The beginning

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I am sitting on a beach in Bali right now as I brainstorm for saved by the beet’s first blog post. I have been wanting to start this for a while but I’ve been putting it off for no excuse (besides procrastination and fear). Investing your time and effort into something new can be intimidating, “what if I’m not good enough”, “what if my idea is lame”, “what if it’s already been done before”. The truth is, your idea has never been done by Y O U and whether or not others like it doesn’t really matter if it brings Y O U joy and happiness, right? Life is too short to let fear hold you back from your goals and aspirations. So on that note, I am going to begin…

I am a born and raised Calgarian.  I’ve been working in Oil & Gas since I left University but have a hidden passion for health and fitness. I grew up with a natural healing addicted father who has more vitamins than your average supplement store (I mean that literally). I can’t complain about this when there are far worse addictions a father could have, but I did tend to ignore his advice for most of my upbringing. He was always trying to convince us with his natural ways, yet we went on eating processed foods, refined sugary junk and taking antibiotics for symptoms he swore could be healed though the right foods and his vitamin display.  Whether we want to admit it or not, we are now paying the price for ignoring his advice.

Don’t expect a different result without changing the path you take in achieving that result.

Despite how I felt about my father’s views growing up, I have developed a huge interest in nutrition and holistic healing, which has given me a new appreciation for the advice I once ignored. I have a thirst for knowledge and I am hooked on listening to nutrition podcasts and reading as many books on nutrition as I can get my hands on (or have the time for with my busy corporate job). Through my own research, I have developed a much better understanding of the role nutrition plays in our overall health. The knowledge I’ve gained through podcasts and books alone has opened my eyes to a fascinating new perspective on life and I want to share as much as I can with everyone around me.

Nutrition not only affects your body but your mind as well, every part of us is connected. I may have worked out my entire adult life but I was not necessarily healthy – in fact, far from. I ate whatever I wanted when I wanted it. My weight yo-yoed depending on my life circumstances and when I was going through a hard time I would overeat or in many instances binge, leading me to put on excess weight and feel unhappy with myself. What helped me overcome these unhealthy habits and achieve my health and fitness goals was taking a step back from what I was trying to achieve on the outside and focus on how I felt on the inside. The best changes I made were 1. stop listening to personal trainers’ “nutrition” advice and do my own research (which is for another blog post) 2. Trading big box gyms (like Goodlife) for a Crossfit gym where you train for performance rather than appearance and 3. Learning to love myself.

Loving yourself is a huge factor in achieving your goals and living a happy, healthy life. I am not saying big box gyms or personal trainers are bad, I am just saying this is what worked for me. If what you’re doing isn’t working for you, make a change. Don’t expect a different result without changing the path you take in achieving that result.

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