In the preparations for our trip later this year, we have to deal with lots of decisions, changes, shifts and work. Next to the overload of things we all have to do on daily basis as a entrepreneur and mother of 3, I’m also organizing my house using KonMari Method. We need to rent out the place so everything has to fit in a container or sailing vessel.
I reframe “diets” into changing eating habits. What all successful “diets” have in common is that they ask us to reduce our intake of junk and increase our intake of real foods. Limiting our intake only increases our desire to eat more. So get more out of your food and avoid the intake of nutrionally-empty foods.
Long term changes require us to break down old habits in new ways we can keep consistent. It’s a lifestyle and process. It just requires us to pay attention to what’s working and what isn’t… to be mindful and forgiving, and open to what our body asks for.
I never tried a detox or a diet. I don’t even know how much I weigh personally and I love food. I love the smell, taste, look, … of healthy real food but when I’m in overdrive I don’t eat so mindful. It’s not lack of knowledge. I studied Ayurveda for 3 years. I have a basic pathology degree and I’ even took massage therapist courses. I know my genetic risks. I’m familiar with my family medical history. Heart and lungs. My fathers mom and dad passed away when I was extremely young because of unhealthy life style.
What worked for me in the past was mindful eating:
Some more tips:
Is a radical diet actually a POSITIVE? Or is it just a way to punish yourself for your so-called “bad behaviour” or overindulgence?
- Give yourself permission to clean the slate. If there’s anything that you’re feeling guilt or shame about, let it go. Start with a clean slate and refuse to feel like you need to punish yourself.
- Focus on rest and recovery
- Drink lots of water: Hydration is important if you’ve eaten a lot of processed foods, been drinking more alcohol or existing solely on coffee.
- Focus on eating real, whole foods
- Minimise sweets and sugars: It doesn’t mean you can’t have a treat! In fact, having a few smaller treats throughout your week can help minimise feelings of deprivation and punishment that often come with over-restricting what we eat.
- Invite movement into your day
- Listen to your body: Pay attention to feelings of hunger, stress, energy, etc. If you can tap in to your intuition you’ll notice that your body will guide you towards what you really need, if you really listen.
- Be kind to yourself!! Start with something small and do-able and continue to make improvements every day.