Remember when I told you I was going to introduce you to a new series and then dropped off the face of the earth? Oops, sorry…best laid plans and all that. Anyhow, I’ve got my act together and I am so thrilled to introduce you to the first guest blogger in the Rock Star Series!!
The Rock Star Series is my fancy way of saying that everyone writing these posts you’re going to read over the course of the next few weeks is a ROCK STAR. Each of these lovely humans have busy lives and manage to fit health and fitness into their schedules. They inspire me, and I hope they’ll inspire you too!
Without further ado, let me introduce you to Lauren! Lauren is a fellow blogger (and an amazing friend), who blogs over at Little Miss Dilettante. She’s got a great perspective on living a healthy, holistic, nature based lifestyle, just take it from her!
What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?
To me, a healthy lifestyle is a natural lifestyle. I don’t think that eating diet foods or nutritional supplements, being skinny or “jacked” make someone healthy. Spending time in nature, staying constantly active and eating whole foods that come from the ground holistically is what I envision when I think of a healthy life. It’s more than just bodily health. If you don’t have a healthy mind, you can’t have a healthy body.
Why did you start your blog, Little Miss Dilettante?
I have a small group of friends who are nature-and-health-minded like I am and I wanted to have a space to share ideas, articles, recipes and the like with them. I think they will appreciate not getting text messages from me at 4 in the morning anymore! I’m also shocked my how little people actually know about food and how our current food system evolved. I want to share some knowledge. I believe everyone should be allowed to live his/her life in his/her own way, but if we don’t share our knowledge, some people may never know the problems that could present themselves down the line.
What might a reader learn when they come to your blog?
I want to share the history of food- real food, “organic” food, food-like substances, etc. A lot of the stuff that people eat today was only “invented” about 60 or so years ago. Many of us and many of our parents (or grandparents depending on one’s age) grew up eating this “food” and thinking it was safe and natural and even good for you. Unfortunately since it is all so new, there hasn’t been any study of the long-term effects until recently. The results are terrifying!
What’s a life in the day for you? How do you fit healthy foods and exercise into your busy day?
A day in my life usually starts around 4 am when I wake up to hit the gym. I love to bike and run so I try to do both of those before I go to work. I don’t have my own bike anymore so I use the stationary bike at the gym and then drive to the trails and get in a few miles before I have to go to work. After work my boyfriend and I usually do a strength-related workout together, grill up some veggies and salmon or chicken and then I’m back in bed! On the weekends we spend most of our time outside in the garden, hiking, kayaking or we’re cooking up some holistic recipes in the kitchen. I’m also incredibly lucky because my boyfriend is a very talented cook and he sticks to our “clean eating” philosophy. He makes things that are so tasty I can barely believe they are vegetables that came from our own backyard or one of our local farms!
Have you always been a health guru? Where did you pick up your healthy habits?
I have not always been a health guru! I actually used to mock people who were healthy and active or roll my eyes at the research and studies about foods that are bad for us (or not really foods at all)! I have been working in restaurants since I was 14 and have an insatiable sweet tooth which means I had access to unlimited and often free food- most of it sugar laden or grease-fried. I wasn’t taught how to eat healthy or why I should care growing up. It wasn’t until I was 22 or 23 that I realized I needed to take better care of my body. I picked up my healthy habits from a variety of places. I’ve befriended people who had a certain aspect of their lives that I wanted to mimic; I am an intense nerd so I researched and read countless books, articles, watched documentaries, etc; and I am fortunate enough to have a wonderfully supportive and health-conscious group of girlfriends who gave me advice and listened to my ideas along the way. I’m still a work in progress and I’m still learning!
I’m in a rut. What would you advise to help me integrate healthy habits back into my life?
I am big into Nature. I think that Nature is the answer to absolutely any problem. Sometimes going to the gym or eating the right food can create an expectation or pressure us into feeling like a failure if we don’t do something. If you don’t feel like hitting the gym or going for the run you scheduled, don’t! Go for a walk, take a hike, do something you haven’t done since childhood like swimming or playing on a rope swing. Go to a playground and run around the merry-go-round and then lie on your back and look at the clouds. Climb a tree. Jump rope. Play hopscotch. Volunteer at your local farm. I find that when I can stay active while connecting with Nature, I actually want to do good things for myself and the Earth- such as eating holistically grown vegetables or hitting the gym/going for my scheduled run the next morning.