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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu
♡ In the summer of 2009, I was plagued by utter exhaustion all the time…which was a complete drag considering it was summer. I would return from the day, and sag down into my sofa and doze off, often waking up with my contacts stuck to my eyeballs. Not good. I was flummoxed because I was exercising, eating relatively healthy, and things were going well all around. After a visit to my family doctor, I made the decision to see a Naturopath Physician.
Is not the body the soul’s house? Then why should we not take care of the house that it fall not into ruins? – PHILO
♡ Being a thorough Capricorn, I waded through a stocklist of local NPs before I settled on the one I currently see. I explained my predicament – low energy, exhaustion – and after asking a myriad of lifestyle and personal questions, she came up with some recommendations. One of the main ones was to be off “anything white” in my diet for 3 weeks — dairy, sugar, white carbs (bread, pasta, rice, etc). No, cheese? Icecream? For 3 weeks?
Little by little the bird builds its nest. – FRENCH PROVERB
♡ I talked myself into it, and stuck with it…and sure enough, felt infinitely better with noticeable higher energy levels! I returned and we reevaluated everything and came up with a lifestyle plan that would last not only 3 weeks, but as long as I kept at it. Basically, an overhaul all around — body, mind, spirit. Well, not entirely complete…Baby steps!
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. – CHINESE PROVERB
♡ Curious as to how a simple change of diet could affect my energy levels to such a measurable degree, I began devouring books, information, people (well, not devouring their minds, but at least picking at their minds). Turns out there is this whole world of wellness, nutrition, and spirituality that makes good sense out there! Why don’t we all subscribe to such a holistic, kind, generous lifestyle? Sign me up!
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. – MAYA ANGELOU
♡ Now, I’m off dairy…replacing milk products with alternatives (coconut-milk icecream, yum!), and am surprised at how much I don’t miss cheese. Creamy, delectable, tantalizing, gooey melted cheese. Once I learned what happens to our bodies with dairy (and with meat and poultry…since when you read such books about nutrition, they inevitable also start a discourse about this side of our diet too), I now happily embrace all things colorful or grainy. Oh yes, I love hot-yoga, still run, still take up kickboxing…and, not going to lie, my mind continues to love receiving some external help.
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. – HIPPOCRATUS
♡…and how’s it going so far? I’m no vegan…but I embrace all things good for my brain, my body, and my spirit. Yes, all changes start out with bruises, but who knew I would reap so many amazing rewards? I’ve always been a cheerful person (I’ve been described as “effervescent”), so it’s nice to be this way all the time. I’m still tweaking, still learning, still evolving…and, in the words of Dr. Seuss (Oh, The Places You’ll Go!):
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the [gal] who’ll decide where to go.
“Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. . . . Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.”
– William Osler (Canadian Physician, 1849-1919)
♡ By no means am I an expert. Humbly, I am learning, experimenting, observing, and experiencing everything, anything — from health, spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, reflective topics — and absorbing all the info I can find from wonderful, knowledgeable sources. These sources are in my links, and/or you’ll find them somewhere in each entry where they’re sourced and credited for their work.
♡ I didn’t realize that by becoming aware and proactive about making small and large changes to my lifestyle, that such profound, amazing, fantabulous change (for the good!) could occur so quickly! Before, I used to think, quite frankly, that all this holistic stuff was for tree-huggers and save-the-world types. *shameface* Boy, did I look the fool!
♡ Now that I’ve been honoured enough to put a pinky toe into this world, albeit trepidatiously at first, I’m surprised at how many friends, coworkers, aquaintances, family members, have asked me to expand and explain more about how they can start making changes too. Healthy goodness (mental, emotional, physical, etc) is contagious!
♡ Which lead me to start this blog — to put all the things I’m learning (resources that are useful to me) in one place, so that I may share. That’s right, I’m no expert! I am, though, a voracious learner. So thanks to all my inspirations who are teaching me well!
“Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.”— Shigenori Kameoka
♡ I’ve noted a few times in the blog that I love to travel…that I used to work as an business-editor for a communications firm, and did a short stint as a web reporter for a non-profit. Now I mold young minds. Funny how things turn out.
PS: A Girl Named Tamiko is the name of a 1962 Hollywood film. I’ve never seen it. I’m actually adverse to seeing it (Asian women stereotypes and all)….but Tamiko is my name so I’m quite taken with the title…in the very least.