Hi. Dr. Connie here.
Every week I go grocery shopping for the week ahead.
I have common staple items that I purchase, which include protein sources, vegetables for juicing and cooking, the necessary items for snacks, and other ingredients necessary for cooking.
Like anything, cooking becomes a habit and I find myself repeating the same menu over and over until my family begins to complain about eating the same foods over and over.
So recently, I’ve been searching for various menu ideas on the internet.
I was flooded with so much, from bloggers to big time food networks giving me ideas on what to cook.
All the delicious options were contradictory to what I typically advise my patients to eat.
Some recipes contained items that you shouldn’t eat on our “Alkaline” food plan but sometimes, those ingredients are necessary to make the recipe come alive with flavor.
Because I am Asian, I refer mainly to those ingredients like fish sauce, hoisin sauce, Sriracha, soy sauce, etc.
I’ve tried the healthier versions of such and almost always, the substitute compromises the taste of the dish.
It’s All About Balance
For a long time, I was the food police. I was that person who my family and friends would not eat around because being in my presence made them feel guilty about their food choices.
But as a busy mom and a business owner, I now approach food and eating with a much needed humility.
I too need my stash of chocolate to soften my emotional breakdowns, or to shut my ever active brain off with a glass of wine.
I also find myself at the drive through at Chick Fil A to pick up dinner before a soccer practice for my kids.
I used to judge myself, but after a while, I realized that this is all a part of a human experience.
That we are not perfect and that’s ok.
Know Your Triggers
So with that said, food does have an impact on our lives but what’s more important are the “triggers” that drive our behaviors.
Eating healthy is about making smart choices about what goes into your body.
But more importantly, understanding that there’s consequences in what we feed our bodies.
Taking time out and thinking about the “triggers” in your life that cause you to make less than optimal choices is an important part of taking a step closer to the health journey.
So before you go and sign up for another “new” and “exciting” diet that claims exactly what you want, I encourage you to reflect on your habits and the triggers that drive your habits.
Set yourself up for success and ready your mind and your environment for the change that you want to make.
Clear and organize your kitchen, stay clear of the toxic people in your life who tend to sabotage your efforts, and commit.
Then add the following to your daily repertoire. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling better to take on the next step.
- Start your day by drinking a glass of lemon water.
- Also take a moment to breathe in and out, to tune into your body, and to set the intention for the day.
Then progress forward from there.
Remember, we’ve got to feed our body, move our body, and nourish our soul to live the best life.
It’s all about balance.
See you next week.