It seems like most folks who have travelled down the road to a healthier lifestyle know how difficult it can be to eat “clean”. Most people that I’ve talked to, including myself, find it far more challenging to eat healthy food 90% of the time as opposed to exercising for that same amount of effort. My theory regarding that pesky little phenomena is this.
Since food is one of the ultimate sensory pleasures that we get to experience (and it doesn’t help that social media glorifies it, haha), along with the fact that we need to eat throughout the day in order to survive unlike exercising, it is a lot easier to compromise clean eating everyday than skipping that 30 minute workout session throughout the week. I’m sure there a lot of scientific factors that delve deeper into that topic, but for now this is all I can tell you.
You guys, I have to be honest that lately my eating has been preeeeetty…healthy but with a bit more sweets thrown into the mix than usual. Pastries, Andes frosting cupcakes, and chocolate (lately for some reason) are some of my greatest weaknesses and although I normally have pretty good self control, the past few weeks have been sort of blah! Moderation in everything is a healthy approach in my opinion, but when my body starts to slow down and isn’t able to work at its optimum energy level then I know I need to tone the sweets down a bit.
So what have I concluded for myself because of my currently wishy washy eating habits?
I decided to make a challenge for myself!
Say what??? Now, I know what you’re thinking…”But Ellie never makes challenges, and she hates to set goals in general.”
Trust me. I’ve said that way too many times in my life and if you were to google my name I’m sure you’d find a slew of comments stating that.
But you know what? I still hate to set goals because I just like to take things one little bit at a time. However, after being enormously inspired by the beautiful Giselle to make myself set some type of attainable goal, I remembered this old theory:
It takes 21 days to form a habit for most people. Good and bad habits, that is.
If you’ve been around Fit for the Soul long enough, then you probably recall just how much I loved smoothies and homemade juice! I used to have at least one smoothie or fresh fruit+veggie juice everyday, but when life got busy I unintentionally left it all in the backburner.
Well, smoothies and juices are here to stay for a good while! I’ve been trying to have a smoothie as my afternoon snack these days, though I didn’t succeed every time. Hello baby who doesn’t find the Magic Bullet noise to be very pleasant, haha! And that’s really the main reason I haven’t been consistent the past year or so, because no one can force me to drink healthy and scrumptious smoothies.
Because they’re just that good!
But in all seriousness, I felt so much more energetic and vibrant when I did include a kale+fruit smoothie in the late afternoon, so I’m going to challenge myself to drink up for at least 21 days starting TODAY—February 18, 2014. I’m certain that I’ll continue to drink up for pretty much the rest of my life after this challenge is over, with a few bumps along the road I’m sure, but I have to start somewhere, right?
Change doesn’t have to always happen in the blink of an eye. Sometimes we just have to be intentional with baby steps, especially when it comes to forming a good habit. I hope you’ll join me in this EAT BEAUTIFULLY FOR 21 DAYS CHALLENGE, and please keep it easy and fun!
Choose one or two foods that you want to add to your diet. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but have fun creating recipes, playing with your vegetables, going to Whole Foods for a freshly squeezed juice, and so forth.
Whatever it takes, make it fun but challenging enough that you will WANT TO maintain your new habit. Don’t go overboard so you stop altogether, but keep it challenging enough so that you’re motivated to push harder than before. Hopefully after the 21 Days are over you will find that you love this new way of eating and drinking!
As you can see, I love having a plate full of vegetables for lunch, so sauted veggies are some of my staple lunch dishes right now. Oh, and some of my homemade slow-cooked Korean beef! Let me know if you’d like the recipe because it’s finger lickin’ delicious.
I’m trying to be a bit more cautious about having too much bread throughout the day, which I usually include some of during lunch time. The reason is that I noticed that my body feels more tired come early evening. I’m not certain that bread is the culprit yet, but I’m testing it out for now!
I’ve also been trying to cook more for the young people at church, which is a true blessing and enjoyment for me! The other day I made them some Kimbap which is a Korean dish that’s perfect for picnics and get-togethers. Poor guys, they’ve been hinting about it for quite some time now but I just got around to making them, haha.
It is such a simple dish to make, and you can healthify it as much as you want or make it as heart-attackingly fatty as you like.
And I just realized that Selah forgot to tell y’all HAPPY VALENTINE’S!!! Clearly it was a challenge to get a proper shot of her, but her cuteness totally makes up for it.
Will you join me in this challenge? If so, what would you want to add to your diet for 21 days (and hopefully longer)? I’d love to hear your failures and success stories in the coming days!
What food do you love so much but have forgotten about recently?
-Chia seeds! But that’s because I keep forgetting to buy them at the store! The ones that are near my house don’t carry them so I tend to forget easily.