For those of you who know me, you’ll already be familiar with the journey I’ve taken over the last few years. You’ll know that I’ve retrained as a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher and retained as a qualified Performance and Life Coach too. Just this year I took the leap of faith to work on my training and wellness business, Aspirational Living and I’m pleased to say it’s going well and I’m loving every minute of it!
Sustainable, healthy living
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- Kelly Gaston
Life is still busy at times but, I’m able to manage work and the endless to do lists better and I always make sure I carve some time out for me to do the things I love; cook, bake, relax, meditate or go for a walk/slow jog.
I know first hand the importance of ‘looking after you,’ because for years I kept pushing myself both physically and mentally until I eventually burnt out. It was such a difficult time and I felt overwhelmed, lost and stuck in a life I wasn’t happy with and my energy levels were running so low that I could barely gt through the day some days. It was at this point that I knew I needed to make a change, a sustainable change.
I knew I needed a better work life balance, a balance that would enable me to spend more time with my family and take and pick the boys up school a few days a week. I wanted to wander into the local village and buy fresh produce and seasonal flowers from the local florist and wanted to feel like I was ‘living’ instead of feeling like I was merely existing. All of these things previously felt so out of reach and it felt like I’d never be able to live a life like this, that was until I plucked up the courage to take the plunge.
Time after time when I talk to others I reiterate my reasons why I left full time work in the busy corporate world. My main reason was that I traded money for more time and connection with my family. Nowadays I have more balance in this area of my life but, now I want to address my health, well being and nutritional intake. So from 1st November I’ve decided to make some changes to my diet, for one month only I’m cutting out caffeine, bread, refined sugar and in the main alcohol to help kick start my digestive system. I’m not a big drinker anyway but, I do like a glass of wine with a meal if we dine out so I’m not going to scrimp on this, if I fancy one I’ll have one, this is all about making sustainable changes and not missing out on the things I enjoy.
I’ve been learning about diet, nutrition and super foods and I’m still very much a beginner but, I take pleasure in learning about healthier foods, herbs and spices. I’m eager to see for myself if making these changes really does have a positive affect on my energy levels. So many keep fit gurus recommend detoxing, dieting and clean eating, I don’t want a quick fix, I just want to learn how to make more nutritious and healthy meals increasing our intake of vegetables, salad, spices and herbs as family.
I’ve taken part in some fads in the past but, I’m all about making sustainable changes now for both myself and my family. I’ve been learning how to develop my cookery and baking skills this year as they haven’t always been great and even though I’ve still got a long way to go I’m enjoying the learning process.
As part of my kick start month I’m also trying some therapies and treatments including; Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment, Reiki, Meditation, Yoga, Massage amongst others so I’ll be reporting back via the blog on how I get on with these.
November is a funny time of year to start a detox but, then I thought, ‘Why wait for a New Year?! I want to do this now so I feel the best possible version of me going into a New Year!’ My thoughts were also that everything tastes much better in Autumn/Winter anyway! There’s the homemade stews, broths and soups and for the rest of my family homemade cookies and crumble too. I actually made all of those things yesterday when we arrived home from school and I made up some more batches of food to freeze.
The boys loved it and will get involved and as the family sat and indulged in the sweet treats I took myself off for a relaxing bath. As part of this process I also want to start the bedtime routine earlier so I can be asleep by 10pm, I know this will enable me to feel more refreshed and re-energised ready for the busy day ahead.
I want to see for myself if this clean, healthier lifestyle and diet makes me feel more energetic and I’m already enjoying the journey so far. I’ll keep you posted. Wish me luck!