Life isn’t short, it happens to be the longest thing we do. How did that ‘life is short’ saying even come to be?! What we consume fuels our every movement! I think people get stuck in a rut and eat the same calorie dense foods, or maybe not enough calories and our bodies get used to feeling slow moving, ineffective and just plain tired! That doesn’t sound like a high quality life to me, how about you?
We’ve all been there, eating frozen food meals nightly, skipping breakfast, forgetting what a real vegetable looks like. When was the last time you were up close and personal with a brussel sprout?! We convince ourselves that if we can still fit in our favorite pair of yoga pants (not a great health measure by the way!) it’s all good. We tell ourselves we’ll eat better later in life, ‘I’m young, I can eat whatever I want!’.
But I’ve seen it with my clients time and time again, that people who maintain a relatively healthy weight while eating bad food most of their life hit a wall. They wake up at 40, 50 or 60 and realize they’ve gained weight seemingly overnight. Their metabolism is not working quite the same and they have no idea how to eat right. That is scary!
When we aren’t mindful of our daily fuel (our food) it can be very easy to make poor nutrition decisions. We all know at least one thin person who can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. But there is no way their heart health, cholesterol levels and overall wellness quotient isn’t affected. We are what we eat!
Mr. Giddy and I recently made the decision to see a holistic wellness practitioner, Stacy Olinger. I soon found that my body was more acidic than alkaline and that more veggies (and a combination of other things) was my new medication. Disease lives in acidic bodies so I knew I had to make a change to live a longer, higher quality life. We have made the changes, and had our ups and downs doing it. It is impossible to be healthy all the time but it is possible to be healthy a lot of the time.
Thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook I found that a woman I met last year doing an article for GG was also going through a similar program at Healthy Beginnings. Brigett is the owner of the serene Kahanu Yoga & Meditation Spa in Vintage Park. I knew upon first meeting her that she was a calm, creative and supportive lady! Sitting down to talk with her about her transformation with holistic healing reaffirmed that thought.
Discussing our similar paths and discoveries was eye opening. We both mentioned feeling lazy (which we knew we both were not), not being able to wake up in the morning, seeing dull skin in the mirror and to top it all off…digestive issues as well. NOBODY wants to deal with all that! Brigett, who is an amazing cook by the way, now says that she is full of energy. She is able to get more done throughout the day and doesn’t feel tired in th morning. She also has loved the knowledge she has gained from this process. She cooks with every color vegetable and knows the value of organic produce. Her skin glows and she and her husband have lost oodles of weight and inches while on the program.
With all of the processed foods, pesticides and GMO issues we deal with when it comes to the food industry today we must be proactive to fuel our body with the right foods. I’m learning so much in the Precision Nutrition program I’m completing online and am looking forward to being more hands on with my personal training clients in the future. If you want to make a nutritional change but are not sure where to begin I have three tips for you to get started:
3 Beginning Steps To Eating Right
Get those veggies in yo belly! We get so many health benefits from vegetables (I’m not talking about white potatoes and corn), eat those green leafy veggies and think colorful! Kale, carrots, broccoli, peppers, beets, spinach, etc.
Portions, portions, portions! It’s easy to overeat if you don’t have a guideline. Try to make your protein the length and width of your palm. You can eat two handfuls of low starch carbohydrates (green leafy/colorful veggies) and one handful of high starch carbs (potatoes, rice, bread). As for fats, yes absolutely eat them, and limit to one thumbs’ worth.
Limit calorie dense foods that don’t fill you up. We all know artificial sweeteners, baked goods, alcohol and sodas aren’t healthful…yet they are in our pantries, right? These ‘foods’ are high in calories and their nutrient count is pretty much non existent. They are a waste of space in our cupboard and stomachs. Just say ‘no’ and you will see those inches melt away!
This is your life, you want to live it well, right? Making positive change to your daily diet will yield a giddy, energy filled life.
How is your diet? Do you feel positive about your daily food intake or feel like it needs some fine tuning?
Giddy gal portrait from Diamond Oak Photography!