There was a time not long ago in which I thought I had it all figured out. My story is perhaps not unlike some of yours. I aimed for Wonder Woman status and thought I could do it all and be it all. And I did …
Until, having stopped listening to what my soul was telling me, everything inside me finally said “enough”.
What was wrong with me was that I hadn’t allowed myself to stop moving. There was no time in my schedule for the slightest pause. My sympathetic nervous system had gone haywire, and my body was living in a constant state of fight or flight. The scariest part was that I didn’t know any differently. I was so used to it that I called it normal. Thank God our bodies are designed to be smarter than our stubborn minds and force us stop.
My stress caused an illness that became debilitating for months. I had to clean up my diet, my relationships, my career and my life.
I know a lot of you may be familiar with my story about how I found wealth in a happy, healthy life but everyone has their reason for changing their lives. For some it is an issue with weight or some sort of eating disorder. For some it may be an injury. For others, it could be a life-changing event that caused them to hit “rock-bottom” and then want to surface again.
I love to hear other people’s stories so today, I’ve invited, Jason Wachob, founder of the fabulous MindBodyGreen.com, to let us know what inspired him to get healthy and turn what could have been a tragedy into a thriving business.
We all have our own personal story about what caused us to focus on health and wellness. What was your own personal journey to health and wellness like?
Ahh, It’s a long one but here you go: I began to experience lower back pain when in the late 90s while playing basketball at Columbia. I was experiencing back spasms and hamstring issues here and there but it was more annoying than actually debilitating. I think most leg pain or hamstring pain can be traced to the lower back. I stopped playing after I graduated and every once in a while, when I lifted weights, I’d feel a bit of tightness in my hamstring, but nothing too bad.
But then a couple years ago I was running another startup (an organic cookie company), logging over 150,000 miles flying all over the country, while trying to pick up business and raise capital. It was around this time that my back de-railed. The pain was so bad I could barely walk some days without keeling over. The diagnosis was that I had two extruded discs (L-4/L-5, L-5/S-1) that were pressing on my sciatic nerve. Doctor #1 recommended surgery. I didn’t really like the idea of surgery so I sought a second opinion. That second doctor also thought surgery was the best option, but mentioned that yoga would probably serve me well. I opted for yoga and it became very clear to me right away that yoga was an incredible tool for healing. The rest is history
How has incorporating yoga into your daily routine and altering your diet changed your life in other aspects?
I think yoga makes everything better. I always feel less stressed and more relaxed after yoga. And the same can be said when you’re eating food that’s closer to nature and not processed. I think Michael Pollan had it right when he famously said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” When you’re paying attention to your breath and your body, then you can’t help but feel better
What inspired you to create MindBodyGreen?
It became abundantly clear to me that having some sort of spiritual practice, incorporating mindful movement (preferably yoga), eating organic and closer to nature, and getting rid of the toxins in my body and my home — was the solution to health. I began searching for content in these areas and everything I found was either too new agey, angry, or stale. So MindBodyGreen was born – there’s more on my personal story and how MBG came to life HERE.
Why do you think MindBodyGreen has experienced such tremendous growth in the past year? Why do you think more and more people are finally becoming interested in wellness?
I think we have the best readers, contributors, and team here at MBG. This makes for great content and great community, which share a common goal: inspiring wellness globally.
Also, more people are becoming interested in wellness because the current system is a disease management system that’s broken. The only true health is preventative – and the only true approach is three prong: mindbodygreen
What are your top 3 tips for those who are trying to lead a healthier life this year but may feel intimidated by all the information out there?
1. Eat more plants.
2. Walk for at least 20 minutes a day.
3. Try sitting down and breathing for 2 minutes every day.
Well you’ve heard it from an expert. And I could not agree more. Strengthen your body with exercise, nourish your body with a mostly plant-based diet, and evolve your soul with yoga, your relationships, and love.
Thank you Jason.