As a society we more and more are beginning to realize how TRUE the above statement is.
The problem with this is that society, and people in charge of our food and health, make it super difficult for us. Whether its putting addictive hormones or chemicals in our food, packaging food very colorful and inviting, or simply making it super cheap to buy, it’s becoming to convenient for us to eat poorly. The problem is this is slowly killing us. We can choose now – in this moment – to begin paying the price for healthy food, choosing nourishment for our bodies, or we can choose to pay a doctors thousands of dollars later. The choice is yours and I encourage you to make the healthy one!
I know the “struggle is real” with food choices and I have developed some easy ways to incorporate healthier food options into your life. I grew up eating horribly and until the last year or so. I was the girl who had cake for breakfast, always candy in her purse, and always sipping on Doctor pepper. Following are tips that worked for me to totally change my lifestyle. Enjoy!
Make the commitment and throw out all the less-than-healthy food in your house. Better yet donate it if you want! This will save you a lot of temptation, and most likely guilt. Replace the removed with healthy alternatives such as this – instead of using Mayo as a spread spread an avocado – things of that sort. This is a scenario where you have to train your mind, and just make that full time commitment. A recent study carried out at Cornell showed that people will eat healthier foods if doing so becomes a normal and obvious choice.
2. Pre-make meals and snacks! One of the coolest things for me when I was converting to healthier eating was PINTREST. There are so many cool ideas for healthy meals to be found there. Also, there are several services you can sign up for which will deliver you the healthy food and organize it for you with instructions – you get to cook it. When you pre-make these meals your are less likely to get super hungry and head to a fast food place. Make the healthy food “convenient” for you; also “appealing”. Doing this really does begin to be fun!
3. Eat fruits or vegetables before you go shopping. We all know, if we go shopping on an empty stomach we are more likely to not only buy more then we need, but the wrong things we need.
4. Make grocery list! There are so many studies show that people who go to the grocery store with a predetermined list had higher quality diets and a lower BMI.
5. Eat using smaller plates or using bigger forks. Portion control is a huge problem in today’s consumption society and is a big reason why so many of us are over weight! You know, most other countries our size “Small”, when it comes to food and soft drinks, is their size “Large.” A simple way you can learn portion control is to just trick your minds eye and eat off a smaller plate.
7. At times, allow yourself to eat what you want. If you restrict yourself from everything that you want, all the time, you are more likely to binge eat . As time goes on and you develop new healthy habits for your body, along with a higher measure of self love, you will no longer crave things that are bad for you, in fact they wont even taste the same. Its a process, enjoy it.
8. Eat all the Veggies on your plate first. This is the most important part of what you are eating so eat all these first to become more full while consuming the higher amounts of nutrition you need! Make sure you are eating these slowly as well, you will end up getting full faster!
9. With fresh foods, the more colorful and the more variety of color, the better. Doing this assists the different energies in your body and balancing out your Chakras. This will help you not only be more healthy physically but, spiritually as well!
10. Drink more water! I know I say this quite frequently but I can’t stress enough just how important this is! Water will help keep you full through out the day, and it pushes all the waste out while keeping your body hydrated and glowing! You can do fun things with your water these days like adding different fruits and such! Once you start doing this you will begin to crave water and fall in love with it. Water is seriously my favorite thing!!
CARRIE BRADSHAW – Who recognizes this name? Chances are most of you will; most women (and maybe some men) do. If you don’t, allow me to share – she is one of the main characters in the popular television show which used to appear on HBO called, Sex and the City. I have watched this entire series numerous times, along with the two movies which followed. I encourage women to watch because I feel it is relateable, and it may cause women to feel more “normal” about being a “woman.” After watching this show during different conjunctures in my life, I frequently was able to relate to something or a certain situation portrayed. There are four main characters in the show, and four different situations within each. The woman I most relate to is Carrie Bradshaw. In fact, her character has encouraged me, at many different points in my life, to become a writer (we write concerning entirely different subjects). Although the show has a lot to do with sex, there is some significant and profound advice we can each gain from these women – if we look deep enough. Recently while watching an episode, it hit me! I wanted to share with you the most significant lesson I learned from this show, honestly, only after years of research!
During a lot of my breakups, I have developed anxiety over really and truly caring about what other people think and feel. “What our his friends and family going to think about me?” “What about our mutual friends?” Time and time again, this has made me upset and controlled my thoughts. Then I watched an episode of Sex and the City where Carrie had broken up with her beloved Aiden. She runs into a girl that Aiden dated right her, and then this happens.
This sends Carrie down the rabbit hole, with her dwelling and obsessing over this face that a STRANGER showed to her. How common is this in our own life though? Caring what other people think of us, even people we do not know. This is a common problem which tends to take up a huge amount of space in our head. Later in the episode Carrie runs into her again, and asks to speak to her. She begins to tell Nina (the stranger) this, “I get the sense you have a sort of feeling about what happened with Aidan, and I just want to clear something up. Breakups are awful, and they are private. And, they are not necessarily symptomatic of what two people had together. I loved Aidan very much. I would never, ever have done anything to deliberately hurt him.” Nina looks at her and just replies, “OK”.
Then Carrie stops and realizes something. She wasn’t worried about the critic in Nina Katz, what she was worried about was the critic in herself. At this point she realizes something so profound that we all can learn a lesson from when dealing with this sort of situation. She states, “The truth is, at any given moment, someone, somewhere could be making a face about you. But, it’s the reviews you give yourself that matter.”
It does not matter what people think of you. What matters is what you think of YOU. A sex columnist in New York could figure this out, and we can run with it! Clear that space from your head and leave room for your opinions and what you think of you. That is what matters. Do not ever let anyone’s “face” made towards you effect your day.