Our state of wellness is not defined by the line on the scale where the needle lands. Please pay attention GIRLS! This lie is a spiritual attack from the accuser. The number on that scale does not define you! Your optimum state of wellness, the very best version of yourself, is an active day to day journey, not a number on the scale destination.
A great way to approach improving your health and wellness this year is to start by asking yourself some fundamental questions. Honesty is critical. God knows our hearts, He knows us inside and out. Consider inviting HIM into the conversation.
Here are 7 Fundamental Questions to ask ourselves that reveal much about our state of wellness. No scale required!
1. How do I feel about living in my body?
2. Do I have the energy I need to do what God is calling me to each day; or by late afternoon do I find myself crashing, burning and heading to Starbucks? Been there, done that! I can absolutely relate!
3. Do I have mental clarity?
4. Which of these food views describe me best?
I view food as a source of nutrition that provides energy to my body.
I view food as something that provides temporary emotional satisfaction.
5. Am I controlling my food intake, or is it controlling me? I’ve experienced both and still do!
6. Do I have the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular stamina I need to physically do all that I desire?
7. Do I have the knowledge needed to improve my state of wellness?
Your honest answers to these questions will be a great indicator as to whether or not your health and wellness are in need of attention.
The food we eat is the main source of energy available to us each day. If we are not getting the nutrients that our body requires to function at its best and sustain a healthy energy level from food then we are not getting it.
Don’t let the word nutrient scare you. Just like your body, food is a mixture of chemicals, some of which are essential for your body to function. These essential chemicals are called nutrients. You need nutrients for growth and development, for maintaining cells and tissue, for use as fuel for physical activity. These are just some of thousands of body processes that go on inside of you every second of every day.
To hammer the point home, FOOD MUST PROVIDE THESE NUTRIENTS. Our bodies cannot make all the essential nutrients it requires, nor can make enough of them. The six categories of nutrients in food are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. See, this isn’t rocket science. There are things your body needs that you can only get through the food you eat. If you’re not getting it through the food you eat, you’re not getting it. You’re missing out on energy, stamina and mental clarity that’s yours for the taking, or should I say yours for the eating.
Here are a few simple keys to nutritional success from my best practices. These keys have led to amazing results in my life and in the lives of my clients.
Key Practice 1
Eating 3 properly timed, nutrient-balanced meals daily can get you started down your path of optimum wellness.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what this looks like:
Breakfast within an hour of waking, lunch 4 hours later, then dinner 4 hours after lunch.
A snack is fine if needed between lunch and dinner. Keep in mind we are not toddlers anymore. Are we actually hungry, or could we be bored? Learning to identify true hunger and satiety (fullness) will change your life.
Key Practice 2
Replenishing your body with the nutrients it actually needs for optimal health at each meal.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what each meal looks like:
2-4 Handfuls of fiber-rich leafy greens/veggies
Some of my favorites are: romaine lettuce, kale, broccoli & cucumber
4 to 6 ounces of lean protein for women, 6 to 8 ounces for men
Some of my favorites are Organic Chicken breast, Turkey breast & eggs
¼ to ½ Cup of Starchy carbohydrates
Some of my favorites are: Quinoa, Chickpea pasta & Old fashioned Oats
1 to 2 Tablespoons healthy fat
Some of my favorites are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado, Nuts & Nut butter
½ cup low glycemic fruit with breakfast and lunch
Any kind of berries on the planet
Key Practice 3
Be mindful of the fact that key practices 1 & 2 don’t say anything about what not to eat. As you implement the first 2 key practices into your life on a daily basis, your body will naturally start to correct itself. You will naturally find that your unhealthy simple sugar and carbohydrate cravings lessen. You will start to learn what it feels like to feel full and satisfied from the nutrient dense food you are eating.
The number in your head that you wish you weighed, does not define you.
Today is the day to stop giving the scale and the enemy so much power. Today is the day to start fueling our bodies and take the control God has given us over our health and well-being.
Check out this recipe from Kelly LeVeque’s book, “Body Love”. I recently made this meal for my family. It has all the nutrients necessary for a complete meal that will fuel your body and your health.
Poached Chicken and Vegetable Curry
Poach 4-6 organic chicken breasts in organic chicken bone broth.
You can poach the chicken in a slow cooker. Simply place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker and cover with bone broth. Cook on High for 4 hours.
You can also poach chicken in a roasting pan with a lid. Place chicken in the bottom of the roasting pan, cover with broth and lid. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, remove chicken from oven let sit in covered pan for 20 more minutes
For the Vegetable Curry:
1 box of organic chicken broth
1 small purple cabbage, chopped
1- 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
2 cans of coconut milk
1 bag of frozen cauliflower rice
2 tbsp. red curry
2 tbsp. curry powder
Directions: Add 1 cup of chicken broth, cabbage and broccoli to the pot and bring to a rolling boil for 6 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, whisk/stir in paste and curry powder. Turn down to a simmer for 5 minutes. Ladle into a bowl, top with shredded chicken and optional toppings.