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Another Year of Growth

This past year has been a year of exceptional growth in my life. For the first time, I have not been bound by the walls of a classroom or a school calendar. This time last year, it was time for me to get my feet wet in “the real life.” In the past year I have gotten to know myself better than ever before. I have fully immersed myself in many aspects of life that had only been a mere thought or desire up until now. The most important lesson that I have learned is that health and happiness are integral with one another and are interwoven with many other factors.

In the middle of May, I started my journey with Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a training course for Health Consultants. The main principle in this program is that we have primary foods in life which are different to ordinary foods. Primary foods are healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, a spiritual practice. It is not only about the foods that we eat. If you are not happy then your health is going to take a toll. If you are too obsessed with nutrition or fitness, it is going to distract you from other aspects in your life that are also vital to your well-being. Each person is unique when it comes to health, we all require different balances. So too with nutrition, what works for one person very likely could be unhealthy for another person.

While we are all bio-diverse (each of us has our own needs) there are some truths that apply to each and every human. Drinking water is better for you than drinking soda for example. Getting exercise is better for you than sitting on the couch playing video games. Healthy relationship with your partner, family or friends is better than abusive relationships.

There are also some truths which I am particularly interested and focused on in relation to the culture of food. Food brings people together. It helps bind communities, build friendships and sustain lives. Whether people are growing food together, cooking or eating together, they are benefiting from their actions. Safe & quality food is going to provide for a better future.

It is my goal, in my 23rd year of life, to get a deeper understanding of my balance so that I can successfully inspire others to live more fulfilled, enjoyable, positive, balanced and happy lives. In turn, I know that each person that I am able to inspire will inspire at least one or two more people.

Let’s go back to some foundations in order to find deeper meaning in the lives that we live and the connections that we make–with other people and nature–along the way.

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A Balanced State of Life

 

 

When all things fall into place it seems as though life is in our favor. When everything seems to be falling apart it seems as there is no hope. We, humans, are very complex beings that need a balanced combination of different elements in order to be truly satisfied. There are several components that are completely in our control. Just because something is in our control does not mean that it can happen over night or that we have mastered it, we need to evaluate our weaknesses and challenge ourselves to learn something new.

My main philosophy in life is work hard, play hard. Without this balance, we find ourselves lost, stressed or confused. Sometimes it is neccissary to take a step back and look at our lives through an outside view in order to re-asses what direction we want to be going and compare it to the direction that we are actually going.

Relaxation is just as important as hard work. For this reason it is important to make sure that we are getting an adequate amount of sleep at night (8 hours) and that we take 1-2 days of rest a week from our normal workout routines.

Balance also comes into play in nutrition. If we deprive ourselves completely of one food group, our bodies crave that food and most often time we return to old habits. It is important that you consult a nutritionist to find out what a good carb-protein-fat ratio is correct for your body type, matabolism and work out regime. There are many theories how to obtain a balanced diet, however each individual needs to find out what works for them (using professional advice).

In life, we have friends and family that will come and go. You can think of your life as a rainbow- each color in your rainbow represents different elements that satisfy different personal needs. At different times in your life, different people will satisfy certain needs. When you have the right mix of people in your life, combined with an open mindset, you can achieve a balanced state of being. Your rainbow will be vibrant with color, providing a sense of comfort and happiness.

A combination of mental wellness, physical health and an appropriate diet can help you achieve a healthy balanced lifestyle. We each on our own pursuit of happiness. Fitness and nutrition are ways to help us achieve our over all desire for happiness.

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