I’ll be 32 in August and guess what? I’ve never celebrated Father’s Day with my father. Never. So, Father’s Day was never significant in my life. Actually, I am usually angry on this day because I grew to hate my father. He left our family…
This morning during my walk, I kept thinking and asking myself, how are these people so successful? Earlier this week, I got to meet Motown Records’ recording artist, Sonna Rele. During her interview, she shared she was discovered by Ne’Yo because for two years, every Monday, she would post a video of her singing. Immediately, I understood what my problem in life was.
As many of you know, I have been on this lifestyle journey with Christ and living my purpose for the last two years. But, I consistently have bumps in my journey. Now, as I am honest with myself, they were not real bumps. I created those bumps because I refused to be consistent. Every day God sends me messages – shoot, I am honestly sent several messages a day. But, I would not be consistent with my messages. I made excuses why I could not deliver my messages – nobody wants to hear it; my hair is a mess; my journey was my journey – nobody needs to hear about me losing weight. Consistent message: I was making it about me.
We make a habit of being consistent of the wrong things. We focus on what if it does not work instead of what if it does work. Imagine the person that created the swimming pool noodle probably was consistent in trying to help new swimmers in not drowning with this long noodle. If he/she would had dwelled on what if nobody purchases it or what if it does not work, instead of what if 1 million people purchased this and what if it is successful, Walmart and Dollar Tree stores would not be flooded with them during this summer season. We have to stop being consistent in negative thoughts and take the chance of being consistent in positive thoughts. Read More
Living in a big city such as New York City can be very difficult to settle down and find time to eat a healthy meal. We live up the name of the city that never sleeps because I know people that wake up at the crack of dawn and are out the house until close to midnight – insane. When I started my lifestyle journey in 2012, one of the first things I had to learn how to do was find time to eat healthier – regardless of my schedule. At one time, I was working two jobs and was coming home at 11pm at night. So, my solution was meal prepping. (See my tip in Prevention Online magazine)
Naturally, I spend about 2-4 hours on Sunday’s preparing my meals for the week. This saves me time and energy because during the week, I could get real busy with working out, attending events, or recording for my webTV series, so I do not need to open the window of opportunity to eat unhealthy – every day.
After I started coaching people, I found more people had extremely busy schedules and they literally had limited time to prepare their meals, so I got the idea to assist those busy professionals in achieving their lifestyle goals. In 2015, I started Healthy Eating Solutions and we provide meal prepping to busy professionals in New York City – medical professionals, lawyers, corporate senior executives, and entrepreneurs. Our clients are not all looking to lose weight, but seek to establish healthier lifestyles overall.
Like I tell anyone that do not see the benefits of meal prepping or investing in meal prepping, here are three benefits I want to share with you.
1. You save money. In NYC especially, people can easily spend anywhere between $3-30 a day on eating out from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Purchasing your groceries once a week and preparing your meals will reduce your cost tremendously. The meal prep service will bring you around $18 a day for at least 2 healthy meals.
2. Try new, exciting meals and foods. When I started preparing my meals in 2012, I turned to the Internet. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to start when you are searching for new options. It opened my eyes to trying foods I never ate before. In the last year, I started to eat avocado, eggplant, and hummus. Now, most of my meals include avocado of some sort.
3. Learn how to love your body. When you see the ingredients you are using in your foods, you are showing your body how much love and care for it. When you are ordering food from a fast food restaurant, you do not get to see the process and you definitely do not even get to see what is in your meals because you are not standing there making it. The more I cooked my meals, the more I learned to appreciate my body even more. I was treating my body the way it was supposed to be treated.
Choosing to live healthy is a choice. I made the choice back in 2012 to want a healthier version of myself. Many times we do not realize how critical it is to eat healthy. No longer should we invest in medications to cure illnesses that we can avoid by investing in what we eat – everyday of the year. You can start making this choice and live this awesome life – today. Do not delay the process.
It’s a lifestyle!
When I started my lifestyle journey in 2012, I thought by eating natural foods and taking better care of my body that I was improving my overall health. Yes, I was losing weight and my body was looking awesome, but in early 2014, I noticed my hair was extremely dry. Now, I was already drinking over 100 ounces of water a day, so why was my skin still dry??? I started making homemade conditioners with avocado and olive oil and let my hair set for HOURS – no relief. By September 2014, my hair was literally falling out and I had ugly black patches on my scalp. But, that was not the most horrible problem because by November 2014, my legs were starting to cover in ugly dry patches and they were starting to cover my thighs – what was going on?
I went to one dermatologist and she gave me some ointment for my hair and told me I had dermatitis and could not explain what was happening on my legs – REALLY? She said used the ointment on my scalp and my leg too. Ok. The scalp saw some relief, but my leg started to become discolored. I stopped using it. So, I went to a new dermatologist and she indicated I had bed bug bites. WHAT? Oh lord. I was in my house going crazy, but my spiritual mom said, “That does not look like bed bugs. Those are patches, not bites. Find a new doctor.” Read More
Yes! I am so sorry that I have been gone for so long. But, as you can imagine, life gets in the way and many times it is difficult to make decisions on where and what to do next.
As many of you know, I am a Healthy Lifestyle Strategist and honestly, I was very unsure how far I wanted to take my story and outreach of healthy living. Praying has played a major part in my life for the last few years, but I have been really taking an extra effort to pray diligently on where my life is headed. Locally in the New York City area, I have been preparing people’s healthy meals. This has been working out great, but I felt it was just not enough.