healthy eating habits
Updated: Aug 23, 2018
Healthy eating can seem very overwhelming and difficult to navigate at times. It can be really confusing the more you read and hear from different people. When I first started researching food science and the way food affects our bodies, I got so overwhelmed I almost threw in the towel and gave up completely! I’m not gonna lie, healthy eating is a commitment. It takes time and patience but is SO worth it.
I am by no means an expert, however the way I plan, prep, and my relationship with food has changed.
Here are the big steps I took to get myself in a position to feel good and balanced (most of the time!)…
1. Write shopping list before going food shopping. So many times I would go to the food store starving! This would always end with 20 extra items in my cart that I did not need (they just looked really really good when I was hungry). Once I started writing a shopping list when I was in a stable mindset, happily fed, I could make conscious decisions on food I needed in my fridge and pantry without any temptations.
2. Think big picture, long term. When writing your shopping list, think about your week and the meals you will potentially be eating. I always try to vary the types of food I am eating and do my best to get a variety of veggies, proteins, and fruits. Before doing this, I would find myself stressed out about what I was making for dinner the day of and repeating meals a few days in a row. I find that when my body eats variety, it thrives.
3. BYO everywhere you go! I love to eat. I have noticed that I love to eat every 2-3 hours for some reason. This meant I was often grabbing unhealthy snacks and/or binge eating when I finally got my hands on food. Now I pack a snack or two everywhere I go to avoid that from happening. It is super helpful to know that I have some almonds or carrots in my bag whenever hunger strikes.
4. Eat breakfast. You have hear this time and time again, it is the most important meal of the day. No joke, eat it. Figure out breakfasts that feed and nourish you and that make you excited to eat in the morning. Some of my go to’s are here. I can literally feel my body coming alive as soon as I eat. Not to mention, my brain needs the fuel in order to be on my A game. Make time for breakfast and reap the benefits of this self care routine.
5. Timing is everything. Your body needs time to process food and reset just as much as it needs the food. It is important to allow a full 12 hours between dinner and breakfast each day. I always think about when I will eat breakfast in the morning and do my best to eat dinner 12 hours before that (example: 7:00 pm dinner, 7:00 am breakfast). This 12 hour window lets your body reset and rejuvenate. Is this always possible? No! But it is a good rule of thumb I try to follow.
6. Drink water!!!! Take your body weight, divide by two. That's how many ounces of water you should drink daily! Water in the morning gets your body ready for the day. Water throughout the day keeps you hydrated, prevents unwanted snacking, and helps with brain fog. Water at night helps avoid late night cravings and helps you wake up more energized! Water is a miracle. Pictured are my water go-tos. The Hydro Flask sip top makes it so easy to drink water all day long. I just invested in a berkey water filter and it is BOMB. It elminates endocrine disruptors and all the other junk in tap water! More on this another time.......
The hardest part is getting started. Try to make small adjustments day by day and see where they take you. Once you feel the benefits, it makes committing to a balanced lifestyle easy!