With all this talk about what you should be eating and how to be the healthiest you can be, knowing where to start can be a big challenge. You might just jump in the deep end thinking that you should just buy all of the fruits and vegetables you can find or decide to “diet” (don’t get me started on that word). The things that bother me about these two extreme ways to get healthier is that they aren’t permanent. Eventually you are going to want chocolate and have a cheeky takeaway, and these two ways promote guilt when you do indulge, they do not sustain your body in the best way in the long run and you will only end up folding at the end of the day. The main thing to know is that it is not that hard to start fueling your body in the right way and getting the right things into your body without going over the top.
Mindfulness is a great way to stay grateful and attentive to the delights of daily life that we take for granted. When we practice mindfulness with food we are able to savor and embrace the taste; not only seeing it as just food but recognizing all the flavors you are experiencing.
Once you start practicing mindfulness you realize that some foods are stimulating with unique flavors. Other types of food, on the other hand, don’t have much depth to them, maybe the only identifiable flavor you will note is saltiness. Once you truly start delving into the flavors that you experience whilst eating, you will want to seek out food that intrigue and stimulate your taste buds rather than foods that are one dimensional.
Research research research.
One of the main things that turned me off harmful foods and onto fueling sustainable foods is finding out what those foods contained. So many great foods that we may consume weekly, have some great benefits that seek to fuel us and make our bodies happier. Spinach, carrots, peppers and mushrooms, for examples, are all easy things that we can eat that are easy to find, won’t break the bank and require little to no much effort to squeeze into our meals.
Research is also important if you have any intolerances. How we are in our bodies can be helped by what we consume. If you have an intolerance to a particular food, researching alternative ways to get your calcium in, for example, will benefit you in the long run. Healthy doesn’t equal boring salads. You can spice it up!
Treats won’t kill you
All that being said about the right types of food to eat, denying yourself a drink when you go out or a slice of the birthday cake at a party only serves as unnecessary punishment. As long as you are not making it a regular occurrence and aren’t overdoing it, there’s no need for guilt to be felt.
When I was starting out, I thought that to reach my goals, I had to deny myself and sit on the sidelines in social situations to make sure I was on track with my goals. Buts that’s no way to enjoy life! If I want to have a munch, I will, and will feel no guilt or reluctance about it. The main thing to remember is that I know my goals and what is right for my body and what is not. While it is okay to indulge every now and then, I will not overdo it because I know my limits.
Enjoy your food
You only have one life to live so eat to live to enjoy the flavors, to experience something new without regret. Changing your mindset from food as just an everyday thing you consume to something that you need to grow mentally and physically will change your whole outlook. It’s almost like going back to a child’s mindset. Eating the right kind of foods will build you, help you to become the best version of yourself, make you stronger. So fuel yourself! Experiment, look at different ways to cook and eat foods you may not be fond of to see what works for you. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be a chore, eat to fuel!