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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.


12 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    I would love to write that I made good and healthy decisions all of my adult life. I didn’t. I did however, make dinner for my family at the end of the work day. Once in a great while we would have a pizza (not frozen) or pick up fast food to eat. Those were my choices back then. Today, now that I am lots older and it is just myself and my husband we eat healthy. I am a vegetarian, he is not. I make sure that the two of us have our yearly physicals, I get the shots that I need, have my mamogram, exercise (walking) and eat 4-5 small meals each day. We do go out to for breakfast or dinner perhaps 7 times a year. And I do indulge in one piece of dark chocolate every day. I love keeping my life as clean and simple as I possibly can. These are just a few of my good choices. Thank you Sarica for sharing a small part of the way that you are cultivating a good life.

    Mary from NH

    • Kim says:

      Sounds perfect — the reality in the real world with young children is much more difficult. I would have loved to have heard about her personal journey instead of this.

  2. dawn says:

    I have wanted to live more healthier also, some days are harder then usual. When you have 4 kids with different tastes and a small food budget, it’s not much fun and ordering out is much easier. Thank you for this reminder though. My grandma raised 8 kids in a tiny 2 bedroom house and everything was homemade. I often wonder how she did it and made it so easy. Even years later when the grandkids and great grandkids came along she still could cook a huge meal in her tiny tiny kitchen and it would taste so good and there was always plenty. Thanks again and good job on your life changes.

  3. Lindsey says:

    I agree that you must master one thing at a time then move into the next. Our family went from omnivores to vegetarian (I’m actually gluten free and vegan). I am far from perfect as we eat out a lot. But I make water kefir and fermented veggies along with other simple things like cooking with dry beans. I try to look at it as a process\journey. I learn new stuff daily and try to reinforce the things I learned but forgot. Thanks for this nice post!

  4. Sarica says:

    Becky, thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on what I think is such an important subject. I really appreciate it… And I am so glad we are able to inspire one another, because I feel like I want to be like you when I grow up! And in the meantime, we get to learn from one another as we lead our busy lives taking care of our families and our careers. And I noted that someone would like to know more about me… If anybody would like to contact me, feel free to do so via my website. I’ll be happy to connect :-)! And I love reading the stories folks have shared here… I look forward to seeing more!

    • Sarica says:

      Just wanted to connect quickly with Kim…I have to share that what really spurred me on this journey, and has kept my vision and efforts tightly on the path, has been the birth and care of our 2 children, who are now 7 and 9 years old. It has been a matter of choices for us…the time it takes for some of these methods, and of course the learning curve, have made it so that at times we’ve chosen between cost considerations and time constraints as we live our lives. As Becky mentioned, I ate a goodly amount of fast food growing up, but I have felt in my soul that this is a fantastic way to live. My son had some digestive challenges growing up, and it was those issues (as well as my own and my husband’s) that really kept me learning and putting what I learned into play in our lives. And, today, I’m still learning (and now teaching!), and I make A LOT of our food from scratch, so, not surprisingly, our kids’ lunches definitely look different than their classmates. It’s just a priority for me to make sure the kids eat as well as I can manage for them, everyday (and that my husband and I do, too!) We are far from perfect, but we do strive for that every day–in our minds, it’s just worth it. But everyone comes to change in their lives at different times and for different reasons…and what’s good for one family may not be for another. This is working for us, and it’s been a great journey–and I’ll be happy to talk with anyone who is interested to do it in their own lives. It’s just wonderful to read how others who’ve replied have empowered themselves through their lifestyle and diet choices…good for you!

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