Principle One – Building a Positive Relationship With Food

In this program we focus on gentle nutrition to help you make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel well.

Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that a matter, progress not perfection is what counts. Focus on eating healthy most of the time; the other 20% is for food that nourishes the soul. That is balance.

MY FOOD MOTTO IS: EAT WELL, FEEL WELL, BE WELL

MY HEALTH PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy on healthy living is simple:

  • I eat nutritious wholefoods (most of the time).
  • I indulge moderately.
  • I aim to balance my meals by including wholegrain carbohydrates, lean proteins andhealthy fats.
  • I eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • I eat slowly and mindfully, savoring each bite.
  • I don’t count calories or follow strict plans.
  • I cook easy, quick and colorful meals.
  • I try not to drink my calories, and drink mostly water.
  • I eat with joy and pleasure because I love and respect my body.
  • I do not engage in diet talk.
  • I try to exercise 3-4 times per week as it makes me feel good.
  • I try to get 8 hours sleep a night.
  • And lastly I try to limit my time on social media.

My food philosophy

EXERCISE 1: LET GO AND LET IT BE

If you’ve had a bad relationship with your body, please forgive yourself. It’s not your fault and you’re not alone. We live in an image-obsessed world. We worship and compare ourselves to the bikini models flooding our Instagram feeds. But those bodies have often been airbrushed and photoshopped. This ‘skinny’ standard is not only unrealistic but can be dangerous for our mental and physical health. So, it’s time to forgive yourself. Only when you’ve let go can you begin to heal.

To help you along, I want you to get rid of the things that trigger anxiety about food and weight. Here’s how:

  • Ditch the scales: Put them away for three months. It might be hard at first, but soon enough, you’ll see how good it feels.
  • Detox your social media: Unfollow the accounts that cause comparison or promote extreme ways of eating.
  • Give up modeling shows on TV and magazines that do not promote body diversity: Stop watching them. They promote unrealistic expectations of our bodies.
  • Lose the fad diet books: Throw them out and don’t buy any more.
  • Delete calorie counting apps: That’s right! Pleasedelete these immediately. They encourage obsession over the calories you’reconsuming each day.

We will focus moreon this pillar during week 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.