I’ve spent years studying nutrition and coaching. This is my passion – helping people to find a better life by improving their relationship with food. Sometimes I forget how long it’s taken me to find the combination of foods and other self-care that feeds my body, mind, and spirit best. And I’m still working on it. I’m always tweaking. Sometimes I find something is no longer working for me and so I have to let that go and try something else. It’s a constant process of experimentation to find what truly makes my life feel yummy.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that it’s ok to make mistakes. You gather information, then make your best guess as to what’s going to work. You commit to something and do it as well as you can. Then you assess whether it worked, and decide whether you want to keep doing it, need to adjust anything, or need to dump the idea all together.
Nutrition can be like this too. In my talks I recommend that people try to eat foods in as close to its natural state as possible. It’s usually at around this point that people’s eyes start to glaze over. “But everything has something objectionable in it! How can I possibly be the nutritional saint you are suggesting?” I can hear them objecting.
I suggest striving for progress not perfection. Start small. Pick one change you’d like to make. Set achievable goals so you can mark some progress. Like maybe you want to give up sugar but that just seems completely un-doable. Could you give up one aspect of your sugar intake? Could you switch from lots of sugar in your coffee to whipping cream instead. For one week. Does that sound doable? At the end of the week you can ask whether you feel better, whether you want to keep trying it, or try something else instead. Or maybe you can incorporate one of the recipes on our website into one of your meals, and see how delicious healthy can be.
As cliché as it is, all journeys start with one step. What tiny baby step would you like to get started on today?