These days I am enjoying looking at last 15 years of my life on digital photo frame on my kitchen counter. This frame connects to our network with all the pictures we have taken since our first digital camera.
I enjoy watching it while cooking and doing dishes. I love looking at the pictures of my girls in cute outfits in some funny poses at thier soccer, ballet, homecoming, prom, graduation, They have grown up now; are in college and in high school. It brings good memories of those days when they were growing up. It gives me happiness and makes me sad at the same time.Looking at myself in those pictures, One consistent theme stands out; I look dazed, sleep deprived, tired and lost. These are my pictures in my early thirties; something didn’t seem right. I don’t seem to be usual self the way I am today at the age of 50; full of energy and vibrance. Today, I have sparkle in my eyes and I am hopeful for tomorrow. I wonder what was wrong with me then?
One consistent reason pops up.The Food; yes, the food I was eating; I was not eating right; food choices I made, genetically modified, over processed, frozen with preservative and pesticides. During the process of settling down in US, I adopted lots of quick life style, thinking that it’s part of survival and it’s part of lifestyle. I was starting my new career, my job was very hectic,kids were young, the day was full of thier day care issues, school pickups drop-offs, thier extra curricular activities and other needs.It was part of my transition to a new lifestyle!!!! I ate whatever seemed easily available in the grocery stores and could be put together in a meal with least efforts including tons of fast food. I rarely worked out. As a result, I had very poor metabolism and rarely had sound sleep.
Coming from a country that does not have refrigerators or microwaves as necessities, I always ate fresh food and I also ate with great enthusiasm with least rush and multitasking and also ate with lots of social interaction. Things changed as I moved to a new country and adopted its new culture with a new lifestyle.
It had been a long journey; about 10 years, to understand myself and what’s wrong with me and my health. Food had been a culprit. Realization of what’s wrong with the food in the grocery stores, understanding the food and agriculture landscape, political and social aspect of food had been an expedition. It had been a constant quest to know what is the right food to eat, how to eat and what is the best strategy to keep my optimum weight. Becoming aware of my surroundings and my own inner self and learning about my true nature has been really helpful in reclaiming my health and happiness.
My search has unveiled lots of social, economical and cultural issues that stands between a common man and his eating choices of a nutritious meal on his our plate.
I have a mission to accomplish to make common man aware of this. Eating right shoulds not require a college degree. A common man should be able to eat right with no effort. It’s basics of life. All these learning has influenced and is incorporated in Mindful Living Club philosophy. I have wasted best years of my life suffering due to poor eating choices and an unhealthy lifestyle. People don’t have to go through this journey at the expense of thier family life and personal time. As true in every capitalist world, There is no-one governing and watching those grocery store aisle or restaurants for the benefit of common people. People have to realize that they have to take charge of thier own health by becoming more savvy and aware of thier surroundings and by making necessary lifestyle changes.
It would be my great pleasure to be your guide in this journey. Come, join Mindful living club and let me create pathways of health for you.