A few years ago I set out to dramatically improve my health. I cut out meat, fried food, and sugar. I started running and practicing yoga, and I juice cleansed once at least every quarter. But I wasn't getting enough sleep and was a bundle of stress. I treated every 'healthy' pursuit like it was a job, and much of the food I ate consisted of processed meat substitutes, smoothies, and carry out. I no longer enjoyed food or eating, and exercise dominated my free time. I was unbalanced, unhappy, and, at 42, diagnosed with hypertension.
I felt sorry for myself for a little while, then took a step back to take a real look at the root causes for my high blood pressure - a genetic predisposition fueled by stress, lack of sleep, and processed, high sodium foods. I realized that many of the "soul" foods l had shunned were actually healthy, and that even higher sodium foods can be enjoyed in moderation. I got back into the kitchen to cook for myself and my family, boosted our intake of fresh vegetables and fruits. and set reasonable exercise goals with a focus on enjoyment instead of 'results'. I took other measures as well - 'cleaning up' my home and bringing aesthetic beauty into everyday life. I am healthier, happier, and content.
This blog is a journal of my pursuit of good living and good food, rooted in a heritage of self reliance, love for self and love for others.