Good morning, friends! I still can’t believe we are already into March. Spring is just around the corner, right?
Realizing it was March already had me thinking about upcoming spring/summer produce (yay!), but also evaluating some dietary and lifestyle changes I’ve made since the New Year, or even in the past 6-8 months. These are things I’m conscious of that have helped evolve my life into one that feels more complete, healthier, and more wholesome. They have also opened my eyes to self-health things I need to work on, which is good – we’re all a work in progress! Even in the nutrition world, we’re not perfect! Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking Out Loud.
While some of these changes have been conscious, others have just worked themselves into my lifestyle, so I thought I would share what has changed and how it’s been impacting me, in the hopes that maybe some similar changes may help others.
10 Ways I’ve Changed my Diet/Lifestyle (New Habits)
- I now eat more FAT. It’s so tasty and filling! I try to include fat at every snack. Fat has really helped me decrease my incessant snacking which used to be like every hour on the hour.
- I’m eating less carbohydrates than I used to. I can’t say this is conscious and I’m pretty neutral about it. I don’t see it as overly good or bad, but I think alot has to do with eating more fat and protein. I used to be a serial cereal (haha, pun!) snacker, and would just grab a handful when I walked by the cabinet and had even the smallest inkling of hunger. Now, I’ve gotten so much better at grabbing a balanced snack, like nuts, or a pre-made protein bite. Not to say that cereal has exited my life – that will never happen, I can assure you.
Most of my carbohydrate choices now are whole grains or complex carbohydrates, although I still need those higher glycemic snacks before/after workouts. However, I will say I’ve learned to tame my sugar cravings. People who think dietitians survive on only fruits and vegetables and all organic, 100% grassfed, wholesome foods – let me assure you, NO. We are still human. I still have sugar cravings, and I’ve definitely had to work on moderating my sweets. I’m in a pretty good place right now where I can have them occasionally, but I’m not needing ice cream every night. I get my sweets when I need/want them. My advice is to not restrict yourself, and you’ll be better able to moderate your intake!
- I’ve started eating more plant-based proteins. I still eat meat and love it, but I just don’t buy it as often as I used to. This was something I wanted to work on for 2016, so that’s good. I will say I feel a little less bloated, but other than that, I haven’t really noticed any differences in how I feel, though that wasn’t a concern anyway. I’ve never had any adverse reactions! I am just lovingggg power bowls like the one below or this vegan power bowl!
- I’m pretty relaxed around food choices. Of course I support local farmers, I’ll occasionally choose organic and grass-fed if it’s an option, and I’ll opt for the least processed version of a food, but I don’t spend too much time analyzing or stressing over the ingredient list. Have I had HFCS recently? Probably. I’ve had baked goods and foods in packages from places outside of my home. Is it ideal? No. Was it memorable? Yeah! I was with good company and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. But it’s not a regular occurrence and if it’s out of my control or it’s due to the convenient factor just once, I’m okay with that.
- Similarly, I don’t stress if I don’t meet 5 servings of fruits/vegetables in a day, but I do try to include veggies in the morning or for a snack. But if not, hey, there’s always the next meal or tomorrow, or the next day. Your body will tell you if you’re in desperate need, believe me. Cravings for all the veggies is a thing!
- I’ve put a strong focus on building muscle. Strong bones and joints are so important, and the time is now to act to prevent osteoporosis in future years, especially for us ladies. I’m invested in hot yoga and strength training right now, and although there is a runner’s high after a run, it doesn’t compare to the self-esteem and dopamine release I feel after getting stronger!
- I’ve been treating myself to lunches out – just because. Self love, ya’ll. This is the only body and life you have – don’t hold anything back!
- I’ve spent some valuable time decluttering the house – clothes, old electronics, kitchen appliances, anything and everything. I’ve really found that decluttering my environment has helped declutter my mind and provide more peace. I highly recommend this! I loved this quote: “Clutter is nothing more than postponed decision.”
- I’ve been reading for fun. Oh, I can’t even tell you how nice it is to not have to be memorizing for classes or studying for the next test! I’m currently reading “The Good Girl,” and “Made to Crave.” Suggestions welcome for more good reads!
- I’ve made commitments and stuck to them – from work meetings, to luncheons, to workouts, to weekend trips to grocery shopping. This may sound like “duh”, but usually I’m an anti-commitment type of girl! I thrive on flexibility and spontaneity. I joke with Ed that I don’t know how he got me to marry him 😉 But I think putting something in my schedule and making it “permanent,” and being able to plan for it and plan around it has done great things for my mental health. I feel much more organized!
PS – Did you know today is national “unplug” day? Head over to Jill’s page to learn more about a Life of Fitness, Health and Happiness.
What habits have you changed, or noticed, that are making a positive difference on your health (mental, physical, emotional)?