Well hello there, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Melinda, the writer of Simply Whole Life. I’m 29 years old and live with my dog, my sister, and her two cats. By day, I work in merchandising for a promotional products company. It’s a great company to work for, and I love my job, but my hobbies have always been more centered on health and wellness.
I have struggled with my weight for pretty much all of my life, trying just about every diet and exercise fad under the sun to lose weight. I was successful a few times, but I always regained the weight and then some! Obviously something wasn’t working, so I looked at what I have been doing-what’s worked and what hasn’t. I realized that I needed to shift my focus. First and foremost, I want to be healthy, and the weight loss should be a result of that rather than the focus.
My focus also shifted due to medical reasons. In early 2014, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her BRCA test came back positive for a mutation on the BRCA2 gene. Since it’s hereditary, I went in and got tested for the mutation as well, and it also came back positive. So what this means is that I’m high risk for breast and ovarian cancer and melanoma. Right now it doesn’t really mean anything other than some additional testing and screening, but in the future, I’m going to be faced with some tough decisions. Obviously this was some pretty heavy news to take. I don’t have cancer, but my risk is significantly higher than the average person. In order to help alleviate some of the risk, I’m following the recommended medical screenings and tests, but I’m also taking a more holistic approach as well in conjunction with modern medical practices.
Since I received my positive result, I’ve done a lot of research on foods and how they affect the body. The body is an awesome thing, and it’s amazing how much the foods we eat and the things we do have such a major impact on our overall health and wellness. Some of the research I’ve done has been on the modern diet which is really high in processed foods and added sugars. Obviously this is leading to expanding waistlines, but it’s also led to other health issues that aren’t as obvious. I believe the solution is to switch to a whole foods based diet, cutting out highly processed foods and added sugars.
So that’s what I’m doing… I’ve been cutting out highly processed foods and focusing more on whole, nutrient dense foods, and so far it’s been working. When I eat the way I know I should, I feel so much better, and the weight just seems to come off on its own. When I slip up and go back to my old ways, I notice a difference in the way I feel, and I also see the weight start to creep back up. To me, that’s proof enough that focusing on health and nutrition is the right way to go!
Even though it’s a big focus, health and wellness isn’t my whole life. I’m all about living simply in other areas as well. Until recently, I’d been living outside my means accumulating all kinds of junk that I really don’t need and spending money I really don’t have to get it. I was going crazy with all the clutter in my house, stressing about having to clean it all up, and worrying about money constantly because I never really thought twice before bringing some other useless piece of junk that I just had to have into my house.
One day I just had an epiphany that it was all too much! I had too much stuff that I’d never use, so I donated it. I got rid of over half my possessions and haven’t brought many new things back in, and honestly, I’m much happier. I live on a budget that I stick to, so I don’t worry about money. With less stuff in my house, I don’t have to worry about losing it or having to clean it all up! It’s been great! At first I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to live with so much less than I was used to, but I really don’t even miss it.
So that’s me in a nutshell. I’m a newbie whole foods minimalist striving for a simple life. Since I’m new at it, I’m sure I’ll stumble along the way, but that’s what life is all about–trying new things and learning along the way until you find your niche! Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the read!