Eating Well Is A Form of Self Respect
So, I don't usually cut my food this fancy, but for you - anything!
Influences such as media (magazines, television, celeb diets), your social group and how you were taught to eat growing up can lead to a lot of confusion and frustration when it comes to eating healthily. We're so used to looking for a outside fix that worked for someone else - we ignore our own bodies intuition. Eating well and honoring your body plays an important role in determining how healthy you feel both physically and mentally. Balanced, flexible and consistent nutrition in addition to exercise provides you with the fuel you need for daily physical and mental tasks.
Here are some simple ways to respect your body and take interest in what you're eating: Play with spices and flavors (can also prevent food boredom!). Taking part in planning what you eat and cooking your own food is a great way to connect to the experience of eating and self-care. Part of becoming more aware of the food we eat, where it comes from, and how it’s grown, can motivate us to make healthier choices. Anything that brings your attention to your nutrition - meal prep, cooking new recipes and food journaling are all great tools.
It's healthy to eat often and well! So many women I work with talk about how their partner or their friends either eat differently than them or even don't approve of them making changes to their nutrition. I always say to them that everybody has unique needs and that no one else (including myself as a Coach) dictates what goes in your mouth! Make nutritional choices that honor your health, goals and desires. Be committed to learning what it is that makes you feel energized, satiated and confident! Remember that your worth is not dependent on what you eat and that you don’t have to eat a “perfect” diet to be healthy, healthy eating is about the relationship you have with your body and food – think: balance, flexibility, ease, and enjoyment. Progress and intention matter more than the illusion of perfection.
Support: If you’re finding it challenging to make changes, you're not alone! You can reach out to me directly: CEO@AshleySomersFitness.com or any other Health Professional you admire and respect. The sky is the limit to what you can achieve if you choose to nourish yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Follow your path and find people that support you!