I truly believe that food is medicine. The right foods can make us smarter, faster, more focused, happy, energized, give us glowing skin, healthy hair and nails…the benefits are endless. While the wrong foods can make us sad, depressed, lethargic, bloated, flaky, acne prone and sick. I have such a passion for food and care so much about what I put into my body because it directly impacts me!
Many of you have heard me talk about my stomach problems and digestion issues that started 3 years ago. I am SO thankful that after years of trial and error, I have pretty much eliminated my stomach pains, bloating, brain fog, mood swings, exhaustion, and swelling that came from eating the wrong food for my body. Like I said in my diet post – I follow the 80/20 rule and don’t believe in crazy strict diets or depriving myself with sad salads. (Also as a reminder, I am not a doctor and you should always consult with yours before making any drastic lifestyle changes!)
Everyone’s body is different. What is healthy for one person is not necessarily healthy for the other. When I see click bait-y articles saying “Everyone should be eating the superfood Goji berry” or something along those lines…I just roll my eyes. For me personally, Goji is actually an inflammatory food and makes me feel sick. This is why it’s so important to take the time to get to know your body and to listen to it. What food makes YOU feel good? What food do you think could be causing a problem? Maybe try eliminating it for a week?! It’s worth taking the time to figure out. Long term inflammation and poor gut health can lead to bigger problems – like disease and autoimmune disorders down the line. At the end of the day, don’t you want to look and feel your best from the inside out?
I wanted to share what I typically eat in a day at home (and nooooo it doesn’t always look this pretty!!! ;)) These are foods that make me feel energized, happy, light – the best version of myself. This is just a little sneak peek of something I’ve been working on that won’t be out until next year – I hope you love it!
8AM Hot water with lemon
9:30AM Green juice (recipe shared on my friend Camille Styles’ blog here!)
11AM Matcha with coconut milk *occasionally if I need an extra boost!
1PM Usually a colorful salad with a mix of raw and cooked veggies (I love corn, jicama, and zucchini!), basil, sometimes chicken, and dressing is always lemon juice + olive oil. Simple and delicious!
4PM *If I’m hungry, I’ll have a snack. Sometimes it’s 1/2 sweet potato with coconut oil, popcorn, Goldfish, cheese + crackers, seaweed, or a piece of dark chocolate. It really depends on what I’m craving!
6PM I love having a big, hearty dinner. Each night is different. Some of my favorite dishes are… zucchini noodles with pesto and chicken, pasta with Rao’s sauce, tacos, chicken noodle soup, etc. I really listen to what my body needs and wants. I crave carbs at night and seem to process them fine (again everyone’s body is so different.) I found that carbs in the AM and at lunch make me sleepy so having them at night works best for me!
I am by no means an amazing cook and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen so these things are all super easy to make, while still being nourishing and delicious.
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