My body is not perfect and neither are my eating habits. I am not a nutritionist, so what I am sharing is all from my personal experiences. I am going to share a bit about my relationship with food. It wasn’t always the healthiest relationship. I would see it as something I had to do, I would count calories and eat the bare minimum so that I could lose weight faster. By the end of the day, my body would be craving sugar and I would indulge because I supposedly ate ‘well’ throughout the day. Which was really just 3 very small meals. Even with low energy, I didn’t get enough sleep and I exercised–I was just exhausting my body in every possible way. As I got older I moved on from that and started to eat fuller meals, but I still wasn’t eating as healthy. I started to workout more often but I ate what I wanted…anything I wanted. This worked well for a while until I stopped adding enough veggies in my diet. I started to get sick more often and yet I did not question my diet.
Of course there is a turning point! Almost 2 years ago I was experiencing high stress on a daily basis and I thought I was handling it well but as it turns out, not eating healthy and high stress is really bad for you. I’ve written about this in previous posts, I started to get stomach aches and several other symptoms. I was very limited on the foods I could eat and it really made me look at my health and make some changes. I started to educate myself on what certain foods are good for and I started to incorporate those into my diet.
After all that I decided to start buying more veggies, being more active and cooking more. It really is just a simple decision. When you really want to do something or make that change, you simply start.
No one is perfect, it’s so important to not compare your journey to others. We all have different lifestyles and habits, it’s important you start as you are. Be you, accept the person you are now and start from there.
Below I am going to list some of the foods you will always see in my fridge and why.
* I am just listing a couple of facts about each one. If I wrote what every benefit these foods have, then we will be reading a 10 page post!
LOTS & LOTS of protein! Eggs are a complete source of protein, which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids.
Boosts your GOOD HDL cholesterol. 20 vitamins, minerals & antioxidants. Full of fiber, helping you feel full longer. Maintains a healthy heart & nourishes skin
Full of Vitamins! Extremely low in fat and calorie content. Calcium, Potassium, Iron & Magnesium minerals combined with Vitamins B, C, E help to promote hair growth and gives youthful appearance.
Is a good source of healthy monosaturated fats. Almonds offer antioxidants from vitamins E and help lower cholesterol. It’s a perfect snack whenever you have a sweet tooth.
LOTS and LOTS of Potassium!!! Which is one of the critical minerals not naturally created by the body. Helps create energy because of the natural balance of sugars & soluble fiber. Also, they help with digestion.
Boosts your immune system. Rich in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants. Vitamins K and C help to reduce inflammation and reduce pain levels.
Full of nutrients & antioxidants. It is a complete protein. Promotes a healthy gut, since it acts as a prebiotic (are undigestible fiber compounds that work with probiotic enzymes to become fuel for the beneficial bacteria living in your gut). Also, gluten-free!
Rich in fiber, it aids in digestion. Reduces gut inflammation. Vitamin C and bromelain are known for helping prevent & treat respiratory illness and colds.
Full of vitamin C, boosts immune system! Also, helps boost your mood by increasing the production of neurotransmitter ‘serotonin’ the ‘happiness hormone’. It is amazing for hydration!
Promotes healthy heart and keeps blood pressure down. Helps reduce any inflammation. Vitamins C, B6, magnesium and selenium give the immune system a boost.
Full of vitamins & minerals. Full of C, B6 (great for red blood cell formation), potassium, folate B, fiber, calcium, and iron. Low sodium and no fat. It is also a free radical killer! Which helps reduce the aging process and risk of developing related diseases.
Major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps reduce risk of heart disease and cancer. Water content is 95%, the other 5% are carbohydrates and fiber. They also helps protect against sunburn!! Eat up all those tomatoes during the summer season!!
Obviously, there are so many other good fruits and veggies. These are just the ones I ALWAYS have in my home. You don’t always have to eat them all at once– I make different snacks and meals throughout the week.
Along with eating ‘clean’ it’s so important to drink lots of water, which is definitely something I learned the hard way. I try to workout 4 times a week but there are those days when I am either too tired or have so much going on, that I don’t. So, I make sure to drink more water and cut back on any sugary drinks and foods.
We all know it is important to workout but I just learned something new about the benefits of working out more often! Working out releases toxins from your body which helps you not only internally but also externally, by clearing up our skin.
Being active is a big part of my life and it should be for you too. It is so important for your metabolism. It helps keep running things smoothly. I definitely feel different when I miss a day or 2 of exercise. Do something you really enjoy, like hiking, dancing, bicycling, whatever floats your boat.
Lastly, it helps to take good quality, organic vitamins. I know people have different opinions on whether they work or not. Taking natural vitamins that are essential to our health are very helpful. Vitamins can help fill any nutritional gaps. This does not mean take every vitamin you see.This just means take the ones that you feel you don’t get enough of through your diet. These can help maintain a healthy and strong body.
Especially as an entrepreneur (or if you have a demanding job) it is so important to keep up with your health. Since you are constantly meeting with people, waking up early, going to bed late and running so many errands, our bodies need constant fuel, protection and action to keep running. Treat your body like a business, you need to invest time or money or even both to receive a return of some sort.
As I always tell Eric, it is better to prevent than wait for an ailment to take action with your health.
Of course don’t forget to indulge as well.
I can see how this might seem like a lot to do: Drink more water, buy, cook & eat veggies and fruit, be more active and take vitamins!!! This is not even including getting enough sleep!
Really all it is, is taking 1 step at a time. You don’t have to do them all at once. I definitely did not start that way. Start with whatever step will help you keep going.
Don’t underestimate the power of your health.
Stay tuned to IG!! I will be posting some of the meals I make that you can also try out.
Until next time,