s suffering. Suffering and pain is what has kept me motivated and on the path all of these years. My “past life”, the life I lived before I found this healthier way of living, was painful. Whether it be physical pain from sciatica, digestive distress, allergies, frequent colds & flu or emotional pain from feelings of fear, depression and anxiety – it was a painful existence.
Went I first started on this path over 6 years ago, I turned to a 100% raw food diet and everything was a buzz. I felt truly inspired in every moment and as a result, truly inspiring things came to me effortlessly! I felt bright-eyed & bushy tailed! Finding and implementing raw food was the biggest transformation I have ever experienced, the ultimate high! The ultimate shift; like the earth moved, the clouds parted, and the sun finally started shining after a brutally long Midwestern winter (those of you from the Midwest can appreciate this)!
For most of my college life I bounced in and out of depression. I couldn’t figure out who I was or what I was meant to do. I didn’t value myself and had pretty low self-esteem which I masked with a bigger-than-life, tough as nails persona. After college, I gradually started coming into my own and realizing what it means to truly be healthy. When I started implementing more raw foods into my diet, BAM!!! The light switch went on! I could focus! My self-esteem skyrocketed and I felt like I finally had the answers within myself that I had been struggling to find for so many years. Unfortunately after 2 years on a 100% raw food diet, this wasn’t a lifestyle I could keep up with anymore.
Raw foods are amazing but for me 100% raw was not the Holy Grail. There is SO much more to health and happiness then just eating raw foods. Raw foods got me ‘in the door’ so to speak, and I still eat a TON of raw fruits and veg on a daily basis but it was too restrictive for me. These days I don’t adhere to any strict labels or dogma. I’m not a raw foodist, nor a vegetarian or vegan. I focus on what really works. Nutrition to invigorate my mind, body & spirit –oh yeah! My diet consists primarily of lots of raw and cooked veggies, fruit, some animal products, wine and chocolate too! And guess what?! I am happier, healthier & look and feel the best I ever have!
In my life I’ve done it all from junk food, fast food & lots of partying to raw foods, super-foods, vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic and even a 65 Day Juice Fast…so when I say “I’ve done it all”, honey, I really have done it all!
I’m human, I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way but my mistakes have actually been my biggest blessing. I had to go through all the mud and the muck so that I now know, WITHOUT A DOUBT, what really works!
The answer for me wasn’t necessarily about raw foods, it was about finding balance.
I went from one extreme (junk food & partying) to the other (raw foods & being a hermit). Don’t get me wrong, I found great benefits with raw foods but I was still out of balance. I was doing it for the wrong reasons, just trading one extreme for another.
I needed to find the balance of being a fun, outgoing person that likes to socialize and have a few (or a lot of) cocktails on occasion and the super serious me who feels wise beyond her years and knows there is a higher vibration to tap into. The me that knows how simply amazing it is to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, the joy in making and eating only the best foods ever, the incredible rush of endorphins from exercise, and the sweet peaceful bliss of deep sleep…
It’s a balancing act.
The key is doing that which makes us truly happy. That is the only way to flow in harmony with spirit/inspiration/God/Universe that we are always a part of! It’s so easy to focus on the negative, to do what everyone else does, to eat what everyone else eats, to feel like everyone feels. But in the end, I know what it’s like to feel amazing. I mean truly, out of your skin, giggle for no reason, every day is the best day ever, AMAZING!!! Now that I know, nothing else will do. Nothing but the best. If I want nothing but the best, if I want to feel amazing, then I must focus on the amazing – on the BEST! And THAT is what keeps me motivated!
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