I ride the Staten Island Ferry to work every morning during the summer. I never used to consider myself a morning person and in previous years have used my 30 minute boat ride to snooze. Since starting on The Body Ecology Diet that has changed drastically for me. I actually enjoy the ride, am not groggy, and have been able to enjoy some spectacular views. Monday morning's commute looked like this:
Standing outside, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, I was more energized than any cup of coffee ever promised to make me. It set a positive tone for the day and I'm grateful I was able to enjoy it.
Working on keeping a positive attitude was something I struggled with for a long time. Friends would often tell me, "you're so happy all the time, how do you do it?" I would laugh it off knowing that I was good at smiling but would go home, complain/vent to anyone who would listen, or stew the whole night. I was carrying a lot of negative energy with me and it wasn't till about 3 years ago when I started to make a concerted effort to truly change that.
I read book upon book (even ones with worksheets for you to actively change your negative ways). These definitely helped but never solved the whole problem. I began to notice that when I was eating mostly vegetarian, my mood drastically changed and I was a lot calmer. This discovery really didn't click in my brain until recently. I've been able to go back and reflect upon past moods and feelings and noticed I felt my best when I ate like I did when I was the kid with a million food allergies. It was very similar to how how I'm eating now on The Body Ecology Diet.
I wanted to share this story with you all to show that healing, happiness, and quality of life cannot be cured by medicine, books, exercise,or food alone. Our bodies really are affected by everything in our environment and if we want to be our absolute best we must take care of body, mind, and spirit all together. Everyday I try my best to practice this. I've been looking for quiet moments to meditate, making my food pretty, and making choices that I want to make. Here are some of my favorite moments from the week:
Yummy Soft Scrambled Eggs with Onions and Mixed Baby Green
|Washington Square Park early Thursday Morning, empty and peaceful :-)|
|Enjoying my quiet time in the park.|
We live in the present - don't let the past or the future control your thoughts! ~Yogi Tea