How it all started...
Somehow my life had lost all sense of meaning and everyday became a blur of sitting in traffic, running kids around, working long hours at a draining job, greasy pizza deliveries, fast food and never having enough time for myself.
One day the poop really hit the fan when I saw a photo of myself taken from behind at a business meeting. I was wearing a BIG white skirt and it was wrapped around my HUGE ass. I remember thinking…
OMG!!! Who’s that?
At that moment, I knew I was ready for a major change. Soon after, I joined the local gym (a real hard core "gym rat" one. You know the type). I was determined to lose 30 pounds even if it killed me! So, every morning at 5 AM I was hitting the weights and on the treadmill running around and around for hours on end...
I also got really strict about my diet. In fact, my diet became so restrictive my family nicknamed me the “Food Nazi.” Plus, I restricted their diets as well. Over time, I eventually lost the weight and got into amazing shape, which felt great, but I constantly felt like I was training for the Olympics, which was just no fun.
Overall however, I didn’t feel any happier and my life was just as chaotic. In fact, my head hurt, my body hurt and I was tired ALL of the time. I was tired of counting calories, tired of getting up at 5:00 am and tired of food and exercise being the focal point of my life!
There had to be a better way!
I finally had my aha moment when I read Dr. Gabriel Cousens' book, Conscious Eating. It was then I realized WHOLE and simple, affordable plant-based foods that are basic and easy to prepare are the key! Wholesome, fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and sprouts, raw and cooked centered around natural, filling ingredients were the centre of a happy, healthy and balanced lifestyle.
I finally began to enjoy effortless weight loss, clarity of mind, a sense of overall peace and happiness and even my work and relationships improved. All of my anxiety seemed to melt away and a lot of my general fear and worries just didn't feel as important anymore.
Now I love waking up in the morning feeling energetic and alert and actually looking forward to the day ahead. Plus, meal planning is easier than ever with no more thawing out frozen foods, or unhealthy expensive take-outs.
My life finally came together!
The fact is, I've benefited so much from a plant-based WHOLE living lifestyle, I love sharing it. I especially love sharing it with other heart-centered people looking for a better way of thinking, feeling and being in their bodies and minds.