You know the saying: you are what you eat! And while it’s important to put nutritious food into our bodies, it’s seemingly impossible to escape all of the processed and sugar-packed foods that we are exposed to on a daily basis!
How to navigate grocery shopping:
- Plan your meals and make a list… and STICK TO THE LIST!
- Only buy the ESSENTIALS
- KISS (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart)
You do not need to spend an insane amount of money. Yes, food is expensive, but some things are more pricey than others (looking at you, pre-made dinners and fancy schmancy condiments). Make your own dressings, soups, and pasta/rice dishes = save $$$
I turn to easy-to-prepare, quick, whole-food based meals and snacks to fuel my body and my mind, and it’s a lot more accessible and stress-free than you might think!
Here are my FIVE TIPS to always feel good about what you’re eating, and feel great after you eat it!
- HYDRATE, stoopid! Water is kind of important for our cells and our organs and stuff. You don’t need to be a brain scientist to know that H20 is the way to go. Don’t like the taste of water? Add mint, cucumber, strawberries, Emergen-C, Airborne tablets. Just make it happen!
- Eat the rainbow (NO, that does NOT mean Fruit Loops and Gushers. I’m talking beautiful, rich, naturally-colorful fruits and vegetables!) Berries, carrots, kale, peppers, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, oranges. Don’t be scurrrred.
- Buy local and organic whenever possible. Get to know your farms and farmers! Food tastes better when you know where it comes from. Fact.
- Chew slowly and buy mindfully. Learn your ingredients and take your time consuming them. Digestion is important. Periodt.
- Portion-control, people! Too much of certain foods can be a bad thing. Practice some self-discipline, at least 80% of the time (make room for holidays and celebrations). But seriously… Stop eating until you feel sick and start enjoying your food and being grateful for smaller portions! It’ll be more satisfying, I promise.
What a day of food looks like for me:
Breakfast: Whole grain toast, avocado, two eggs (protein+fat+fiber=hormone balance)
Snack: Vegan Chocolate superfood shake with frozen dark cherries and almond milk
Lunch: Fresh greens salad with sunflower seeds, feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, and homemade dressing
Snack: A handful of nuts (my favorites are almonds and walnuts) and a few medjool dates, or other dried fruit
Dinner: Fish or chicken with sweet potato, asparagus, and a salad of organic greens
Do we need them?
I live in Maine year-round, and we are so lucky to have farms that provide fresh, organic produce, wild caught fish and seafood, and local bakers that make amazing whole grain breads. So as much as I would love to think that I get all of my necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from my daily meals, there are inevitably gaps that need to be filled.
Omegas / Essential Fatty Acids