In my work I frequently get to talk about the importance of mental and emotional health. I am so excited for this chance to talk openly about other dimensions of wellness that are incredibly important to me. And I invite you to come with us on this celebration of wellness throughout the month of September. Share in whatever way feels right to you, and when possible, let us know by using #InspireWellness.
I love food. Simply love it. I love eating, designing menus, grocery shopping, dining with friends and families, making food to give to others, talking about food, teaching cooking classes… You get the picture. I especially love to fuel my body with the food that makes me feel good. My individual food choices are driven by a desire to support local farmers and our local economy by purchasing food directly from local farmers whenever possible. My food choices are driven by a deeper understanding of the economics of our food system and the impact that food selection has on our environment. My food choices are driven by the experience that green vegetables, whole foods and balanced meals make me physically powerful. In fact, I view each opportunity to eat as an opportunity to lead and advocate for the world I want. I challenge each of you to think of why you eat the food you do each day. Are vegetables apart of your life? If not – how can they find a way onto your plate?
I was blessed with an innate love of green vegetables. (And I believe you can grow to love them if you don’t already!)
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find a balance of physical activity that is right for me. I challenge you to find something that works for you! I sometimes think I am allergic to exercise. My whole mind and body seems to revolt at the thought of a long distance run or pushups. I do love the way I feel after my body moves. After a long struggle of trying to find an exercise that works for me…I started to walk. Just a walk, almost every day. And I love it! I listen to podcasts as I walk and look forward to it as a time to be inspired, a time to reconnect with my physical body and a time that is just for me. And in a perfect world I find time for yoga!
Each day that I fuel my body with the best food possible and set aside the time to stretch my legs in a walk throughout my Northeast Iowa hills I go to bed with so many of my wellness dimensions in good places. When I break it down to the basics:
Veggies + walking = balance in emotional, environmental and intellectual dimensions
Find the equation that is right for you!
I am overwhelmed by the excitement I have received from Youth MOVErs after our decision to celebrate whole body wellness throughout the month of September. Wellness is really important to us here at National AND really, really important to me personally.
At the end of the day – Thank YOU – for inspiring wellness in me.
You can follow the Youth MOVE Chapter Network’s celebration of wellness on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest throughout September with the hashtag #InspireWellness. Please join us!
And a little more about today’s bloggers favorite....
Place: Northeast Iowa
Book: Harry Potter
Movie: The Lion King
Vacation Place: New Orleans