Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Obsessing is UNHEALTHY

Hey you!!!! It's been such a long time since I've posted in here - to be honest, I didn't know if I ever would again. My mother tells me to be careful with what I share with others - and I agree -, but I've decided to share what I'm about to tell you so that you (my readers) never have to feel alone or "imperfect" on your health journey.

I'm going to tell you something very important right now:

Obsession with diet, or even obsession with exercise, and especially obsession with being "perfect", can potentially be unhealthy. Very, very unhealthy...

Yes, it's true. It's the reason I had to step back from here for so long. From the time I first started the blog, I had become a new Natalyn among family and friends. People would come to me and ask me for health advice, and while I did not know how to answer many of the questions, I did begin to feel a pressure inside... pressure to be a healthy leader. I got ahead of myself - actually, as I would discover later, I was going in the wrong direction. I began forcing myself to eat so "healthy", it got exhausting. I obsessed about trace amounts of sugar in foods. People never knew what I would or wouldn't eat. I still wasn't doing enough exercise or sleeping enough, but at that point, I thought that diet was the #1 answer. Oh, and another thing... I was practically worshipping my food - I put it first over everything. It has taken me months to learn that food is not the answer. I have replaced that unhealthy desire with my love for God. I have also been reminded of the importance of the body as a whole, and lifestyle as a whole: The combination of diet, exercise, sleep, sunshine, as well as participation in things and hobbies that motivate and inspire you, and living life with a loving heart - THAT is health. 

If there is one thing you take away from this post, it is that.

My journey uphill involved many fascinating things - experiences I never thought I would have, diets I thought I would never try, and even an exercise phase that would leave me crying after each workout... but in each of these rough patches, I would learn an important lesson. Today, I'm back to my original goal, and this time without the unhealthy obsession or mental instability (anxiety). I am excited to work in here once again, and to come up with new recipes again. Thank you for your patience and support. I luh' you, everybody! <3

~ Natalyn