Simple Diet Wisdom, Margaritas & Chocolate: Tips From Annie at Collective Passions

Intuitive eating is tough, as is sticking to a simple diet. With the temptation of all the fad diets out there and the overwhelming urge many people have to find a quick fix to diet and weight-loss. Healthy eating is actually much simpler than the whirlwind of information in the media would have you believe. My friend and fellow lifestyle blogger Annie from Collective Passions is breaking down her basic approach to clean eating in this post, as well as sharing some easy recipes for healthy, non-restrictive treats. On her blog, Annie share tips and tricks from her own experiences as well as featured writers on how to get gorgeous, feel amazing, and get smart.

Do people ask you if you’re Vegan? Raw? Paleo? Why are we all so fascinated with putting a label on how we eat?

A few years back I read the book Skinny Bitch and literally, in a panic, turned vegan overnight. I stayed with the vegan label for almost 4 years, but eventually I started to feel overwhelmed with this style of eating. I started asking myself questions like, is this really me? Why am I labeling myself like this? And why am I putting this kind of pressure on myself to fit within a label?

It wasn’t until I was overwhelmed with working full time and going to business school full time at night that I realized I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. I took a step back and finally understood that I needed to listen to my body, not some book telling me what to eat and what not to eat. With this challenge I learned two important lessons about myself that anyone can apply to their lifestyle.

Eat in moderation.

Don’t put a label on yourself; instead eat what makes YOU feel good in moderation. Do you feel awesome after eating lean protein, such as chicken? Do nuts keep you full and give you energy? Or do you need a banana full of potassium instead? Cut through all the noise out there and do what works for you.

This Chocolate Coffee Almond Butter Smoothie is a 10

Life is about balance.

Don’t give up all the things that you LOVE. Eat well most of the time and have planned indulgences. Life isn’t about counting calories, macros, binging, starving, or worrying about food. Don’t stress yourself out over food. Food is not the enemy. Food is beautiful. Life is beautiful.

Grapefruit Margarita

Bombshell Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

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8 thoughts on “Simple Diet Wisdom, Margaritas & Chocolate: Tips From Annie at Collective Passions

  1. Well Annie has the right mind-set for eating, as well as what I like to go by. I don’t follow a diet, I don’t avoid foods and I don’t have a label. I think it’s a much more stress free way to be. However, I don’t always end up eating things that make me feel “good” … sometimes I like to eat things that just taste really good hahah! 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to Annie, Jill!
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  2. I really enjoyed reading this because I feel like so many people these days put labels on how they eat. I just try to eat as healthy and clean as possibly, but will have an occasionally treat. It helps you live a more stress free life! I do get frustrated though that I live in a suburb and there are not very many healthy food options to eat out, so we eat at home a lot which means we miss out on some socialization…..
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  3. Annie is clearly a smart lady. It’s funny, I actually read the same book a few years ago (my Grandma is a die hard vegan and while not pushy about her choices she’s always throwing fun literature my way, haha!) and I briefly considered becoming a vegan. I’ve personally gone without meat a few times when I was younger and my body just does NOT approve. I become weak and dizzy and it’s just not for me. But I can understand that pressure to conform to a certain title. It’s pervasive in almost every circle- vegan/vegetarian/BBQ enthusiast ;), Democrat/Republican, etc. Thanks for the Friday pick-me-up!

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    • hahaha I love your Grandma’s subtle vegan push. Too funny. Thank you for your comment, Shian!

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