This is a guest post by Farnoosh Brock.
While it may seem out of the ordinary from the usual blogging and social media, I included it for two reasons. 1) Farnoosh is a wonderful friend and inspiring person who has contributed some great articles and interviews here before. 2) Healthy habits are an essential part of blogging – if you aren’t healthy, you won’t be able to produce great content. Enjoy!
I believe all good smart habits are related and connected, and before I tell you about the smart habit for which Kristi invited me to write here today, that of Green Juicing (affiliate link), I want to share why and how your one good habit can lead to many more.
You have most definitely experienced this. If you start a new eating habit, for instance, first you feel better and then you get more energy, and as a result, perhaps you join a fitness program, or even more, you put a stop to your other bad habits one at a time, all the while not realizing that a single good habit can be responsible for an entire change of direction on your self-improvement journey.
I believe that this amazing snowball effect even works well across the components of physical and mental and spiritual. So for instance, if you pick up a good habit that improves your physical state, it is not unlikely for you to start feeling better on an emotional level and therefore feel encouraged to take better emotional care of yourself. And it’s possible for that new emotional state to ease you into your spiritual journey.
Your overall well-being is interconnected and all good habits feed off of each other and slowly, they can push out the bad habits one by one. The path to true self-improvement starts first with awareness and then with willingness. Everything else is detail, and details you can handle like nobody’s business when you have the first and second parts down.
Now about that green juicing, it has been the first of my many smart habits and definitely responsible for whatever came after it.
In 2007, I was dealing with tons of stress and unhappiness, plus a few extra pounds that were driving me nuts. Honestly, I was not even sure how I ended up that way because all my life, I’d always been so health-conscious. The problem started when the old ways of taking care of myself no longer worked, and when doing what I did at 23 was not enough to restore a much older body back to the same optimum shape. Plus after a while, it all catches up with you – no matter how good you are – the stress, the frustration, the deep dissatisfaction with your life, and for me it manifested itself in my weight. I was ready to do anything to get back in shape. Except I did not know what else to do besides the usual methods that no longer worked.
One lucky morning, I was introduced to the world of juicing, and I have America’s fitness hero, Jack Lalanne to thank for it. Before I knew it, I had a juicer, I was shopping for vegetables to juice, and I was hooked on this amazing new – and yet most natural – way of nourishing my body: green juicing, and 5 years later, the habit has only grown stronger, but here’s the thing, it’s not just green juicing that became a part of my life, it’s all the other habits that snow balled after that.
After a few weeks of juicing, I was getting more motivated to exercise, but I wanted to try something new, so for the first time, I hired a trainer and started weight-lifting. The combination of my new fitness regimen with green juicing gave me double the results. The two habits kept me going, and I was having so much fun that doing one made me crave the other. Then I added a cardio program to the mix, and now I had 3 new smart habits that pushed me in the right direction.
As you can imagine, the extra weight melted away in weeks, my happiness started to soar, and the fog and confusion from my mind started to lift.
The next thing I attacked had nothing to do with fitness or with nutrition. It was my job. I realized I was unhappy at my job and even though it was a few years before I resigned and moved away from the corporate world, that summer was the first time I started considering doing something else with my professional life, now that I was beginning to feel fulfilled again in my personal life, and that was the beginning of my blogging journey.
So you see, you should never underestimate the power of a single smart habit, especially where your health is concerned.
As for my love of green juicing, I took it to new levels. After a few blog posts, an amazing community of green juicing enthusiasts started to come together, and then I published my Green Juicing Guide this past December. And this spring, we are having our first and only Green Juicing Intensive Clinic (affiliate link) this year and no, this is not a juice fasting clinic, FYI.
If you want to cleanse and detox your body, while having a ton of fun with my lovely juicing community, we want to extend you a very warm welcome. There are still a few seats but don’t wait long, the clinic starts Saturday, May 5th! Be sure to join us!