Welcome to another Freedom Friday Interview! To read more about Freedom Friday Interviews, please click here.
1. I am so happy to have you on as a Freedom Friday guest! Give us a little background about yourself before we dive into the juiciness of freedom and how it applies to you and your life!
I’m so happy to be here! Well, in a nutshell, I’m the certified Nutrition Consultant, recipe developer, podcast-host, author, and blogger behind the brand Fed & Fit! I recently published my debut printed book (part Paleo cookbook and part healthy lifestyle program) ‘Fed & Fit’ which works in concert with my online program, the “Fed & Fit Project Online.” I have over 200 free recipes on my website, publish a weekly 30-minute “healthy mindset for a healthy lifestyle” podcast called “Fed & Fit,” and have started producing regular YouTube cooking/beauty/fun science videos under the title of “Almost Live with Cassy Joy.”
2. What does “freedom” mean to you?
To me, freedom truly means the ability to live without unwanted restriction. Whether that’s financial restriction, dogmatic dietary restriction, or restriction of our own mind and what we may or may not believe is possible. The beautiful thing about those three kinds of freedom is that we actually do have the freedom to choose them for ourselves. Nobody can grant us freedom of the mind – we must give it to ourselves.
3. Share about the time in your life when you lacked freedom. What was your struggle?
There absolutely was a time where I was unnecessarily confined by what I believed to represent health. I thought I needed to diet in order to “thin down” – two highly confining, surface-deep concepts. I threw myself into calorically restrictive (nutrient depleted) diets, lost weight, and then bounced right back because I hadn’t solved any underlying issues. I was also unnecessarily chained to what I thought represented health: a smaller waistline. I didn’t allow myself the freedom to realize that health encompassed my mood, joint pain, and energy levels, to name a few.
4. What was your turning point? When did you realize that you needed to embrace freedom?
The concepts of having more energy, reduced (and then eventually eliminated) joint pain, better sleep, better focus, and a better attitude didn’t even occur to me as a possibility. They were in a blind spot and it took my “going Paleo” with the purpose of pursuing yet-another-diet, before I realized that health was so much more complex. It was BECAUSE of my trying to lose weight (and inches) on Paleo, that I was able to heal my body and then heal my perspective on my body. I had to see it before I believed it, and believe it before I lived it. Once my energy levels soared and the fog over my life lifted, I felt free from restrictive diets and negative body image for the first time in my adult life.
5. How do you allow freedom into your life on a daily basis?
I don’t actively restrict my diet, fitness activities, water, or sleep – something I’m able to do BECAUSE I invested the time to learn healthy habits. I’ve learned how to live more intuitively. I don’t calculate my portions, time my meals, chain myself to a fitness schedule, count ounces of water, or count hours of sleep. Because I took myself on as a “DIY healthy lifestyle Project” – where I learned what it takes for my body and mind to thrive, I’m able to now fly on autopilot. I naturally crave healing foods, like to avoid inflammatory foods, sleep well (and enough), drink well (and enough), and work out as my body wants it (usually 5x a week in either CrossFit or yoga). I give myself plenty of room to make adjustments on the fly and never feel like I’m failing …because there’s nothing to fail. This is the exact kind of freedom members of the “Fed & Fit Project” are working towards.
6. I believe our journey towards freedom never truly ends, it just continues to progress to more and more freedom. How have you challenged yourself recently to embrace more freedom into your life?
What a good question! I agree that the pursuit of freedom is a destination-less journey. On a very personal note, I’m working to wrap my mind around the idea that I can design a life and business that (defying some social stigmas) can balance a growing family and growing business. My husband and I want a family and, at the same time, growing Fed & Fit is a top priority. I’ve encountered some pretty suffocating ideas around what is and isn’t possible as a mom/business owner and I’m ready to break those chains – finding freedom in a balanced, realistic, healthy way to have it all.
7. What is one golden nugget of wisdom you can provide to those who are currently struggling with embracing freedom today?
You are in control. Remember this, it’s important. YOU have the power to control what shows up on your plate, how much sleep you get, your hydration, HOW you show up for your family, friends, significant other, and clients. Putting a high priority on working towards a heathy mindset (nutrition + fitness being great gateways) will ALWAYS serve you well. Always. Don’t settle – you’ve got this.
8. And before we say good bye, how can we stay connect with you over social media?
I’m easy to find! I’m @fedandfit on Instagram, Snapchat (new favorite social media), and Twitter. I also have a budding YouTube channel for the “Almost Live with Cassy Joy” show named (you guessed it) “Fed & Fit!” My Paleo-friendly food blog is www.fedandfit.com, my weekly 30-minute mindset-focused Podcast is “Fed & Fit” and my recent printed book (on shelves and available online) is also titled “Fed & Fit!” For anyone interested in learning more about the Fed & Fit Project Online, be sure to submit your email via www.fedandfitproject.com