Thursday, August 27, 2009

How is Toro Castaño healthy?

I lead your archetypal healthy active California lifestyle and I've been doing it for so long that its second nature. Of course this includes being moderately vigilant about the food I buy, avoiding things like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. I take powerful supplements filled with stimulants. And, I spend 3 hours at the gym every other day.

Key to everything for me though is balance coupled with a strong "inner foundation." I've been on a journey of self actualization since the age of 12 which coincidentally is the about time I began to feel unbalanced. My biggest struggles have been maintaining psychological fitness and at times battling depression. For me this means; doing self check-in's, seeking professional help when necessary, exercising self help, reaching out to friends, journaling, and perhaps most helpful in resetting, allowing myself to check-out/disconnect i.e. laying on the couch for a day.

I have always been and always will be an irrepressible party girl, albeit a responsible one. These days I do more drinking than pills or powders but I still love to have fun. For me this means hydrating myself, having a game plan, and taking sensible precautions. For example eating protein bars, drinking supergreen juice, and allotting myself recovery time.

Ultimately the old cliche beauty comes from within is pragmatic advice. Whether by design or trait I strive to maintain a curiosity and openness to learning and experience and although I have been accused of having one hell of a sassy mouth deep down inside it comes from a sincere good hearted place. There is something to be said about balancing a healthy cynicism with positive attitude and positive outlook and a big dose of humor (appropriate or in my case usually not).

Toro Castaño
Santa Cruz, California

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