Hey guys! Happy New Year! I am so excited to share a quick update. I know, I know. I have been MIA for a little while. I spent the summer really focusing on getting my baking business, Wholly Unrefined, off the ground. I had a blast making delicious vegan and gluten free baked treats and sharing them with my local community at Farmer’s Markets and local events. The best part was having the opportunity to meet some wonderful people who have a sincere need for healthier treats because of an allergy or condition.
I am so grateful that my goodies were so well received, but was definitely not prepared for the amount of work that would entail . What started out as a home based baking business expanded into a fully licensed business operating out of a commercial kitchen. With this new licensing, I am able to start targeting local retail stores with my yummy treats. How exciting! I will keep you guys posted with updates.
This summer, I also contributed five recipes to a vegan cookbook which was a lot of fun. Anja, from Cooking With Plants, invited me along with 18 other vegan bloggers to submit our favorite recipes. You can find a link for the Kindle version of this vegan recipe collection in the sidebar. More details to come on how to order the PDF and hard copy of this amazing cookbook.
While I have been very excited with my new ventures and have kept very busy, I have certainly fallen behind in other areas. The time spent baking and working at the markets and events, I certainly allowed myself to “fall off the health wagon” a bit. It is funny how easy certain routines fall to the wayside when your focus is on something new and shiny. You know how it is…..there is always TOMORROW, right? Tomorrow I will make green juice. Tomorrow I will take my vitamins. Tomorrow I will prepare healthy food instead of relying on processed packaged food. Tomorrow I will exercise. Tomorrow I will meditate.
I find that the thing about tomorrow is that every time I procrastinate until tomorrow I end up just feeling really bad for myself and emotionally beating myself up. When I am down on myself, it is even less likely that I am going to get motivated enough to just pick up right where I left off. Next thing I know, I find myself wanting to cook less and eat out at restaurants more and more. Then I notice a week has passed since I last exercised. Or a month has passed since I last meditated. Several months have gone by since I updated my blog. I am just amazed at how quickly time flies, especially when I am in the midst of a major self-sabotage sesh.
Next rolls in the holiday season. Being honest, not my favorite time of the year. Too many temptations. Too much travel. Too many parties with delicious food and tasty beverages. Even more reasons to make excuses as to why there is no need to pick up my healthy lifestyle habits. New Year’s is around the corner, right? Why not just get the binging out of my system and I can pick up again in January. Like many, I resolved to start 2016 out anew, to refocus my efforts and passion and really take 2016 by the horns. Just like Oprah says on the Weight Watchers commercial, I am going to make 2016 the year of my best body.
I know what I need to do in order to be healthy. I know, as a cancer survivor, there are just certain MUST DO’S in my life. I must eat healthy, which typically requires me to prepare at least 80% of the food I consume. Exercise is also a very important part of staying cancer free. I must drink green juice, especially when I am not eating nutritious and whole foods. I must take my vitamins and flax every day. Obvs, no one is perfect, and I get that. I just cannot afford to fall off in all areas just because I am busy with something else. My health has to be my number one priority.
Let’s make 2016 the year of our best bodies together!