Last year, I looked through my list of goals and decided to spice up my responsible (and boring) goals. So I created a bucket list of fun and frivolous things (http://soultrain.com/2011/05/18/live-it-up-this-year/). From skydiving to dancing in the rain, it was nice to stop taking everything so seriously.
Now, I’m back at it.
Goodbye delicious, greasy takeout food! Hello, raw and organic….stuff?
Is it okay if I throw up first? For some reason, I believe that after all the years of abuse, my body will reject this cleansing, or rather, this gradual change I’m making to a more holistic lifestyle.
I, like many, tell myself daily that I will work out more and eat right. I never do. We all have our routines – work, kids, run errands, school – on top of our to-do lists for the day. Accomplishing it is time-consuming! Who has time for oneself, other than to plop on the couch from exhaustion and watch some mind-numbing television (and then possibly do some more work)?
Yes, we all know we should eat right, exercise, and take time for ourselves, but is doing all that even realistic? I’m about to find out!
It definitely won’t happen overnight (especially with my lack of willpower), but it has been weighing on my mind for some time. I want to live longer, naturally feel better, and gain some inner peace and serenity (as my mind tends to run a mile a minute).
My inspirations: Russell Simmons and Beyoncé’s lead guitarist, Bibi McGill. They just seem to always have an inner peace about them despite their undeniably hectic lives. And they always credit it to a healthier lifestyle.
Again, I will not, by any means, become a yogi or vegan during my “trial-run”, but this is the goal for the next two weeks.
- Take yoga 3-4 times a week
- Become a vegetarian 5 days a week
- Meditate (almost) every night
- Use natural products
- Spend time with nature (i.e. Take a walk outside)
Two weeks later:
Your body definitely reciprocates how you treat it. If you take care of it, the benefits are astounding. I have become a vegetarian 5 days a week. I’ve also been eating mostly organic foods. Surprisingly, I haven’t tasted anything disgusting.
I am now more aware of what I put in my body and for the record, Boca burgers (aka veggie burgers) are amazing! Naked’s Açai Machine Smoothie is delish and is a great way to start the day if you don’t have the time or appetite to eat breakfast. Despite my initial reservations, I do notice that I am not as sluggish or tired at the end of the day.
Don’t get me wrong though. It’s not like you will be re-energized instantaneously. This is a progressive change. It won’t happen overnight, but you will feel better than you did initially.
Yoga is also an effective workout for the body and mind. I recently attended a class at The Bombay Room. It was a relaxing atmosphere – dim lights, soft music – but the practice of yoga itself is really challenging. You are fighting with your own body to master certain poses, but you move at your own pace. As a result, I am more flexible and am quite proud of my new skill.
Of course, it’s also about balance – body, mind, and soul – when living holistically. Meditation is a must! Your mind is always going. It’s always listening to you, doing what you want it to do. But shouldn’t there be a time when you turn off everything and hear what your mind is thinking? At my first attempt, mine was racing a mile a minute. As I breathed through it, I started to calm my mind and allowed its thoughts. It’s like unlocking a door and hearing yourself in a new way.
Though not always affordable, getting a massage every now and then relieves a lot of stress. It’s not just a luxury…you have more energy afterwards and being relaxed allows a better night’s sleep.
I won’t lie. It’s not easy, especially for workaholics, to make time for these activities. You have to make yourself a priority and plan accordingly.
I’m a rookie at this so I can’t say I have fully committed, but I do love the new lifestyle I’ve adopted. It makes me more aware of what I put in my body and raises consciousness in my life. It is a phenomenal state of well-being. As the holidays come around, I can’t think of a better gift to give myself.
Zoey Flowers is a freelance writer and Hip Hop lover. She was a representative for various major record labels and has contributed to other music websites, television, and radio shows. Follow her on Twitter @zoeyflowers.