Hope you guys all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’ve been visiting my brother in Arkansas for a few days and loving the relaxing family time!
This week’s featured healthy eating highlight is Jungling from Living Natural Today. Like many people, Teresa’s transformation was the result of health concerns. She offers some excellent advice that will help you make healthy choices in your own life. Be sure to check out her website and follow her on social media to learn more! If you’d like to be featured on upcoming healthy eating highlights, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to share your story with others!
Tell us a little about yourself.I am happily married to my best friend. I have a business degree and used to work in Corporate America. Currently, my husband and I own our own business in digital marketing. Seven years ago, I began experiencing different symptoms which started me on a long health journey trying to find answers. I have had problems with my adrenals, thyroid, hormones, immune system, digestive system and a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Due to these health challenges, I started a blog called Living Natural Today. In addition, I am a Mission Marketer with Beyond Organic, founded by NY Times Best Selling Author Jordan Rubin, which offers some of the healthiest food and beverages delivered to your door.
What do you consider to be a healthy lifestyle? Since I experienced poor health for so many years, I have had to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. The healthy lifestyle that has worked for me is one that incorporates a whole food, organic (as much as possible) diet, exercise, limits stress and reduces toxins.
What does your typical day look like? Being involved with 3 different businesses stretches my time. However, owning your own business allows for flexibility and freedom. Because of that, each day is different for me. Some days, I work from home. Other days I go into our office. Other days I’m out meeting with clients, or networking. I try to work during regular business hours, but with the flexibility of time, I can run to the store throughout the day and work some after dinner instead. Speaking of dinner, I try to make whole food meals for my husband and myself at least 4 days each week. Other things I try to do each day are exercise and daily devotions (reading the Bible and prayer).
What is your biggest challenge to living a healthy lifestyle? Since I wanted to get better, I had to make changes to my diet and reduce toxins around the house. Those were a little challenging at first, but now it is just my way of life. Some things I am still challenged with are exercising consistently on a daily basis and taking time to relax and eliminate stress. I need to make both of those daily priorities. If I don’t set aside specific time to do them each day, they sometimes get overlooked.
What motivates you to choose a healthy lifestyle? My health. I know what it’s like to be bedridden and extremely ill. I don’t ever want to go through that again. I also want to help others choose a healthy lifestyle. If I’m not healthy, how can I help others?
What advice would you offer to someone struggling to get started?
Don’t get overwhelmed: allow yourself room to take one step forward and two steps back because it will happen. Start by making small changes. One of the first things I eliminated from my diet was pop. Then I began reading food labels and eliminating high fructose corn syrup. It snowballed from there! In regards to toxins, I began by looking into healthier alternatives for cleaning the house instead of using cleaning chemicals.
Research online: there are many great blogs from people who offer stories and suggestions of what they have done to make changes. Follow their suggestions. Also, look for recipes from whole food bloggers, like this one from April!
Remember: by beginning to make a change, your health will ultimately improve. Some results will be immediate and others will take a while, but in the end you will be so much better off!
How can readers contact you?
Living Natural Today (http://www.livingnaturaltoday.com)