My journey to health and wellness didn’t just happen one day. My desire to become my best self started about 10 years ago when I started nursing school. I am not sure what exactly triggered this change of diet-thinking-being but I am sure that the diseases and illnesses that I was immersed in through my school readings helped some.
I remember my first conscious thought about living a healthier lifestyle started with “I probably should be drinking water…..ya, that sounds like something my body should be getting…” Ummm, hello!!!! It wasn’t until this moment that I realized that I never, and when I say never I mean NEVER, drank water unless I was forced to (thanks mom;)). So that is where I started: drinking water. I made an effort every day to drink at least one bottle of water and it was this little step that catapulted the progress that I have made 10 years later. See the key, for me, was to change one health habit at a time. By making small (but significant) changes, I was and am able to manage all of the changes that I would like to make. So my advice to you my friends would be to make one small change at a time because even one small change can transform your health and well being!
Below I have shared some manageable changes that I have made over the years, one step at a time:
1) Drink more water!
2) Cook most of the food I eat
3) Move my body for an hour at least 2 times a week
4) Plan “meat-less” meals more often
5) Make sure that my plate is filled at least 50% with veggies and/or fruit
A decade later I am still improving on these goals! Now I make sure I drink at least two bottles of water and the only times I eat meat are when someone prepares a meal for me and it has meat in it! Definitely most of my meals are home cooked and I try, I really do(!), to eat more fruits and veggies. My point in telling you all of this is that being healthy is truly a lifestyle and it is a continuous journey that, if you choose to, will last a life time. Does that sound daunting? I don’t mean it to! Once you make the decision to change your eating habits and lifestyle, a whole new world opens up to you! You will soon be tasting-eating-buying new foods that you have never heard of, you will begin to meet like-minded people who share the same “wellness-warrior” mentality that you do and most importantly, you will feel good-really, really good!
So let’s all rally together my fellow crusaders of health and start making some changes…that is of course if you’re up for it 🙂
Peace & Agua…lot’s and lot’s of agua, nikki (for my Spanish side)
Peace & Nero, lot’s and lot’s of nero, nikki (for my Greek side:))