The 7th step to food freedom, Nourish Your Mind, Body and Soul, is all about adopting health-promoting habits rooted in self-care.
Below I’ll talk you through some key concepts for balanced, healthy eating (what I like to call gentle nutrition) to help you achieve optimal nourishment for your body. This will be your chance to experiment with what feels good for YOUR mind, body and soul.
1. Consider Your Intentions
Are you choosing a certain food because you genuinely want to enjoy the taste of it, think it will feel good in your body and know it will be satisfying? Make decisions with the intention of truly caring for yourself. The intentions behind our decisions matter more than the decisions themselves.
2. Focus on the bigger picture, not individual food choices
When you focus on your individual choices within a day, it’s easy to be critical but healthy eating is about balance over time; not within 1 particular day. Instead, how can you focus on the bigger picture patterns?
3. Eat a variety
When we eat a wide variety of foods, it helps to naturally ensure we are getting adequate nutrition and cultivates greater diversity in our gut bacteria which we are starting to learn has a strong connection with our health. Having diverse gut bacteria can help with digestion, blood sugar levels, diabetes risk, brain health and so much more.
4. Focus on inclusion, not exclusion
Instead of focusing on excluding or limiting certain foods, get curious about how you can add in more nutrient-dense foods.
5. Experiment with what feels good for YOUR mind, body and soul
Paying attention to how you feel with curiosity, not judgement can help you make more nutritious choices overall. You’ll want to feel good and feeling good comes with listening to YOUR individual needs. Our bodies have bio-individual nutrition needs and eating based on your own intuition is what allows you to really listen to them.
6. Experiment with cooking at home more often
When you cook at home it’s easier to include more fresh foods and ingredients but it doesn’t have to be perfectly “clean”. Sure “whole” foods have greater nutritional value over “processed” foods but that doesn’t mean processed foods should be shunned. Sometimes processed food can make eating healthy more accessible. For example, maybe you use a pre-made quinoa and veggie blend from the freezer section at the store so that you have more time to actually sit down and enjoy it with your family.
7. Listen to your hunger, fullness and satiety cues
I covered this in step 4, food biology & emotionality, if you want to read more about it but just remember only YOU know the “right” amount and type of food for you and listening to your internal, intuitive cues is what allows you to tune into that.
Click here to download my 8 steps to food freedom cheatsheet: a quick summary you can refer back to whenever you need a little refresher with questions to ask yourself for each step!
Continue reading with the next and final step to food freedom: reclaim your freedom!