We choose targets of ‘high weight loss’ or ‘getting ripped’. We use words such as ‘complete overhaul’ and ‘total transformation’.
We talk about eating 100% organic, wholefoods, when we have spent the last three years eating crappy takeout twice a week.
We set ourselves up for failure before we have even begun.
How’s this for a fresh perspective?
Focus on being ordinary vs extraordinary. (Stay with me here).
Small, achievable changes to your diet. Incremental tweaks that are simple. Baby stepping your way to radical self care.
Body Nourishment minus the perfectionism
Here are a few ways you can make positive nutritional changes, easier:
1. Get more greens. One of the most positive changes I have made, is to include one green smoothie or juice to my diet, every day. This has meant buying a juicer, reading over some recipes online and ensuring I am always stocked up on fruit and veg.
On the days that I am extra busy, I have a frozen smoothie ready to defrost or a glass of coconut water or Organic OJ, (to which I add super greens powder). In the winter, I mix it up by making stock pots of vegetable soup and freezing individual portions.
Some might balk over the fact that a glass of juice has all that sugar in it, or that a frozen smoothie and one day old juice will have lost some of it’s nutritional value. That’s true, but it’s more important that I give my body much of what it needs most of the time, than optimum conditions, some of the time.
We also have a bunch of garden boxes now, to grow our own veges and herbs (something I never thought I would be into).
I adore taking my kids to the weekend markets, where they can pick their own produce. The conversations we have and the learning that has taken place, has lead to all sorts of fun and experimentation with food.
2. Reduce consumption of packaged foods. Sadly, most of the packaged convenience food we buy these days contains added sugar and artificial additives, so it makes sense to cut back or be more selective of your choices.
We don’t have white, refined sugar in the house. We choose coconut sugar, maple syrup, or raw honey to sweeten things up. I am learning to read labels and avoid anything with numbers or words I can’t pronounce.
I still choose to buy my nut milk over making it and there is a brand of baked beans that my daughter can’t seem to live without. We’re not aiming for perfection, but have made considerable, steady changes that have never felt like deprivation and that has been pivotal to our ongoing success.
3. Embrace healthy fat. Extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, and coconut oil are our friends. I eat so much coconut oil, I’ve been told that I smell like it! Avocadoes are a daily staple and butter…oh how I love thee!
If you are keen to learn more about the hows and whys of eating more fat and making healthier choices, you can start here:
Don’t fear the fat – Dr Joseph Marcela
A beginners guide to coconut oil – Natural New Age Mum
Butter vs Margarine – Naughty Naturopath Mum
Overall, the way I nourish my body has improved considerably. I view food as medicine and most of the time, I feel vibrant and healthy.
I reject the use of carcinogenic additives as much as possible and I am far more responsible with the waste I create, and the resources I use.
However, I’m far from perfect.
Most of the time, I still eat milk chocolate, because I prefer it over dark.
If I’m eating out, I will head for the freshly baked bread roll, or the chocolate mousse cake, because I believe that the pleasure quotient found in these play foods, is more beneficial for my wellbeing, than the stress of restriction.
I purposefully reject the perfectionistic ideals of ‘purist’ clean living. I’ll go as far to say that I believe this perfectionistic approach is fast becoming the new way to measure our worth.
As someone who has spent far too many years agonizing over my weight, I can’t afford to go down this path of pursuing ‘perfect’ health and I’m certainly not taking my three young daughters there (but that’s a conversation for another time).
And, I started small.
By making change so easy that it is almost impossible to fail.
Small, consecutive steps and a focus on the ordinary vs. extraordinary.
Body nourishment minus the perfectionism.