Food Uncomplicated: Begin With Breakfast
As I sat down to my breakfast this morning, I thought about simplicity. How we as humans seek food and life answers in others when they're really inside of us. To truly get well and live our healthiest life, we have to ask ourselves some tough questions about the choices we make every day. We gotta get real about ourselves and our food and move from there.
Food is always the center of my workshops and client work and when I get into conversations about meals and what to eat they often start getting complicated. What recipes do I use? How many pieces of fruit am I allowed per day? What about gluten? Do I have to eat breakfast? Tina, I hate breakfast.
I've always been a believer that our food doesn't have to be sophisticated, in fact, the more simple we keep our choices the more likely we are to feel better and make those smart choices more often. The easier it becomes to listen to our body. Real food is fast food and there's room for doughnuts, muffins, mom's cookies and pancakes - so long as your plate for most of that day looks like a rainbow of love.
And if you want to change your health and don't like fresh food, you're gonna have to keep an open mind. I encourage my clients and everyone I meet to do a few things when it comes to food:
- Keep real food central: from fruits to vegetables, complex carbs, animal and plant based protein, include fats like nuts and seeds.
- Think about the flavors you like: is your palate more global, Mediterranean? What do you enjoy eating and how does it make you feel?
- Moderation: you can have anything you want when you keep real food a central part of your lifestyle. The idea here is balance, not saying no, but giving yourself license to eat. Knowing how food makes you feel informs this moderation.
- Get to know your body + brain: there are no rules except those that work for YOU. Eating and meals are not 80/20 or 70/30, it's about what feels good. What gives you energy? Makes you wanna get up and go? Let's you feel vibrant and like a glow worm? Strong. Like bull. Base all of the above on this core understanding.
- Cook (at least 1 thing and grow from there): I wouldn't have gotten healthy if I didn't take time to prepare food THAT I LIKE. Build your curiosity in the kitchen, go to the farmers market and see what inspires you, the colors and abundance. Real food is hot, steamy, colorful and sexy - and I hate saying this shit, but it'll make you feel that way too - so will a little time in the kitchen caring for YOURSELF.
- Eat breakfast: if #5 seems scary, just start today by eating breakfast, it's the quickest way to start building a routine and getting in a groove. It's 1 step that's manageable and often times requires ZERO COOKING - simply a choice ...
- Make a list: to achieve #6 write down breakfast food choices by thinking about balance and what's going to make your feel upbeat and ready for your day. If you're always on the go, try making the list to support reaching for these foods so it's ingrained in your mind and becomes instinct.
My top 10 for breakfast includes:
- Sprouted grain bread
- Nut Butter
- Nuts + Seeds
- Fresh fruit
- Fresh veggies
Again, this is my pantry/fridge list. This allows me to throw together simple breakfasts without much thought. But I'm also in a routine, so give yourself time. You'll grow into it. And once you have 10 items like this in the house, you can start building and playing with making some recipe free meals that'll make your mouth water. I mean it. It's true. Oh, the anticipation!
I'll get into my other teachings about the ways in which our real hunger are informed by our emotional and habit hunger as well as visual and scent and ways to check in with that. Again, if getting well and the key to weight loss was as simple as recipes, calorie counting, cleanses and decreasing sugar consumption - we wouldn't have health issues. It's whole brain/body mission.
We bring our story to our health and there's no recipe solve for that except understanding our life, choices and beginning to make some new ones. Step by step. One day at a time. That's what I've been doing for 16 years.
Breakfast. Eat breakfast. And, I'm here for you.