“You are so lucky!”
For some reason, when people tell me I am so lucky to be thin or have nice skin, I tend to cringe. I do realize that it is meant to be a compliment, but this statement offends me since I work hard at keeping myself fit and take good care of my skin.
To some, that may sound shallow and vain, however I see it differently. For me it is about taking care of my body and keeping it healthy for as long as possible. The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 79 years for women, and I plan on staying as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, so I can stay alive and active for a long time!
It starts with your body
I encourage keeping one’s diet as healthy as possible. Our foods are over-processed and filled with chemicals. I avoid processed food, soda, and fattening condiments as much as possible. The cleaner I keep my diet, the cleaner I keep my organs. I have noticed the better I eat, the better feel. It gives me more focus and better clarity.
Regular exercise keeps fresh air in my lungs and keeps my joints moving. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you know one of my favorite ways to stay in shape is by running.
Don’t forget your skin
Given that I’m the creator of a plant-based skin care line, you might not be surprised to learn that I’ve also always placed an emphasis on protecting my skin.
For example, in high school, many of my friends would sleep with their makeup on. I would painstakingly remove all of my makeup before bedtime. I would also wear a hat and sunscreen while in the sun and my friends surely thought I was crazy. I didn’t care what they thought and continued to shield my face from the sun.
Ironically, I was shielding my face from the sun so I wouldn’t get too much darker. Being of Indian origin, I turn 10 shades darker with 10 minutes of sun exposure.
Luckily, this worked in my favor. All those years of shading myself from the sun, I avoided the UV rays that cause photo aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, among other skin problems including cancer.
I would only consider myself lucky if I stayed trim and healthy by eating cheeseburgers and fries or if I bathed in the sun daily without getting wrinkles. For me, these things are part of a commitment to myself that I honor on a daily basis.