Welcome to The Healthy Giraffe

I am excited I launched this website on December 13, 2017 to provide resources, support and community in an effort to live a healthy lifestyle. I was quite unhealthy just a few years ago resulting in making significant changes to my lifestyle. I am addicted to education on nutrition, fitness, performance, and mindfulness. I completed the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies – Plant-Based Nutrition – certificate program through Cornell University in 2017. I also became a USA Triathlon Certified Coach in early 2019. 

The tagline – add health to your life – can mean just about anything in the spirit of when we add and continue to add healthy things to our life we move less desirable things out. This can be nutrition, fitness, how we spend our time, etc.

I have heard this context in a few different venues. One coming from the Rich Roll podcast where he described how people struggle thinking they will be depriving themselves of foods they like vs. taking the mindset of adding healthy foods to their plate and seeing where it goes. I personally experienced this as I kept experimenting with adding healthier foods to my day. I began feeling terrible when I didn’t eat well and eventually eliminated the unhealthy foods off my plate, but it wasn’t all at once and I didn’t feel deprived.

So if it’s going out to walk one day a week, one block, running a 5k, eating one more serving of veggies in a day, it’s about adding good (healthy) things to our lives, not missing what we think we are going to miss.

Why a Giraffe? Besides ruling the triathlon circuit in Africa for hundreds of years, they live a plant-based lifestyle and have quite low cholesterol. OK, a bit of humor here and that’s my style. They are plant-based for real though and my last name, Graff, is inside the word, Giraffe. Pretty cool, huh?

I will blog often – nutrition (love to cook and find healthy food out), fitness (active triathlete) and share mindfulness resources where I can. Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as I post there often. You can locate the paths near the bottom of the home screen.

I will be hosting healthy events out of my place on alternating months while the other alternating months will find our group venturing out to try healthy foods at local restaurants known as The Healthy Giraffe Roadtrip. Follow the Events on this website and Facebook for more information.

I hope you enjoy the site and resources. Please send me a note for things you would like to see.

Alan

 

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