First of all, I would like to thank everyone who commented on my last post. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to publicly admit my recent dietary slip-ups, but it felt good to write everything down to rationally examine my lifestyle rather than to just quietly be angry at myself for gaining weight and not eating how I should. I know how to eat healthy, but there are things preventing me from actually doing it, including stress…
Step one to a healthier lifestyle is to de-stress! There is a yoga studio I sometimes go to in Athens always makes me feel peaceful and helps me think clearly. Recently, my favorite yoga teacher, who founded the studio, moved out of state. There is kind of a neat story behind the studio — the studio is completely non-profit and run by amazing and dedicated volunteers, and to pay rent for the space, the teacher that founded it has been happily living in a trailer the past few years. There was an article written about him in a local newspaper, and I wanted to share a few quotes that I found inspiring:
On living in a trailer:
My advice to people who want to live with 100 percent freedom is to drastically downsize. Too much of the time we make giant compromises all because we think we need a couch with a sofa and television, a refrigerator and a bathroom… But in reality, all you need is a yoga mat and your health. You can join the YMCA and turn Daily Groceries into your kitchen, Ciné into your living room. Your quality of life will go WAY up and you’ll be able to contribute to others in spirited ways.
(Daily Groceries is the local co-op that has local produce and organic food. Cine is the independent film theater in Athens.)
His life goals:
1. To be a one-person circus in which I ride my unicycle as an everyday means of transport,
2. To live to be extremely old while in amazing health,
3. To eat 80-100 percent raw foods (with an emphasis on local, organic vegetables),
4. To have tons of spare time and therefore be free to play around with children or anyone else who isn’t busy at the moment,
5. To shed all judgment (of other people) and thereby radiate a halo of acceptance in a 30 foot radius.
I think that he is absolutely right about how we tend to think that we need way more material things than we actually do. I’m not saying that we should all go live in trailers, but we should remember that a good quality of life comes from doing what you want rather than having what you want.
Also, I am in love with his goals and feel that they are adaptable to everyone. Here are my interpretations of his life goals, and how I think we can all incorporate them into our daily lives.
1. If riding a unicycle makes you happy, then ride a unicycle. If not, do whatever else makes you happy even it it goes against societal norms and expectations.
2. Eat in a way that is good for your health and the environment. You don’t have to eat raw, but I would encourage everyone to support local farmers whenever possible and eat an abundance of vegetables.
3. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life– play with children, pets, friends, etc; take long walks; meditate or pray; read often.
4. Live with a genuine love and acceptance for all people.
Athens is losing a very interesting and unique guy. I will miss his yoga class. I will also miss seeing him riding his unicycle around Athens! If you want to read the rest of the article about him, click here.
I thought it was a very happy and inspiring article. Reading things like that help me put my life into perspective. Everyone has stopped reading by this point because I am being super cheesy, but if you are still here, check out some of my recent healthier eats:
Healthy veggie-full meal of the day:
A bowl full of roasted sweet potato, bell pepper, and broccoli tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. I also added some organic chicken sausage made with apples and chardonnay. It was very fall-ish and delicious.
Hope you all had a relaxing and healthy weekend!!
What do you do to de-stress?