NAVIGATE ME
Getting Back to Our Roots

The holidays are over and a new year has begun! This is a time where many of us feel pressure to set new year resolutions and start “diets” so we can lose weight and “look better.” We often think of “diet” as a four letter word used to define a period of torture centered on the foods we eat (or don’t eat!).

Let’s really look at this four letter word.

The word diet is defined in several ways:

Noun:

  1. the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats (selection of food)
  2. a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons (“I’m going on a diet”)

Verb:

  1. to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of foods in order to lose weight (“it’s difficult to diet”)

In the past, I have mainly focused on diet as a verb, limiting myself to only certain foods in order to lose weight (and hence, live up to an image…). However, I’ve learned to view diet as a noun; the diet we follow on a daily basis is central to our overall health and wellness. Instead of diet as torture, we must think of diet as a lifestyle. It has never worked well for me to follow a diet that restricts what I can eat. I absolutely cannot follow a list of don’ts! But, if I understand why I cannot eat certain foods, or – more importantly – why I should eat others – then it becomes much easier to follow. Which brings me to the start of something I have been working towards for a long time. I’d like to introduce Sam – our fabulous new social media manager. Sam is going to be providing some of the much needed WHY to what we do. So, without further adieu, meet Sam!

Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve posted on our blog but we are happy to say that will change in the new year. Our mission here at Squirrel & The Bee is to provide you with wholesome eats while showing you that healthy eating can be tasty. To expand, we’d like to start educating our audience on why the food we make here is different. Why is it better for you? And why you should eat it! That’s where I come in.

My name is Sam Scarpa and if you’ve visited us before, then I’m sure you’ve seen me! As an avid yogi, nutrition student and overall foodie, Squirrel & The Bee has always been a favorite spot of mine. Currently, I am a yoga teacher while finishing up my nutrition degree. I am so excited to work with Squirrel & The Bee to spread my passion fro wholesome eats and overall wellness.

Nutrition wasn’t always a passion for me. When I was younger I didn’t give a second thought about the food I was putting into my body. Even though I had continuously struggled with digestive issues, I ate whatever I wanted – whenever I wanted. This quickly changed as my stomach issues developed and I became aware of my diet. As most people in my situation do, I pursued many doctors without ever receiving a true diagnosis.  Out of pure frustration, I decided to take matters into my owns hands. Through research, trial and much error, I found what worked for me. That is a diet rich in vegetables and whole foods but free of grains, dairy and processed foods. I know what you’re thinking – what do you eat? I get that question a lot. To put it simply, I eat real food. Food that nourishes me, serves a purpose and leaves me feeling good. Through my personal journey, I was motivated to pursue a career in nutrition and wellness. My goal is to replace the stress of dieting and restricting with simple, wholesome eating. A lifestyle diet! There is so much false information out there and I get it – it’s confusing! I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be so complicated.

So, our plan for 2017 is to start educating. Why are you eating what you’re eating? How can you make this a part of your everyday lifestyle? We are excited to share weekly blog posts featuring trending nutrition topics, delicious recipes and local fitness studios.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates on the happenings over at Squirrel & The Bee. Every Tuesday in the month of January (there’s 5 of them!) we are hosting giveaways with like minded brands. Be sure to follow us – you don’t want to miss this!

With all of these big, exciting additions we want to hear from you. Ultimately, we are here to learn together. Feel free to comment below, leave us a note on Facebook or stop in our store. Tell us what you want to see more of on our blog. Together we can get down to the root cause of our maladies and rediscover our health. We are so eager for this year and hope you follow along!

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