What if I told you that eating healthy doesn’t have to feel restrictive or cost you an arm and a leg?
We are given one body our entire life.
It should be our life mission to treat it with respect and honor it through nourishing love.
This can be centered down to what you your gut.
Our gut is directly related to all parts of our being from our heart, liver, development of auto-immune diseases, Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, our sleeping habits, energy levels, and our mental health.
What you eat goes much further than just eating to live,
what you’re eating depends on how well you live.
Say you’re at a point in life where you’re tired of saying you’re going to drink more water but keep ordering that soda.
You’re tired of saying you’re going to do better but keep repeating the same habits day after day.
Where’s the action?
When you first get the idea to change up your eating habits, it can become a little overwhelming. Right at our fingertips we have access to millions of articles about the latest diet, how to improve your health, along with commercials flooding our newsfeed and TV screens.
Combined that with what our doctors are telling us and you’re looking at a cluster-F***.
Okay, I’ve got to stop for a second and go a little off topic.
Don’t worry, I promise there’s a purpose.
PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH MEDICAL SCHOOL ARE NOT EDUCATED ON NUTRITION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GUT HEALTH.
read that again.
It’s a known fact that doctors go through basically no training on the importance of nutrition and how food plays a direct part in our health and healing….which is completely baffling. I truly recognized how big of an issue this was within my own experince in my family doctor’s office when I was telling the physician things he had never heard of.
Okay, back to it..
There are hundreds of diets out there and plans that offer quick results.
The problem with a lot of these “programs” is that they last a short amount of time often resulting in binges and bringing you back to square one. On top of that, a lot of these come with “supplements” or a mix that is loaded with harmful man made additives. (Before I get bombarded with messages, I am NOT saying all of these programs are trash. but…a lot of them just don’t work and do more harm than good. )
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard.
It’s actually pretty easy when you simply stop over thinking it and see that
it’s simply creating healthy habits.
Before I get into my tips, let me explain this is the most clear way:
Eat good, feel good.
Eat crap, feel like crap.
Our bodies thrive on whole foods. It loves fruits, berries, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and other legumes, and whole grains. All of these foods are packed with nutrients that fuels our body and cleanses out the build up of toxins caused by processed foods and unhealthy sources of meats and dairy.
Whole foods give us the power we need throughout the day that gives us feeling of strength and confidence.
OUR BODIES NEED HEALTHY SOURCES OF FAT, SUGAR, & CARBS.
IT WILL NOT FUNCTION AND CRASH HARD WITHOUT THEM.
Which brings me to….
Tip #1: Stop counting calories and start counting how many good foods you’re eating.
A calorie is not just a calorie.
Counting them not only takes up your valuable time, it takes the fun away from food.
It creates an unhealthy relationship by setting restrictions and if you go pass those limits, even with a banana……what happens?
You beat yourself up, don’t eat for the rest of the day and start over again tomorrow.
This is dangerous for your physical and mental health.
What you want is nutrient-dense foods.
Food that are packed with things your body needs in order to thrive and survive.
What is a calorie? Energy.
Our bodies sees calories as energy, and when it comes from an unhealthy source like in processed foods, it can’t help us. Foods like this are carry what’s called “empty calories”, holding very little nutrients.
Our body literally has no idea what to do with these foods because they simply don’t belong.
Now, ready for a mind blowing nutrition fact?
Our bodies store, process, and use foods in different ways.
When it comes from a healthy source (beans, whole grains, fruits, veggies, greens, herbs & spices), our body is able to break those nutrient packed foods down and use them as needed.
Because whole foods are nutrient rich, they are stored in a way that is helpful and healing for our bodies.
Ask yourself, How many colors am I eating in the day?
The saying, “eat the rainbow” is no myth, each and every single different beautiful colored vegetable and fruit hold different components of vitamins and nutrients our bodies need.
In other words, a banana and an apple are both a fruit but each one works with our body differently.
It’s important to get a variety of healthy sources of whole foods in our daily eating habits so these powerhouse foods can join together and make magic happen.
Being overwhelmed with what to eat is one thing, don’t add the extra pressure on yourself constantly wondering if “you’re eating too much” or “going over your daily limit”.
Be mindful of what you’re putting into your body & you’ll be amazed at how much power you have over your health.
Tip #2: Track your food.
Keep a log or a personal note in your phone (photos work too) of what you’re eating and drinking. This gives you the ability to physically see what all you’re getting in. Do this for at least 48 hours and if you’re really serious, track it for a week….a month…let’s shoot for the stars and say a year.
This is a great tool to use to track your daily eating habits and see where your nutrients and fuel for your body is coming from.
I will be the first to admit that tracking your food can seem annoying and if you’re like me who snacks all day…it’s a lot to write down and track.
But, if you are serious about wanting to get clear on what you’re eating and ready to be faced with the reality of your habits, do this.
I’ve also learned that tracking your food helps you become more mindful before you eat because you know that you’re going to write it down.
Tip #3: Cut back on processed foods.
Let me be clear, I’m not asking you to stop eating all processed foods (bread, brownies, and cereal will always be a think in my life).
For real though, cut that crap out.
These foods are filled with added fillers and man made chemicals that result in making you feel sluggish and create a build up of toxins within the different functions of our body.
Fun Nutrition Fact: Processed foods are just as addictive as drugs. I’m talking our brains give out the same “connections” when we consume cheese like an addict uses crack….so true to the fact that often people go through withdraws when removing unhealthy foods from their diets.
There’s much debate around weather it’s the food itself or the feeling of having the food that’s addictive ( my money & research is on both), either way, I’d rather be addicted to eating an apple a day rather than a drive through everyday..
.& my heart will forever thank me.
Tip #4: Meal Plan.
I can not stress enough the importance of meal planning. This doesn’t necessarly mean you plan out every single little thing you’re going to eat each day ( if you do, you’re god like), this simply means to plan out the basics.
Get a sheet of paper and write down 4 sections:
Write down as many healthy and yummy things you know in each category.
When creating your meal plan for the week, use this list to pull from.
From there you’re able to see what you plan on eating for the week which makes creating your grocery list for the week easy-peasy.
Keeping a meal plan lowers the stress of what you’re going to eat at your next meal.
*Make extra for dinner to eat at lunch the following day.
*Plan snacks so that you create a habit of snacking on healthy things like fruits, guacamole, protein balls, or fresh veggies.
Be aware of your dairy and meat intake.
I’m not saying to cut it all out if that’s not what you’re into, it simply means to watch where it’s coming from and to make sure you’re balancing it out with fresh whole foods.
The process of meat and dairy in mainstream America directly contributes to our poor health, raising our risks of heart attacks, liver disease, auto-immune disorders, Type 2 Diabetes and cancer.
When creating your plate and using meat or dairy, try using it as a side dish rather than the center of you meal.
There are tons of healthier alternatives
Tip #5: DRINK YOUR WATER
It’s pretty plain and simple with no room for debate,
YOU. NEED. WATER.
There’s this thing called being hydrated that is vital to the way our body functions from our organs to managing our stress levels.
Without it, we shut down and our body goes into a “fight or flight” mode.
So, drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning, drink it with your meals, and carry your water bottle with you.
GET YOUR WATER IN.
Fun Fact: Did you know you can also get your water in through food?
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a struggle.
Food is love.
Find ways to bring joy back into your relationship with it.
When you drink water, say to yourself “hell yeah I’m hydrated!”
or simply just recognize water hydrates all 37.7 trillion cells in our body.
Take out the bad and put in the good.
Become aware of what you’re putting in your body and how it helps you.
It starts with one simple change.
Cut out the processed foods and excessive amounts of unhealthy dairy and meat.
Fill your body with whole foods and watch your life transform.
Varity is key. Each individual food carries different properties that contribute to our health and the way in works with our body.
Just because an apple and a banana are both a fruit, they work in different ways.
Filling your body with a variety of whole foods gives you that extra power in knowing you are helping your body in the best way, many ways.
If you really want to get clear on what you’re eating and drinking, track it.
Plan your meals to make your life easier.
It’s not an overnight process, but if you stay dedicated you will quickly see results by feeling better within your body and the knowing that you are doing the best you can.
Simply add healthier sources of nutrition into your life to help you have happier days.
Your Happy Helper,