It's so easy these days to get overwhelmed and weighed down with all the advice out there when it comes to eating well. This is back to basics approach to shut down all the nutritional noise to instead make it simple and attainable.
Remember everybody responds differently to food and it's likely your choices will change over time. Guess what? That's okay! None of us should ever feel fearful or stressed about food and my intention is that this will help guide you to instead be more empowered around food.
1. Make it enjoyable
This over everything else both in life and with your food, you have to enjoy it or you’re never going to sustain it. Life’s to short to be doing things that feel shitty and when it comes to food you have to figure out what works for you so you actually make it fun and are able to do it with joy.
2. Get in the Kitchen
This is a big one. There’s so much in the way of convenience foods out there and we’ve slowly been taught to believe that someone else can cook better than we can. It’s just not true! By getting in the kitchen we take the power back and have way more control over what we put into our bodies.
3. A Little Planning Goes A Long Way
Failing to plan is planning to fail, right? Another life lesson that applies to your food as well. I’m not saying you need to be super strict and plan out every bite you’re going to take each day but it’s important to have a plan in place so when life happens you set yourself up to be able to eat well by stocking your pantry, having groceries on hand rather than reaching for the take out menus.
4. Connect with Momma Nature
You’ve probably heard by now that research shows getting out in nature for a little bit of time every day can reduce your stress and help you feel more grounded. What if I told you you could do that by looking at what’s on your plate? Focusing on food that comes from nature and not a lab is a simple way to eat well. And getting in the kitchen, preparing your food is a simple way to feel more connected to where it came from. Do you ever notice that smelling some fresh herbs or fresh baked bread can instantly change your mood? That’s the connection I’m talking about.
5. EAT. REAL. FOOD.
Get rid of the crap. Stop eating stuff that you can’t pronounce. If it has a shelf life that’s longer than you, don’t put it in your body on a regular basis. Artificial anything, excessive sweeteners, and all things that’ve been overly processed is not what we’re meant to consume no matter how hard advertisers are try to market it’s benefits to you. Most foods that are labelled ‘healthy’ are actually some the biggest culprits. Be curious, ask questions, and real labels.
6. Choose Quality Ingredients
Quality over quantity everytime. Get to know your local farmer and don’t be afraid to ask questions at your grocery store. When you use quality ingredients your body will recognize it believe me. And when you do that it means you actually end up eating less and feeling more satisfied.
7. Be A Conscious Eater
It’s important to be present when you eat because your body actually goes through a . Put down your phone and pay attention to what’s on your plate and how you’re feeling. It’s so easy to be eating on the run, distracted with our phones in hand or at our desks to the point you don’t even remember what you ate. Make mealtime a place to connect with yourself, your food and those around the table and see how things change.
8. Listen to Your Body
When you’re making changes to how you eat, pay attention to what your body’s telling you. This way you can find things that make you feel your best. Make note of what gives you the most energy and what doesn’t feel so hot. Your body will also tell you when you’re actually hungry and when you’re full. Pay attention to it.
9. Shake it Up
Don’t be afraid to try new things. When we get into a rut of the same thing all the time, it’s easy to get bored. Trying new things keeps your body guessing and opens up more opportunity for you to get all you need. It’s good for the soul as well. Variety is the spice of life, am I right?
10. Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation.
Here’s the thing, if you can change your mindset and approach to food from all that we’ve talked about above, things will start to change. And the most important thing to remember is you’ve gotta live a little, you’ve got to have fun because that’s what life’s all about. So don’t feel like it always has to be black and white, find the grey area. We’re all human and that means none of us are perfect so let’s all just relax and live a little! Less perfection, more intention to feel good.