It’s Actually This Simple
Counting calories, low-fat, low-carb, eating six meals a day, drinking protein shakes — you’ve been bombarded with thousands of conflicting and overwhelming ideas telling you how you should feed yourself. Unfortunately, there’s no magic equation — no set of rules you can find on Pinterest to make your health dreams come true. There is good news though; it’s so much more straightforward than you think.
Instead of focusing on all of the restrictions, rules and cheat sheets — concentrate on one thing only. Eating whole foods as much as possible, and getting rid of any of the processed foods you currently consume. That’s it. You’ll see results quickly, and you’ll find it much easier than diets you have to learn the swing of. Isn’t that great news?
Explore Throughout Your Day
At times, monotony can seep into our everyday lives if we let it. Our schedule is on repeat, week after week, and as we go through the motions, we see our days and weeks slip right through our fingers unknowingly. One of the main reasons for this is we mindlessly go through the motions. We go on autopilot when we’re so used to our schedule, our work, our commute home.
Give something new a try. Go about your days this week as if you are a stranger in your hometown, a visitor on vacation. See how you seek out new experiences, soak up the surroundings differently, and see how different it makes you feel. Adventures are in our everyday details if we let them be.
What’s It To You?
As we are knocking on Spring’s door and the idea of spring cleaning keeps popping up, I want you to think of something in a different way than you possibly have before. Spring cleaning is all about organization, deep cleaning and tidying up.
But what does organization mean to you? What level of organization would improve your life? There are many different levels, from everything looking tidy and having its place, to the extreme of breaking out the label maker and slapping labels on everything you can find.
So before you even begin the spring cleaning journey this year, sit down and really think about what level would be best for you. That way, you know exactly what you going after, and you don’t feel the urge to live up to others organization standards. Happy cleaning!
Your Health Bank Account
Have you ever thought of your health as a bank account?
This thought process brought so much insight to me, so I wanted to share it with you. Think of each decision you make either being a deposit or a withdrawal from your “health bank account.”
Powerful, right? Of course, don’t obsess over this, but try to incorporate this method of thinking into your life as much as possible. Our small daily decisions are what adds up to our overall health, so it makes perfect sense to look at each of these decisions we make with a positive or negative effect.
Do you make more deposits or withdrawals?
Plan Your Meals
Navigating the kitchen without a plan is a recipe for disaster.
There’s an immense level of stress associated with not planning your meals for the week, especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.
Planning your meals for the week is an incredible way to take a load of stress off and make sure you’re eating healthy food consistently. Planning takes the guesswork out of what to cook, what to eat, and what to buy at the grocery store.
An easy way to create a meal schedule for the week is to have a chunk of recipes you switch up weekly to avoid boredom. You can choose the menu for the week together as a family, even, to include them in the decisions.
Think About It
Have you stopped to reflect on an experience that caused you frustration or pain lately, addressing these feelings with compassion?
This isn’t always our first instinct, for sure.
Go ahead and give it a try.
Think about the most recent time someone hurt you. Dig a little deeper into your thoughts and see where you can address this pain with compassion. Can you see where they were coming from, as they were acting in pain and lashing out? Can you understand how this transpired? Take this opportunity to free yourself from this hurt by understanding through compassion, and forgiving fully.
Savor the Small Stuff
This is certainly not standard practice, so it’s something that requires extreme mindfulness. We wake up in the morning already wishing for 5pm — we pass by the tiny moments in our day with great speed. Our culture doesn’t naturally gravitate toward slowness, so it’s something we have to consciously work at.
Focus today on savoring small moments that would typically pass by unnoticed. Find each moment to pause and soak in the feelings, sounds, smells. Look up at the sky instead of down at your phone. Try it just for today and see how it feels — I promise you’ll want to continue.
Whether you have a green thumb or not, there are numerous foods you can grow indoors with minimal effort. Many of these you can just use scraps from your produce to grow more, how incredible is that?
Growing your own food at home is not only economical, but it’s also better for your health. You know what’s going into your food (and most importantly, what’s not!) and growing it yourself helps you to feel more connected to your eating habits, giving you the motivation to eat more fresh, whole foods.
With some sunny windowsills working in your favor, you can grow the following at home (plus many, many more) –
Celery. Simply cut off the bottom base of your celery, place it in a bowl with a bit of water. Keep in direct sunlight until you start to see growth (after about a week) — once your celery begins to grow, you can transplant it into the soil, and you’ve got your very own fruitful celery plant.
Lettuce. Toss a few lettuce leaves in a bowl with some water at the bottom. Keep in direct sunlight, spraying your leaves with water throughout the week until you see new growth. When you notice roots growing, transplant into soil.
Garlic. Keep one clove from your next bunch of garlic to plant. Place the roots face down into potting soil in a pot that drains. Keep in direct sunlight until you begin to notice new shoots growing from your bulb. Once you cut the new shoots down, your garlic clove will produce a bulb that you can harvest.
Many herbs are also incredibly easy to grow from scraps at home. These staple foods that are used in many recipes on a consistent basis are great options to have grown at home, saving you an incredible amount of money over time.
Do you do things daily that fill you up and inspire you?
Small daily doses of inspiration, growth and doing something that you simply enjoy makes a huge difference over time.
That could mean listening to an audiobook during your commute instead of rolling your eyes at morning traffic, spending time in the evening journaling before bed, or any variation of small things that make you feel better daily.
What are those things for you?
What moves you to action?
Think of something that’s important to you.
Something that lights a fire in you… what is it?
How can you dedicate a part of yourself to the cause?
It could be raising money, donating monthly, raising awareness, or giving your time as a volunteer. When we connect to this part of ourselves, filling this well in our soul to do good, it makes a tremendous shift within us.
Commit to this growth and how you can make it a part of your life. Drop your thoughts below, I love to hear what makes you feel deeply!