I have tried many diets. Paleo, Mediterranean, Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, See Food (lol), counting macros and several other elimination diets. You name it, I’ve tried it. I have never truly been comfortable with my body and have always allowed the opinions of others to dictate how much I gained or lost weight. That was until a couple years ago when I had some women’s health issues which had me on an emotional rollercoaster and increased my weight by 15 pounds. Fast forward to 2017 and I have been binge watching every food documentary on Netflix. I recently watched “What The Health?” (DM or comment me if you’ve seen it too. I’d like your opinion) and this darn film had me wanting to throw out all of my meat and cheese. I had to take a step back and remind myself that I am no longer allowing other people (including family, friends, and society) to tell me how to treat my body. I can take their suggestions for what they are, opinion, and make adjustments as deemed applicable to me.
Don’t get me wrong, there is an abundance of information out here on what science says is best for the human body. But I am determined to become more intentional about how I take care of my body as it’s the only one I have. Here are the three ways I am incorporating some mindful practices to my health and diet.
- Notice how I feel after I eat certain foods. As much as I love cheese, yogurt, cream in my coffee, and ice cream, I just don’t feel good after I consume them. I feel bloated and tired which me no likey. Not to mention, there are so many non-dairy options available at my local grocery store. So a few weeks ago, I made the decision to start cutting down on dairy. I have not completed eliminated dairy from my life but I definitely have more energy and am not as bloated. I plan to learn more about plant-based eating and incorporate plant-based 80% of the time. ;) I’m not ready to give up a good burger or rib every now and then. lol.
- Swap fruit and quality chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’m the type of person who needs something sweet after every meal. I don’t care what it is, I cannot eat lunch or dinner without dessert, even if it’s just a piece of chocolate. What I’ve done before and what I know works is to swap out the processed sugars for natural sugar in fruit or buy quality chocolate. I’ve found this swap cuts down on my cravings and I spend less time walking around the bakery. Hehe.
- Cook more meals at home. I used to be queen of meal prepping but that has not been the case lately. I am spending more money every week at a local restaurant or eatery. I know I am paying for convenience but my budget goals do not agree with this. I am committing to cut all the way down on the eating out and cook meals at home 6 days a week. I love cooking, it just became cumbersome for me within the last year. But no more! I am cracking out my pots, pans, and cute oven mits and tapping into my inner B. Smith! Besides saving money, another benefit of cooking at home is controlling what goes into the food and making it to my taste. Cooking can also be therapeutic. Just add some music, turn on the stove, and go!
I hope this post inspires you to be more mindful about what you put into your body and how you are taking care of yourself. There’s no right or wrong way, it’s only what works for you. And if it’s not working, then something needs to change. This isn’t about being a certain weight or size but about improving how you feel and your overall health.
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You only have one body. You must take care of it.
Accept where you are now and simply be.