Last time I told you how my number one priority for overall wellness is sleep – and while that’s true, healthy eating is a very close second. Diet is so important for overall wellness, but it’s also something that’s influenced by lifestyle. I’m currently reading Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution, and in it she digs into the tendency to snack when burning the midnight oil. I’ve definitely been guilty of staying up too late trying to read or work, then all of a sudden I open a bag of chips and start snacking. I love salty snacks and dark chocolate, and while they can be fine in moderation, they’re not especially good late at night.
Controlling your diet extends beyond those guilty pleasures – my diet is a choice and it has to be a priority.
About two years ago, I did a strict 10-day clean eating cleanse. Now, 10 days doesn’t seem like a long time, but it required a lot of preparation and actually delivered powerful results. There are so many cleanses on the market nowadays. From juice cleanses, to no-carb diets, to clean eating cleanses, and there’s a lot of research into the pros and cons of these methods.
I had a trusted resource, a good friend at a wellness center, help me design a clean eating challenge in which I abstained from sugar, carbs, caffeine, dairy, processed foods and alcohol. It was all fresh foods, period, and honestly it was really tough! But while it wasn’t easy, my cleanse did bring attention to my eating habits and raised my awareness of what I eat and how I feel afterwards. Especially with kids, it’s easy to just finish their leftovers or share their treats. However when I was completing my challenge, I had to kick myself of those habits.
After my cleanse, I broke myself of some habits and try to eat more veggies and less carbs – but I also brought some items back into the mix like caffeine, dark chocolate and wine. I love to wind down with a glass of red wine (in moderation of course) and good piece of chocolate! I’m definitely overdue for another cleanse, but with my business taking off it’s been hard to prioritize.
There’s more to food than eating- I really enjoy preparing and cooking it. My mother passed away when I was 16 so I had to learn a lot about cooking on my own. My mother was an amazing cook as a stay-at-home mom who made everything from scratch, and in tribute to her, one of my favorite things to make is Sunday dinner for family and friends.
To me, food definitely pairs best with loved ones. I love to cook for others and entertain much more than I like to cook for myself. I’d rather spend my time on another project than an intricate meal for one, however I do like to make a pot of soup that will provide a week’s worth of healthy lunches. I try to fit entertaining friends and relaxing around the dinner table with a good meal into my schedule as often as I can.
One of the best things about keeping healthy eating at the forefront is that when we choose healthy options, we feel better and have more energy. With the excitement going on at AURATEK (make sure you visit the website and sign up to stay up to date – you might even win a $100 FutureDerm gift card!) I need all the extra energy I can get to keep me going from early morning all the way until bedtime!