So, while it's fresh on my mind, I thought I would write Part 3 to this series. At the end of Part 2, I was turning 27 and making some major changes in my life. My early to mid 20s consisted of a lot of partying and poor lifestyle choices. Too much bad food, too much going out, etc...you get the idea.
By 27 I was kind of growing out of that stage. First, I wanted to cut back on the going out and drinking. Easier said than done because where I lived during that period was the Redondo/Hermosa Beach area in L.A. Great location, beautiful scenery, but also it's a party town. Lots of recent college graduates that were still in party mode (myself being one of them as well as most of my friends). When you're surrounded by that kind of atmosphere, it's hard not to join in. However, I was really feeling like I needed to leave L.A. for various reasons. I just wasn't happy up there and I needed to live somewhere with a slower pace.
My roommate and friend's boyfriend lived down in Carlsbad at the time which is North San Diego. We would go down there on the weekends and hang out with him and his friends. It was such a refreshing change of pace. I truly felt like I was on vacation. It was so nice to get away to this slow little beach town. I soon discovered the trail of mellowness that makes up the coast of North County; Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach and Del Mar. I was in love with the area and soon decided I was going to move down here once my lease was up. So I did...with no job and no friends down here...and it felt AMAZING!
This was definitely a turning point in my life. Getting away from the party crowd in L.A. and now being surrounded by people that were super mellow did wonders for my health. Now, don't get me wrong...it's not like we were all angels all the time. Yes, we still had some fun (duh!), but in no way was it to the extent that is was when I lived in L.A.
A couple of other changes were going on at the same time. First, I stopped eating meat so frequently. I used to think that I needed to eat it at every meal to get enough protein. I started reading a lot of books on health and nutrition. I also began researching cultures or societies that had a centenarians or large amounts of people that lived over 100 years old. The one thing that all of these cultures had in common was either they didn't eat meat or they ate it about once a week. I took that into consideration, but I was also getting kind of grossed out by meat. I definitely wasn't ready to cut it all the way out of my diet at the time, but I started eating it just once a week. I also started to really pay attention to what I was eating and made a big effort to eat a lot of veggies and whole grains. I lost about 10 pounds in less than a month and I wasn't even trying to lose weight. I kind of felt like I was almost cleansing my body because up until that time, I would eat about anything that was placed in front of me. Anyway, after this change, I felt so much better I can't even describe to you! I was happier, leaner and healthier.
In addition to this, I really began to get picky about which beauty products I was using. Since I became somewhat obsessed about health and researching nutrition, I also learned that what we put on our body is just as important as what we put in. All that beauty crap that I spent so much money on was actually detrimental to my body. I had a feeling about that before that I chose to ignore! Turns out my intuition was right.
So I began to research which products were truly natural and let me tell you they were hard to find. Even the so called natural ones still had a lot of ingredients that I didn't understand or trust. I won't name names, but I tried out a couple companies over the next year or so. Yes, they were better than all the drugstore products I had been using before. However, they still were questionable.
I started researching even more about beauty remedies from nature. I had always loved honey and heard that it was great for skincare. The research I found said it was anti bacterial (great for acne) and super gentle on the skin. I can't remember what gave me the exact idea to use it as a facial wash and I'm certainly not the first person to do it, but I gave it a try. I found that my skin stayed soft after washing it and I rarely got any pimples...ever. So, that started my journey towards completely natural skincare. I continued to use the honey, but it took a couple of years to completely switch over to homemade beauty products that I make myself. I've been using my own beauty products for about two years now and my skin has never felt or looked better. I use all organic vegetables oils on my face and honey. That's it.
I will never in a million years go back to the traditional beauty methods here in the U.S. of buying synthetic store bought products. There is no need.
Currently, I make all my own beauty products. As far as nutrition, I make an effort to eat really well. Lots of veggies, fruit, whole grains and protein in the form of fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. I've also cut out meat all together. I'm not completely against meat, but I do suggest to always buy organic and only eat it a couple of times a week max. For me though, it's just easier not to eat it at all. I also rarely drink, maybe about once a week and that's not going crazy. Once in awhile I have a big night, but these days it's pretty rare.
So there you have it! My life story...actually while I'm writing this, I'm realizing that I need to add on a Part 4. There have been some changes in the last month that I really want to share with you. I think I need to wait a little while though because I'm right in the beginning of this current stage of health. I want to get some concrete results to give you...it will be sooner than later though because I already feel some positive changes within my body resulting from all the physical exercise I've been getting lately.
Anyway, this is the longest post ever! Isn't it?
I will leave you with this...it is never too late to make a positive change to your health/life. You may need to hit bottom before you realize it or maybe you're ready right now, but I suggest not waiting. Just go for it. Seriously, it's worth it.