I'm a foodie and have always been, and while I am not hellbent on diets, I'm on the quest to living a better life and that includes eating better. Eating healthy is an on-going struggle and like many I've tried various ways to kick old habits, but nothing has ever worked. My biggest struggle is combating junk food and sugar. The one thing I will probably never be able to give up is ice cream, and if you follow me on Instagram you will see I have a slight obsession with it (rainbow sprinkles included).
My birthday passed about a month ago, and I promised myself I had to make the adjustment. When I started, the goal was to go gluten-free and "semi" vegan; I quickly learned with my lifestyle that is almost impossible, and I was too stuck on the terms. I've also learned that it's important to listen to your body and understand what it needs and how it reacts to certain foods. For me, I have to go gluten-free, and after some education and breaking of old habits, I've been able to make some series adjustments. It all begins with a goal and a mindset, followed by education.
Like anything else, education is the most important key to staying on track. Understand what your goal is and do all the research you can to ensure you are successful. There is a ton of information out there, and unfortunately none of it answers all the questions so, learn what your body needs. What works for someone else may not necessarily work for you.
If you are buying locally or at your nearest supermarket, ask questions. Know where the products come from and how they are grown and produced. I've recently begun getting my produce and fruits from local markets - not only is it cheaper; it's usually organic. In addition to knowing where your food comes from, you can ask the farmers the best way to cook it.
If you want to stay on track, cook! Eating out poses many challenges when you are transitioning so, the only way to know what you're eating is to cook it. Below I shared a few images of items I love to cook - not only are they tasty; they're vegan and gluten-free!
Most importantly, enjoy food! Food brings many families together, and it should be enjoyed. Allow yourself to have a good relationship with it, but remain clear of your goal and make it fun!