What do you do to stay fit or be a healthy individual? Share any useful tips and advice. Or tell us about your plans to get healthier.
The biggest thing I did for myself to get healthy was to switch to a vegetarian diet! I used to not be a very healthy person at all. I ate lots of sugar, didn’t get nearly enough vegetables or protein, and avoided exercise like the plague. I felt like crap quite a lot and I got sick pretty easily.
One summer I got really sick and actually ended up in the ER from what the doctors told me was a bad flu bug, and I wound up losing thirty pounds from the dehydration and from not being able to eat for several days. Afterward I was sick for almost two months. I could barely eat without getting nauseous and I was weak and underweight. I hated how I felt! My doctor chalked it up to my body being so stressed and out of balance that it was basically turning on itself.
After that, I started to become really interested in nutrition and how what we eat can heal or harm the body. Eventually, through keeping a food diary, I realized that I felt my best when I ate lots of natural fruits and veggies and lean protein, and cut back on sugar, caffeine, and anything heavily processed: white flour carbs, fried foods, junk snacks, sodas, etc. I honestly think that the less packaged foods you eat, the better you will feel.
After a few months of this I also realized that cutting out meat helped a ton, so I went vegetarian. After two years of on-and-off vegetarianism I went fully veggie and also cut out dairy products, hoping to gain even more benefits. After just a month or so without dairy I had so much more energy and I had started losing body fat. I do still eat the occasional product that contains milk in some form, like Cheetos, but eventually I plan to go strictly vegan and cut out all traces of dairy as well as eggs.
While I do adhere to a vegetarian lifestyle as an ethical choice, many people who meet me don’t realize just how much of an impact this choice has made on my physical well-being. I strongly believe that this diet is the reason I have more energy, a stronger body, and less health issues now in my twenties than I did as a teenager. On top of eating healthier, I’m more in touch with my body now; I listen to what it’s trying to tell me and act accordingly instead of chugging another cup of coffee and pushing on.
Because I’m now eating healthier and feeling better, it’s easier to push myself to work out. I hate the idea of going to the gym, so I work out at home with the stationary bike or an exercise DVD, ride my bike around town, hike, dance, or do yoga. I love to walk places when the weather is nice–it’s a great excuse to take my camera along! If you find a physical activity you enjoy, it won’t feel like exercise. Penciling in an activity with a friend is also a good idea, since it holds you accountable.
Lots of people are surprised to find out that even though I don’t eat meat, my husband is a big burgers-and-fries kind of guy. I’m okay with that. Because I do all of the grocery shopping and meal prep in our house, he actually eats a 90% vegetarian diet with me, and he even admits to liking some of the things I whip up, like vegan nachos or soy chocolate peanut butter shakes. This coming from a man who once recoiled in horror from a package of tofu!
Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
I think it would be really hard to pick out just one of my blogger friends to profile, since I’ve met so many wonderful ladies over the past year! Instead I’ll tell you what makes one of my real-life friends such a gem.
Missy and I met at work and quickly warmed up to each other because we both have quite sarcastic (and sometimes inappropriate) senses of humor. Sometimes we start laughing so hard we have trouble working! We also both love to read. She’s the one who first recommend the Outlander series to me.
I like people who are straightforward with you and speak their minds, that way you don’t have to guess how they feel about something. Friends who are funny and honest are hard to find, so I’m happy to have a work buddy who has these traits!
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