New Lifestyle

I have a love of creating and eating nourishing, healthy food. I like to play with different ingredients and get an understanding of how they make me feel, what they can do, and how they can fuel and refuel my body. When I decided to pursue nutrition, it was from this place of wanting to help people learn about these foods, explore cooking for themselves and get a better understanding of their own body and how it works. The diet and lifestyle that works for me is my own. It might not work for you. You might not like the foods I eat. That’s okay. But with some guidance and knowledge, you can learn what works for you instead and how to best incorporate that into your daily life.

The reality is however, when it comes to nutrition that is not what people want most of the time. Instead, it’s a quick fix, a meal plan, a “how fast can I lose the weight?” plan. I’m not into that. I’m not into quick fixes, I hate developing meal plans, and I don’t believe that there is any single answer, one size fits all approach.

I’m all about lifestyle. I’m all about finding a series of habits that are sustainable and able to be part of a long term plan and a long term journey towards health and wellbeing. This means it might take time. It might take a series of weeks to find what works and to develop habits that you find yourself saying, “I can keep doing this for the rest of my life.”

I’ve struggled to find a place in the nutrition field where I feel that individuals are asking for the services I want to give, and that a lifestyle makeover and complete lifestyle change is what individuals are willing to commit to. The health and fitness world makes you think there are seasons – summer, for bikini season; January for resolution season, winter for “summer bodies are made in the winter,” season. In reality though, health, fitness, eating good food and nourishing your body doesn’t have on or off times. It doesn't have a start or an end. It’s a lifetime commitment, and therefore it’s a way of living that you have to be able to be happy with for your entire life.

I’m not going to try to fit into the nutrition “quick fix” field any more. I’m moving now into the lifestyle field. Not the “look at me and my lifestyle,” but rather, “let’s help you craft a lifestyle.” Let’s stop looking at your health as something that is broken and needs a quick fix, and instead something that needs to be renovated, shifted, re-invented. Something that needs an innovative look into a way of living that will work for you – and only you – and that you can sustain for the rest of your life.

 

 

Laura Peill