Mental Health

For me, being of healthy mind and soul are equally, if not more, important than having a healthy physical state. But don’t they all go hand-in-hand? Of course. Still, you’ll be surprised how many seemingly external problems are linked to internal feelings of dissatisfaction, confusion, and imbalance.

Increasing mental health awareness is a necessary endeavor, but for those of us struggling, it neither begins nor ends there. Recovery is a process, often taking years, if not a lifetime. In my personal experience, working through my anxiety and depression disorders often times seemed impossible. I felt that the options were limited and that there was only so much strength I had left to fight. I was looking for THE answer – the key that opened the lock – expecting that happiness and relief were on the other side of the door.

As with most things in life, it wasn’t that simple. Many years, panic attacks, and broken relationships later, I still felt lost. But, I continued going to therapy, taking my medications, and trying my best to get out of bed every morning. That’s all that I could do for a while. However, by taking these baby steps and gradually committing myself more and more to the ownership of my well-being, things started to improve. Many factors have contributed to the effective management of my current mental health state, of which I am excited to write about and share with you. Even though I still have some bad days, I am thankful for my progress and ability to help others overcome their struggles as well. Remember, it is possible, and you are not alone.

*Disclaimer: Mental health is an extremely touchy subject, and I understand that my experience is my own. Please keep this into consideration as you read my posts, but I most certainly welcome feedback.

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Healthy Eating

You either fall into the “I eat to live” or “I live to eat” category. There have been times in my life when I have been one or the other, or have found myself somewhere in between. Still, as someone who wholeheartedly enjoys the experience of eating, allowing myself to run on my “default” diet setting could potentially be problematic. I have the common sense to avoid eating McDonald’s for every meal (as I’m sure you do as well), but it’s tricky to obtain the proper, optimal nutrients when juggling a busy schedule filled with business lunches, foodie experiences with friends, and late night cravings.

I have currently adopted a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle, with sprinklings of seafood and occasional periods of pure veganism. Yes, I do live in Los Angeles, and I know that our healthy, organic, and holier-than-thou culture offers many more options for those contemplating a similar diet. However, I have some tips that can help you develop (and stick with) a clean-eating plan no matter where you are. Check out this page for recipes, sample meal plans, grocery shopping do’s and dont’s, and much more!

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