Do you ever feel that it is too hard to eat well and it is too stressful to be "good" all the time? I completely understand that kind of thinking and will confess that I too have struggled with it. Yes, sometimes it is easier to let go and eat whatever you think you want without thinking about the effect of food on us later. However, we can't run from the consequence of our actions and if we eat something that makes us feel crappy, guess what, we will feel crappy afterwards.
As fabulous food fashionistas, I know that each one of us wants to look and feel fabulous, so here are my thoughts on how to achieve that without deprivation.
What I find most often is that it is not the action that causes us stress or relief, it is our attitude towards that action. Take fashion for example. The other day my mom and I were talking about clothes and how our styles can be the same at certain times and different at others. I pointed out that because of my previous VP of Marketing position where I had to dress up and go to upscale events almost every day, I now really appreciate opportunities to wear laid-back attire when I get to work from home. I simply felt that dressing up became too much of an effort because of the frequency of occasions. Because I felt stressed and pressured to always look good, I started to associate dressy clothes with pressure, with always being on top of my game. Now that I have a balance in my life that I keep between going out for work and staying in to write/blog/do raw food, I feel there is a balance in the way I dress.
My mom, on the other hand, has never felt the pressure of dressing up. Maybe it was because growing up it was instilled in her at a young age that women always dress up and it became a habit? Or maybe it is simply because she has a passion for it? I believe it is a combination of both. When she shops, she buys clothes that she really loves. Think about it, if all you choose to buy are beautiful clothes that you love wearing, then all you have to choose from when dressing up are gorgeous outfits. The process of getting dressed becomes an easy task with a predictable outcome - looking fabulous.
Now, I propose that we take that outlook and use it in our approach to food. When going grocery shopping, choose foods that make you look and feel fabulous. Don't stress about it thinking that you are being "good." Let yourself be YOU. And trust me, your real, true authentic self will only want foods that make you feel fabulous inside and out. (If you are having trouble believing that you deserve to look and feel fabulous, watch this video).
Yes, it may be a little challenging in the beginning to change the way you look at food and at yourself, however, with time it will become a habit and choosing fabulous foods will become effortless. I am always here for you to support, inspire and guide you through the process of becoming a truly Fabulous Food Fashionista!
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