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Love Your Choices

It's been a little while since I've blogged, work has been a little crazy with be of th year student evaluations, coordinating my fall schedule, recitals, and summer gig planning. All of this is very exciting and has been going really well. Right now I'm very content with how life is going :)

How has life been on Body Ecology you ask? While at times it can be a little challenging, with diligent planning, lots of support from the fiancé, and keeping positive thoughts I'm happy to say its been a little over one month and I have been sugar, dairy, and gluten free. Have I had my moments, yes. When you get home from a long day of work and you have to cook/plan/organize your meals for the next day, it's not always easy. What keeps me going is how great I feel. My energy levels are high, I feel much more relaxed/calm and for the first time in years I don't feel like I'm constantly sick with allergies, a cold, or stomach issues.

In the past 2 weeks I've successfully eaten out at 2 restaurants and made it through a very stressful weekend of recitals where all you want is ice cream and chocolate. Here are my tips for staying on track, especially in stressful situations:

1. Be prepared. I carry carrot sticks and celery on me at all times. This way if I'm stuck late at work or running around I have a fast easy snack and I won't have to go to multiple stores looking for a BED friendly snack. The UTZ organic blue corn chips are also handy to have.

2. Plan ahead. Prior to my restaurant trips I looked at the menus online and picked out what I was eating before I got there. Practice saying what changes you need made as well; this way you get exactly what you want, don't feel deprived or silly asking for changes and aren't tempted to make a bad choice.

3. Be confident in your choice. You do not have to explain your health choices to anyone. Do you feel good? That is all that matters. (Shout out to my loving fiancé who reminds me of this all the time). Don't be embarrassed or apologetic, everyone has the right to choose what is best for themselves.

My advice for the week: Take a chance and make a positive change in your life, whatever that means for you. Each day live, laugh, love and dance the joy of life.

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