When you think about HOW you eat and your dietary behaviours what comes up for you?
Do you know the ins and outs of every diet known to mankind? Spent your life reading labels, counting calories and restricting yourself to weeks of juice fasts, weird (unpalatable) soup cleanses, or eliminating entire macro nutrient groups from your plate? Have you become a master at dissecting restaurant menus… are you THAT person who requires your own docket book just to get all your specific requirements written down properly when you order?
Perhaps the above doesn’t resonate at all. Perhaps you’re a yo-yo eater - you go through waves of being your version of ‘healthy’ followed by waves of justified indulgent binge eating because ‘you deserve it’. This come with pangs of guilt and shame so you then jump back on the health wagon and go into social hibernation for a couple months.
Or are you at peace with your body and your plate? Would you say that you feel no guilt or shame when you eat something ‘naughty’ and can happily bounce back into eating and enjoying foods which make your body feel good. Do you have a strong connection to your body and know what it wants and craves? Are you your own version of ‘balanced’?
The way that we eat and our relationship with food also says a lot about our relationship with ourselves. Allow me to explain.
Eating healthy can be a b**** sometimes... making sure you're organised, doing a food shop, prepping what recipes you'll cook for the week ahead. The thought of it when you have a million other things to do can be super annoying and totally takes away the whole joy of eating healthy.
So here's my top 10 list of foods to prep / be mindful of in order to ensure your fridge is packed with the good stuff even when your days are hectic. Most of the time all it takes is an hour or two a week and changing your mindset from cooking for 1 or 2, to cooking for 6 or 8 (and freezing/storing the rest so you can rest at ease for the rest of the week).
New Year, new you? Why do we wait all year to make resolutions or initiate change in our lives? Why is it that we don't just embark on growth and change as it enters our mind to do so?
I guess the first day of a New Year triggers a 'fresh start' or a 'new beginning' and perhaps a good time psychologically to decide to hit the reset button. Whether it be to exercise more, to be more present, to find a better work/life balance, to see more of the world, to get out of a toxic relationship, or to step out of our comfort zone, change always comes with an element of fear. Why? Because change is scary! Human beings are creatures of habit and as best we can, we like to have things stay the same... because staying the same feels safe.