Hey everyone. My week flew by, how about yours?
Let's have a brief chat about simplifying our diets. My diet is really beginning to mirror my overall lifestyle which is an ode to simplicity. Less 'stuff' equates to more 'inner freedom' for this one. I champion minimalism as a lifestyle & it's bringing me so much more joy then having 'more'.
I am not a girl who can exist in clutter and simplifying my space by having less material items in my closet and condo has now naturally flowed into my diet and overall health. And I can actually 'feel' my body healing. It's so amazing.
I used to eat so many processed foods! My pantry was full of tons of packages of chips, cookies, dips, sweets, etc. And then in 2010, I became a vegan. And just observing my journey of veganism which - from a compassion for animals standpoint - has been fulfilling. I was not a healthy vegan though. I wrote an article about it here. I was eating loads of soy & processed meals but because they were 'vegan', I convinced myself I was eating health'ier'. I hated salads and I wasn't too keen on veggies. So, I never transitioned into eating healthy, I just took out animal products. So, I was still treating my body poorly. And how we treat ourselves translates into all areas of our lives - it's true!
I have tried so many approaches to food/diet while I was listening to the experts. The expert though is my body. And the expert you should be listening to is YOUR body. Before you listen to anyone else, listen to your own body and it's needs.
This concept - listening to our bodies first - is such a natural thing to do and yet, so many of us are not doing this. And once you begin to really get in tune w/ how your body is responding to the food you are eating, you just want to be so good to yourself. So, on a really philosophical level, it's all about self love.
The more I am in tune w/ my body, the more simplistic my diet has become. I am about two months into this lifestyle change with how I am approaching food and I have already lost 11 pounds. I eat SO simply!!! And I love it! And I am loving my body - what it is capable of, how my body is able to heal itself and yes, how my body looks. We - as women - need to really appreciate the body that God has blessed each of us with. Our bodies are so beautiful.
I think when we remove toxic foods from our diets, our bodies begin to exude a glow that is pretty incredible. The natural form of our bodies is incredible. I support women's rights to do what they want to their bodies but I always appreciate women who age naturally. It's such a privilege to be alive and well, I think wrinkles and aging is such a miracle from Him!
Back to our diets (got off track there) I can 'feel' the difference beyond how I feel physically.......I can feel the effects emotionally too.
And I have come to love hearty & crunchy veggies & big colorful salads (0:
Be good to yourself. You have one body and it's fully reliant on YOU to feed it well - treat yourself well. Gosh, that cliche of a saying 'If you don't really love yourself, no one else will be able to love you well' is so true - deeply true. Love yourself well. Your body will respond and thank you back in so many ways that will grow you as a person.
Created and curated by Kelly, Snapshots of Wellness encourages all of you to cultivate your 'joie de vivre': Compassion for Animals via food, style & lifestyle.