Like many women, I’ve been on the diet roller coaster at some point.
You know the one….up, down and repeat. Sometimes I hear screams, or feel like I’m stuck at the bottom of a deep, deep pit; other times, it rewards and brings thrills. It’s not boring, that’s for sure.
Since January, 2010, I’ve been focusing on health. Remember the roller coaster I mentioned? Well, that includes the last eight years too. Although those years have had their ups and downs, I’ve learned a lot about food and nutrition.
After reading The China Study, I was convinced that a whole-foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet was the path to optimal health. I still believe it. The only problem was that I couldn’t seem to pull it off right away. I went 6 months eating this way, and I didn’t know a lot about how to eat in a way that was tasty and varied. Then, the ups and downs began.
No matter what happened, I ALWAYS came back to seeing WFPB eating as the ideal way to go. This means no processed foods (which includes no added oils or sugars). For me, this also means eating a diet low in fat. Although there are many delicious good fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, olives), ideally, I want to go very easy on them because I’m still on my journey, of losing weight and getting healthy.
I’ve had great success eating a plant-based diet. I’ve gone as long as seven months in a row, without eating any dairy, eggs or meat of any kind (beef, chicken, seafood etc.). That was from January to July in 2017.
When I fall off the plant wagon, I’m often hard on myself. Toward the end of 2017, however, I gained a new perspective.
Our busy lives and careers can pull us off our journey to success, whether our path leads to healthy living, igniting our creativity, pursuing a dream career or nurturing our relationships.
It’s impossible to do it all. It’s impossible to stay at a steady pace on whatever paths we’re on. Obstructions block our way. Distractions line our journey Sometimes a path seems to just disappear. We’re constantly moving along multiple pathways, but maybe the secret to getting closer to success is to focus on one at a time.
I took some time to look within and paid close attention to my mental health. Work stress was at play. I’m so grateful for some helpful conversations with family, friends and a counselor. Combined with some research and a heart-to-heart with myself, it paid off! I can now focus on the next path.
Early in 2018 I decided it was time for a transformation. Time to kick aside the less-than-stellar lifestyle and put things in high gear in order for me to become the real me.
What’s truly ideal for me?
My goal is to continue to strive toward eating a whole foods plant-based diet, as much as possible. I am not 100% plant-based. I am about 90%.
My goal for this blog is to share and connect with other people seeking health, both physically and mentally. Above all, this is a journey. I began this blog in August, 2013. It has morphed over time, and will continue to do so.
Wishing you health and success on your journey,
Updated February 26, 2018