CHOOSE TO CHANGE: Marcia Burke

Sometimes you check all the boxes along your health and wellness journey, and still can’t seem to tap into the magic ‘thing’ that everyone swears will happen when you eat well and exercise regularly. Sometimes it’s more than just the food you eat or the daily trips to the gym or studio. Sometimes the journey to optimum wellness requires that you stop, take stock and regroup.

Marcia Burke has been a vegetarian for nearly 3 decades, and extremely active for most of her young and now adult life. Taking care of herself has always been the priority, but even with an arsenal of knowledge and resources, she quickly learned that it was time to change the way she normally did things.

HOW HAS YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE AFFECTED YOUR NUTRITIONAL AND SELF CARE CHOICES?

Because I have odd work hours taking care of my health is important, and previously I did a fairly good job most of the time. But because my work schedule is so odd, I’d allow myself to eat junk food, even though it was bad for my health. Then I’d go to the gym and do en excessive cardio workout to try and burn it off. I knew there was a better way, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was.

HOW HAS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE AFFECTED THOSE CHOICES?

I have a pretty stressful job. So when I had bad days at work (which is almost every day), I’d eat fatty ‘comfort foods’ to help me cope.

WHAT EVENT INSPIRED YOUR CHOICE TO CHANGE?

Honestly one day the taste of frozen food hit me, and it was just gross. I knew that I’d had enough. Coincidentally around the time this happened I was standing in front of the freezer with the door open looking at my dinner options, and my husband said “Once we’re done with whatever is in here don’t ever buy anymore of this food.” So maybe he’d had enough too.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE INTERNALLY TO BECOME HEALTHIER?

Doing the NOURISH program has been life altering. It actually brought me back to my childhood eating habits. For the first 13 years of my life I did not eat any processed, dyed, frozen or canned foods.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE EXTERNALLY TO BECOME HEALTHIER?

Now, I feel like I’ve become a food snob when it comes to what and where I eat. Unless I know that my food has been cooked in vegan kitchen I will not eat it. My husband and I were out recently and I was starving, but the immediate available food options were displeasing to me. I told him I’ll wait until I get home. Before the NOURISH program, I would have been chowing down.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR CHOICES HELPING TO SHAPE YOUR FUTURE?

Now that I know what I know, I can never go back. I must do better, I have to always challenge myself. Now I thirst for more knowledge about plant-based foods to help make my body stronger and healthier.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO MAKE A HEALTHY CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES?

Get the right information and be open to trying something new! You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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