I am not a vegan by any means, really if I were to prescribe to a style of eating I would consider myself a plant based paleo eater, but reality I just do my best every day to make good choices when it comes to food for my body and my activity levels. But I digress, I have recently been working with a lot of individuals who are interested in transitioning to a more plant based life and some wanting to shift as far as to cut out all animal and animal by-products from their lives.
While assisting them making this shift there always seems to be a few road blocks. The road blocks are typically not what you would think, they aren’t center around food specifically, it isn’t that they are having difficulty finding ingredients, or finding it difficult to say get enough protein in their diet, the blockages end up originating in their kitchens. Which has lead me to develop this post help individuals who are getting more serious about upping their plant food game or are just looking to round out their kitchen items.
It’s not all about taking control. It’s about finding a balance between what you want and what your body actually needs. Food spiraling happens to the best and most seasoned “healthy” eaters, we all have our vices and there is not a single person out there who is 100% all the time, nor should there be. Learning to feed your body what it needs is a process, it isn’t something most of us can do over night and because it is a learning experience it takes practice, patience and kindness.
Navigating this thing people call intuitive eating or eating in moderation comes naturally to some of us, but for the rest of us it is a constant factor in how we navigate the grocery store, restaurant menus, the XL popcorn at the movies, among other things. Hopefully I haven’t discouraged you away from continuing to learn and try, because it DOES get so much easier!
It's that time of year where we maybe indulge a bit too much, exercise maybe not enough and push our nutrition, fitness and health goals to the side. Sure this is fine every now and again and definitely not something we should be stressing ourselves over but at the same time you don't want to throw all of your hard work in the trash because #yolo (you only live once) do you?
We may only live once but why not make that life the healthiest, most positive, energized and best life it can be? And believe it or not that life includes indulging every now and then, just be mindful of those indulgences with these helpful tips to avoid massive set backs in your progress and hard work!
Tips to stay on track:
These simple tips will help you to not veer too far off track this holiday season and will help to keep you happy and healthy instead of worn out come January.
My name is Brittany, I am a Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher and Certified Personal trainer. My hope is to help inspire, encourage and motivate others to live their happiest and healthiest lives.