Good, quality food is something super important to me. It wasn’t always that way though.
I can think back to a time where I lived on dip, lollies, microwave meals and 2 minute noodles…. Oh Amelia!
I lacked energy. I lacked passion. I lacked drive. I just lacked.
The more mature me now knows how important good food is. How we truly need to treat our bodies as a temple. To nourish, nurture and respect ourselves in every way.
Over the past couple of weeks, I received a big reminder of why nutrition – the right nutrition – plays such a big role in our wellbeing.
It’s been a big few months. A big few years really. But in the last month or so, I’ve kind of let things slide. I’m not going to play the blame game with myself, it is what it is. But it was a beautiful reminder to myself about why I need to take myself off the bottom of the to-do list.
I knew I wasn’t right. I have been severely lacking in energy, and after releasing Nurturing You, I was lacking in passion and drive too. I was burnt out. I poured my energy reserves into my family, and my beautiful clients, and there wasn’t much left for me.
The thing is though, I should have had enough energy. I should have enough time. I should, I should, I should… Only I wasn’t.
I didn’t have enough time, because the time I had was being wasted scrolling through social media. I should have had enough energy, except I wasn’t nourishing my body with the right foods. I allowed old habits to slip in… I upped my intake of natural sugars (oh raw desserts – you are my weakness!), I started eating dairy again… I let things slide.
Before I continue though, I really want to make a point of the fact that we are all different. Just because too much sugar makes me feel lethargic, it doesn’t mean it will for you. And just because I can’t tolerate wheat or dairy, doesn’t mean you can’t. I am not labelling any type of food good or bad (except processed foods and any kind of “numbers”… steer clear!).
We are all unique, and we need to all find a way of eating that works for us – minus the word DIET!
I knew I wasn’t looking after myself properly. So I took a trip to my gorgeous Naturopath, and she did a live blood sample for me (coolest thing ever!), and low and behold – I had adrenal fatigue. My body was like a little mouse on the overused spinning wheel – working too hard keep up. Something had to give.
The special thing about this moment was that I wasn’t hard on myself. There would have been a time there where I would have been angry at myself for letting it get like this. “I should have known better”. But what’s the point in that? We all have bad days and we all fall down. We are always going to keep getting tested. The important thing is that we get up, and take away the lesson.
This was a lesson. And I was ready to learn it.
I left the naturopath with a bag full of herbs, and a determination to steer my ship in a more loving direction once again.
It was then straight to my favourite local hangout – the Farmer’s Market. One of my favourite, favourite, favourite weekend traditions. Organic produce, local growers and food, food, food – the whole process just makes my heart sing. We jumped into the trusty EcoSport (my favourite thing about this car? She is a DREAM on petrol… seriously, filling up every 2 weeks? Yes please!) and headed off to score ourselves a stash of the best local produce we could get our hands on.
Photo thanks to Willow and Tilly
The girl who lived on microwave meals, now goes gaga over a big bunch of organic rainbow chard! Honestly – my appreciation for good food runs deep. I know how important it is to fill your body with the good stuff. And I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of good food.
I’ve seen the positive impact mindful eating has had on my family. I’ve seen the impact it has had on my clients. And I’ve seen the impact it has had on me.
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
When it comes to buying whole, fresh produce, my advice is to always try and get the best ingredients that you can afford. It may not always be organic, but try to keep it seasonal, local and fresh if you can. And if you can’t recognise any of the ingredients – maybe don’t put it in your body…
If you’re curious about which foods are really worth buying organic and where you can probably save a little, check out the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.
I have to say, a trip to the local market is never just a shopping trip for us. It’s a chance to drink smoothies, chat to locals, get our face painted (especially if you’re one super face paint obsessed 4 year old!) and eat, eat, eat!
I love to get the kids involved too – my little lady loves to try to name the vegetables she knows… and is always happy to taste test anything that is offered to her!
Photos above thanks to Willow and Tilly
(yes, we take plastic bags… but we also reuse them again and again)
I noticed a cycle throughout all of this… When I stop eating from a place of love, and start introducing foods that I know aren’t good for my body – I loose energy. When I loose energy and feel tired – my self-love practice slips. When my self-love practice slips – my inner critic thinks it’s time to party.
My big lesson in all this? What I put into my body, I get back (and then some)… When I don’t nourish myself, I feel it. When I eat crap, I feel crap. End of.
I want to feel GOOD. I want to feel vital, alive, energetic and strong.
I followed up our trip to the market with a day of, well let’s just say – pure bliss. A hour long beach meditation, a solo trip to my favourite cafe for lunch, writing and then a 1 hour massage… I am now well on my way to healing once again.
If you’ve been feeling a little “blah”, take a gentle look at what you’re putting into your body. Are you eating the right food for your body? Are you drinking enough water? Are you getting enough fresh air? A few simple tweaks can really lift your energy and your vitality.
My health, and my wellbeing must always remain at the top of the to-do list. And yours deserves to be too.
With love & health,
This post was sponsored by Ford Australia