We are often asked about our eating habits – What do we eat? Do we always eat organic? Is alcohol okay? What about caffeine? Talking about the big picture of food is never an easy conversation. The ego side of us wants to talk about how simple this is; however, the real answer is that it takes practice and a personal commitment. Once you make the commitment, living a healthy lifestyle absolutely becomes easier.
As for alcohol and caffeine, we do and we don't—and when we do, it is in moderation. In fact, that's it: moderation, the key word. We understand life's indulgences, after all, dark chocolate was put on this planet for a reason. Once you commit to wholesome eating and stop beating yourself up, the small details fall into place. Food is a personal conversation.
Here are a few of the personal philosophies and practical tips that work for us...
Anything worth pursuing takes time. We are not going to be perfect the first, second or even third time around. Practice makes perfect and perfection is in the eye of the beholder. After all, we train and practice to become better at many things in life, should eating and treating our bodies well be any different?
Realistic goals are important. Take baby steps and set realistic goals for yourself. Example, if your goal is to reduce your dependency on caffeine, you might try this: For one week, drink herbal tea in place of one of your caffeinated drinks. Hot or iced it doesn’t matter but take notice in the late afternoon of how you feel. Don't try to do too much too quickly, focus on creating one good habit at a time and then go deeper into the practice, keeping in mind that it take 21 days to create or break a habit.
Don't make excuses. If you really want it, you'll make it happen. Step out of your comfort zone. It's very easy to make excuses for our lack of motivation or our unwillingness to create change when something is hard or scary for us. You may need to change your schedule or routine to accommodate your goals. You may need to work through fears or insecurities to help create the change. Change is hard work but the rewards are amazing. Stop the excuses and become a healthier you!
At the end of the day, all we can do is our best. Ask yourself each day, did I do my best today? What did I succeed at and what can I do better? Learn from your mistakes and move on. Don't beat yourself up!
Start the day on a healthy note. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Take the time to eat a bowl of oatmeal, spread some almond butter on a banana or enjoy some homemade quinoa cereal. If you really don't have time to eat at home or prepare something ahead of time to go, drink a green juice or green smoothie. You will be glad you did!
Create a routine. Find a recipe you love and make it a big batch of it to portion out throughout the week. Prepare meals the night before. Incorporate healthy eating into your everyday schedule. it will pay off! We live in a fast paced world where eating healthy on the go is really tough. When we are busy, we lose the important awareness and self-control it takes to make wise choices. So make your lunch and take it with you.
Pack a few healthy snacks.
Save caffeine and alcohol for occasions, not daily rituals. We love a good Americano but we save these for days when we can savor them - weekends, or slow mornings when we have time to really enjoy the drink. Celebrating with wine and champagne is also something to enjoy, in moderation. Too much of any food or drink keeps us from tasting the real and intentional flavors and keeps us depending on them, not necessarily enjoying them.
Decide if you are hungry or just having a craving. Stop and ask yourself this question before you eat. Being able to tell the difference between cravings and hunger is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Only eating when you're hungry is a huge step in the right direction!
We hope you find these tips helpful as you move closer toward creating your healthy lifestyle. Thank you for being your own best health advocate.
Stacey and Tori