If you're wondering what I, as a Health Coach, actually eat from day to day, it's good you tuned in today. I'm opening the doors to my refrigerator and pantry to show you what my grocery haul and times of food prep produced for this week's meals. Let me start with a throwback to the subject of bio-individuality. Subscribing to the philosophy that there is no one-size-fits-all diet, I'm ready and eager to share with you all how I eat, only with the caution that it does not prescribe or suggest a similar diet for you, necessarily. So here's a little snapshot of my personal dietary guidelines:
My only sensitivities are certain nuts and acidic foods, as I'm prone to mouth sores. With that said, I do eat gluten, dairy, and other animal products. I allow myself only whole grains and natural sugars (fruit, honey, coconut sugar, etc) for the most part. If I'm eating conventional sugar, it's organic and comes in at less than 10g/serving. As for organic products, I strive for organic (or at least naturally raised) animal products and organic produce from the dirty dozen list. Basically everything else is fair game. I'm at a point in my health journey where I know when my cravings are coming from my body or my mind and have a pretty good handle on exceptions to the personal guidelines I just shared. It has to be said--I love getting clients to this place! Knowing when and how much of a treat you can or cannot handle is so freeing!
Ok, back to the kitchen. This week, I've got the following foods on hand:
In the fridge door-
A small organic milk, fizzy waters, organic apple cider, organic half and half, and red wine.
Inside the refrigerator-
Cage free eggs, an organic cucumber, organic yogurt, and in the containers: sautéed brussels sprouts, quinoa pasta, antibiotic free chicken meatballs, and pumpkin puree.
In the pantry-
Organic dark chocolate with sea salt, raw honey, raw cashews, organic popping corn, quick oats, maple syrup, and all natural peanut butter.
Aaand in the fruit basket-
Clementines and bananas!
There you have it! This may or may not excite you as much as it does me, but my purpose in sharing a glimpse into my kitchen today is not necessarily to excite. It's to inspire you that making healthy choices takes effort even for a Health Coach who lives and breathes this stuff daily. The fact of the matter is: if I hadn't gone to the grocery store and carved out time to cook the ingredients that needed prep, I'd be relying on store-bought food or restaurants multiple times throughout the week. It's a simple concept, but one that requires a choice.
So my encouragement to you is to plan when you'll grocery shop and prepare your meals for the coming week! It will make all the difference if this isn't already a habit for you.
What day of the week do you most enjoy grocery shopping? Share in the comments below!