How I discovered what is best for my health

by Jelena

This was a popular question by many of you and I am happy that I can share here how I discovered what’s best for my wellbeing. The reason why I feel confident about my daily choices is that I spent a lot of time researching what is health all about. Here you can read how and why my journey to health started, and mistakes that I still make on my journey to “the healthiest I can be”. 

We are all so different. I can see it in my own house. Somebody needs desperately coffee to get out of bed. I cannot even taste coffee. Now, take into consideration that we are all coming in different genders, sizes, shapes, and ages. And our life happens in cycles. Some things that were really good for us “back in the day” might be causing us some problems now.

David Avocado Wolfe is one of the people I like to consult when I’m on a learning mission. He is always very clear about one thing

You are your own best nutritionist.

I didn’t quite understand it at first, mainly because I didn’t know enough about nutrition to be called a nutritionist. But later on, I realized what he meant by it.

Our body and our health are amongst the very few things that we can directly control through our decisions and behavior. If we don’t understand our body, we are going to drive it off the road. We need to start to listen to the signals our body sends to us.

Just remember how awkward and helpless you feel when you are in a foreign country and you are trying to get by, but people don’t even bother to stop to listen to you, to help you out?

They acknowledge you are there, but then rush off as they are in a hurry. Or they stop, smile and listen, but send you in a wrong direction because they misunderstood?

That’s exactly how our body feels like. It keeps trying to tell us how it feels and what it needs. Sometimes it shouts at us

Hey, I’m hungry! Please give me something nourishing.

We are not so bad. Of course, we hear our body speak to us. We know all too well that “hangry” feeling. So, we stop at the first bakery to buy a slice of pizza and a coke. Or a sandwich and a soda. In a way, we answer

Here you go honey, now be quiet while I work.

The moment when I found out my WHY

I was more or less doing the same things when I was rushing through certain stages in life. It was more important to me to keep feeding my brain with knowledge than my body with energy. I ate pizza, pasta, burgers and sandwiches, and sweet stuff. No salads, but lots of fruits.

I remember thinking that salads are for people who want to lose weight, and since I was skinny, I always felt I need “heavier” food to give me sustenance. I remember people saying:

Omg Jelena, that’s not normal how much fruit you eat!

The funny thing is, I kept dividing food into two groups: one that gives you cellulite, and the one that doesn’t. Now that I think of it, I only cared about weight and cellulite. Generally, I was feeling healthy and fit as I was doing lots of sports.

Good thing is, I didn’t have too many vices to battle when I turned my focus on to the real meaning of health. I tried coffee when I was younger, and I didn’t like it. Actually, I vomited all night after that. I tried a cigarette too, and vomited all night. Tried alcohol as well, vomited for 3 days and lost 4kg in the process. I tried it at least a few times!

My days of testing those “grown-up” habits were finished. I just couldn’t make myself like any of it. Everybody thought I was weird. Even recently on my flight to London, a kind and chatty flight attendant was so surprised to learn I don’t drink coffee. She kept asking me

You don’t drink coffee? Like, at all? Not even in the morning? Are you sure? But, how do you stay awake during the day?

It was funny to me to see how surprised she was. No, I don’t take caffeine in any form. Not even green tea. I was always like that. And coffee might not necessarily be a vice for some of you, but to me, everything that made me feel addicted that I couldn’t stop was a vice. I never liked losing control of my body and addictions were just that.

So, if I couldn’t take any of those things to relax, focus or stay awake, what else was there for me to do? Especially when I was a student and had to put in long hours to keep up with all the workload.

I started doing some research and came up with lots of great ideas and suggestions. I found the purpose of changing my mindset about food, exercise, and health in general. It all made more sense when I invested time into understanding it better.

My adventurous path

When I don’t feel well, I am useless. I cannot focus, I cannot do things I like, I cannot be fully present, I am easily irritated and very often quite angry and upset with things. Long before I got interested in reading about health and nutrition, I was blaming others for my shifting moods.

What David helped me understand, among many other things, is that I have the power to change things around. I don’t have to wait for somebody to do it for me. I can do some research, turn things around in my daily habits, try new things… test them and see how I feel. (TIP: journaling the process is an excellent idea!)

My path was quite adventurous. I was going from one extreme to the other until I found a balance. So when something goes off, I am fixing it right away, and I am not waiting for it to escalate into something bigger.

The foundation for my health is a good diet, regular exercising, and good sleep. When I skip my routines, I can feel it straight away.

My body starts complaining and either I feel slow, tired, bloated or anxious. The good thing now is that I listen. We speak the same language finally. Before, I was getting on with it, or blaming the others.

I finally figured that the energy I spend is the energy I pour in. That’s where I became obsessed with what I eat. That was also a phase. We shouldn’t be obsessed with anything, but I guess I had to go through that phase first to find the balance.

My weak spot

Now, I shared with you what is the foundation for my good health. I tend to drift away from it from time to time, especially when I get overwhelmed with kids and work. The one thing that immediately drops out of my daily routine is exercising, which I really am not proud of. When that happens, it gets really frustrating because I live in an environment where the sport is the way we live. Imagine now me doing all but sports and hoping it will go unnoticed… lol.

I love exercising outdoors by the sea, in the park, or on my balcony. I have my yoga flow, I do my squats, burpees, and planks. I love swimming, biking, running… and when the opportunity presents I hit a few balls on the tennis court and do some kickbox.

However, my weakness is that I tend to skip my workouts when I’m pressured by time. I make sure food and sleep are in balance, but exercising is one thing in those moments that I think I can get away with if I skip. Then when I skip one time, it drags for days like that as I have a hard time to motivate myself to restart.

This is something I am working on also for the sake of my kids. I would love for them to acquire healthy habits and I need to lead by example. Their dad is a great example, but when the going gets tough, they can use me as an excuse for why they skipped their routines, and I don’t want to be the black sheep in the family.

So the inner work continues.

Learning is a journey that takes you in many directions

Learning about yourself never stops. I always change, and my body asks for different things, so I have to listen carefully because sometimes the things I enjoy the most become my enemies all of a sudden.

Anyhow, I just wanted to make sure you are aware of this. And to tell you a little secret – the most of the people you follow out there (Social networks) recommending you stuff with great conviction… they are just trying out things for themselves too, and those things might not work for you.

So take things lightly! You are your own’s best chance at living a healthy harmonious life.

The secret is – start learning about yourself. Read more, research more, be open to trying. And listen to what your body is saying. Are you bloated, tired, cranky, foggy minded..? Those are all signs to get yourself back in the driving seat.

There are a few documentaries that you can start your learning journey with:

Food matters
Forks over knives
Cowspiracy
E-motion
That Vitamin movie

Most of them you can find on Netflix, but I also recommend you to join FMTV. That is like Netflix for health. You have recipes, documentaries, yoga sessions, mediation sessions, cooking classes… everything!

Buckle up! This is the most important and adventurous journey you’ll ever take! It brings you joy and success on every step.

Please share in the comment section what you discovered on your path. I have some great books to recommend, so make sure to subscribe to my newsletter!

 

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68 comments

Julie January 3, 2019 - 5:33 pm

I’ve just read your article Jelena and it’s reaaaaally interesting. I am the same about coffee, alcohol and tobacco ( I hate it, just the smell makes me feel sick…) and yet, I still have people not understanding this and telling me I’m not normal.
What to eat has been something I’ve been very conscious of all my life. Almost a year ago, I discovered an eating lifestyle that suits me but that is very different to the people around me. However, my body is clearly happy with it so I’m keeping it and I’ll change it whenever I feel that is necessary.
Very nice blog anyway.
All the best xx

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:24 pm

Thank you, Julie, it is not so common to be different nowadays. How dare we, ha? :)))

Glad you found what works for your body. Keep listening and keep learning, there is no other way 🙂 Much love, Jelena

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Sladjana January 12, 2019 - 1:19 pm

Dobar dan Jelena,interesuje me da li su sva obraćanja ,bilo da su pismena ili usmena na engleskom jeziku ili postoje možda i na srpskom.
Teme su jako interesantne ali mi se čini da bi ih bolje bolje razumela i doživela da su na srpskom jeziku.
Pozdrav!

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Milica January 18, 2019 - 10:07 am

Zdravo Slađana! Postoje i na srpskom jeziku. Imate opciju da izaberete da li će se stranica prikazivati na ENG ili SRP, istražite meni stranice. 🙂

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Victoria S. January 3, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Thank you Jelena! What a beautiful post. I adore your website sooo sooo much 😍 agree with everything what you wrote! Healthy food is a big part of my life! Thanks to plantbased diet, i stopped to be afraid about food, carbs, sugar in fruits, healthy fats etc! This diet helped me so much. I had/have a problem with orthorexia. And i’m still healing! What helps me with my positive life are books. I love reading. I read lots of books. About psychology, esoteric, motivation and i’d like to see some of your books TIPS! Btw i saw almost every document what you recommend and they’re really great! If we talk about sports, i love doing yoga, meditation and i also love walking. It clears my mind. I struggle from heavy depressions, panic attacks and anxiety so this helps me a lot! I struggle with these problems more than 3 years and it’s really tough. But i’m trying. Thanks for these healthy posts!!! Sending lots of love.

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:35 pm

Wait, wait, is it you who claims that you are orthorexic or is it others that call you that? Why do people have to come up with labels for everything… I don’t like that. I don’t believe in that orthorexia thingy. I don’t believe in labels – period.

I hope you won’t mind me sharing here something from my experience:

You keep learning and growing and wanting to be the best version of yourself. You’ll be confused with what you learn, that’s because most of your already learned programs are clashing with newly acquired knowledge and you are overwhelmed. Give it time to settle and trust the LIFE that it is good ( and not bad as it seems when you are seeing the danger in everything now that you know more).

The reason why you’ll be misunderstood is also that many don’t do anything and hate to see somebody who is more willing than them. I’ve seen it. Focus on your growth and let the wind blow… 🙂

Much love!

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Eda January 3, 2019 - 6:33 pm

Hi Jelena,
You really explain in details and It is very true we all are very different and every person has her /his needs in particular. The only thing I know is nutrition is %100 effective and important on our health. I have hashimoto disease for years and only last year I discovered its reason by help of a doctor in a holistic medicine approach. Autoimmun diseases mostly related leaky-gut syndrome that cause by food we choose to eat. Gluten,lektin,lactose and sugar are mostly harmful for many of us. So I learned a lot about these food groups and changed my diet. I feel much better,healthy and energetic now. I can talk about it hours but I guess this is enough for now 🙂 Thanks for bringing up the issue.
All the best,
Eda

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:37 pm

Yeyyy!!! So glad you are on your path to recovery!!! Keep growing, so much to learn.

One thing I know for sure is that OUR body is not attacking itself as doctors are saying. Check out Medical Medium book series or podcast…. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Branka January 3, 2019 - 6:43 pm

Draga Jelena, divan tekst! Mnogo mi se svidja Vas stil pisanja. Potpuno se slazem sa svim sto ste naveli! Drago mi je sto ne namecete Vase navike vec dajete iskrene smjernice kako raditi na sebi i otkriti ono sto nasem tijelu i dusi prija. To je i moje misljenje, da ne moze za sve ljude biti isto dobro. Meni prija voce, kukuruze kuhane obozavam, svjeze povrce, zitarice, tijesto u svin oblicima volim ali ga jedem umjereno, dok nisam neki ljubitelj mesa ali ga jedem. Mnogo mi prija fizicka aktivnost, i takodje kada god u duzem vremenskom periodu nisam aktivna osjecam se lose. Prija mi i da vodim racuna o svom duhu, da osnazujem vjeru, da radim na svojim ciljevima. Mnogo mi je vazno da vodim racuna i o ljudima koje volim, da su dobro i da provodimo kvalitetno vrijeme zajedno.

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:23 pm

Hvala što ste podelili ovo sa nama, toliko jednostavno a toliko bitno. Hvala!!!

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Dada January 3, 2019 - 6:47 pm

Huge topic! That really is a journey, to find the balance for your own system, while it gets changed through the ages… There is plenty of literature written in really precise and clear manner so we can all get in touch with that knowledge and than follow the process within. The Medical Medium was the first one for me that was so easy to read and implement, I look forward for others that you will share. Regards from frozen and beautiful Kopaonik!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:21 pm

Awww, Kopaonik!!! Love it there! Yes, yes, yes, such a journey! Glad you loved Medical Medium – he is THE ONE.

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Bailey Hassler January 3, 2019 - 7:03 pm

Hello!
Thank you for your time and input on this topic. I admire your honesty and enjoy reading your posts! As a young adult in college (I will be turning 21 in a few months!) finding a balance in my life between time, school and health has been difficult so your article really spoke to me! I really liked how you talked about finding out for yourself what works for your body. I myself have found it difficult to keep exercise from suffering when it seems time is running out.
I have looked online before for “magical tips” haha persay for more balance between nutrition and exercise but many don’t get me anywhere so I appreciate your perspective on this and look forward to learning something new!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:20 pm

Hi Bailey,
Thank you for joining the discussion.

Back at the uni, I discovered Yoga and that helped me so much! I did some easy flows between my studying sessions and it made a huge difference in terms of relaxing, giving my body stretch and exercise, helped me to have a good night sleep and massively helped to calm my mind before the exams.

“Magical” tip for nutrition= >go for healthy snacks when studying so your mind can keep freshness and your memory can grow.
Healthy is:
– carrot sticks, cucumber sticks. bell pepper sticks, celery sticks, asparagus
– all sorts of fruit you can think of
– a handful of different nuts
– if you have a blender – blend some amazing smoothies!
– don’t be afraid of fresh orange juice 🙂

Drink lots of water (it will also make you move as you’ll go to the loo often and force you to make a break), add lemon to water 🙂

Nettle tea, dandelion tea, burdock root tea, mint tea, Chaga tea… Tea’s are very medicinal and healing. You can add honey if you like it sweet.

Take spirulina supplement if you can 🙂

And make regular breaks – every 45min at least 10min break to stretch, breathe and relax!

LOVE THE STUDENT IN YOU!!! AND NEVER STOP BEING ONE, even when you acquire a diploma – which you will!

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Elena January 3, 2019 - 7:11 pm

Predivan, osvežavajuć tekst. Po pitanju kafe, alkohola i cigereta smo apsolutno iste😂 Probala sam ali to mom telu jednostavno ne prija. Kao i ti (izvinjavam se što ne persiram, ali te doživljam kao nekog bliskog🤗), i ja nailazim na podosta pitanja i isčuđavanja povodom nekonzumiranja kafe. Ali kao što si i sama rekla, mi sami najbolje poznajemo svoje telo. Ja sam i dalje u procesu pronalaženja sebe i najboljeg balansa po moje zdravlje i građenja najbolje verzije sebe. Na tom putu mnogo mi pomažu ovakvi tekstovi koji pokazuju da neko kao ti, ko je toliko ostvaren i uspešan, nailazi na slične prepreke.
HVALA MNOGO NE SAMO NA OVOM TEKSTU VEĆ NA CELOM BLOGU!💗💗💗
Željno iščekujem idući.

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Branka January 3, 2019 - 7:51 pm

Kako je divno citati ovakve tekstove ali i komentare koje pisu obrazovani, dobronamjerni ljudi koji rade na sebi. Zaboravila sam napisati u svom komentaru da takodje ne pijem kafu, ne pusim, alkohol samo u posebnim prilikama – takodje nisam ljubitelj. Dakle, ima nas :)). Ovo za kafu je svima neobicno a ja samo kazem kako je divno zivjeti bez bilo kakve vrste ovisnosti :). Nista ne moramo. 🙂

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:11 pm

Hvala obema! Vidite da niste usamljene 🙂 Ima nas puno! i dobro je da formiramo ovakva mesta za okupljanje. U suprotnom možemo da pomislimo da nas nema mnogo i da je svet otišao u nekom čudnom pravcu 😉 Ne dajte se!

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Branka January 15, 2019 - 11:16 am

Slazem se! Hvala tebi na odgovorima!

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Suzana January 3, 2019 - 9:14 pm

Really nice blog, thank you for sharing your struggles and inspiring us to be more healthy 🙂

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:07 pm

My pleasure! thank you!

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Sena January 3, 2019 - 9:35 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience. l am a big fan of Original magazine – it made me discover fantastic thigs and keeps inspiring me to navigate through my personal and professional lives.
I have no tips to share here except a question / suggestion for a next blog post:
How did you manage to get enough sleep and breastfeed your children? For me, being chronically tired because of breastfeeding several times during the night with both kids has negatively affected my wellbeing. At the same time, l do not feel confident in trying those known methods that allegedly work, which involves letting your babies cry. Have you also coped with similar challenges?
Greetings and keep doing the good work!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:06 pm

Yeeeeyyy!!! Love our community of Original’s 🙂 Thank you for sharing your love for the magazine!

I like your suggestion, I will do my best to share in one of the next blogs my journey with little ones. It is as clumsy as any other mom’s journey. 🙂

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Sena January 5, 2019 - 11:23 pm

Thanks, looking forward to that!
Cheers!

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ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ January 3, 2019 - 10:47 pm

Jelena,
your family is a motivation for us.
Nole sucess is well known, but everything you do and share is equally valuable.
I am taking notes and taking what’s necessary and translate it to my reality.

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:09 pm

Good luck and God bless!

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ola January 3, 2019 - 10:55 pm

Thank You Jelena!
this is a very helpful topic for me.
best wishes!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:09 pm

Glad it is helpful! Thank you!

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Tara January 3, 2019 - 11:17 pm

Draga Jelena, hvala na tekstu! Iskren, lepo i jednostavno napisan, toliko pametnih stvari, a istovremeno pitko. Preporuke za filmove su odlicne. Svaka cast na prenosenju pozitivne energije, korisnih smernica, kakou fizickom, tako i emotivnom i psihickom smislu. Samo napred i bravo!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:02 pm

Hvala Tara! Puno pozdrava i od mene!

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Ana January 3, 2019 - 11:59 pm

Draga Jelena,
Veoma mi se dopao tekst koji sam pročitala.
Mislim da je najbolji način da se ostvari ravnoteža slušati svoje telo i osećanja kao i uzeti vreme da se odgovori adekvatno na te potrebe. Moj primer je da oduvek volim svežu hranu, poput voća i povrća, međutim u jednom trenutku sam osećala da tolike količine voća mi ne prijaju više. Onda sam tako istražujući o alternativnim pristupima u medicini došla do jednog doktora koji se bavi biorezonancom. Otišla sam na taj pregled, bila veoma zadovoljna i ništa mi nije bilo nelogično u svemu tome. Dr je potvrdio tim pregledom da je došlo do zasićenja nekim vrstama namirnica i da su određeni organi počeli da “pate”, jetra itd. Prepisao mi je terapiju i nakon određenog vremena u kom nisam konzumirala voće i ostalo, osećala sam se mnogo bolje. Varenje je bilo efikasnije, manje energije je odlazilo na ceo taj proces i celokupno sam se osećala osveženo. Postepeno sam uvodila “zabranjenu” hranu i sve je bilo u redu.
Ovim primerom želim da istaknem važnost osluškivanja svog organizma kao i promenljivosti naših potreba.
Veliki pozdrav,
Ana

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 7:02 pm

Draga Ana,
Hvala što ste podelili sa nama vaše lično iskustvo. Toliko različitih iskustava…. Svačije telo različito reaguje u odredjenim situacijama. Kako vam se čini ovaj blog:

http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/fruit-fear

I sad skoro su preveli knjigu Anthony Williama – Liver rescue i na srpski jezik, pa preporučujem toplo da je pronadjete.

Puno toplih pozdrava iz Dohe!
Jelena

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Pink January 4, 2019 - 2:43 am

Thanks for shraring Jelena!! This one is very inspiring. Understanding ourselves is highly important but I don’t think many of us taking time to do that..I am always skinny so I almost never do any excersise:( But in 2019 I’m about to do something! Look forward to your nest sharing 🙂

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:58 pm

Yeah, I know. One of the quotes I go by is “Skinny and fit is not the same”. That keeps me grounded when I feel like I have an unfair advantage over others who need to work twice as hard for their abs… Happy 2019! ❤

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Linh January 4, 2019 - 3:37 am

Hi Jelena,

I can totally relate when i read this (I have been doing this for about 1 year now >.< ):-

"***However, my weakness is that I tend to skip my workouts when I’m pressured by time. I make sure food and sleep are in balance, but exercising is one thing in those moments that I think I can get away with if I skip. Then when I skip one time, it drags for days like that as I have a hard time to motivate myself to restart***"

Thank you for sharing your insights, it's more calming to know what I am not alone in this journey. I will keep educating myself:)
Much love <3

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:56 pm

We are never alone ❤ Much love to you too!!!

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Danica January 4, 2019 - 3:39 am

Well done! I love your style. Can’t wait for next blog😊 Thank you🤗

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Nives January 4, 2019 - 3:50 am

I am always curious about books. It is great if you can give us some good guidelines and recommendations as it is very hard to find a way with so many options. It makes you doubt everything you read and do as well.

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:56 pm

I will gladly share! I am compiling a list and will share soon! ❤

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Dana Rakhimzhanova January 4, 2019 - 4:01 am

What a great read! I absolutely loved the comparisons you drew regarding our bodies and what they need/want and how we often ignore them. I never thought of it this way, but now will certainly keep it in mind every time that my body is craving something…
Looking forward to seeing your book recommendations!😊

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:55 pm

Thank you Dana! Stay tuned, more is coming! ❤

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Valencia Mascarenhas January 4, 2019 - 4:08 am

It was a pleasure to read the article which was so simple to understand and easily relatable to everyone’s life.
It would be useful for me since I am not much health conscious.
Looking forward for many such write-ups.
Thank you Ma’am!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:54 pm

So glad to hear you found it useful! ❤

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David Leesburg January 4, 2019 - 6:27 am

I’m in❤️

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:54 pm

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Kristina January 4, 2019 - 7:01 am

Hi Jelena,

Thank you for sharing this post on finding a healthy balance in your life! I am still in the search of what works best for my physical and mental well-being, and I agree with you that our bodies are speaking to us throughout every step that we are taking. We should all listen to our bodies because they know what is best for us. Whenever someone tries to give me advice on my personal well-being, I take it into account, but I also realize that I am the person who can find the answer within myself. I have recently become a vegan and it is not easy switching to a vegan diet, cooking for myself and finding foods that will give me enough energy to do my job. I agree with you that sleep is extremely important – if I don’t get at least seven hours of sleep at night, I become moody and cannot function properly. Moreover, I am just like you when it comes to exercising. I love exercising, even if it’s just jogging in the park, but I tend to forget about exercising when I am busy with work and school. I have recently taken up yoga and meditation, and I am also trying to play tennis once a week.

Thank you so much for your post and I look forward to reading your future posts!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:52 pm

Hi Kristina,

Something tells me you will do just fine. Take all the time you need, enjoy the process and remember that we are humans and we are learning the best from mistakes.

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Kristina January 7, 2019 - 9:17 am

<3

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Skola NeKuvanja January 4, 2019 - 8:24 am

Amazing. Thank you for sharing. I had almost the same journey and i still feel like i m on the journey… learning new stuff every day but hearing my body better than ever… love

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:50 pm

Always on the journey soul sister ❤

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Jovana January 4, 2019 - 9:31 am

Jelena,
hvala na nesebičnom dijeljenju savjeta i iskustava! Velika si motivacija!
Predivna osobo!

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:49 pm

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Sanja Lazic January 4, 2019 - 6:18 pm

Draga Jelena, vrlo lep i meni blizak tekst, tacnije tema. Oduvek sam volela da se bavim otkrivanjem novih nacina ka bolje i zdravijem zivotu, narocito da se hranim namirnicima koje smatram da su dobre za moje telo i um. Nazalost nisam te srece kao ti i ostale dame da ne volim kafu i alkohol 😂, nista preterano ali prisutno. Jakoooo sam zahvalna sto sam zahvaljujuci tebi pre par meseci orkrila FMTV. Woooow.
Puno srece u daljem radu i radujem se zajednickom rastu ❤️

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Jelena January 5, 2019 - 6:48 pm

Hvala Sanja! Sigurna sam da ćemo onda imati što šta da delimo i otkrivamo zajedno. 🙂

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Ana January 5, 2019 - 8:28 pm

Thanks for all the tips they are so useful!
My seeking for health started when I was 16 yrs old and felt like I was 116!
I was constantly tired, exhausted, had terrible migraines, my hair started to turn grey, I felt dizzy all the time…and since I hate going to the docotr’s I decided to find my way in nutrition. I stopped drinking milk, eating meat and sweets, started running, and went to sleep every night around 22:30.
Everyone called me crazy and looked at me as if I was an alien, but I felt so refreshed and energy boosted.
But it is very hard when you are lonely in something so when I came accross Nole’s book SERVIRAJ ZA POBEDU I felt so relieved that there are other crazy people like me out there.
Unfortunately, when I started with my Uni I fell back into my old unhealthy habits, and my health was worse than the first time and I learnt that it is a consequence of thyroid gland disfunction and realized I’ll be on medicinies FOREVER unless I do sth.
So I discovered yoga, and I’m doing it every single day ever since! I eat nourishing food again(though I never went back to eating meat, vegan food can also be junkfood if you don’t pay attention well) , and I’m working on my bad “mental patterns” and that is the most challenging part! But I’m not giving up and I’m making great progress so far!
Thank you Jeco and Nole for being so generous and kind despite all the “haters” that are afraid to leave their comfort zones so they tend to criticize the ones who have more courage.
Sending you all around the world so much love and positive vibes from Serbia!♥

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Anđelka January 5, 2019 - 9:30 pm

I mene kao i nekoga pre interesuje kako se naspavati sa dvoje (u mom slicaju troje) sitne dece 🙂 i uopste kako preneti te lepe navike i na njih.. Kako se sa okolinom borite za zdravu ishranu dece.. Pa se radujem postu i na tu temu 🙂
Mi u kući jedemo vegansku hranu, ali van kuće su veliki izazovi. Meni trenutno najviše fali sna, pa za fizičku aktivnost nemam snage ugl 🙂 a toliko stvari želim da postignem, pokrenem, baš sad dok su deca mala.. A za to sve je potrebna energija koja nastaje upravo zdravim spavanjem, jelom i aktivnošću. Divno je sve što radiš!!! Radujem se novim tekstovima!

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Laura January 6, 2019 - 7:11 am

I finally discovered you!!! I follow your facebook profile and today I accidentally saw your blog. I only read this post which is fantastic. It is what I am interested in. I am passionate about healthy life, both phisical and mental. I hope I will learn a lot and I will find out interesting things about your own experince. Congratulations!!!!

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Srikanth A V January 6, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Loved every one of your blog posts and this one is no exception. Really liked the idea of having a conversation with your own body to understand what it wants. Waiting for your compilation on books.

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Tamara Filipović January 15, 2019 - 11:00 am

Thank you for this post, Jelena. I couldn’t agree more about the need to take time to listen and embrace what our precious body is trying to tell us. You’ve always been such a wonderful inspiration and example in this regard. Thank you! Looking forward to reading more of your posts and about your learning journey.

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Ana January 15, 2019 - 9:48 pm

Hi Jelena! You made me smile – coffee, alcohol and cigarettes; I drink coffee but you just give me the motivation to cut it out of my life – if I’m honest with myself, I dont really like the taste of it. So why I drink coffee? … Yup, I will stop tommorow.
Love the style of your writing btw! Your energy and beautiful soul – they are both right here, between your words. Amazing!
Would love to read about your fave cosmetic products, maybe my wish will come true ⭐️ take care and stay just the way you are! Love, Ana

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Sonia Bastos Sandoli January 16, 2019 - 10:41 pm

Hi Jelena!

I am from Brazil and here we drink coffee at least in the morning and I need a cup of it everyday! Anyway I am learning a lot of good healthy things with you. I am proud of you and I need to congratulate you for your blog. It’s great and it’s helping us to improve our health routine. On one occasion I read a message from Nole about this subject and he said: “OUR BODY IS OUR TEMPLE” so take good care of him! Since I read his message I’ve changed my way of thinking and my way of eating but not radically and as you commented above it’s not a good way being radical at all but just find a good balance for our life. Bravo Jelena! Only good vibes! Congratulations! Love Sonia (sorry for some english errors) 🙂

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Aswani Kurra January 18, 2019 - 7:23 pm

“The energy I spend is the energy I pour in”! You have a way with words and this is gold! I’m still on the journey of figuring out what is best for me and it has been really hard. Even though sometimes I feel down, I do feel confident after reading you post that I will be on the path to discovery as well.

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Sara January 19, 2019 - 11:18 am

Thank you so much Jelena for sharing your journey and these helpful advice. You’re so right when you say that we have to listen to our bodies, cause things that may be good for others, may not be good for us. I recently changed my diet, cause I felt so motivated to start living a healthier life, where I could nourish my body, and not only make it full. The results were so incredible. Our bodies can adjust and feel better so quickly. I started eating more vegetables, legumes. I cut out gluten and dairy products, cause they made me feel bloated and not good at all. Like you did, I started making more researches and I keep on growing and changing, listening to my body and feelings. Now, I’m following the Bloody Type Diet. I don’t know if you’ve already listened about it. As I am Italian, I’m following the videos of Doctor Mozzi, who wrote a book about it (even if he’s not the original creator of this diet) and he’s helping so many people. He made me open my eyes about so many things, For example, he’s one of the fewest who says that in winter we should avoid sugar in any way (fruits, refined), cause when it’s cold our body needs proteins, not sugar. For example, he talked about how people think that oranges are so important to fight colds/flu/etc. when they’re actually one of the main responsibles. In fact, in the past, I was always eating so much fruits, and even if I didn’t eat dairy/gluten, I was always sick. So, I tried to listen to his advice and, believe it or not, I’ve still haven’t had any cold, flu, etc till now.. It’s amazing. I work as a kindergarten teacher and even if the kids are very often sick, it didn’t affect me in any way. It’s all about trying and seing the results, and even if some food may be called by everyone “so healthy”, maybe it’s not meant to be for everyone. Fruits are great, but not when it’s cold for me. xD

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Violeta January 24, 2019 - 11:43 am

Hello Jelena! You are doing a great job in sharing your experience ! I will follow your blog with huge interest! Thank you once again for all the advices and reccomendations you give us!
P.S. I already got Medical Medium as you suggested recently , and will get Autoimmune fix soon 🙂

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Ivana January 31, 2019 - 2:40 pm

So, how do we get enough sleep when we have a baby and a toddler around? 😬

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Jelena January 31, 2019 - 8:22 pm

That’s a tough one if you don’t have some help. I ask my dad to help out when I’m stretched and need a power nap after sleepless night 🙂 Although it seems forever when you are tired, they do grow up fast and get into routines…so you’ll soon catch up.

If your kids are not sleeping well, look for some help online with sleep trainers. They can give you advice on how to put them in routine. Every child (if healthy) can sleep through the night for sure…

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Sarah February 15, 2019 - 4:54 pm

This is such a fascinating post, I always love to read about people’s journeys to what works for them, and I had to laugh when you mentioned coffee. I actually have been trying to step away from my 1 cup a day to 1 cup of decaf a day to….. Well.. I never really considered coffee a vice until I tried to go without for a few days and got major mood swings and headaches – YUK. Now I’m slowly stepping away from the daily dose and keeping it for special occasions (I actually DO love making it, I grind my own beans and make pourover, preferably with naturally processed beans :)) ANYWAY – I stepped away after reading WowanCode by Alisa Vitti, the only book on diet that ever made sense to me. I’d love to know if you heard about it and what your thoughts are!

Great website btw, really quite beautiful. I’m still blogging (mostly on mindful shopping) on my super-long-URL wixsite, but it’s free and great so YAY for wix.

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Peter Morgis June 18, 2019 - 3:13 am

Hi Jelena, your article here is extremely inspiring to me! Your husband inspires me on the tennis court, and you will now inspire me in the kitchen! I share with you a deep passion for cooking and eating healthy myself. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” I strive to make meals that are not only delicious, but also make me feel more energized. As hobby of mine now is to make meals that are nutritious and energizing. Jut for fun, I keep a journal of the meals I make which I believe to be nutritious and ones my body responds well to. I love reading health food blogs for meal ideas, feel free to check out my food blog http://www.thelooseleafcookbook.com

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