good life – sarica cernahous
Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing our self-empowerment to make better choices for ourselves and our loved ones.
There are many things in this world that are seemingly beyond our control, and it can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed and even helpless. However, we ALWAYS have control in some part of our lives, whether it be our emotional reaction to a challenging situation or something a little less serious, such as whether we’d prefer to wear the red shirt or the blue sweater. There are countless forks in the road everyday!
One way that nearly all of us can exercise our self-empowerment “muscles” is by opting to make healthier choices in the way we take care of ourselves. Again, many of us may feel like we are beholden to the products that are manufactured for resale in the aisles of the grocery store or prepared in the commercial kitchens of restaurants and fast food chains. Those are definitely choices–in fact, these options are so plentiful and bright that they can overshadow all the other choices available to us.
Think about it for a moment: How did your great-great-great grandmother get by without the convenience of fast food and frozen pizzas? She got by on basic components–flour, fresh eggs, butter, produce from the garden, meat from the livestock–that she fashioned out of her creativity and the knowledge handed down from the generations before her, bringing sustenance and wellness to herself and her loved ones.
And you can do this, too, although I will say right now that it will take exercising another “muscle”–the muscle of resourcefulness! Going down this road is definitely taking the road less traveled, but there is so much to see and do and learn on the way! Shopping directly from your local farmers, purchasing meats from nearby ranchers, using whole, dried beans and grains and preparing these foods from “scratch”–these are ways that we can empower ourselves to reclaim or maintain wellness in ourselves and in the health of our loved ones.
Allowing your love and creative spirit to shine in pursuit of a “from-scratch” recipe is an absolute delight–and it is so very empowering! Start with just one item if this concept is new to you–buy whole grain brown rice and prepare it on the stove top with some fresh water and butter. It will taste so good. And then keep moving forward with the confidence and knowledge you gained from this experience and try something else new. Before you know it, what once seemed foreign and overwhelming will be joyful and engaging. And so very empowering!
Note from Becky
I want to be more like Sarica when I grow up. She inspires me to take better care of myself (and she is one of the kindest-hearted human beings I know). She walks the walk (literally – I see it with my own eyes!) and she talks the talk. And my favorite thing about it all is that she totally comes from a history of too much fast food and other poor eating decisions. It gives me hope because I am sadly not in my healthiest stage of life. I so want to be. And Sarica is living proof that change can happen and that one can absolutely control that aspect of their life and as a result, cultivate an even better life. Want to hear more about her philosophy, tips, and healthy recipes? Connect with Sarica on her website.