I am SO excited to share with you this week’s blog post. This is from one of my clients, who is such a talented writer, and so inspiring in her healthy lifestyle. I know it will inspire you, as well. ❤️
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How I Fell In Love With Healthy Eating
Growing up, many of us were able to eat whatever we want, whenever we desired, and almost see no side effects. Well not until I hit my 20s. Landing a dream job, the more I sat in my work chair, the unhealthier I became. Break room snacks were unavoidable and finding time for self-care was nearly unheard of. I felt disgusting. In fact, my hormones were out of whack, health on the line, and I knew I had to do something about it.Hitting rock bottom to only then start seeking the right way of living life was my journey toward healthy eating. Hopefully no one needs to take this route. Healthy eating is not something advertised and screaming in your face. At least not in the society we live in. I think we can all agree, companies push to project burgers, fries, pizza and everything else in that category. It has become rare to find foods on the menu that nourish the body.
This may not be entirely relatable to you, or perhaps you are seeking guidance for other reasons. Whatever your story may be, our bodies are well-worth our attention. Self-education plays a big part. I am convinced the internet holds many answers, it is a matter of searching and finding a trustworthy source.
Coming across Taste of Health was my long-searched answer. It may be just what you need as well! 🙂 I cannot rave enough about Jessica. She has been supportive, caring and encouraging. Someone very personable, who constantly releases the right content. From food lists to recipes to masterclasses, everyone can find what they need. It is all here, the question is, are we implementing what we learn?
Getting out of your comfort zone and doing what you typically do not do is hard. I get it. But change only comes when we stretch ourselves and get out of that comfort zone. Mike Dolce once said profound words – if you can control what you eat, you can control all other aspects of your life. Our battle on a daily is to put in the right nutrients to sustain the body. Performing at your best is the reward.
Your health and well-being matter. To perform strong and at best requires time and work. Building Pinterest boards with ideas and recipes can be a solution for visual personas. Making grocery lists and carving out time to grocery shop is a fun event in itself. Making small habit changes in the afternoons, such as energizing the body with feel-good snacks is a huge step. What is your go-to snack?
Becoming in tune with your body and learning what it loves or has difficulty processing is your ticket toward health success. Mindful eating is being aware of what you put in your mouth. This is respect to the body. We become what we eat. To get there, a mind reset is crucial. By exposing yourself to podcasts, articles, books and resources that guide you to set legitimate goals is like brainwashing your mentality with truthful information. Vision will aid what appropriate steps to take next. Once we taste the goodness of whole, healthy eating, I strongly believe we will not want to slide back to our old ways. Think of your body as an expensive car, such as Tesla. It requires maintenance, specific gasoline and care. Your body too is luxurious and high-priced. Treat it with attentiveness and special care.
The question you may be asking is: where do I start? Information is overwhelming, but practical application is key to fall in love with healthy eating. Get a head start by doing a detox. Anywhere from one to four days, cleanse the body and prepare it for a new chapter in life. If you are feeling creative, journal your experience along the way. Whether you decide to do juicing or eliminating processed foods, that is your choice. Become vocal by sharing with family and friends, so they too can support your journey. When eating outside of home, healthier food options are limited. I recommend reviewing menu in advance to roughly know what to order, instead of being tempted to get fried, processed or sugary foods.
Adjusting to a healthier eating lifestyle does not mean you can never have a scoop of gelato or bake brownies for movie night. Think of those moments as an indulgence for all the right choices you’ve made prior. A sweet treat or reward. It may catch you by surprise your tastebuds no longer crave what they used to drool over.
This journey is a long-run investment. For busy individuals, what I have learned the trick is meal prepping. Scheduled weekly grocery sprees go a long way. Preparing in advance will help to not grab fast food during lunch. While shopping, avoid the aisles of processed packages, and stick to the wall perimeters. You will find fresh produce, meat and fish, which are considered “whole food”. You may have never cooked, but find it enjoyable. Today, there are MANY options for fresh food delivery that include step-by-step instructions. Feel free to look into a subscription box or grocery food delivery.
The world is your oyster, they say. Finding your niche, what works for you is key. You will be able to stick to a food budget, without overspending, as well as enjoy the process of adapting to clean eating.
Readjusting your focus from processed, fried, sugar foods to whole foods will allow for new habits to be developed. Repeating the same action solidifies the habit in your brain, making it your new norm. Brain wires up feel-good emotions as body is fed with nutritious foods. Falling in love with what is done consistently is the secret. Healthy eating is very accessible, just a few habits away.