How Healthy Eating Improves Quality of Life?
My relationship with food began at the age of 7 when I had my first class of modern dance in Russia. At the early age, I understood what you choose to put into your body determines how you look, feel and perform. Food is the perfect body-mind instrument that supports the full span of our lives. However, only wholesome foods matter. It is the healthy buckwheat and sauerkraut that helped me going through the endless rehearsals and competitions, and not my grandmother’s pierogi with sugared sour cream (Sorry, grandma..)
Years later, I moved across the world to conquer New York City with just a small suitcase, my lifesavings of a few hundred dollars, and the name of a distant acquaintance in Brooklyn. I struggled learning English and worked 2 jobs while attending college in the morning. Black coffee with bagels, fast food, soda and chips were convenient and affordable. Drinks at night helped to relax. Gym? Well, that just became impossible.
At some point, my health had taken a dangerous decline. My hair was falling out, my skin was blemished, and my stomach became increasingly bloated. I was sick because of constant stress and deeply depressed. The rounds of medications and other treatments that doctors pushed on me seemed to make my depression worse.
Unable to shake my ailments, I was prepared to give up. This was until the wise advice I received from my mother to go “back to nature”- to “put into my body what I expect out of it”. I took a much-deserved day off, went to the park and spent the entire day researching and planning a new way of living and thinking. Here is what I did:
I made my healthy lifestyle a #1 priority even though it limited my social interactions. I switched to a plant-based diet and began treating wholesome foods as the best medicine. I began practicing yoga and exercising in the gym 3 times a week.
I’ve learned to hydrate my body throughout the day with lots of water, unsweetened herbal teas and vegetable juices. Fluids flushed toxins from my body, decreased appetite, and gave my skin a fresh look. I eliminated soda, dairy, and sugar completely.
I quit smoking, alcohol and caffeine. Remember these 3 brothers mess up your central nervous system, clog up arteries, and damage your organs. I welcomed natural skincare and home products into my life and began practicing self-love.
I increased amount of plant-based protein in my diet and therefore, built my muscles and skin collagen. My underweight body turned into a healthy-looking body.
I switched “bad” carbs (candy, pastries, artificial syrups, and white bread) to “good” carbs like vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. This change gave me more energy and less body fat.
I incorporated herbs, adaptogens, and vitamins in my diet. It improved my focus, concentration, sleep, and digestion. Matcha was my new morning ritual.
I committed to these rules for 6 months and practiced daily affirmations and breathing. It was hard at first but once I felt the difference nothing could stop me anymore. I felt NEW me – alive, connected, grounded. I wanted to motivate others and change their lives for better. This is when I met my future husband and founded Yuve - my wellness baby.
Where am I with all this? Well, we all have only ONE life. It’s up to us to decide how we want to live it, how we want to look, feel, and who we want to be in life. Good health is the smartest choice and certainly, the best investment in life you can make. There is nothing better than feeling empowered, loved, and fulfilled.
Stay well, inspire, live, and love!