The Fit Life – 2020.08 – Food has Incredible Power
Meet Holistic Nutritionist – Morgan Scoyne, Founder of THE III Wellness and for those of you who know her, an inspired and passionate woman focused on helping the community and world around her improve their nutrition and health! The III stands for the connection between Mind-Body-Spirit, the crucial components to living your ideal and fulfilling life!
The following is a guide to conquer your Mindset & Food Quality for success towards the food that powers your body on a daily basis.
Food & Nutrition transcends into every part of our life.
First of all, calories are energy and is what sustains our living and breathing. While we often have the privilege and resources to eat based on wants, we physically need food. We all do, which means it’s a commonality between every single one of us.
How often do you spend time with friends and family without food or drink in the vicinity? Answer: not often, which means we are brought together through food, too.
In addition, nutrient dense food has incredible power in how we feel which can ultimately be a catalyst to forming optimistic thoughts and driving positive behaviours, like choosing to go to the gym, making confident decisions at work or simply saying hi to a stranger. On the flip side, however, if we don’t feel well, we are more likely to accept negative thoughts or actions that don’t particularly serve us or our goals. Lastly, there is a huge connection between food and emotions. The state of our relationship with food is often valuable insight into other areas of our lives, and stress of certain areas of our lives can be evident through food choices and eating patterns.
My point is this – we can’t run away from food. If we want to feel good and do good, if we want to improve our lives and the lives of our children, if we want to continue reaching our personal potential, we can’t afford not to prioritize it in some way.
But how do we begin, or keep striving for improvements?
First – tackle your mindset…
(1) Throw away the idea of perfection
Despite what Instagram might suggest, there’s no such thing as ‘perfect’ in the lives of you and I.
- Some days you will have your fancy pre-prepped meals neatly tucked away in your fridge for you or your family.
- Some days you’ll need to find something on-the-go and some days you’ll be stuck trying to spice up a piece of bread.
- Some days you’ll eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables and some days you’ll struggle to get two.
Building routine helps, but life happens.
For the sake of your mental and physical health, let go of the idea that every day needs to be flawless, and instead begin to learn how you can adapt to the days and weeks that don’t go as planned.
(2) Failure is a stepping stone
You likely started your bike riding skills with training wheels, and then you probably took them off only to fall and get a giant gouge on your knee. Ah, the beauty of failure – but chances are it opened up some type of learning experience. The same goes for food.
- Try prepping all your meals at once, and if doesn’t work, change it to evening prep.
- Try making a certain recipe, and if it doesn’t turn out, tweak it the next time.
- Try implementing certain foods, and if you get out of habit, start again.
For the sake of your mental and physical health, get used to getting back up after you fall.
Second, tackle your food quality:
(1) Think critically about the farm to table process before you buy
If you’re questioning how “healthy” something is before you purchase it, take a moment and think critically about the timeline, or how long it would take to bring it from farm to table. Let’s use apples for example.
- If you are purchasing an apple at the farmers market, it was likely picked by the farmer and brought to the market. Simple, right?
- Well, if you are at the grocery store, it likely went from farmer to shipping facility to the grocery store to your cart, extending the farm-to-table timeline.
- For apple sauce, even despite one single ingredient, the apples would go from farmer to a processing facility where the peel was removed and the apples were boiled, and then packaged and then transported to the grocery store.
- Then, there is apple sauce with additional ingredients for improved taste or shelf life that adds yet another layer of processing.
Sometimes there’s a time and a place for all of these items, but if you’re confused about the health of a food, think critically about where it’s been.
(2) Have some go-to quick and simple recipes
If you want to be able to manage a lifestyle, you will likely have to eat familiar foods – but that doesn’t have to mean broccoli and chicken all day every day. Have your go-to recipes and find minor ways to switch them up.
- Keep a basic recipe for chili, and switch up the beans, veggies or meat.
- Keep a basic routine around egg cups but switch up the ingredients in them. Spinach, Peppers, Onions, etc.
- Have a go-to bowl and switch up the grain base or dressing.
This allows you to eat well, while saving you time and energy. And then, on days you have a little energy to spare, try new recipes, switch up the routine and find additional ways to keep things interesting.
(3) Know your goals, and remember you can’t put all your energy everywhere
You can choose two of the following that fit your goals the best (not all three….):
- Higher quality food
- Reasonable price
- Quick and accessible.
I get it, we want it all, and to a certain extent, we can – but at some point we have to be willing to prioritize. If your goal is to put more time and energy into your career or family, maybe you have to spend a little more money for someone else to do the prep of good quality food. If your goal is to save money, that likely means making your quality food at home. Think of it as three parts of the same pie.
Lastly…remember what’s best for you at this period in your life – and allow it to be good enough.
(1) Something you can stick to that includes real food.
Food is meant to provide energy, not drain it, and spike your taste buds, not your anxiety levels.
Improving our relationship with food and nutrition is a process that should be taken in small strides. There’s days where we’re confidently riding the bike, days where we fall hard, and days that we need to be reminded to look back and see how far we’ve come.
So think about it. How far have you come, and what’s your next baby step?
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