It’s been awhile (almost 2 months) since my last post, and I’ll tell y’all why…
I needed time.
I needed time to put some things aside and just have some me time. I didn’t post on IG that much, if at all. I didn’t work out or anything. I just wanted to chill.
April/May are always hard times for me because of my mother’s passing. It’s extremely draining (emotionally-speaking) and it causes me to retreat.
However, I decided not to beat myself up about it this year. It’s the first time I haven’t been around any of my family and close friends around Mother’s Day, and I decided not to wallow in sorrow and pity. I got outside, went on hikes and hung out with friends.
I can’t say that I wasn’t hurting, but it felt nice being able to get outside and be social.
Another reason I needed to take some time off is to re-evaluate helping people. I see a need to change the conversation around health and fitness, specifically, within the Latinx and African American communities.
Our cultures are rich in food and drink and this has a direct effect on our health. When I was a kid, I’d go to my grandparents’ house often. As soon as I walked through the door, I was asked if I wanted something to eat and/or drink. If I ate something, it was either chicken, collards and rice or a hoe-cake (ooooohhhh I’m drooling thinking of those right now). If I drank something, it was either kool-aid or some type of concentrated, high in corn syrup/sugary drink.
These are comfort foods for me, but they can also be damaging to the body.
So I want to use my platform to help people of color and other minorities flip the script when it comes to eating. I’m a firm believer in that we should enjoy food as much as we enjoy being with friends, family and loved ones. However, sometimes that enjoyment can be detrimental to our health.
I love fried chicken just as much as the next person, but I also like feeling good about my body. Let’s change the conversation together!