A couple of years ago I was about to turn 40. I felt lousy. I was significantly overweight, and couldn’t move in the ways I wanted. My skin looked old and frail, I had no energy, my sleep was horrible, and I lived in a near constant mental fog.
I knew something had to change, but I had no idea what to do- where to start. Though I wanted to lose weight, it was not my priority. I just wanted to feel better.
A friend introduced me to the power of nutrition, and I understood. I mean, it made sense to me, but how would I get started? It’s a catch 22 when you want to feel better, but don’t have the energy, mental clarity, or knowledge to make the necessary changes.
Here are 5 changes I made to start feeling better:
- I decided that things needed to change. I knew I didn’t want to spend my forties feeling like I did in my thirties, or even twenties. I kept an open mind about solutions, and started looking for them.
- I changed my attitude about age. Rather than thinking “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, or that I was on the “downhill of my life”, I took notice of people twice my age who were still feeling great- and there are lots of them! This allowed me to set a goal that excited me.
- I learned about the importance of plants- that is, fruits and vegetables. There is lots of conflicting information about what helps us feel better- but one thing that is consistent in just about every ‘plan’ or ‘philosophy’ I found is the necessity of fruits and vegetables for our bodies to function at optimum performance.
- I learned about toxins that are in my body- without letting it terrify me. This can be a rabbit hole- but I kept my head on. I tried to look at this without emotion- more scientifically. Everyday my body is filled with toxins from all sorts of sources. It’s my job to figure out how to eliminate as many as I can, without letting it make me miserable or consume my life.
- The catalyst for me was getting a true rainbow of fruits and vegetables into my body consistently, and everyday. Not only do freggies help with detoxification, they do so many other good things for my body. Within a couple of weeks my energy was up, and I was able to focus on what other changes I needed to make.
It’s just about two years later, and my changes have been simple and gradual- for the most part (I just finished 10 days doing this in a more intense way). I have kept my head on. I have continued to live life in a way that makes sense for me.
We still eat out. We still have french fries. For me, it’s not about elimination- or should I say, if I make it about that, I fail.
For me, it’s about choosing the things that really make me feel good, and focusing on those- right along with making sure I keep things in perspective. Learning this has allowed me to make choices that are allowing my body to do what it does, so that I feel better- happier, more energized, and more full of life.
Now I’m in my forties and am feeling so much better than I did in my twenties or thirties. I continue to tweak things, learn, and adjust. I know that within the next 12 months I’ll be feeling the best I ever have in my life, and that feels amazing!
What easy changes have you made to feel better?