As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.
It is time for my sixth installment of this amazing series: A Balanced Life. If you have missed any of the beautiful and inspiring women in this series, simply type in “A Balanced Life” in the search bar, and all of the interviews will appear. Today’s Balanced Babe is a friend of mine who is no stranger to the Boston food and lifestyle scene, Georgina Castellucci. As humble as she is, if you’re in the Boston blogger scene, then you know who Georgina is (be one of the 15.6 thousand people who follow her, here), and if you don’t, then you are in the perfect place to get to learn a little bit more about her. I am inspired by Georgina not only for what she has accomplished professionally and in the blogging sphere, but also what she continues to overcome personally. Georgina suffers from SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), or Lupus for short (read more about her story about Lupus, here). When you meet her, smile as bright and wide as can be, you would NEVER notice that anything might be ailing her. She does not show it. She is a GIRL BOSS, and I could not wait to share her inspiring story with the rest of you guys! Continue reading for more…
1. What does a Balanced Life mean to you?
To maintain an awareness regarding mind and body while consistently making intentional choices that are in the best interest of both. The other side of that is not beating yourself up when you deviate from the lifestyle you have chosen as best suited for you.
2. Do you have an AM and PM routine that contributes to your balanced life?
I do, it starts with a full night’s rest, the least being 7 hours. I head to bed early and try to have both my work and gym bags packed and ready to go before my head hits the pillow. Preparing your body for sleep is a practice I learned from Arianna Huffington during her last visit to Boston. I dim the lights and do my best to disconnect (all screens including television) and quiet my mind. I have one cup of black coffee in the morning to get me going and head to the gym to run, lift and end with the yoga poses that have been most beneficial to my body.
I’ll pick up a kale smoothie made that morning from Roche Brothers to enjoy on my quick commute. Weekends I sleep in a bit and run along the nearby beach to Castle Island.
3. What is your definition of self-love and positive body image?
Having an understanding, acceptance and deep appreciation of your body. Loving all of it’s wonderful strengths but being conscious of but not scared of its limits. In 2006 I was diagnosed with an aggressive life-changing autoimmune disorder SLE; instead of my immune system protecting my body it began to attack all of my healthy cells.
The harmful medicines I needed to take each day to keep myself alive caused insomnia, weight gain and debilitating anxiety amongst other symptoms. I was told I could now register for a handicapped license plate (I did not), I should accept the daily pain and fatigue that comes with this genetic disorder (I did not) and when I was preparing for my first round of chemotherapy, that there was a chance I may never be able to have children.
I have never let SLE hold me back from anything and I do not let it define me. The comments and emails of encouragement I receive from other survivors keeps me going but I am also doing it to show others my SLE story in the hopes of inspiring them in theirs.
4. What are some ways you stay active and foods you eat to achieve a balanced mind, body and soul (favorite workout routines, favorite healthy dish/ snack etc.)?
I eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I can as I have found my body performs best when I do and to create balance as I dine out fairly often for Best Food Boston and my blog. I take probiotics almost daily, a multivitamin each evening and omega-3’s and B12. I add wheatgrass to my smoothies to help alkalize my body, give me a boost of energy and the gorgeous glow it gives my skin is an added bonus. I don’t drink soda and if I need an extra boost in the afternoon, I reach for white or green loose-leaf tea without sugar.
5. Words to live by/ favorite quote that has to do with positivity, good vibes or positive body image?
I live my life in a way that when I look back on it one day, the one thing I won’t be thinking is “what if.”
If you want to follow Georgina on her many food, travel and lifestyle adventures, then click here to follow her on Instagram!
Stay tuned next Saturday to see our next Balanced Babe of the week!