How to move and feed your body in nurturing ways
Many people ask me how to either give up a certain food or what the best exercises are. Let's explore these two points by turning them around.
What food can I eat which will fill me with calm energy?
Which exercises or activities do I love?
When you realize a food isn't serving you, contemplate alternative items that will nurture and support your body instead. Take bread for example. Wheat is a modern product which for many can irritate their gut. You will know this if, when you eat bread you feel bloated or "windy".
How can you choose a food which serves you better?
Simply put, it is a change of habit.
Let's take a real world example. I have many clients who struggle with eating scrambled eggs with anything other than toast. I see the appeal!
Here are my suggestions for alternatives to bread with their benefits:
- Smoked mackeral or salmon - good oils & protein for building tissues and sustaining steady blood sugar longer so you feel a steady energy post meal
- Lightly sauteed (in coconut oil) tomatoes - great for heart and bone health as well as anti-oxidants which clean up free radicals
- Lightly sauteed mushrooms - natural form of lower glyceamic carbohydrate
- Sauerkraut - great for gut health
Also see “My Top 9 Healthy Food Swaps”.
On the subject of exercise start thinking about what exercises or activities you love to do rather than “the best” or trendiest. Each body responds differently, no matter what the latest research the media is focussing on.
The moves that keep you coming back and really rev you up are the movements that will sustain you over a lifetime. This isn’t to say that trying something new won’t benefit you as you may discover a great addition to your “most loved” repertoire. New stimuli are important to re-ignite our bodies and move them past plateaus.
Some food for thought…
Don’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole.
My square peg is swimming. I love the idea of it and don’t mind being in a swimsuit but I sink like a stone.
My round pegs: Weight training; rollerblading; walking; pilates.
Take some time today to...
- Contemplate your exercise square and round pegs.
- Explore the foods that don’t serve you and find alternatives.
Have fun exploring.
Food and exercise are meant to be enjoyed.
Release your “I should’s” and embrace your “I can’s”!
Let's have some fun!!!