Heal Your Relationship With Food: Aim For Balance, Not Perfection

1

 

Happy Wednesday guys! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week 🙂 Anyone else here in Australia ridiculously excited it’s Spring tomorrow?!

Anyways, today I thought I’d write up another post for my Heal Your Relationship With Food series (if you haven’t yet read the other posts, you can catch up here and here). This one is all about aiming for balance, not perfection.

Sometimes we can become SO obsessed with eating healthily, that it actually does more harm than good. Yep, an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. How’s that for ironic?!

Now some people are total pros with balance. For the rest of us, it takes daily practice. In all honesty, balance was never my forte. I had to work hard to try and achieve balance in my life (not going to lie, still working on this one ha) and on my plate.

Luckily, we can ALL achieve balancing by making these little mindset adjustments:

 

nobody is perfect

NOBODY IS PERFECT. Now repeat this until it is engrained into your brain!! By trying to eat ‘perfectly’, you are setting yourself up for failure. We’re humans, not robots. There’s every chance that you will not be able to eat ‘perfectly’ every day and guess what, that’s ok. I mean, at what cost do you have to pay to eat ‘perfectly’ anyways? Your sanity?! Frustration every time you make something to eat? Guilt whenever you even think of eating something not-so-healthy? That’s no way to live. It really isn’t.

That brings me to my next point…

 

food is a guilt-free zone

You should NEVER feel guilty for eating food, whether it’s healthy or not. It’s perfectly ok to indulge here and there. It doesn’t make you a bad person; it doesn’t mean you’ve made a mistake; it doesn’t mean you’ve just ruined all your hard work and it certainly doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy. Your body can handle a little indulgence but it will struggle with the constant stress you put it under trying to eat ‘perfectly’ all the time.

So, I want you to forgive yourself for all the times you think you’ve ‘screwed up’, because you haven’t. You’re only human and you’re doing the best you can. Now, the next time you indulge, ENJOY it. Really savour the moment and be grateful for it.

 

there is no such thing as good food or bad food

To help banish this idea of ‘perfect’ eating we have to stop classifying foods as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Food is just food. It’s neutral. It’s simply there to fuel our bodies. Yes, some foods are a little healthier than others, but no food is ‘bad’ when it’s eaten in moderation.

 

break free from rules

There is no ‘right’ way to eat. There may be hundreds of different diets and food rules out there, each one claiming to be the better than the other, but truth be told, everyone’s different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet. Just listen to your body, make healthy choices and allow yourself to eat everything in moderation. Over time, you will figure out which foods make you feel amazing and what foods make you feel, well, bleh. Read more here! 

 

take the power back

Your time here on earth is just too precious to be worrying over food. Don’t let the fear of eating perfectly stop you from social situations, going to events, joining in on celebrations or spending time with your loved ones. You can bet your bottom dollar that when Christmas comes around I’ll be enjoying sticky date pudding (YUM) with my loved ones.

Never forget that YOU are the one that’s in control. Next time you’re being defeated by a slice of cake, think to yourself how crazy it is that you’re letting a bit of flour, sugar, butter and eggs spoil your day. Food should not have that much power over your happiness. Life is short, enjoy it.

 


 

I really hope these mindset tips help you work towards finding balance! Having a healthy relationship with food is just as important as eating healthily.

Oh and stay tuned for lots of exciting new content over the next week, YAY. I’m even going to be sharing my adventures from the weekend – hint: it involves beautiful scenery, photos of the galaxy and watching a sunset from the top of a waterfall. Yep, I couldn’t believe it either. 

Anyways, I should stop rambling, I have to go write up an assignment for uni!

Talk to you all again very soon xx

Chante Louise

 

P.S. For people like myself who have had or do currently have medical conditions that require restrictive diets and they’re finding this is taking a serious toll on their relationship with food, seek the help of a dietitian. That goes for everyone else too, if you don’t feel like you are coping mentally, please seek professional help, there’s no shame in doing so 🙂

Wednesday Wisdom

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Today’s little nugget of wisdom – Keep. Your. Thoughts. Positive.

Your thoughts dictate your attitudes and actions towards everything you do and ultimately, your future. Sometimes we forget just how powerful our minds are and that we really are the creators of our own lives. Always strive to be the best version of you!

 

Quote by Esther Hicks

 

Over the last half of this week, keep this intention with you. Pay careful attention to your thoughts; are they aligning with your dream life?? 🙂 x

Chante Louise

Your Free Food Shopping Checklist

Oh hey there guys!

Look what I have for you all, my FOOD SHOPPING CHECKLIST.

This is the checklist I promised you all in my HOW TO: Understanding Food Nutrition Labels that will help you to pick out the healthiest options when it comes to packaged foods. Obviously, it’s best to eat real food as opposed to packaged food, buuuuut packaged food can have it’s place in our diets in moderation – especially if we can pick out the healthiest choices!

A checklist to be able to pick out the healthy foods during food shopping

 

I hope this helps you all! I’ll also share it on my pinterest for those of you that find it easier using it on there. Until next time. xx

CHante---Signature

 

HOW TO: Create a Healthy Morning Routine

I have two words for you guys – MORNING ROUTINES.  

A yearly planner used in a healthy morning routine

 

Imagine the following…

You wake up. Snooze that alarm a few times (or 10… who are we kidding now?!). Drag yourself to the shower. Chow down some sugar-filled cereal. Spend a good 5 minutes looking for that damn hair tie (I mean, where do all those escape to???). Guzzle coffee down your throat as you race out the door.

Now, imagine this…

Wake up a little earlier (and on the first alarm). Meditate. Drink at least one glass of water. Plan out your day. Do your daily exercise and get those endorphins running. Make a yummy and nutritious breakfast. Calmly get ready and start the day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a whole lot better after the second routine than I am the first one. Rushed, stressed and on a sugar-high? I don’t think so. How we spend our mornings plays a HUGE role in how our day turns out. If you start the day feeling upbeat, motivated and inspired then you’re going to approach everything you do that day from this positive headspace and no doubt have an ahhhhhh-mazing day.

Plus, healthy morning routines, in particular, can keep you on track of your health goals. How many of you have said that you want to better yourself in some way and then before you know it, it’s the end of the year and you’ve accomplished diddly-squat (weirdest word ever ha, I love it)? I’m sure most of us are guilty of this one. However, by having a morning routine you are taking little steps every day to get closer to your goal. Do this every day and all those little steps become a giant step and soon enough your kicking those goals’ butts. Y-A-Y!

 

CREATING YOUR HEALTHY MORNING ROUTINE

 

What should it include? You want your morning routine to include things that will better both your physical AND mental health (they’re equally important!). So, I’ve included a list of my MUST-DO morning routine essentials that leave you feeling fab:

 

hydrate

Every morning drink at least one glass of water; ideally, try to drink up to one litre. So many of us don’t place enough importance on hydration (ugh, so guilty!), which is absolutely crazy seeing as 60% of our body is made up of water. Yep, you heard me – 60%! Not only that, but water is vital in every bodily function and is super important for keeping our bodies healthy on a cellular level. So, it’s definitely NOT something you want to skip out on. If you struggle drinking just plain water, perhaps try warm water with lemon slices in it? I’ll often add lemon and ginger – SO yum. Also, try to do this first thing in the morning, so it has time to settle before breaky!

a water bottle used in a healthy morning routine

[ I try to drink this entire bottle every morning. ]

meditate

If you’re a newbie with meditation and have trouble ‘turning your brain off’, just start with the basics. Find somewhere comfy (you can lie down if you’d like but there’s a good chance you’ll fall right back to sleep ha!) and just be. Make a conscious effort to relax each part of your body starting from your toes and ending at the tip of your head. Concentrate on slowing the breath. Then, listen to your surroundings. Just be in the moment. If you do get thoughts popping into your head don’t get frustrated just imagine them floating by and out of your head.

 

visualisation

What do you imagine for your life? What do you want it to look like? What do you want to accomplish? Who do you want to be there with you? Think of all aspects of your life: personal goals, health and fitness, family, relationships, dreams, career, finance and so on. Think of these things in as much detail as possible and pretend you ALREADY have them. Not only does this inspire and motivate you, I truly believe that it puts things (VERY good things) into motion. If you truly believe that whatever you imagine is to be your reality, then your thoughts, attitude and actions will start to align with your vision. It may sound a little hocus pocus at first, but the mind is a lot more powerful than we give it credit for, so use it wisely!

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

gratitude

Whilst imagining what you want for your life, it’s also important to be thankful for what you have right now. Even if it’s not your ideal life, or you’re having a rough time, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful about. So think of, or write down, ten things to be grateful about, big or small. If we’re constantly grateful (which we should be), we’ll always be in a good mood and the joy we have for all the victories in our lives will be magnified. Plus, it will help to buffer stress and any other unpleasant situations.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

gratitude list for a healthy morning routine

journal

So, if you’re struggling with the first three things – meditation, visualization and gratitude, perhaps write in a journal. When you have too much on your mind or you can’t get yourself out of a funk, it always helps to write it down. You may be able to make some sense of why you’re feeling the way you’re feeling; things tend to be a lot clearer when they’re laid out in front of you. Who knows, you may even just find relief from getting it out of your head. Either way, it’s a win!

plan your day

I’m totally a to-do list girl, I seriously love making lists (that feeling of crossing something off is the best, don’t fight me on this one!). I find that writing down what needs to be done that day helps keep me organized, focused and motivated. Make sure you are including tasks that will get you closer to your goals.  You can also do this the night before if you prefer.

Yearly planner for a healthy morning routine

exercise

There are so many advantages to exercising in the morning. Firstly, you get pumped up for the day and feel like you can tackle anything that comes your way. Secondly, if you leave exercising until after a busy day of work/uni/school/life, you either can’t be bothered or it will get pushed aside in favour of something else. Lastly, and certainly not least, it gives you that incredible endorphin rush, hello there good mood! 

[ TIP: I always try to eat something little before I start exercising to give me energy, even just a piece of fruit will do. ]

workout clothes

healthy breakfast

Making a healthy breakfast every morning is a great habit to get into and it will give you energy to tackle the day ahead, improve your mood and help concentration. It doesn’t have to be an arduous and time-consuming process either. You can make a breakfast smoothie and prep all your ingredients the night before. You can cook up my go-to breakfast quinoa porridge, which only takes me 10-15 minutes. You can crack an egg into a skillet along with a whole lot of veggies that you had cooked the night before (prepped or even just leftovers) and then have that with some avocado on multigrain toast. Whatever you choose to have, try to make sure you have a combination of complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. If you need some breakfast recipe inspiration then check out pinterest!

By this point you should be feeling freakin’ fantastic and ready to have an amazing day. All that’s left to do is shower, get ready to leave or get stuck into your work/errands!

How to get started. After reading through the above suggestions, start building your morning routine – what do you want it to include? I think all of the above suggestions are essential for improving your physical and mental health, but if you’re currently living the first scenario, then switching to this entire healthy routine may not be realistic, so try adding one new task every week. Start with drinking water first thing when you wake up this week and then in a week’s time add in 5 minutes of meditation until you work your way up to the whole shebang (what’s with me and weird words today?!). Feel free to add in anything else you like. Sometimes, if my body needs a rest, instead of exercise I’ll read a book that motivates and inspires me. No surprises here, I love books that are all about self-growth, I just finished reading Adventures For Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser and I highly recommend it!

What are you going to add in your routine?

 

How long should it take? This is entirely up to you and your schedule. This is typically how long I spend on each:

Meditation/visualization/gratitude: 10-15 minutes

Plan: 5 minutes

Exercise: 30-60 minutes

Breakfast: 20 minutes

BUT, if I have to be out of the house ridiculously early, then I’ll usually postpone my exercise until later that day, making the routine shorter. Have a good look at your schedule and commitments, how much time can you spare? What if you wake up an hour earlier? What if you re-arrange some things around? Get clever and think of ways you can incorporate these healthy rituals into your life. Maybe you can even do the visualization and gratitude when you’re exercising, or in the shower or even on you’re way to school/work if you take the bus or train. Although I do find these morning routines best done in the, well, morning (shocker), you could always do it later on in the day if that’s where your timetable is more flexible – just think of it as a self-care routine!

 

 

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort. ” – Deborah Day

 


 

Let me know in the comments below what you’ll be including in your healthy morning routine! If you already have a morning routine, what are your routine essentials?!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! xx

 

CHante---Signature

 

Shop the post: