February 18, 2017
When I was at college, I remember a good friend decided to treat her body ‘like a temple’. I liked the idea, but my young, supple, somewhat healthy body felt just fine and I really didn’t want to put in too much effort beyond the bi-monthly aerobics class for fun and the occasional salad. I was happy, healthy and felt like the world was mine for the taking….kinda.
Now I am not in college; those years being far too long ago for my liking, I find myself needing to treat my body a lot kinder. That ‘temple’ idea seems to work for me now.
I am not much of a dieter. The second I decide to diet, I get fatter. I tend to go all out to eliminate everything and then, after some progress, screw it all up with a binge that lasts more than long enough to double my loss. Massive fail!
I prefer to think of myself as a lifestyle designer. I change my habits gradually and allow for a less strict version of whichever ‘fad’ I feel might work, so that I stand a chance of sticking to it. I love eating clean…well, I love junk, but my ‘temple’ does much better when I eliminate it.
Organic food is my go-to. I will only buy organic fruits and vegetables, and as much meat as possible. Veggies and fruits that have skins to peel can be non-organic providing they are not part of the ‘dirty 30’. I don’t have organic butternut squash, yet I live on the stuff. It goes into all my soups and I love roasting it too. Same with sweet potatoes, although they do have to be organic as I eat the skin. One evening I actually drained the bottom of my soup and used all the ‘bits’ to accompany my sweet potato which I gently cover in Gee.
My desire to live clean began before even getting pregnant with my boys. I prefer clean cleaning to chemical cleaning, I made sure my children were exposed to as little ‘yucky’ stuff as possible. I worked hard to ensure they would be as healthy as possible. We all know that didn’t work out as planned, but I know childhood leukemia is not necessarily related to environmental factors so nothing I could have done would have prevented it. Sometimes life just throws us curveballs.
Yet my goal to live a positive life with clean eating and healthy choices remains one of the most important aspects of my life.
What do you do to live a positive life?
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