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.
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.
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