The media outlets that exist in our world today are oversaturated with wellness ‘do’s and don’ts’. There are many opinions floating around on the Internet, most of which seem to contradict one another to some degree. We can spend hours reading through countless reviews of products, experiences and regimens and still be unsure of what we should be choosing. Our perspective on personal care has shifted; instead of listening to our bodies for what we truly need to be well, we now rely on other people and trends to influence our decisions. I sometimes wonder, if given the chance, would our bodies intuitively make those same decisions?
About a year ago, I was that girl who would sit at her computer, sifting through the latest and greatest products, supplements or workouts. It was a painful process. I would spend so much time bouncing between websites, weighing the pros and cons of each product. As soon as I thought I had come to a decision, I would see a negative review and begin questioning myself. How crazy is that? I was ultimately left feeling disappointed that I had lost touch with my own intuition by placing my faith in what worked for other people. The most important thing I have learned in my health coach training is the concept of bio-individuallity. We are very different beings- what works for one person, may not work for the other. As a society, we need to take steps toward accepting that.
My brain was programmed to believe that if I missed a workout, I would fall off track and undo any progress I had been making. I would often miss dinners with friends and family in fear that I wouldn’t be able to find something on the menu that I could eat. It took me a long time to realize I was very misguided. Pushing myself to eat kale every day wasn’t making me well. Pushing myself to run 2 + miles every day wasn’t giving me the strength I was hoping to gain. Forcing myself to make time to mediate for 20 minutes every day was starting to feel more like a chore than a joy. My body was resisting my efforts to do everything I thought I was supposed to be doing in order to live my best life. It took some time, but here is what I learned:
1) Rest days are just as important as active days
2) Stressing about food rules does not make life easier, or more enjoyable
3) Accepting my body, flaws and all, was a beautiful decision
4) Allowing my mind to think freely gave me mental clarity
5) Routines are important, but so is variety
My quality of life has changed since I started listening to and respecting the needs and wants of my body. I was able to release negativity, not let food rules run my life and let my heart guide me. I encourage everyone to make time to show love to themselves and to others, the world needs more of that. My hope is that people will find balance and choose to do all things in life that make them feel well 🙂
I also wanted to share a recipe with you:
I recently went away for 2 weeks and ended up freezing most of what was left in my refrigerator. When I came home, I threw everything into my Vitamix, so happy with the way this smoothie turned out!
1 medium sized sweet potato- baked then frozen
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup of frozen gala apples
1 scoop of Amazing Grass Greens
1/2 tsp of Sunfood maca powder
1 tsp of Navita’s cacao powder
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen
1 tbp of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter
dash of cinnamon
Topped with cacao nibs, sprouted walnuts & pepitas!
My name is Cassie Lian, I was born and raised in New York and I have a passion for wellness and helping others. I am currently going through professional training to be a health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, with the hopes of helping busy families prepare healthy meals at home and developing workplace wellness programs for corporate companies. I am committed to sharing my experience and knowledge with those who are interested in taking a step towards living a life where wellness is achieved. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, running, yoga, interval training, hikes, reading a good book, sunny days at the beach, meaningful conversations, and of course- being well. I’m just a girl trying to change the world, one healthier choice at a time 🙂