Food for the Soul – a new column about living for happiness

We are thrilled to debut the premiere post from Guramrit Khalsa’s new Happiness Series Food for the Soul. Hope you love her work as much as we do! It’s inspiring, fresh, and full of great tips on how to live a healthier, happier life.

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If You Knew Me When…

If you would have met me in college, you would have known the Guramrit who indulged in a big order of cheese fries, heavy on the cheese, and who suffered from all kinds of allergies no one even knew were actually possible to be allergic to… think cockroaches, dust, feathers and mice (yes, mice). These allergies and my obsession with cheese and all things greasy, comforting, and sinfully delicious lasted through all my teen years and time in college.

I cannot think of a time when I didn’t love a good block of cheese. In fact, I was known as the cheese queen. And, I have always been the foodie out of my friends, loving food more than the average girl. AND if it had cheese, you KNOW I was all about it. Ravioli, cheesy nachos, cheesecake, Dominos cheesy bread (the college students ultimate drunk food)… and the list goes on.

It’s bizarre to think that a life long vegetarian like myself did not eat a diet of mostly vegetables. I loved vegetables (still love veggies). I just
didn’t eat them. Vegetables were fine and dandy, but so was cheese, bread, and lots of pasta. Did I mention I was also a huge coffee drinker? Okay so it may seem like I ate a ton and was probably overweight, but I actually didn’t look terrible. I didn’t feel horrible. But I also didn’t feel amazingly energetic. My allergies kept me from being incredibly active (or at least I decided to use it as an excuse). My anxiety attacks were keeping me in a box. And I was suffering from ovarian cysts.

After graduating college, I embarked on an amazing adventure to Europe with my best friend. Our travels brought us to Italy – foodie’s dream of dairy and pasta. Many servings of gelato, fresh bread, pizza and pasta later, I came home and looked in the mirror and thought “Whoa. Not cool. I need to get my crap together.”

It really didn’t settle into my mind that I needed to change my life until almost 2 years ago. My doctors couldn’t even convince me to make a change. I had an epiphany. I wanted to be the happiest, healthiest, and most energetic version of myself I could possibly be. That’s when I enrolled to study holistic nutrition. I had NO idea that was food a huge part of health and wellness. AND a bigger part of the other aspects of life, like my relationships, career and spirituality. Exercise also made a major impact on my nutrition and overall wellness. I was inspired to read the book Skinny Bitch which opened my eyes to veganism. And, I practiced what I learned. I instantly started to feel lighter in all aspects. Now, this doesn’t mean you should go ahead and give up dairy just because it worked for me. I’m all about listening to your body. It’s much smarter than you think you are. You have an intuition, listen closely, it whispers words of wisdom now and then.

From then on I slowly started to make changes in my life. My life is a work in progress. Once I started to pay attention to my body, I started to focus on my mind and soul. This is when meditation, breathing, self care, and yoga came into my life.

This story isn’t a case of shoulda, woulda, coulda. There is nothing about my journey that I would change because it is all part of my divine process.

I look forward to sharing the rest of my journey towards health, wellness and overall happiness with all of you.


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About the Author: Guramrit Khalsa lives, breathes, and sleeps health and wellness. Her love for wellness fuels her passion for yoga, meditation and spirituality. Guramrit is a Holistic Health Counselor, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a B.S. in Magazine Journalism. She is currently a contributor for the Happiness Series, sharing tips on how to live holistically. You can learn more about Guramrit on her blog, No Beef Here.


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