When we speak of movement, we aren’t referring to the daily hour dedicated to a run, gym session, yoga class or alike. We mean the way we move through life.
Our attitude, outlook, relations, food, physicality; every little thing adds up to create this movement. How we speak to ourselves and others, the energy we create and take into a room, the way we express ourselves and the company we keep. The words we speak silently and vocally.
A huge part of movement involves how we nourish ourselves through food. We’ve tried every imaginable diet and fast that exists. Between us, we’ve been raw foodies, vegan, fruitarian, gluten free, keto and more.
We’ve studied more than a few nutrition courses, read hundreds of books and we’ve learnt so much along the way.
We’ve experimented with some crazy rituals, so we know you don’t have to change everything all at once, or become someone who’ll never socialise. It took us years to feel confident about how to nourish ourselves to abundance.
Anyone who knows us, knows we both adore good food and that we’re passionate about wellness and conscious living. Friends constantly ask what they should eat. We know that being healthy doesn’t require expensive superfoods, potions and powders. Sure, they can help, but it’s better to make small shifts and notice the difference.
Nutritional information can be confusing, duplicitous, misleading and difficult (if not impossible) to understand. One expert will tell you eating meat is important if you’re diagnosed with cancer, while another will tell you the complete opposite. Just because you read a book, or a friend is practicing something that’s worked for them, we always recommend that you take baby steps rather than making a complete overhaul of your diet and lifestyle.
So, here are our top self-taught tips. They work for us and have got us over unhealthy dietary practices. We hope they might help you too…
Don’t cut out. Crowd out
Whenever we put restrictions on certain foods, we only ever end up craving them. Ask most people what their diet comprises and they’ll be quick to tell you what they don’t eat. But instead of worrying about cutting down on your food, instead try adding more of the good. Maybe add more dark, leafy greens or nuts and seeds. You’ll soon find your body craves the goodness and you’ll benefit noticeable differences. It’s more fun and maintainable to add delicious, nutritious ingredients and meals in.
Don’t eliminate any food group/s
We’ve never successfully eliminated whole food groups (carbs, protein or fats). Every time we’ve ever tried it’s caused issues. Instead, we seek balance and try to find what works for us. The body is a powerhouse of healing and homeostasis (balance) but to maintain health it requires each macro-nutrient to build healthy tissues and maintain well-functioning systems. Sure, there are plenty of elimination plans out there and they’re good if you’re trying to identify an allergy, but we believe in wholesome balance. Think healthy fats, complex carbs and good proteins.
Bio-individuality is key
We are each unique. There will never be another you. It’s not just the architecture of your body, but your mood, surroundings, your history, intention and general energy that affects how you digest, process and assimilate the information provided by food. What works for your friend/family may not necessarily work for you. So, try their recommendations for sure, but acutely listen to the rhythms of your body to see what works best for you.
Make eating a ritual
Try not to get distracted, read, look at your phone or waste your attention elsewhere. If you multi-task whilst eating, the digestion process will undoubtedly suffer. Digestion starts when the brain recognises that food is being eaten; basically, you look at the food and the stomach will start to produce digestive juices. It’s important that you really dedicate time for your body to process and absorb all the goodness. This is another reason why preparing meals is such a nourishing practice too as it helps the body prepare for digestion.
Chew more & go slow
(as with all things in life)
Tummies don’t have teeth. Carbs begin to be broken down by the enzymes in our saliva, so it’s super important to chew our food. We’ve got a friend who chews each bite 50 times…we aren’t so dedicated! But at least try to chew properly; don’t inhale your meal in one breath!
Eat as close to nature as possible
Avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce or don’t understand. Better to eat whole, unprocessed, real foods that the body knows and understands. Just do the best you can and choose products with as few ingredients as possible. Fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds are so beneficial to health and wellness. Think of foods you would naturally eat with no need for equipment. Rather than snacking on chocolate, try apple or dates with nut butter. Use honey instead of processed sugar.
Try to eat seasonally & locally
It’s better for the planet as it reduces carbon emissions. Better for our bodies if we eat seasonally too; for example, fruits are cooling so there’s an abundance of them in the warmer months.
Wash your veggies/fruit if you can’t buy organic
Putting a little ACV (apple cider vinegar) in water and scrubbing non-organic veg and fruit works a treat. Pesticides are designed to kill, so it’s best not to ingest.
Prepare your own food
The best way to reconnect with food and ensure you are feeding your body good, healthy nutrients, is to prepare it yourself. When you eat out, you’re handing responsibility for your health to someone else.
Don’t eat what you can’t pronounce
The body didn’t evolve on artificial substances. When eating healthily, you want to think about nutritional density. A can of soda may have the same calories as an apple, but the soda is empty of goodness, whereas an apple offers vitamins, phytonutrients and fibre. We have this theory that people can eat a tonne of junk and still be hungry because the body is crying out for nutrients. Processed foods have very little goodness; they’ll likely lead to inflammation and subsequent illness.
1% of something is better than 100% of nothing. It can be overwhelming trying to eat healthy and wholesome foods, but make little changes and go slow without too much judgement. And don’t compare your diet to anybody else’s. Remember bio-individuality!
Be adventurous with food
Try new foods. If you always eat rice, try quinoa. If you eat meat, try going meat-free one day a week. Mix up your milks and see what works well for you. The way we eat should be fun. We always recommend mixing up meals, trying a dinner for breakfast or eating dinner at 6pm and breakfast the next day at 11am so you have a decent fast. Just like any form of movement, the body becomes lazy when it falls into a routine, so it’s important to mix up what you eat, when you eat and how you eat. Adjust your meals slightly and play with what works best for you.
Hydration is key too.
With time, you’ll find what works best for you and your body. And you can create a more conscious life of abundance and health (the authentic wealth).