Why sometimes it's about what you don't do that matters
For the longest time, ok well most of the time I still battle this in my head, I always feel like I need to be doing something more. Trying something else to improve myself, my health, my relationships, or even my environment. Yup that's me, the perpetual let's make it better girl. For example. Say I eat a green veggie salad with fish. And then I eat an apple. Oh no! What? Why would I do something horrible like that? Well of course it's not horrible, but I know that fruit is difficult to digest and when it's eaten with other foods, it is hard on your body's digestion. I am a perfectionist and it's a constant battle to just let things be and live in the present moment without trying to upgrade it. :)
Here are three tips I have been using
1. Put your good work to bed.
This is one of the best ways to seal the deal of a beautiful nutrition day. Stop eating at least 2 hours before you go to bed, it's just hard on your digestive system to make it work when you are trying to sleep. Finish your day with a clean meal of protein and vegetables and then stop. Notice how your stomach feels in the morning by making this simple change.
2. That 80/20 rule again.
We know that 80% of your weight is influenced by nutrition while 20% is influenced by exercise. This one has always been hard for me! Why? Well, because I love exercise, I studied exercise science in college, and it just makes me feel so much better. It's ok to not workout everyday of your life. That may sound like common sense to you, but there were definitely some years of my life when I absolutely worked out every single day of the year. By eating well, you can not workout or not feel bad about not working out.
When you find yourself in the midst of a near explosion or breakdown, just give yourself a moment. Get into a quiet place, close your eyes and think of something you are grateful for. Stop the words in your head, the negative thoughts and only focus on what you love. Here, it's about not saying something you wish you hadn't or reacting in a way you usually do.
So there you have it. Three things you can not do to make a big impact on your health.
Put yourself to bed without having that late night snack.
Workout in a way that makes you feel good without obsessing and eat in a way that allows you to do this.
Center yourself in any situation you feel overwhelmed and need to prevent an explosion or just define a new outcome.
Let me know what in your life maybe not doing would make a big impact on your health! I'd love to hear from you!