2. I often hear doctors and health enthusiasts mention how traveling can take a toll on your body, and this year I could not agree more. My body noticed the changes caused by moving from continent to continent. First, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My skin was not the same. Specifically when I came back from Haiti. It took me about two weeks for my skin to stabilize. Don’t get me wrong; my skin was glowing in Haiti. However, once I returned to the dry Texas heat, my skin had a reaction. Second, my cycle and hormones were also thrown off, and it’s currently almost October, and it is still not completely back to normal. Third, my sleeping pattern was a hot mess. I was averaging about 3-4 hours of sleep at night. Max and I were waking up at 3am every night for about 2 weeks. Not cool.
3. Americans can do a better job with their eating habits. When I travel, one of the things I like to observe is how and what people eat. And let me tell you, America looks poor in comparison to how these three other countries are eating. Majority of Haitians (third world country) are eating home cooked meals with tons of vegetables. The meat is fresh, the vegetables are fresh, and the fruits are fresh. Haitians have these types of foods at their fingertips. The same goes for Mexico and France. As I observed this, I honestly grew disgusted with the eating lifestyle that has taken over America. We have to do better. Seriously, what is our excuse for eating junk food multiple times a day? Wealthy families are eating from fast food restaurants just about every night, and access to fresh food is now a trend and ridiculously over priced. If I did not learn one thing but this, I would be content. Why? Because I truly believe that our body is a temple and should be well taken care of. Traveling to Haiti, Mexico, and France served as a reminder to my family to continue putting in the extra effort in making mindful decisions about what we choose to eat, and what we choose to keep in our kitchen.
Sometimes, the best way to learn is to experience life in someone else’s shoes, viewing the world through their lens. Being able to see how people live across the world has inspired me on a different level. My bubble has been popped. My life is not only here in America. I am physically here, but mentally I am in the Caribbean, in Europe, and in North America. I have taken parts of other countries with me. Those parts are living inside of me every day. My mind has evolved, and honestly, it is one of the best feelings ever.
End to my summer 2017
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