1. Welcome to FHGC! Thank you for joining us. Tell me about yourself and what keeps you blooming in your purpose?

Thank you for having me! My name is Casey Shea and I’m a 5-9 blogger, 9-5 public relations professional based in Washington, DC. Several years ago, I wanted to lose weight and stumbled upon the benefits of eating a whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet by watching the documentary Forks Over Knives. Following a WFPB diet transformed my health and my life – my skin is clearer, I sleep better, my stomach doesn’t hurt after meals, to name a few personal benefits from changing my diet. My journey didn’t stop with food, and now I seek to live a fully cruelty-free lifestyle too. Through my blog and Instagram, I share my tips on living a healthy, happy, and stylish cruelty-free lifestyle.

2. What does wellness mean to you, in one word? 

Care;  Wellness means caring for yourself, for your friends and family, for the planet, and for all beings.

3. What’s an exciting accomplishment you have made so far on your wellness journey??

For me, it’s my mindset. Back when I was eating the Standard American Diet, I distinctly remember feelings of being overwhelmed, confused and hopeless when it came to health. (Are eggs healthy or are they not healthy? Are carbs good or are carbs bad?) It felt like the rules were always changing and I was barely keeping up. I’m so excited that I now have peace of mind when it comes to food. It’s no longer about rules or restrictions; it’s about feeding my body with healthy, nutritious foods.

4. What do you wish you had known at a younger age, in regards to your health and wellness?

I wish I had known that health and wellness is about nutrients, not calories. When I was younger, I confused health and wellness with weight loss. In practice, this meant much of my understanding of health was wrapped up in the numbers on the scale and the calories in my food. I rarely considered nutrients when making food choices, and when I did, I equated one food with one nutrient (for example, carrots as vitamin A). Looking back, I wish I had a holistic understanding of food and appreciated just how powerful plants are. Going on a whole food, plant-based diet was such a turning point for me. Once I shifted my focus from eating less calories to eating more nutrient-dense foods, everything started falling into place, including my weight.

5. The FH lifestyle is about planting your health on higher ground. What is your biggest advice to someone who is on the path to flourishing heights?

I love the saying, just because you can’t do 100% doesn’t mean you have to do zero. All too often, we take an all-or-nothing approach to health and wellness and see our success in binary terms. Don’t fall into that trap. Find the areas where you can make progress, even if they’re small, and focus on that. For example, just because you can’t cook a nutritious homemade meal, doesn’t mean you need to eat fried food. Another way I like to look at it is simply, always do your best, understanding that your best will change each day. It will mean something different when you’re healthy than when you’re sick. Some days, my best means prepping a week’s worth of nutritious meals in advance, and some days it’s getting food delivery but choosing rice and veggies over Lo Mein from my favorite Chinese restaurant. But, if you focus on doing your best, even if it isn’t what you consider to be perfect or 100%, you can keep moving forward.

Thank you so much Casey Shea, for joining us at FH GIRL CHAT! <3

 You can connect with Casey on Instagram!