Technically it’s still the New Year since we’re still in the month of January, so it’s still befitting to discuss ways to live healthier. My initial purpose in eating raw foods was to transition back into the healthier lifestyle I established in 2009 through 2011. I had finally found a rhythm on how to live a whole, healthy lifestyle. I was eating whole balanced meals and exercising regularly. I’ve been a vegetarian close to 20 years now, and it was not until 2009 that I started focusing more on eating vegetables than on not eating meat. It’s a slightly different perspective. Eating more vegetables focuses more on what I can have to eat, the later focuses on what I can’t. As I was better nourishing my body, I simultaneously had a spiritual and mental regimen. A healthy lifestyle is not simply about eating healthy foods and exercise. It’s about the mind- body- spirit continuum. Feeding our bodies healthy food, nourishes the mind and spirit as well. Some tips I’ve found to be helpful with the mind- body- spirit balance are:
1) Start each morning in prayer and devotion.
2) Commit to cook/ prepare your meals at home at least one day out of the week.
3) Try a recipe with a vegetable you’ve never tried before.
4) Try a Bikram yoga class (prepare to sweat).
5) Exercise regularly.
6) When possible, shop at the farmer’s market (support the local food economy).
7) Drink plenty, plenty water.
8) Get as much sleep as your schedule allows (7 to 8 hours is ideal).
9) Love more!
Each of us has our own ideal way of living a healthy lifestyle. What I know for sure is that there is no one way to attain a healthy lifestyle. It’s just what’s ideal for you.
Until next Sunday,
150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation! 50 years in August since the March on Washington led by Dr. King! The inauguration of President Obama for his second term on Dr. King’s holiday with Dr. King’s Bible! This week I figured I’d let the moment speak for itself.
Until next Sunday,
P.S. The Bryan Stevenson TED Talk from March 2012 is recirculating, so I thought I’d include its link on this post: wayw.re/WA2AaK
Years ago when I was volunteer teaching in The Gambia, West Africa, I took with me a book entitled “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” by Walter Rodney. I was fixated on the book. The book has two major arguments about how Europe benefited (that’s putting it mildly) from slavery and colonization 1) its economy and 2) organizational (accounting) skills. I knew about how Europe and the United States’ economies flourished because of slavery, but what I never knew was how Europe was able to learn organizational skills from it. Reading this book was when I realized how important having organizational skills, how being organized is paramount to making transitions and living a purpose driven life.
Each new year, there are countless articles on setting your intention for the new year, getting organized to accomplish resolutions, etc. I remember reading an article in the New York Times about professional organizers, and the ridiculous amount of money people pay them. Organization is not a frivolous thing! It’s the way accomplished people problem-solve and actualize their dreams. It frees you from the everydayness of life, because you have done the routine things making time and spiritual space for your mind to think about grander things. It makes room for creativity and ideas to flow.
I’d like to end with a quote from the movie John Carter by the main character John Carter: “Take up a cause! Fall in love! Write a book!” I thought this could be the mantra for anyone’s life. 🙂
Until next Sunday,
P.S. Visit the website http://www.rawfullyorganic.com. It has great ideas on how to start the year in a healthy way.
Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good! –Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education)
The beginning of the year is like mornings to me. It is a sacred time, a time to reflect on goals made and accomplished. Each year I create a vision board of aspirations. As most people, I suppose, I’m successful at some goals and not so much so at others. In years’ past I have discovered that some goals take more than a year to accomplish. They become a continuation for the following year. 2013 is such a year. I had a mini metamorphosis in June 2012, and revamped my goals entirely; therefore, my mid-2012 goals have become my 2013 goals. One of my goals is to eat 100% raw foods for 365 days. That’s why I created this blog. Week after week I’ve chronicled my progress or lack thereof eating raw foods. Of the 186 days on my 365livefoods journey I have eaten 30 days 100% raw foods. Smaller successes have been eating 25% or 50% raw foods on some days. People who have character traits of “all or nothing” (such as myself) feel unsuccessful when they don’t accomplish their goals perfectly, and tend not to count smaller successes as success. This “all or nothing” character trait has had deleterious results on being successful at eating raw foods and on my waistline.
So, I find myself at a crossroads: do I continue on this journey, redefine it or abandon it?
The Race is NOT given to the Swift, but to those who Endure to the End – Tortoise and the Hare
Years of creating vision boards and settings goals have taught me that accomplishing goals takes time. Also, there is a hierarchy of goals from the simplistic to ones that require steps i.e. becoming a medical doctor. I have to constantly remind myself of that. Often the timetables we set for ourselves aren’t adequate. Goals are accomplished with time and through habits and routines. It’s the unglamorous part of goal setting, and in my case the overlooked part. Habits and routines are especially essential when your goal is something you haven’t been successful at accomplishing in your life before. I have decided not to abandon my raw foods goal, just to redefine it. I will take it in steps. I was trying to do one meal at a time, but I will modify it to eating something raw each day. I have faith that in 2013 I will eat 100% raw foods in due time. Hopefully, this post will be motivation to stay the course when the results are bleak.
Until next Sunday,