Life-Affirming Foods For Your Best Life
One of my favourite quotes to understand how vital eating real life-affirming foods are;
“You can't exercise your way out of a bad diet.”- Mark Hyman
You can take every available vitamin or supplement available, but nothing will ever compete with fresh, life-affirming real organic foods.
Having a healthy body is not about being thin. Rather, it's about having more energy and feeling awesome.
Your goal must be to feel good, be more energized and fight off diseases. You can do this by sticking to healthier meals.
Ideas to deal with cravings when you begin to take the steps to include much more life-affirming foods in your meals each day.
• Know your WHY. Why do you want to move toward a vibrantly healthy life? For me this began over 20-years ago when I watched my mother deal with having a fall, breaking her hip, lying in a hospital bed for 2 days for a full hip replacement and then 6 months of living in a rehab hospital to recover. I knew that night when I got the call to come to the hospital that if I didn’t change my life, my lousy eating habits, my couch potato lifestyle, being 100 lbs overweight, exhausted I would be my mother in a short 20 years. Today it is about 20 years from that night. I am healthy, vibrant, fit and I did reduce those 100 lbs and have kept them off all of these years later. Thanks to my mother and that evening in the hospital I have a WHY that keeps me going to this day. What is Your WHY?
• Occasionally, you may give in to some cravings and when you do don’t beat yourself up over the transgression. The idea is to begin to notice why you are having the cravings. What stresses are you living with that is taking you away from your WHY in that moment. You may give in to the craving and as you continue the journey eating more and more of your food that is life-affirming organic food cooked in your own kitchen with joy you will begin to notice that the cravings will decrease. When I first began eating higher quality food, I was a regular potato chip eater. They were my go-to craving food. Because I knew my WHY was to get healthy, reduce my weight and get fit it was clear that being a regular potato chip eater wasn’t going to cut it. But I craved them. So, in the beginning I decide rather than fight the craving and lose I would get the WIN. I would eat a few. I gave myself permission to have a bowl of chips rather than the bag. Over time that bowl became a smaller bowl. Then a handful. Well, you get the idea. Small steps to solid change.
• Find a healthy alternative to the junk food. Learn to appreciate whole foods that give your body life-affirming nutrients. This takes time to re-train your taste buds. Yes, you read that correctly. If you have been eating a highly processed, Frankenfood diet for a lifetime like I had there were many veggies I couldn’t stand to eat. Now, I can not even imagine not eating them. It took time. The biggest gift to all of this change in my eating a life-affirming real food diet is now the complete joy in eating from natures menu each and every day. All of our veggies come from a local organic farm. Delicious and amazing.
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