Something we want you to know...
One thing that we want to bring to our little community here at PGP is an openness and honesty that brings about more of that in your life too. It is so easy to forget sometimes that everyone is just as human as you are, especially when we see the highlight reel of other people's lives on social media and compare them to ourselves, usually on our worst days.
I'm sure in some way or another, we are all guilty of this. Elise and I know this feeling all too well, that's why we want to be as transparent as possible with you guys so that we never become people that others 'idolise' or 'feel less then' - we are literally just two friends who want to help people. We have sad days, we struggle with self confidence, we can demolish a packet of corn chips and hommus together in one sitting and we are working on bettering ourselves every single day.
We were both bullied when we were younger, have both dealt with really bad acne, have both struggled with our weight, have both struggled with the vicious cycle of binge eating...the list goes on. (We even coincidentally both have the SAME fear of vomiting! It's a real thing, and we were soooo blown away when we met each other and realised we had the same fear! If one of us ever gets sick or pregnant, the other is not going to be any help at all! Lol!)
Food ties into the way you feel, we 100% believe this. There is so much talk about mental health issues lately, and it's so amazing that we are finally opening up as a society and talking about them. We believe that keeping your diet healthy, drinking lots of clean water and keeping active makes a huge difference to your mental health. I (Sarah Mae) have dealt with "being pshyco Sarah Mae" as I call it, for a while now. Experiences in my childhood and my past have left their imprints in my mind, and it is a daily thing that I deal with to keep my mind in check. Some days it grabs me (thank gosh I am surrounded by such amazing and supportive people) and some days I am on top of it all.
I know that when I'm in it, it can feel super isolating, really embarrassing and overwhelming.
I have now told the people closest to me that this is something that I deal with, so that it's not something I feel like I have to hide or be ashamed of. Most of the time, whenever I have told someone, it has created a space for them to actually open up and share something vulnerable too.
What I know for sure, is that most of the time, it grabs me when I get slack with what I eat, I've been drinking too frequently, I haven't exercised enough or drank enough water. We hear about how this impacts our health all of the time, but the impact it has on our mind is also something that we could start thinking about too. Something else that I find helps is to just keep talking about it. Open up, be vulnerable, find someone you trust and get that shit out.
For example: today I felt myself starting to bottle things up and I couldn't hide it. Elise and I went for a drive and although I was really embarrassed and ashamed, I cried and let it all out. It was honest and really vulnerable - but it created the most beautiful and raw vibe in the car. Elise isn't one to show her emotions, but after talking me through everything and highlighting all of the positives in my life, it reminded her of the same in her life and helped her identify a few things that she has been dealing with behind closed doors.
So, do I have an answer for what will help you and your mind? Nope. I'm still figuring that out for myself - however it's one of the driving forces behind PGP, because we want to help as many people as we can. Healthy on a budget really does go beyond food for us, its about not stretching beyond your means or waiting until you have enough money/time/confidence to start being healthier, its about accepting where you are right now and making the best choices that you can, in every area of your life.
We love you guys.