- Get acclimated with the area
I’m turning a page in my book of life. This next chapter is going to be amazing. I have faith it will. Watch this video or read below to find out!
You heard right. I recently celebrated my 25th birthday! What’d I do? Simple things: work, play, goals and family. As I think about the past 24 years of my life, it’s not about getting old. I’m not turning 25 years old. It’s 25 years of life, of age, of vibrancy. I’m 25 years YOUNG! Ask anyone over the age of 21, being referred to as “young” is a compliment! It’s not just a compliment but something I plan to embrace.
Interpretation in language adds positive or negative emphasis to everything. For most of my life, there has been a mix of both. However, my most beneficial life experiences have come from positive influencers, role models, supporters and friends. When we focus to positive energy, even the tough times can be overcome with less stress, grief and fortitude. That’s why I choose to not use the word “old”. It’s perceived in a negative way. You can flip it to wisdom with age but let’s face it, people still perceive your body wearing down and not being “in tune” with the up and up as aging. That’s why I think eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising are key to preventative, long term health. And celebrating with birthday carrot cake with my boyfriend and later burger and fries with family are good balance.
If you’ve read through the past nine articles, it might seem like eating healthy and living a more simple lifestyle can be stressful, complicated or boring. This is not the case, nor should it ever be! What is life if we are not enjoying it?
This last installment of my series is focused on the most important part of learning new foods, creating healthy habits and experiences with loved ones.
Make it FUN.
I am turning 25-years-old in about two weeks. For about three quarters of my life, I have lived pretty seriously. I never drank until going to college. I never really disobeyed rules (besides speed limits here and there). I never placed an emphasis on having fun.
That has been one of my biggest learning curves up to now. We must make time and create flexibility for fun.
Whether or not you are in a relationship, creating this balance is a necessary priority. If not, the following negative results can happen:
- Increased stress
- Decreased motivation
- Narrowed mindset
- Binge eating or undereating
- Inconsistent sleep habits
- All work and no play
Do you believe the point of life is to enjoy it? I’m finally making that a priority. I just went with my boyfriend to a boat party to celebrate someone’s birthday. The gentleman happens to be in his mid-50s. And he loves life! He works hard but balances time for fun and health also.
You can do this too. David and I knew we would be attending this party and planned most of our meals that day and both enjoyed a few drinks. We have since gotten back on track with healthy, nutrient-dense, macro-friendly foods. It can be done. And I want you to feel confident that you and your loved ones can do it too!
You know that FAVORITE restaurant with the amazing, greasy, sugary, tasty foods that really aren’t good for you but it has a significance for you and your loved one? It sounds delicious, especially since you have been changing your home eating routines and cleaning up your diet. In your head, you are like “nah, we can’t go eat there if we want to stick to our new habits.”
You know what? I recommend you GO on that dirty food date. Here’s five reasons why that will create healthy relationships with your foods and loved ones.
5 Reasons to go on “dirty food” dates