Good morning to all!
The Prevention’s are safely in Vegas having a bit too much fun, and the wonderful Jessie is taking over today! Thanks, girl! I’ll be out of touch the rest of the weekend. Mr. Prevention is requesting my undivided attention the rest of the weekend, so catch ya on the flip side! 😀
Hi everyone! I’m Jessie from The Happiness in Health, and I am so thrilled that Nicole is having me do a guest post. I love reading her wonderful insights into healthy living AND just plain living!
I’m currently studying to be registered dietitian (only 1.5 years to go!). I’ve traveled a long road on my two feet to get here, starting from when I was a wee tot:.
Even back then, I was always running around. You can’t see it here, but I have a huge smile on my face. I was HAPPY. I was HEALTHY. I instinctively knew of the happiness in health 😉
I grew up loved, full of wholesome food, and running as fast as my two feet would carry me. It was not until much later that I could look back and see how closely health and happiness were intertwined. Being healthy is easy to take for granted, because the happiness you naturally feel as a result of being healthy makes you forget otherwise.
And then, I went to college. I loaded my schedule with science classes, because I thought that it was expected of me. I missed my father, I missed my sisters, I missed my friends. I tried out for the orchestra, and ended up in the second violin section. What?? I had always been a first violin! Worse of all, academically, I had moved from a big fish in a little pond, to a tiny fish in the ocean. To my type A-personality, this change was devastating.
The freshman 15? How about the freshman NEGATIVE 15? As someone who has been the same size since she was 15, I was shocked to find my clothes hanging off me. I hardly slept and I lived off of increasingly stale homemade cookies that my father had sent me in the mail. As my happiness level dropped, my health soon followed.
Then, I met this guy:
(Let’s not get into why Peter’s hair was so long and messy in college. On a completely unrelated note, I used to cut his hair.)
Peter was so chill, so cool, so relaxed, that I couldn’t help but follow. Relaxing my rules meant not being perfect, but being relaxed let me have fun! I learned to not take everything so seriously. I learned to try new foods in the cafeteria, and heck, they were a lot better than stale cookies. I happily plumped up into health. 🙂
Now, I’m not saying that we all need another person in our lives to inspire us to be happy and healthy. We can each act as our OWN inspiration, to seek beauty and happiness in what we love, even if we need to search long and hard.
As a future dietitian, I am learning about the science behind our bodies and the individual nutrients that are important for such and such. But, I never forget that we humans need something beyond vitamin D and omega-3’s – we need happiness. Actively search for it, and your best health will follow.
So, get out there and climb that mountain! Your two feet (or two wheels, or cane, or…) will lead you to where you need to go.