Here is the second installation of the Decisions you have to make while traveling. See my first post to get your wheels turning on the subject…
Some exciting news in the plant-based nutrition world came out last week! An entire special issue was released on plant-based nutrition in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology and features 8 articles published by a lot of our leaders in the movement! I have been inspired to review these articles as well as highlight a little bit about the authors so that you are inspired to share what you learn with others.
Pick up Edition 3 of Soul Food Magazine at www.soulfoodmag.com to read my article! Want a practical guide to the vegan and raw diet? Want to learn how to order out? Grab this beautiful electronic magazine to find out more and be inspired by some of the healthy raw vegan and vegan recipes inside!
Hi there lovelies! In honor of National Nutrition Month, I decided to take a quick minute to send you a couple of resources on diet and nutrition coming straight from our governmental agency and end with some *healthspirations* to get your food spending in alignment with your belief systems.
Welcome to my first Vlog! After a brief introduction from this quirky face, we'll launch into some of the latest research on the benefits of meditation. Hopefully a piece of it will resonate with you to inspire you to start a meditative practice of your own and share in this journey with me!
Loving, caring and compassionate care providers who are open to exploration of unfathomable energetic healing techniques exist within the realm of academia. There is quality data in randomized control settings and throughout many specialties in medicine. If there is anything you take away from this blog series: there are other ways to heal and cure disease beyond our comprehension and understanding of what traditional Western physicians can provide. I would encourage you to never stop looking for answers if you or a loved one is ever struck with a diagnosis you are not willing to accept.
There are many reasons to decide to run a half marathon. You may have decided to lose weight. It may be the natural progression in your running career. Maybe someone dared you to do it or you’ve temporarily lost your sanity. Or maybe you just want to prove to yourself that you can do something that seems impossible.
Now, the marathon. I know what you are thinking:
- I can’t do it.
- Humans aren’t supposed to run that far.
- I don’t want to hurt myself.
All of these thoughts are valid concerns and very real considerations when deciding to take on training for a marathon. Let’s break it down by each statement.
However you come to reading this post on relationships with food, your rich story surrounding food is uniquely yours yet commonplace to many of us. You are not alone in your struggles, and realizing it’s time for that next change is just where you need to be.
So how do you get from pork chop ambassador to plant goddess? A lot of hard work, perseverance, education and compassion.
So how do you stay healthy while wining and dining customers and living off of 3 hours of sleep per night? Great question! Here are some “rules” I came up with for myself, or was wisely advised by other experienced conference masters:
Let's face it: It’s too easy to get lost in devoting all of your person and self to your craft. This is perhaps the biggest self-awareness piece I could highlight here. How much of your identity is locked up in your job? Though I think this calls for another post in itself, consider that thought as much as you are able to right now. How can you regain your sense of self while maintaining your impeccable reputation?
Set boundaries. Make sure those boundaries are ones that help you achieve your happiest and healthiest self. When you do this, everyone around you takes note and respects these decisions and may even encourage you doing so!
Here are some fill in the blank funs! Write in a number/answer that would be an improvement for your lifestyle and something you would be proud of achieving (PS. no judgements here!):
- You attend happy hour and have ____ drink(s). You stay for another ____ minutes after having said drink(s) and decide to grab a healthy sandwich next door instead of indulge in the queso at the happy hour event.
- You have an hour and half before your flight. You choose to stop at ____ healthy eatery on your way to the airport instead of getting there early and having an extra drink on the company.
- You know you will be caught rushing in the morning before your ____ am meeting. Working out will definitely not happen, but you CAN buy this healthy____ sitting in front of you while you are on your late-night Starbucks run.
Planning ahead becomes a treasure hunt. When you see it as a FUN challenge for you to overcome, nothing can stop you from owning that challenge, in fact, dominating that challenge. After all, we are talking about your blood pressure and waistline! You have no problem prioritizing other’s needs, what about dabbling in yours from time to time?
With that, let’s talk about how to always feel in control of the decisions you make while traveling. Have you thought about which foods make you happy? And which diet you want to adhere to? Is it eat less red meat? Eat less fast food? Eat more vegetables? Find whole food plant-based options?
Take three minutes to open your iPhone or Android and write a note by filling in the blanks:
- I will prioritize my health and diet by choosing ____ foods to put in my body. This means I will choose to do the following things to see this through:
Here is what mine looks like (today) when I do this exercise:
- I will prioritize my health and diet by choosing more raw foods and less processed foods to put in my body. This means I will choose to do the the following things to see this through:
1. Pick up the apple or fruit at the register instead of the bar option.
2. Make or choose a salad as a side or main with/for dinner instead of cooked veggies.
3. Make or buy more dehydrated fruits to keep in my bag for snacking instead of baked or processed goods.
Now let me tell you, what mine looked like 3 years ago:
- I will prioritize my health and diet by choosing more meals where I do not eat dessert. This means I will choose to the the following things to see this through:
1. Only choose a breakfast item that satisfies my need for a dessert after breakfast-think pancakes!
2. Choose a side with my lunch that satisfies my need for dessert at lunch: think a fruit cup!
3. Get up and go to the bathroom when the dessert menu comes and DO NOT ORDER dessert. If someone else does, you can have up to three bites total.
4. Only drink alcohol when in the presence of others.
There are many people who can attest that all of these statements are real and true about my life. I am grateful I had so many people tolerate my daily internal struggles which would sometimes end up being external struggles that I had to bring everyone into. Don’t forget that we are all human and have very similar, if not the same, thoughts! You might have your very next accountability partner sitting next to you at dinner.
As you can see, the decisions you have to make are absolutely endless when it comes to applying new daily disciplines and treasure hunts! Before you know it, you are doing it without thinking, enjoying the hunting and setting bigger and better goals.
Once you are following the statement above in your sleep. Make a new one above the first one you made in your iPhone/Android notes. Date them and track your progress. I’m doing this very same thing so I can write about my improvements in the years to come! Join me and share your statements in the comments below. If you need one person to believe in you and send you good vibes as you start this journey, count me in!
Set boundaries that are in alignment with your happiest and healthiest self.
*Opportunity Discovery*: Go on treasure hunts for meals you haven’t had yet! Think of it as one of those geo-discovery games or anything that sounds remotely upbeat. Is there something you can buy now that you can save for a meal later that you know will be healthier than your options at that time? Can you prevent the 2am room service call by grabbing a banana or gluten free bar at the airport? Can you keep savory (vegan or not) jerky bites in your bag to tide you over until the next meal? YES YOU CAN!
Since I’m new at this, let me know what you thought of this two-part installation? Is there another topic you would like to see me cover? Let me know your challenges so I can show you how you are not alone! I guarantee I have suffered the same thoughts and challenges…