stock your pantry and your freezer
Keeping some healthy staples on hand in your pantry and your freezer can be a huge help when the time is not on your side. I know for myself I love to have things in my pantry like tuna salmon canned soups beans and olives. And then in my freezer, I always have Rosen fruits frozen vegetables. Some type of frozen brown rice or frozen quinoa. I also like to keep veggie burgers in the freezer. I have these cauliflower custom pizzas that we like to have in the freezer. So this way when you're in a pinch. You know you've got something that you can lean on. You can also use these items to build a meal with some of the fresh ingredients. You may have in your fridge.
Follow your hunger
So many people are in the habit of eating according to a clock or according to a diet plan or according to what the experts. Tell them that we become very out of touch with our natural built-in biological signs that tell us. When we are hungry because the body does know when it needs food. And it does feed us signals to let us know. Reconnecting to the system is your best bet for long-term effortless healthy eating habits. Because once you've reconnected to it, you don't have to think about it so much. You just kind of feel it. so a good little tool to try to practice this would be if you think you're hungry but you're not sure to ask yourself would I be willing to eat an apple if the answer is yes you're probably hungry. If the answer is no you may not be hungry yet. So you just wait a little longer and then pose the same question again this is a practice. It's gonna take a little bit of time. It's like doing a little dance with yourself. Don't be in a hurry. Give yourself the time and the space to figure it out.
so often when we are trying to create some type of change
We do it from a place of I need to have to. I really should and what you need to recognize is that number one. That's not true and number two those thoughts are very stressful remember that you are perfectly beautiful worthy. And it's valuable just the way you are. No need to change a thing unless of course, you want to. If you do want to then ask yourself why to make sure that that desire is coming from a place of love connecting to your why. Why you want to create the changes that you want is really important. Because it will serve as your anchor as you move through. Creating new habits and lifestyle changes for yourself. Once you identify that why what I would do is write it down on a piece of paper. Then make sure that you take a look at it. Read it every morning and every evening. That you're keeping your mind aligned in the direction of what you want and where you are headed.
it's not just about the plate
When it comes to healthy eating. Many of us get very laser-focused on the food that's on top of our plate. But we have to remember that we get nourished by a lot of things in life right. How do we eat? Why we're eating? Where we're eating? who we are eating? with all of these components can create a healthy or unhealthy eating environment. For example, imagine that you're wanting to eat healthier. You're like I have to do this. I know I really should do this. I'm gonna go get that organic non-GMO chicken with the steamed broccoli. I'm gonna eat it. I don't really love it but I know that it's health. I'm not really enjoying it but I'm gonna do it anyway. Because I really have to get healthy right.
I want you to notice that why I want you to notice that while you may be avoiding those toxins on your plate. You are still creating toxins in the body as a result of your toxic.
Thinking this scenario does not create a healthy eating environment. Now on the flipside, imagine that you're at your mom's house. You're with your family who you love very much and your mom is making one of your favorites from childhood. It's her lasagna. It's got lots of white flour and lots of cheese and lots of meat. When your mom cooks it, she makes it with so much love. When you eat it, you enjoy it so much. You are so present with this meal, you enjoy every bite. You're really getting pleasure from the meal and from everybody that sharing this meal with right everybody at the table.
what's happening here is maybe it's not the world's healthiest food on the plate. But you're having this very healthy nourishing eating experience. What I want you to do is pay attention to why you're eating, where you're eating, who you're eating with.
The stories you're telling yourself about the foods that you choose to eat. Of course as often as possible try to eat in environments. With other people who feed and nourish you as well. My final tip is to stay easy. I think this may be the most important of all of them. Because I think a lot of times when we're trying to do better. We're trying to make a change with our food that we tend to get very militant. We tend to push, push and try. try try and willpower our way to the other side.
What I want to remind you of is that there really is no rush. There is no finish line. There is no gold medal when you get there. So what you want to do is learn to be patient, easy, kind, soft and curious about yourself on the journey. Because in so many ways learning to eat better and take great care of your body, it's really just a way of creating a more intimate relationship with yourself. It's like getting to know you and your body. It's just a little bit better and seeing what works for you and seeing what feels the best for you right. We can do all of this without being critical and without being hard on ourselves. It's really just giving ourselves again that permission and that space to learn and adapt to new habits, new lifestyle changes.
I hope you find some of those tips to be helpful. My intention here at clean and delicious is to help make healthy eating easy and enjoyable. If you know anybody who's trying to transition into healthier eating.