Remember back in December when I asked people what they wanted to know and what I could support them with? The two questions I got the most were, “what do you eat?” and “how did you grow your business?”
Well, I’m listening! I’ve decided to hold a “Behind My Biz” teleclass on February 13th at 7pm EST/4pm PST to share with you how I grew my business and give you a foolproof action plan to be a rockin’ solo-preneur in no time at all. These are the steps I have used to grow my business and what my mentees have adopted with huge success.
You can’t sign up for the class yet, but do save the date on your calendar: Wednesday February 13th at 7pm EST/4pm PST.
I’m not a business coach, but I do know that hating your job or struggling with money is a huge cause of overeating, and I know that if I can teach you a few things to help you adore your job and have success, then you’ll be far less likely to stuff your face with Cheetos.
Speaking of Cheetos… today I want to simply share with you what I eat. You hear me talking a lot about what is underneath your eating habits, because I really believe that you can talk about the benefits of kale til you’re blue in the face, but true healing only happens when you can understand why you eat the way you do.
But, the reality is that what we put in our mouths is REALLY important. It affects our mood, immune system, relationships, skin, digestion, productivity, sex-drive and happiness. So I wanted to be clear on what it means to me to feed my body useful, nutritious, nurturing foods that support my life, so that you can start to curate a way ofeating that works for you.
Breakfast: After I workout, I eat breakfast at my kitchen table while listening to the Norah Jones Pandora station and looking out the window at the neighborhood waking up.
Green Smoothie: ½ avocado, 5 leaves of kale, some cucumber or celery, 1 small apple, water, (mint optional)
2 Fried eggs, sauteed kale and ½ avocado
Lunch: I eat lunch with friends or at home by myself at my kitchen table while listening to music. I do a lot of deep breathing before I eat so I’m not stressed. Stress does a number on digestion, so it’s really important to be calm.
Bowl of fun: steamed greens (kale, swiss chard or collards), leftover organic animal protein from dinner the night before, sauteed onions, sometimes if I’m super hungry I’ll add something starchy like steamed sweet potato, roasted parsnips or carrots. And maybe I’ll add some mushrooms, peppers or whatever veggies I have in the fridge.
Salad: arugula and chopped raw kale, organic animal protein or eggs (if I didn’t have any in the morning), tomatoes, carrots, avocado and whatever veggies I have.
Dinner: I almost always eat dinner with Jonathan at home during the week. After closing my computer and straightening up the apartment, I change and freshen up my makeup. This helps me leave my work mode behind, and step into wife mode. I’m usually the one to cook because he gets home late, but I find it to be really relaxing and fun (most of the time). We usually sit at the dining room table, light candles and talk. It can be easy to want to tune out in front of the TV, but I believe the strength of a relationship is very tied to how well you listen and connect with one another over a meal or glass of wine.
We eat something different every night, but it usually is made up of a nice piece of organic, local, happy animal protein (lamb, fish, beef, pork etc), a cooked veggie (sometimes things like broccoli, brussel sprouts, eggplant, peppers, or we’ll do something starchier like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots etc.) and a simple salad with lemon and olive oil. Cooking dinner usually takes me about 40 minutes.
There’s a few things you might notice here:
I don’t snack. I have a practice of only eating when I’m hungry and I don’t get hungry in between meals. And if I’m hungry at 11am, I’ll just eat lunch!
There aren’t a lot of grains in my life. I used to eat a ton of grains, but I find that my body does better on a meat and veggie diet right now. Everyone is different, and my cravings will probably shift again, but this is where I’m at.
Whether I’m alone, with Jonathan or with friends, I always take time to eat slowly without a book, cell phone, email or TV. Food tastes too good to be distracted.
Where’s the chocolate?? In addition to the above, you’ll usually find me enjoying chocolate, amazing bread and ice cream on the weekends. I find that the sugar and gluten slows me down and messes with my focus during the week, so I don’t eat it then. But on the weekends I look for the most fresh, warm bread I can get my hands on, and buy the most luxurious chocolate. And when I eat it, I make sure I’m in a beautiful space in a fabulous outfit, so the whole thing is incredibly satisfying.
What I need you to understand is that I didn’t come to eat like this, and have so much peace with my food by following a meal plan or diet. Finding my groove took a lot of trial and error, and a steadfast commitment to learning how to listen to my body and her cravings. I spent so many years thinking that paying attention to my body was the best way to gain 50 pounds. But the reality was that when I learned a very specific way to connect and listen to her, it became clear what I needed to be nourished and satisfied, and I rarely felt the need for the stuff I knew wasn’t healthy.
This art of tuning into your body, is something we’ll spend a lot of time on in Live More Weigh Less. What’s amazing about this strategy is that you’ll naturally lose weight without ever using a meal plan or diet ever again. And you’ll never feel deprived or restricted, can you imagine?
If you’re totally confused about what to eat, and how to actually stick to eating healthy, then you may want to consider checking out Live More Weigh Less. You can get on the waiting list here.