Cuerpo Sano, Mente Sana. (healthy body, healthy mind)
As Mental Health Awareness month comes to an end I wanted to share with you guys how I've learned over the years that Nutrition is key. Keeping your mind, body and soul nourished is an essential part of living a happy life. I've been on this journey to be a better me inside and out for a few years now and I wanted to share with you how I've kept myself balanced through healthy eating, meditation and exercise.
Let's start with “healthy eating”. Even as a trainer and aspiring health coach this didn’t come easy. I have a horrible fixation with bread and sweets, like pastries. I can have bread with absolutely EVERYTHING and sweets forget about it. GIMME ALLDAH donuts. Being a vegan has helped me with this though. I'm definitely more mindful as to what sweets and what type of bread I consume. Eating healthy has helped with my moods. I feel more energetic and more at peace with what I'm putting in my body. I don't do the beat up of, “damn I shouldn't have had that” or “damn now I have the itis”. As of late, I've been eating so well that I'm in pure amazement because a few years back I was eating, drinking and partying like crazy. I've done a full 180 with my health and nutrition. I laugh now because I'm proud of where I am. But I didn't get this way by only eating right.
Meditation came to me at a crucial time in my life. I was going through so much mentally and physically that I didn't know what to do. I still haven’t mastered it but I’m so grateful to be able to practice it on a daily basis. This was key in keeping my mind and thoughts in sync. Learning how to tone down the whispers that were driving me crazy. I wasn't a frequent meditator either. I use to meditate whenever I remembered to or actually made time for it. I recently did a 21 day meditation experience with Deepak and Oprah based on hope in uncertain times. Amazing! Life changing. It has opened my eyes to so many wonderful possibilities. I’ve made meditation part of my morning routine. It keeps me focused and ready to tackle whatever life has to throw at me that day. Meditation is really easy too. It's all about breathing. Breathe IN and breathe OUT. That’s it! When I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed by work or just upset, I take a second and just BREATHE. This truly has changed my outlook on life.
Ok let's move on to exercising. My fave! (Although this realization came later in life as I was definitely that kid in gym class not paying attention.) Exercising is so fundamental. Being active helps your life expectancy. Also, it not only makes you look good but feel good as well. I was always about being fit but was never consistent with it. I'll go to the gym for months and once I looked good enough to my standards I'd stop. But now that's so different. I don't workout because I want to “look good”. Looking good is definitely my bonus. It's more therapeutic now. I go in, put my headphones on and zone out. I forget about whatever problems or issues I'm having that day or that week. I come out in such a blissful spirit that sometimes I even go twice a day. I've been running as well. Twice a week, and on one of those days I go running with my friend. We do early Tuesday mornings. This way we get it out the way and have the rest of the day to do whatever we want. My friend has expressed to me how she always looks forward to Tuesdays now because running is like her therapy session and I love it. I love that she feels as awesome as I do when we finish running. Also, running in NYC is the bomb. Scenery is fantastic.
Now that I've shared with you how I keep my mental health in good shape I hope you can understand how I'm making this a lifestyle. I no longer eat all crazy, get lazy with the gym or let my thoughts consume me. Little by little this is becoming my life and I LOVE IT. Words can't express how good I feel inside and out. Looking back I am very grateful that I made the choice to change. Everything happens for a reason and I think the reasons behind my 180 would have never lead me to writing this piece and hopefully inspiring a life or two. And remember CUERPO SANO, MENTE SANA (healthy body, healthy mind).