Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week, and a great summer so far. It's been a busy summer for our family, full of vacations, exciting projects, and down time with my little family. Overall though, I am so ready to be out of this crazy California heat that we have been experiencing and can't wait to get into the Fall spirit! Anyone else??
I've also had a really fun time running my new wellness community on Facebook! It's free to join and I have been doing weekly nutrition education lessons, plus accountability check ins and even sharing some fun recipes! Click here if you want to join!
A topic that I recently chatted about in this group is the concept of Addition Nutrition. Nowadays, with all the diets out there, the majority of these plans focus on eliminating certain foods and food groups in order to reach your weight loss or health goals. These diets recommend cutting out meat, bread, fruit, fat, and so many other foods that leave many feeling deprived and reaching for junk food on day 3.
Been there, done that.
But, what I have learned lately in my own journey, as well as what I practice with clients, is the idea of addition nutrition. What can we ADD to our plate, our pantry, and our meals to feel healthier and fuel our bodies better? Can we eat more vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, wholesome carbs, and good quality proteins? Can we drink more water, add a salad to each meal, and snack on some vegetables in the afternoon?
OF COURSE WE CAN. It's all about your mindset and how you view healthy living. If you just follow a diet or plan that is a list of "no" foods, you won't be staying on that for very long.
What I try to do to keep my mind right is focus on the abundance of nutritious and satisfying foods that make me feel my best. Then I go buy those things, prepare those meals, and look forward to all the food that I have on my meal plan. I enjoy my meals because I am not coming from a place of deprivation. Rather, I am looking at all the foods I can ADD to my day that nourish me and fill me up.
On a personal note, I have struggled with this recently in regards to my gluten free diet. I have a doctor-diagnosed gluten sensitivity, and yet this summer, I found it very hard to stick to my gluten free diet. I started to focus on all the foods I couldn't have, and had a scarcity mindset towards food. BUT, a quick shift in mindset is just what I needed to snap out of it! I am now choosing to focus on all the grains, meats, vegetables, fruits, and other foods that ARE part of a gluten free diet...and let me tell you there are several! The more you approach healthy living with an abundance mindset, the happier and healthier you'll be.
My challenge to you this weekend is to make a list of all the healthy and nutritious foods you want to start ADDING to your meal plan. Then go to the store and stock up on these foods. Prepare some meals in advance if you can, and approach this new week with excitement and an abundance mindset towards healthy living. I promise you, it'll make all the difference!