For me, a sustainable eating plan means I’m eating foods to provide the nutrients I need to continue the activities I love doing, like yoga, cycling, walking, painting, traveling. It also means I’m eating foods that energize, taste good, fit into my every day activities. Sometimes it means quick and easy to prepare foods; other times it means preparing then cooking foods. I’ve learned, through trial and error, that it’s important for me to eat at regular intervals and I plan my schedule to include eating.
Having worked through the process of knowing what works for my body I’ve come to realize that maintaining the sustainability of my eating plan isn’t always perfect. Sometimes I mess up—I forget to buy enough or I’m too tired to stop at the store to buy what I need, or maybe I haven’t planned for my week before I run out of what I need. Sometimes, I don’t prepare and I’m caught out with options that don’t work for my body. What I have learned and this is really important to me, is I don’t like when my stomach hurts, when I feel puffy, lack energy, feel bloated. Those times effect how I’m living my life. The foundation of how I’m living my life is built on how my body feels allowing me to do the activities that feed my soul. I’ve chosen grain-free, red-meat free and gluten-free and that’s what works well for my body. I’ve learned this through several years of trial and error, listening to my body and paying attention.
Listening to the whispers of my body then interpreting as best as I can, is a process. It requires paying attention, some trial and error, most of all, taking a chance, trying something new to see what works for me and what doesn’t. I also know what I want out of my life and how I want my life to look. My body is the tool for how my soul moves though this life. By sustaining it with foods that nourish in a way that feels good to me creates the foundation for living my life with zest and vitality.
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