Health in the New Year!

One of my goals for this year is to get healthy and take care of myself by eating right and exercising. I have slacked off in this department for years which is hard to admit since I grew up as an athlete - running, track, basketball, dance. I'm even certified in Pilates through BASI and taught for a few years from 2006-2009. I also have a hobby that I love - reading and studying about exercise and nutrition - been studying that for many many years. Now I want to put that knowledge to good use. I have gained 50 unwanted pounds over the past 8 years and now I'm looking forward to getting back to being healthy and lighter. My clothes hide my "extra" well. Anyone else feel heavy, tired, head-achey, achey in general, moody at times, cloudy, overweight, blah physically? I really hope it's not just me after I just wrote that sentence. I have finally decided that this time I'm going to stick with getting healthy and I'm finally making some huge lifestyle changes for the better.  Today is Day 6 of no white sugar, no white flour, no bread, no processed foods, no soda, no sugary drinks, no dairy...the first three days WERE HARD...but now, it feels great and the cravings are going away and the food I've been eating has made a HUGE difference in how I feel...I've only been eating vegetables, fruits, grains, fish and a little bit of chicken. The meatball I had over the past week didn't stay down. That's gross right. Sorry, I don't do well with red meat and I knew it when I ate it.  I'm doing a combo of vegetarian/vegan/with a hint of fish/chicken. After all the years of studying and trying things out it's a combo I've come up with that works well for me and that I enjoy.

I figured if I added a "Health" section to my blog it would help me to stick with it and like I said I enjoy learning lots of things about health and nutrition and I thought you might enjoy it too and find some things useful/helpful. Plus I've been wanting to photograph all the pretty food and meals. So thought this would be fun to have on my blog. My husband has made the decision to get healthy too. We're excited to see where this leads for us.

For starters I wanted to share with you three of my absolute favorite books on nutrition and they're all full of great information, fantastic recipes and healthy ways to fill the meals you love with ingredients that are great for your body.

The Eat-Clean Diet Books -  a healthy eating lifestyle of natural, good-for-you foods

The Kind Diet - vegan education and recipes - LOVE this book - great read, great taste, you'll feel awesome. Also Alicia Silverstone's blog The Kind Life for all the healthy life information you could ask for

Thrive, The Vegan Nutrition Guide - a great book on making sure you get the nutrients you need to have optimum health - another fantastic book

And last but not least, I use the My Net Diary Pro app on my iPhone to track calories, exercise and progress. My husband uses the My Fitness Pal app. We alternate walk/jog days with biking days and are loving it!