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health is our birthright. all beings may not always have perfect health, but we can take responsibility for our own lives and be proactive about our choices and consciously create the best health possible. to have the best health that we can achieve we must take charge, educate ourselves and make conscious decisions about our lifestyle. i am sharing my educated opinions, personal choices, and valued resources here. you have to make your own decisions. one thing is for sure, there is no one-size-fits-all way to be healthy. each being needs their own ideal balance. ask questions, question your habits, the sources of your views, the information that comes to you from sources with a vested interest in your dollar... i hope that you will make the choices that bring you the highest level of health and also maintain the health of the environment that we all share and upon which all of our lives depend.
my health evolution...
i felt a lot of negativity and heaviness about and within my body for many years. i finally decided to do something about it. i got a job at the front desk of a Gold's Gym and started excercising. i found that i had quite an interest in health, and picked all the trainer's brains as much as they would allow. i tried to watch my calories, reduce my fat intake... this was the beginning.
i stil had a lot of poor body image but exericise made a difference. paying attention to what i ate made some difference. i started to reduce my meat intake. i was dating a man whose family had been vegetarian for 25 years. i studied and became a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer... it led me to a job where i met a kind, friendly and energetic trainer that opened my eyes to a some new thoughts and ideas...
he was a vegan, he ate no animal products. he showed me videos about how animals suffered for our use, how the environment was decimated by industrial agriculture, and how people cured themselves of cancer with a raw foods diet. i was sold. i became a vegan on the spot. i still had a lot of negativity and hostility toward my body and it kept me restricting my calories and fighting with myself.
then early in 2012, i switched to a raw vegan lifestyle, which i had occaisionally dabbled in previously, and found that the subtle discomfort i had remaining from the suffering of years ago- like bellyaches, constipation, and slight to moderate bloating, seemed to vanish overnight. my body feels energetic, strong, slender and beautiful. it keeps my mind joyful, my confidence high, my mood light and compassionate. my joy in living was greatly diminuished by the fighting and suffering with my body over the years, although this only became clear as i finally cured myself of the last of the symptoms by going raw.
i remembered hating myself, mainly my body and how it felt, from the ages of 7 to 27. it is like having a new lease on life to feel confidence, health, and comfort in and with my body. i realize that who I AM is not just a body, but the energy that works with and through this body, but the body can feel so burdensome, heavy, restrictive when it isn't at its best and it is very detrimental to the interface between the layers of my being... in other words, its so much easier to be happy and satisfied and passionate about being alive when the body feels its best!
i recommend, for the sake of human health, for the sake of saving animals from suffering, and for the sake of reducing carbon footprint and helping the earth to heal, a 100% whole-food plant-based diet. if you are not interested in going totally vegan, try it for a month anyways, just to see how you feel- what do you have to lose besides any extra-weight, cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression?! (eating a whole-food, plant-based diet will positively impact all of these disorders and more). if you are already a whole-food vegan, try going raw for a whole month! raw foods give your body the ultimate fuel, they replenish, regenerate, allow detoxification, and many people have remarkable stories of healing due to raw living- including curing cancer, skin disorders, diabetes, even paralysis!
i offer several in-home or on-site cooking programs for all levels~
it is recommended to get a group of friends together and host a cooking class as a party.. you can split the costs and everyone will learn so very much. host is responsible for the food supplies, but the host gets to keep all of the food and the newly stocked pantry. shopping lists are provided. i arrive two hours in advance to set everything up, and stay one hour after to break things down.
Come visit Laura for a yoga class or presentation at:
enlighten yoga center | 37 Prospect Street (clock tower complex- Brookside Avenue entrance) | Amsterdam NY 12010
call/text~ 518.866.3621 | email~ firstname.lastname@example.org
(c)2011 ~Enlighten~ Amsterdam (C) 2011 Laura Harrison- (laura loves the universe/ live vividly!/natural yoga method/ enlighten yoga center/ enlighten yoga + community center)