I don’t have a lot of options when it comes to eating out. Being allergic to wheat, corn, soy, dairy, and eggs takes most restaurants off the menu. Plus, I don’t like to eat meat, so that limits my options even more.
Having also cut out refined sugars and alcohol, cooking at home became a necessity.
Fortunately for me, I enjoy cooking. However, as much as one enjoys things, having to do it everyday can become a chore.
When it comes to cooking and eating, I try to keep things as simple and cost effective as possible.
It took some effort, dedication, creativity, and planning to get to a point where almost everything I eat comes from whole food ingredients and is made in my own kitchen, but I got there!
I did it because it genuinely is, and has been, the saving grace of my healing journey.
I just kept telling myself, “the amount of time, effort, and money it takes to drive to a restaurant, order, eat, pay, tip the waitress, and drive home” is the same amount of effort it takes to throw a simple meal together, run the dishwasher, and take a little walk around the block – except it costs less money and I feel amazing.
So, everyday I recommitted to a simple, healthy, plant based meal and a little exercise over restaurant/prepackaged processed foods followed by an upset stomach and a nap on the couch.
That every day choice slowly worked its way into a lifestyle routine that, now, allows me to eat healthy no matter what I have going on in my life.
It can be challenging to create new routines. This is why taking things slowly, having fun, being creative, and playing around with new ideas is important.
Think of changing daily routines into new lifestyle habits as an adventure instead of a chore.
Start with deciding how you want to feel in your body. Then, pick one dietary thing in your life you know you can change and look for the most fun, creative, enjoyable ways you can find to make that change.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless, boring, or complicated. So have fun with it!
Check out my Instagram page for easy to make healthy food ideas!