This one's for me. It's been a while, but I'm back and ready to lay it all out on the line here guys. A little back story: I'm yoga teacher, fitness instructor and budding nutrition coach. I haven't made much time in the past for my own practice or fitness (a TERRIBLE habit I plan on breaking) and while I've eaten more veggies in the last few months than ever in my life, I still love me some calabrese salame, cheese and OMG pizza. It's about balance right? (Spoiler alert: it really is about balance) A few days ago my doctor ran some routine blood work and it came back with elevated levels of LDL ("bad cholesterol") and I was honestly a little shocked. In hindsight I shouldn't have been, but that's why it's hindsight. So my doctor wants me to cut down on the meats and dairy. *sigh* As I don't want to have a heart attack before 40, I agree and decided to try a plant based diet for 6 months (the next time my blood work will be done) to see if that helps. I've also been wanting to get more serious about my own fitness and overall wellness and thus, The SoulBlossom Project was born! I figured that if I want to be taken seriously as a coach and instructor, then the first client I need to take care of is myself, and if I'm going to do this thing I might as well share my journey with others who are in the same boat. SO MUCH stuff online is like: drink this tea, don't eat this food, take this supplement and it'll work miracles! when a lot of it is utter nonsense. Not all of it mind you, and maybe something like that worked for you in the past, but a good chunk of the diet culture-y products out there are. The big question I'm basing all my lifestyle/health decisions on is: Is it sustainable for the long term? For me, a plant based lifestyle is something I've been looking into for some time now. Lifting weights and expanding my personal yoga practice are two fitness goals I've desired forever but never made time for. Well, the time is now. I'm going to split the 6 months into two 3 month chunks, starting September 1st. I'm going to *try* and blog most days, to share how I'm feeling in all it's glory and I'll also be sharing a bunch of stuff on my Instagram, @soulblossomwellness. I would LOVE if you followed along, and shared comments or stories along the way. Look for the hashtag #thesoulblossomproject to see the relevant posts. I'm SO EXCITED guys, and can't wait to get started!