The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Indulge the Healthy Way!

by - March 10, 2020

In a world of advertisement, social media and overconsumption it is easy to get caught in the madness of overindulging. Yes, treating ourselves can totally be an act of self-love, BUT there is a thin line between self-love and self-sabotage.

It is truly shocking to witness that nowadays people are actually suffering from obesity, overheating (or by eating all the wrong foods), as opposed to lack, or malnutrition as it once upon a time used to be. Don't get me wrong, while it is great that food is so easily available to us in such variety, it can also initiate feelings of not having enough, hence hoarding and overconsuming. Pause for a moment, look around and see for yourself, are we buying more than we actually need?


ARE WE OVERCONSUMING?
The simple answer is yes. The fact that food is a necessity for us to survive and thrive is far forgotten. Instead, people buy and eat more than they can physically digest or need in order to function. Food became a sort of comfort to simply 'feed away' our sorrow, pain, and stress. We tend to reach out for food not out of hunger, but out of boredom. Can you relate?

Nowadays, it is very common for the majority of people to develop a form of an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime. It almost seems like we have forgotten the real purpose of food and how to approach it. We lost the understanding of its importance and necessity for survival, and to use food as medicine to nourish and heal our bodies. We ought to eat away our feelings instead of facing and dealing with them. Let's dig deeper.


MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Sure, if there is a fast food meal deal for $6, ready within a blink of an eye, then why would we want to pay $15 for a healthy meal that you have to wait for? Well, don't play it cheap when it comes to your own health! 

Although, it may seem like we are saving ourselves some dollar (for now), what about the future? Once the long made poor eating choices start to reflect on our health and revealing their damage due to these earlier budget choices, it may be a little too late to turn things around. Instead, we will be left out with high medical bills, pain, and discomfort. But there is hope!

Eating healthily does NOT need to be expensive, neither does it have to be restrictive. Eating healthy means eating plentifully and colorfully, experimenting with different flavors, variations and combinations. It can be easy and quick, full of taste and excitement. But most importantly, your food choices today, will determine your health in the future. Don't fall under your mind's impulse for temporary pleasure that will last only about 5 minutes but may cost you years of health problems. Besides, did I say that that you can indulge and spoil yourself with healthy foods too?

> Check out THIS Vegan Cheesecake Bites recipe for example! 



HOW DO YOU FEEL?
We are no longer feeding our bodies with the loving idea of nourishing eating, we no longer understand or quite the opposite, are resilient to the importance and impact that the food we eat has on our overall health but also the planet. Have you ever looked into where the food you are consuming coms from? Or paused yourself while reaching out for a snack when you've just eaten? 

Often our food choices are not driven by hunger or the body's needs but our mind's preferences. This is why it is important to establish a healthy connection with and a relationship between your body and mind. This way, we can regain control and make conscious decisions (which are never easy) of what is beneficial for us, and what should rather be avoided. Let me show you how.

THE MAGICAL (TRICKY) MIND
The most important, and a step number one, is the state of your mind. You don't need to be your mind's slave, instead, take control and become its master! (Yes, easier said than done...) If you feel and believe that you have to - not that you truly want to eat and be healthy, this shift will never happen for you. Changing your mindset about a healthy lifestyle is the first but crucial step. Why?

There is a reason why is it called a lifestyle and not a diet. Diets are boring, restrictive and temporary, and definitely not exciting. I am talking about a life change that has to come from deep down within you, not something forced at you by your personal trainer, doctor or family. Think of the many reasons WHY would you want to become healthier, treat yourself with love and kindness. Let me explain how it works.


SELF-LOVE IS THE NEW ORANGE
Looking at the last week of the foods you've eaten, would you feed these exact same foods to your small children? Maybe yes, but probably no. Either way, think about yourself the same way as you would think about your children (or other important/ significant ones). Would you want them to eat the way that you know is causing them harm in the long run? I think not.

Following a healthy lifestyle, is probably the greatest act of self-love. If you truly love and care about yourself, you should naturally care about what you are putting into your very own body, and how it affects you. 

Have you ever heard the good old 'your body is your temple'? Well, it truly is! You only get this one body of yours in your lifetime, so aim to treat it with love and respect. Trust me, your future self will thank you big times! What's more? Adopting a healthy lifestyle, will not only be great for yourself (hello self-love) it will also be something great for the environment. Less junk food means less single-use plastic waste - double win! So not only will you learn to love and appreciate yourself, you'll learn to love and appreciate the world around you. 

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