I’m a 20-something Cincinnati native living in
Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Fort Mill, SC. This basically means that in the past four years I’ve had four different driver licenses.
After picking up, packing up and moving into far too many apartments, my then-fiancé/now-husband, Kevin, and I decided to put down baby roots and bought our South Carolina townhome in June 2009.
Maybe it was the feeling of finally being settled, or maybe it was the feeling of too much meat and dairy, but I felt the need for change once again after only a few months of mortgage payments.
If you knew me in college, high school or even during the “I’m 5’9 and weigh just over 100 pounds” grade school days, you’d know that I was as carnivore as they come. (Let’s just say that when Uncle Bill told me to “put some meat on those bones” at every family gathering, I made sure to put A LOT of meat on those bones.) So, when Kevin and I planned our dinner menus, our biggest concern was obviously around what kind of meat we’d be having that night. The sides were merely an after-thought.
My initial decision to switch to a healthier lifestyle wasn’t about losing weight, or wanting to give up meat simply because I didn’t like the taste of it anyway. I wanted balance. (I’m a Libra, after all.) I loved the idea of eating whole foods that came straight from nature. I loved the idea of eating foods that actually promote healing within your body instead of dragging it down.
I’m lucky enough to have a husband who loves to cook and try new things, so he was right on board with my new way of thinking. I’m happy to say that in the past year, we’ve tried countless healthy dinner recipes, started our own square-foot garden and jumped on board the smoothie train too. I’ve also started a regular yoga practice, although I can’t say Kevin is an active participant in this one.
In a world of deadlines, rush hour and brie cheese, it’s not easy to eat perfect. Kevin and I still aren’t full-fledged vegetarians (and I doubt we ever will be), but we do have a much more balanced diet.
Now that we are expecting our first baby in July 2012, I’m doing my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle while pregnant.
And even if we pick up a few more driver licenses down the road, it’s nice to know that healthy living is one thing that won’t change, no matter where we are.
*While I love researching and talking about whole foods, health trends and yoga, I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist and the views here are my own.