Eating clean is the most simple and direct ways to take care of yourself and your health, but it is also the most challenging.
As I get older, the concept of taking care of my body and practicing self-love becomes more important. After all, no one else on this Earth is going to take care of you, love you and respect you more than you! As cheesy as this may sound, women are strong, independent, beautiful beings and we should all respect our bodies and love ourselves.
Eating whole foods packed with nutrients for my body to absorb is one of the ways I like to show my body some respect and give it the energy that it needs. It also helps keep my eczema under control and keeps me feeling strong and healthy! Don’t get me wrong, I love a box of deliciously fluffy donuts just like the next person and my favorite food is actually pizza. However, I believe it is all about balance when it comes to eating. So I live by one rule and one rule only: EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.
If you practice this rule you will not deprive yourself from the foods that you like. You get to eat them! If you want a cookie then grab yourself a cookie, but don’t eat a whole box of cookies. Limit yourself to one and it will satisfy your craving and you’ll quickly learn to enjoy eating your food rather than scarf down your food. This will also help prevent the binging effect that occurs when people diet. Balance is the key. I like to make sure I add some sort of vegetable to my meals, but I don’t always have to eat salads or chicken. I like to get creative and make my meals colorful and if I want fries (my second favorite food) I’ll let myself have some fries!
The more you are conscious of what you put into your body, the more you’ll feel refreshed, healthy, energized. And when I say conscious, I don’t mean to analyze over every carb and every calorie you eat. Simply add more veggies and fruit to your diet, still have chocolate but maybe eat a little less that day, or opt for more water instead of sodas. These little changes are huge steps towards a happier, healthier you!
What are your favorite foods?