I’m Haruka, and I help others live achieve wellness through good lifestyle habits, self-care, and making healthy choices.
I’m passionate about living a healthy lifestyle because I’ve seen what years of neglect can do to a person’s body. I know that maintaining and enjoying one’s health is a huge part of life, so it’s something I want to be able to enjoy as I grow old.
I’ve had poor experiences with modern medicine in my personal life. My knee injury was misdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary surgery, and my grandmother died from defective foot medication. I know that modern western medicine is hugely important for treating serious illness and injury, but I’ve been focussing more on preventative measures recently to make sure I don’t have to place my health in the hands of a stranger.
I have found that realizing my goal of taking control of my health has given me a great deal of comfort. I don’t fear growing old, and I’m always finding new ways to improve my well-being.
Haruka Writes is the ultimate guide to achieving and wellness lifestyle. My blog covers everything you need to know about living holistically and how this affects your overall health and wellness (including your mental health).
I’ll show you how to live a more holistic lifestyle
Healthy living isn’t just about diet and exercise.
I should know. I’ve tried this method and it didn’t work.
While I followed a strict eating plan and intense workout routine, my poor lifestyle choices badly affected my health and wellbeing.
I’m now studying to be a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I’m living proof that anyone and everyone can benefit from holistic living.
I went from a hot mess (with serious health issues) to holistic living and finding joy in each day
Between the ages of 18 and 21, I suffered from bipolar disorder, which caused my life to slip out of control. I lost almost all my friends, racked up a 10k credit card debt without noticing, and left my dream college in England (which I had made a huge effort to get into to pursue my love of horses). Eventually, I almost dropped out of university altogether.
When I was manic, I had insomnia. During my depressed periods, I just wanted a passing car to run over me.
I tried to control my life with a rigorous fitness regime, tracking everything I ate with a fitness app and exercising excessively. This alienated me from my family and friends, and I’d freak out if I was eating out and couldn’t track my meal.
My weight yo-yoed up and down and I went through two bouts of binge eating disorder. I felt incredibly stressed, had no self-esteem, and thought I’d die alone because I was chubby.
The extreme exercise routine put a lot of pressure on my body and eventually I badly injured my knee, which resulted in surgery and a long, painful recovery.
This was rock bottom.
I realized my binge eating disorder and bipolar disorder somehow coincided. When I was lean, I was in a manic state, and I became depressed when I gained weight.
I knew I couldn’t go back to counting calories (it was bad for my mental health and this method doesn’t work long-term). I could also no longer endure intense training, so I needed to figure out more mindful ways to exercise and eat well.
At first, I tried a low-carb diet. This was as unhealthy as calorie counting (the excessive amounts of chicken breast gave me stomach pains).
I realized something I wish I had known all along: fad diets and strict eating plans are not the answer.
They put too much pressure on you to comply and take the joy out of eating. Also, a lot of diet plans you find online aren’t based on credible nutritional science and can be potentially dangerous to your health.
My journey was tough.
Apart from therapy, I didn’t have any guidance and had to do all my own research into holistic self-care.
It was difficult to find holistic health resources online, so I purchased a book on holistic nutrition. This sparked my interest in natural health and wellness. However, it still didn’t provide me with any practical advice or simple ways to eat healthier.
Eventually, I decided to study to become a health coach. I went into the course thinking I’d just be learning about nutrition. The course completely blew my mind before the end of week 1!
Not only did I learn about healthy eating, but I discovered that holistic living is so much more. It includes financial health, relationships, social life, spirituality, physical and mental health, home environment, home cooking, career, education, and joy.
Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive
While experimenting with how I can make healthy living easy for myself, I realized something. The simplest way is to find your life purpose and follow it.
I also started meditating, which changed my life. It made me more aware of what’s going on in my life and I became kinder to myself and my partner. Now, I grow my own food, follow simple healthy eating, and am mindful of following my intention in my holistic lifestyle.
I want to help you live your life with control of your health
A lot of my anxiety stemmed from a feeling of helplessness when it came to my health. How could I prevent sickness? Who could I trust if not the doctors trying to help me?
This is why I decided to become an expert on my own health. So much of living well is knowing what works best for yourself. By studying wellness and paying attention to the decisions that affect my body, I’ve been able to gain control of my wellness.
Now I know I can make a difference with my wellness choices, not just because I know what works for me, but because I know others feel like they want to gain that control as well.
YOU are the master of your health, and you have the power to change it!