Tip Tuesday: 4 Ways to Eat Healthy on Whole30 and Beyond

Hi fellow Riveters and Happy New Year!
I hope you all had delicious and rejuvenating holiday full of fun, connection, rest and fabulous treats. I know I did! But now that January is upon us I’m guessing that like me, many of you are focusing on the collective urge to sweep out the old and welcome in the new, which means it’s the perfect time to focus on self-care and create some new and healthy habits. 
As a Wellness Coach it’s my mission to help women eat better, think better and feel better but I’m not a big fan of diets or the weight loss industry in general. I am a big fan of feeling good in my body and learning how what I eat impacts how I feel. For me the first step in that healing journey involved changing my overall relationship with food.
One tool that I use with many of my clients to help them on their own journeys is the Whole30 program. The Whole30 is “a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” I have found it to be extremely effective and eye-opening and that’s why I am leading a January Whole30 group with The Riveter. There’s still time to join us (we start January 8!) but even if you don’t here are 4 of my favorite tips for eating healthfully, mindfully and deliciously on the Whole30 and beyond.
1. Ditch the sugar! 
Our bodies were simply not meant to deal with the levels of sugar we have in the standard American diet. Sugar seems to be in absolutely everything from soup to nuts and in-between. Try not eating any sugar for even a week and see how your body reacts! The food industry has come to rely on added sugars as a way of luring consumers to keep buying their products even if the label says “healthy” or “natural.” It’s up to us to advocate for ourselves and take our health into our own hands.  Once you’ve gotten the sugar monkey off your back you’ll be shocked at how good food can taste without it. A plain old apple or banana taste like the most delicious treat in the world!  Avoid processed foods as much as possible, learn to familiarize yourself with the many names of sugar and get into the habit of reading labels and asking questions. Ingredients are listed by weight and if sugar is in the first 3 ingredients look for a different choice.
2. Plan ahead.
Keep your pantry stocked with healthy choices so that when hunger strikes you’ll be ready. Start by really looking at what you currently have in your fridge and cabinets. Read the labels and be prepared to be surprised! Of course we live in the real world and there will always be times that we need to “grab and go.” Stock up on healthy alternatives so you’ll be good to go when that happens. The Whole30 has a great list of companies that they partner with who make some delicious products.  Learn to schedule in a little meal prep each week. By taking a couple of hours on a Sunday you can create a few healthy meals that will be practically ready to go at dinnertime or easily put in a bag to bring for your lunch. This will ultimately save you time, stress and even money. Find a friend to cook with and you can turn meal prep into a fun weekly ritual. If cooking is not a skill you currently have, don’t worry! Learning even one or two very simple recipes each month can be a game changer. There are loads of websites that focus on simple, healthy recipes that require very few ingredients. Learning to directly interact with your food is a huge step in the direction of changing your relationship with food in general.
3. Add in more vegetables! 
I'm talking about learning to add them into nearly every single meal. Instead of frying eggs for breakfast, scramble them with some spinach and red pepper. Roast a whole pan of assorted veggies like beets, cauliflower, cabbage and butternut quash to have on hand for salads. Peel carrots and celery and have ‘em ready to go for salads or snacks. The more veggies you add in the less room you’ll have for other foods that aren’t serving you quite as well…
4. Stop focusing on the scale and start focusing on how you feel. 
When your daily weigh-in can start to impact how you feel throughout the day it’s time to switch the lens. Slow and steady wins the race here, so instead of focusing on losing 10 pounds, focus on feeling energized, clear-headed, vibrant and well-rested, and stop being a slave to a number. The more energy you have the more you’ll be able to focus on the things that really matter in your life like your relationships, your interests, and the things that make you feel alive. If you learn to ditch the sugar and processed foods, plan ahead and add in more vegetables, you’ll be on your way to making changes that will make you feel better in and out of your clothes. 
Interested in joining us for your own Whole30? Click here to learn more and sign up.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018!

Check back throughout January to see more of The Riveter’s tips and tricks to finding (and nailing) your perfect New Year’s resolution!