Often, when I talk to people about getting healthy their first response is, "it's so confusing, I would just rather not". I get where they're coming from I was there too, BUT it's so much easier than people make you believe. You don't have to go nuts counting calories and macros or working your ass off at the gym for 6 hours a day , you just have to do what you already know how to do... make better choices.
Everyone knows how to eat healthy, more fruits and vegetables right? So why does everyone make it so complex?! Well, I can answer that too! Not everything works for everyone.
"You are the dictator of what is healthy."
What I mean is.. everyone's body is different it's called bio-individuality aka eat what works for YOU. Take me for example, I love vegetables, especially broccoli and cauliflower but if I dare eat these foods raw (like so many people suggest is the way to go) my stomach feels like it's being ripped to shreds so... guess what?! I won't be eating raw broccoli any time soon, no matter how many times someone preaches that it's way better for you. Common sense right? Unfortunately, people's influence can play a huge role in the foods you choose.
Find whole foods that work for you, not for other people. This will make getting 'healthier' much easier and it will take the confusion out of it because YOU are the dictator of what is healthy.
"Experiment with new and different foods to find what works"
Experiment with what works for your body, do some trial and error. If something makes you not feel so hot after eating it.. don't eat it, healthy or not!
When I was experimenting with foods during my health coach program and after years of binging & restricting I tried out things like; paleo, keto and vegetarian, people told me I was yo-yo dieting (side note: I was eating all the time and it was just more whole foods than I had ever eaten before. People literally saw kale and had an aneurysm) the criticism was strictly due to the labels put on these food choices. Although, you may be reading this and agreeing that it sounds like yo-yo dieting, this process helped me pick out all the parts of each diet I actually liked and made me feel good and I created my own hybrid version that worked FOR ME.
People will always have an opinion on your diet and your health which again is why so many feel confused. It's a real huge downer when people do this to you and it might cause you to feel more anxious about your choices but maintain your course, my friend.
You know what YOU are doing for YOU and no one else has to understand it but YOU! It's your body not theirs and finding out what works for you and your body is being "healthy". Want to learn more about how to listen to your body and eat
So, some people might be thinking, 'Okay Ashleen this is all great but I feel awesome eating donuts all day' and that's fine, but it will eventually cause you to have some issues you surely don't want to have if you continue to binge on these foods.
"Let grandma have the cake..."
Moderation is key for these foods and I'm so one of those people that hated that word (mOdErAtIoN.. like what even is that?!) because I didn't understand how people were doing it! I used to eat one bite of cake and all of a sudden be fighting someone's grandma for the last big slice.
Don't get me wrong, I still struggle with this from time to time (the sugar thing not the grandma thing) but it has definitely become 1000x easier since getting my gut health in order. Now I naturally know what my body wants and how much which makes eating intuitively a no brainer. If I can do it, you definitely can and I'm here to support you along the way! If you want to learn more about how important gut health is check out this blog post HERE.
"6 packs and lettuce can't give you all these benefits"
Moral of the story, everyone has their own version of healthy and many of them are correct obvi, besides the donut guy but hey, to each is own. I'm here to help people find what works for their body in a balanced-i-love-being-healthy way!
Being "healthy" is all about your body feeling good which leads to your mind feeling good and all of a sudden you wake up and feel like you can take on the world. In my opinion, that's how you know you're healthy. Your mood improves, you sleep better, you can concentrate and you're full of energy .. it's AWESOME! Just having a 6 pack or only eating lettuce won't get you all that!
Read more about how being healthy can improve your mood HERE.
Hey! My names Ashleen.