If you didn’t get my e-mail last week announcing that I was starting nutrition school at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, then two things:
1) I started last week, and
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Before I get to talk about IIN, let me share with you my latest video! If you have an iOS device, you can download the Inspiralized Recipe App and have all the latest recipes at your fingertips!
I use the App all the time at the grocery store, when showing friends my recipes and whenever I need a little dinner inspiration and I’m too lazy to walk over to my computer.
Check it out and if you want to download it, search “Inspiralized” in the App Store or click here.
Note: In the future, when we have more resources, I’d love to make an Android-compatible App, but for the time being, we have no immediate plans to do so. I’m so sorry! I have an iPhone, that’s why I started with iOS.
I am so excited to be finally committing to what’s been on my to-do list for years: go to Nutrition School. I’m doing it in the most manageable way possible – online, at my own leisure. I’m already loving what I learned in last week’s introduction and I figured – why not share my findings with my readers!
So, every Wednesday, in a “Nutrition Talk”, I’m going to share something I learned during the previous week’s “module” (that’s what the people at IIN call them!) that I find interesting and well, worth sharing.
And, if you’ve had the same goal on your to-do list, take the plunge and sign up – they’re offering exciting discounts and offers for anyone who signs up through Inspiralized!
And don’t worry, I’ll also be sharing something spiralized that day too – I’ve been trying to post new videos every Wednesday, but otherwise, it will be a recipe or something related.
Everything I’ve learned about nutrition thus far has been from reading books about the topic, staying up-to-date on news in the health and wellness space and attending talks led by professors and industry leaders. I feel like I’m generally educated in this department, and I love applying things that I learn to my own recipes.
However, there’s ALWAYS room for learning, improvement and exposure to different perspectives, which I’m especially excited about.
And lately, this has been my motto:Eat clean and live the dream! @Inspiralized Click To Tweet
Last week’s module was just an introduction basically to how to set yourself up for nutritional success. The speakers talk about how you manage things like time and how you set goals to help keep you focused and balanced.
I felt totally inspired after this module – I even decided to set a few actionables/takeaways for myself and I wanted to share them with you:
Make personal to-do lists on top of work to-do lists
I put Inspiralized first, always. That was actually one of my biggest issues before I fully committed to my fit journey – I wasn’t placing enough emphasis on my own mental and physical health. I would eat poorly and “sacrifice” working out in order to fit in more Inspiralized work.
What I learned in this Module that you truly need to have your life in a good place, in order to have a successful relationship with your diet and nutrition. If your relationship with your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is terrible, you’ll most likely turn to food for comfort.
Personally, I’m a big stress-eater. So, in an attempt to limit my stress and therefore limit my stress/binge eating, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to organize my personal to-do list each day, on top of my work to-do list.
In my Evernote file, I now make a separate section for daily personal to-dos. Here are some sample goals that I’ve incorporated just this week and I’ve already noticed a change in the way I’ve been eating and sleeping:
- Take a 10 minute walk
- Check in with Lu, my mother or a friend
- Run errands
- Take a workout lunch break
- Book dentist appointment
- Organize the pantry
In the past, I would view these “to-dos” as time-sucks and unproductive, but now, I’ve refocused my energy and feel more inspired and motivated than ever.
Address all distractions
This is actually ON my to-do list, ha! I’m definitely not the most productive person. Like many millenials, I’ll find myself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook – or getting lost on YouTube or BuzzFeed for an hour.
The struggle is real.
Thus, I’m making a list of all my distractions this week and taking a look at them and seeing how I can reasonably fit them into my day without stifling my productivity levels (after all, all work and no play makes Ali a dull girl, right?!)
Identify how I best use time to accomplish tasks and stick to it
One of the most interesting things that was brought up during one of the lectures was how you use time most effectively. For some, allocating a full day of non-stop work on a project is best. For some, putting 15 minutes of every hour towards a project is best. For others, 1 hour at the end or beginning of each day is best.
I never thought about this – I kind of just shuffle through my projects, leaving some unfinished and then scrambling at the end to finish them all up. That’s obviously not the best for stress levels and efficiency.
What’s my best? I’m an all or nothing girl. I’m either sitting it a coffee shop, unplugged and working on my task at hand, or, I’m all over the place. Now that I’ve identified this, I’ll be applying it to projects and coordinating my schedule accordingly.
For example, I’m going to allocate “recipe testing and development” to certain days while leaving others for “desk work.” Phew. I feel better already!