LIFE COMPONENTS, Wellness / August 10, 2017

THE THREE DIVISIONS OF WELLNESS

(Part 1)

If you know me you know I LOVE FOOD!! It’s an art form, it gives you sustenance, it can be good for you, it can be bad for you…whatever the list goes on. Now I’m not necessarily the “will try anything” foodie, I’m definitely more on the picky side of things. And if I like it I will eat it over and over again until I’m sick of it and move on to my next food obsession (it doesn’t really make sense but that’s me in a nutshell 90% of the time).  But, another thing food or more specifically your diet and nutrition represents is your mentality.

At 5’3″ I ended up weighing 172 pounds by the time I was twenty-two. Which was about 60 pounds over what’s considered to be my best weight for my height and 40-45 pounds over my still got some junk in my trunk weight, that I prefer. I struggled with horrible eating habits because I adopted a philosophy where if it’s bad for you, it tastes sooooooo good and if it’s good for you…it’s horrible! It was ok when I was active not so much when you’re depressed and laying in a bed miserable, questioning “what is life?”

It wasn’t until I moved to LA and my roommate went vegan that my perspective truly changed. I had this perception of Veganism or healthy eating in general as being gross. But she sort of introduced me to various options. I did a strict vegan diet for like a month and a half and it changed my life. No I didn’t become vegan but I learned the balance of what I love, healthy options for what I like, and what I’m not crazy about….but need. By my twenty-fifth birthday, I had lost about thirty-five pounds and counting, fully adapting to this healthier lifestyle of balance. For the first time in my life, I truly felt the effect of eating unhealthy and the difference of eating healthier. So how did I make the change? Research, Test, Pass, Fail and repeat. And through that grueling process, I created a blueprint for my personal plan. Here are the aspects of my strategy for creating your personal nutrition plan.

One of the most important factors when creating your diet is that it’s budget friendly. So if you have to use those discount codes and become coupon obsessed to maintain your diet goals, do what you gotta do! Breaking down your grocery inventory helps you distinguish what you shop for. Such as, what you always need to keep in the house, what you periodically shop and stock up on, and what you annually shop for. This not only allows you to make a thorough shopping list but it also aides in how you choose to shop or how often you need to shop. Click here for some budget friendly recipe apps that will make your life a little easier.

 

Now I’m not going to lie, nutrition value is the most tedious and annoyingly long process because it requires so much research. Luckily, there’s a ton of apps and website that help in counting or tracking calories and other nutritional info. There are other considerations like allergies, your likes, and dislikes(other considerations can be allowances like a cheat day, etc). Or a priority for you may be choosing foods based on maintaining, losing, or gaining certain weight. I found the factor that’s most important is its health purpose.  Whether it be something as severe as an illness or condition or something as simple as skin care, whichever purpose or reason that is vital for you, knowing the correct foods and nutrition value helps you conserve it. Knowing nutritional value not only helps in choosing the right foods for the right reasons it will shape the foods you plan to eat and create meals out of.

The cooking process can be tricky, but it will be as fun as you make it. I love cooking but I’m not going to lie I have to be in the mood, so it’s good to have various recipes at different skill levels. Obviously, it’s best to choose recipes based on your cooking skill. But it doesn’t hurt to sometimes challenge yourself a little more to advance your skills. On top of that having the right equipment that the recipe calls for will make your cooking experience that much better.

Meal planning is pretty straight forward. You choose the best meals based on the nutrition value basics, elements of the cooking process, and the amount of your budget. Creating a library of recipes based on each meal type will give you options. And that will make it easier for you when developing a plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. Click here for some meal planning apps to help get you started!

The Lifestyle factor in creating your diet and nutrition deals with three things: 1) Kitchen upkeep 2) Meal scheduling 3) and prep time. All three boil down to efficiency. My Pepperplate app is my favorite because I can schedule my meals and break down my recipes by how long they’ll take to complete. I can also organize all my recipes and share them with others. While keeping my menus and shopping list organized all in one app. And although it sounded like a cheesy advertisement…it’s true. Once I started using it, it made the process of eating better and cooking more attainable. Using the best tools to allow efficiency in your diet and nutrition plan will make sticking to your plan possible. And honestly, isn’t that the point, to begin with?

Ready for the next step! Be sure to check out the Divisions of Wellness (Part 2)! Share and comment on your thoughts of creating your diet plan! And remember, never stop striving for the life you want to lead.

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