Food cravings are a big topic these days for sure but more and more women especially are craving simplicity. Is this you or someone you know?
Life is super busy today for all of us with so many demands on our time. Work, kids, travel, meetings, appointments, emails, etc., and the hours often spent plugged in to an electronic device are sucking us dry.
Born and raised in England by parents who liked to keep things simple, I somehow ended up over-reaching and over-stressing in my life. My weight increased annually along with my stress and exhaustion levels.
Simplicity has thankfully returned to my life over the past three years.
Here are 5 things that I do and you can too. Start simplifying and improve the quality of your life and health starting today:
Beauty is everywhere in many different forms and costs us nothing. Start to notice the colors in nature, the smell of flowers, freshly cut grass, the morning dew, a smile, a kind gesture, a giggling child and express gratitude for all your senses and start to use them more. The constant connection through electronics has created a disconnection to the beauty that surrounds us.
Focusing on food while we eat makes such a difference to how we feel. When we are not fully present with the experience of eating we are disconnected from what food represents – nourishment! This means savoring every mouthful by enjoying the texture, sensation and the pleasure that a meal provides, instead of being distracted, rushing and not chewing properly.
Do you have trouble saying “No”? I know I used to. If you have any appointments or engagements on your calendar that you want to “wriggle” out of, then honor that desire in you. Doing so could mean that you get some “You” time that you so deserve. Don’t be afraid to start honoring yourself and ditch being a people pleaser.
I do not cook from scratch every day and you don’t have to either in order to enjoy healthy nutritious meals. Plan ahead by deciding what to cook and when you we will make this happen. Start with your favorite meal and double up on the ingredients. Cook a few different side dishes such as steamed vegetables and/or prepare some individual salads ready to go in the fridge.
Sounds simple, right? It really is and I encourage you to start making yourself a priority. If you have lost sight of what makes you happy it’s time to change! Make a list of all the things you love to do but haven’t done in a while. Perhaps it’s a stroll in the park, a hike in the woods, reading a book, yoga or time alone doing nothing! Whatever it is, honor yourself and start doing it.
Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”. She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life. She spent over two decades under a great deal of stress. She lost sight of the importance of her health time and time again; gaining weight and yo-yo dieting to take care of it, skipping meals during the day, eating too late at night, and letting work dictate how all of her time was spent. Many people need a trigger for change in life and the first trigger for her was her mother’s passing in 2008. Then just 21 months later her father passed away. Not only was this a ton of grief to process, but it started her on a deeper exploration of what is really important in this life. The saying “you can’t take it with you when you die” really hit home. She had been living with so much stress striving for more and more losing sight of herself and her health. The final trigger was in 2011 when she was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids. The four options she was given were actually not options for her! Three involved surgery and the other one was to do nothing. This scared her into understanding what she needed to do to naturally heal her body and permanently end the yo-yo dieting dilemma. This was when she really embraced making healthy permanent lifestyle changes. Since then she has been enjoying living a diet free and healthy life, without aches and pains, medications and a bunch of rules! She hasn’t looked back since. Ellie’s approach is not just for yo-yo dieters or those wanting to lose weight – it’s for everyone who is concerned about what their future looks like and wants to take control of their health. She has helped women with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other symptoms. Ellie helps you to show up in your own life, stop making excuses, shift your mindset, have a plan and connect with the passion in your belly to live your best life. It’s a lot of fun!