Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Green Light- Naeemah

An eco-sista who is conscious about choosing healthy food over junk food

How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly for about a year now.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I really chose to take on this lifestyle after I gave birth to my daughter. I wanted to lose the baby weight and feel like myself again. To me that meant not only exercising to be healthy, but it meant changing what I ate and how I ate. 

What do you like about it? I love the fact that I am conscious about choosing healthy food over junk food. It's a good feeling to know that I am making the right choices and avoiding the wrong ones. Now that I am back to my pre-baby size, I'm only more motivated to continue this lifestyle.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I didn't really face too many challenges. Of course you have the family gatherings with all the bad foods that you want so much (lol) but it's about self control. I can choose to feel that one moment of satisfaction while eating an unhealthy meal and feel regret later, or I can choose a healthier meal and feel happy that I did something better for my body. I try to choose the latter!

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Become informed on all that you need to know in order to make an effective change. I don't like to be mediocre. If i do something I have to do it right (in my eyes) or not at all so for me I really had to know everything from diet, to exercise, to household items so that I could truly feel I was making a change. Get family members involved. It helps so much more to have someone by your side and I'm so blessed to say my husband has been there for me :)

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? I completely understand how you feel. When it comes to doing it the "right" way I think people will define that differently and there's nothing wrong with that. I wouldn't say I feel like a hypocrite but I do feel that instant sense of guilt when I eat something unhealthy. But then again I like to remind myself that I'm human and one piece of cake certainly won't kill me ;) it's all about being balanced and finding that middle road.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural all my life. I've never chemically altered my hair and I live by deep conditioning. I also haven't cut my hair in five years and I'm happy that right now it's the longest it's ever been. Braid outs are my go to style, it gives me that "va va voom!" Look that I love :)

Is there anything you like to add? Even though the words "Eco friendly" and "all natural" seem daunting and discouraging to some, I would just say the benefits are so rewarding there's really no harm in giving it a try. I did and I couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Thank you for featuring me, it was a pleasure!


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