When making changes in my life, particularly in the health and wellness area, I’ve found that the best and most lasting changes come when I start small. Making sweeping changes often doesn’t last and leads to burnout. But starting small allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment and steadily build lasting healthy habits.
When I was in law school, after being overweight for most of my life, I decided to join Weight Watchers and not only lose weight, but change my eating habits for good.
Gradually, I lost 80 pounds and reached my goal weight. But the weight kept coming off and I found myself fixated on becoming thinner and thinner, to the point of unhealthiness in the opposite direction. One morning, when I passed out in my apartment’s elevator on my to work out, I realized that simply being thin was not serving my overall health.
As I slowly returned toward my healthy original goal weight (and then worked to get myself back there again after having Jeffrey), I learned that the lowest number does not always make you the healthiest person.
I learned that choosing foods based on real, natural, good-for-you ingredients, rather than the lowest calorie and fat counts, would lead to better and more sustainable food choices. Artificial sweeteners and fat-free cheese might give you the momentary illusion of making a healthy choice, but long-term health comes from choosing all-natural foods that are also good for you.
I learned that exercising should not be something I do to punish my body, but rather to celebrate its abilities and maintain its strength.
I don’t take any of these lessons lightly. They are hard learned and definitely still a work in progress. But that’s just my point. Healthy choices for your body and your mind don’t happen overnight. This has been a 15 year process so far for me.
Sometimes you just need to start small. Set an attainable goal and work toward it, knowing that it’s part of a larger plan for overall health.
The folks at Ajoyo Almondmilk , part of the Ohio-based Smith Foods, understand the importance of starting small. From their website, “We begin with a seed. We are born from the soil. That’s why we believe connecting with nature has the power to better connect us with ourselves. From seed to soul. So, let’s drink in the good stuff the way Mother Nature intended, while also taking other small steps towards becoming the healthiest, happiest souls on Earth.”
For me, Ajoyo is a great way to continue achieving my goal of incorporating more all-natural foods that not only taste good, but are good for me and my family. I still struggle with breaking old habits of choosing solely based on calorie and fat counts, rather than also caring about what’s in my food. So, this is a small way I can help to break that habit, by incorporating a product that is both healthy and natural.
Ajoyo’s natural almond milk comes in original, original unsweetened, vanilla, vanilla unsweetened, and chocolate. Ajoyo has a ton of great recipes to get you started incorporating almond milk into your own “Start Small” healthy goal. I can’t wait to whip up this Summer Strawberry Vinaigrette! And we’ve loved incorporating Ajoyo into morning Vitamix smoothies!
Ajoyo would like to give you the chance to try their almond milk for yourself. The winner will receive coupons good for four free half-gallons of Ajoyo.
Here’s how to enter: just follow @ajoyobrand on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following. A simple way to start small!
The giveaway will close on Wednesday, April 18 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Ajoyo Almondmilk. In exchange, I received coupons good for four free half-gallons of Ajoyo Almondmilk. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***