Another What I Ate Today video is live on our YouTube channel!
After the great feedback from my first WIA (what I ate) video, I decided to do one every other week.
In this week’s video, I’m all about keeping it honest.
When I do these videos, I want to show you what a real day of eating looks like. Some days, yes, I cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes, I’m just too tired to cook.
As much as I love cooking, I do cook a lot and sometimes, I get a little lazy. So, like normal people, I order takeout/delivery.
When I was making this video, I tried my absolute hardest to make it to the gym and come back and whip up something spiralized and healthy. I actually sat down at the kitchen counter and tried to will myself to put my gym clothes on.
After about 2 solid minutes of trying to convince myself, I decided that I was crazy – why was I stressing myself out about this? For the video?! I kept thinking, “No one will find the video helpful if I don’t cook my dinner.”
So wrong! I think it’s easier to show all the shiny, perfect things on social media, but it’s harder to show the “slip ups” or the “normal things.” It’s kind of like those features in the tabloids where the subject is “Celebrities Being Normal” – they’re pumping their own gas and like, walking around. Ha!
Long story short, I was feeling jet lagged and tired last night, so I decided to order something mostly wholesome from a Turkish restaurant across the street. If you live in Jersey City, order from there, it’s the best!
Watch the video:
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This week’s module at IIN focused on macrobiotics, grains and also, how food energies affect your own energy and disposition, which I found most interesting. There are certain foods that, for instance, make you feel more relaxed – and this is from the way they nourish your body and also how you prepare the foods. This comes from traditional ancient Chinese medicinal beliefs and practices. You know, you are what you eat.
For example, to feel more grounded and relaxed, try eating more root vegetables and fish (which are cooked via baking and stewing, mostly.) If you’d like to feel more light, creative and flexible, try eating more leafy greens, raw foods and quinoa. Conversely, if you’re feeling tense and anxious, avoid foods like sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
This is all pretty intuitive, but you never really stop to think about it. Once you do, there are little actions you can take to test out these theories and see for yourself. I think just being more conscious overall of what we’re eating is the real lesson here!
- Reduce caffeine from 3 cups a day of coffee to 1 large cup in the morning.
- Bake some vegan desserts and roast some root vegetables for meal prep over the weekend to encourage a feeling of groundedness.
- Try 1 day of eating completely raw and note how it makes my body feel.
What do you think of this week’s Nutrition Talk?
In case you missed a previous Nutritional Talk, every week, I’ll be sharing some takeaways from the courses I’m taking at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. If you’d like to start Nutrition School, IIN is offering anyone who signs up through Inspiralized a hefty discount off tuition. To learn more, click here. Disclaimer: While IIN has offered these courses complimentarily to me, I have not been compensated in any other way and all opinions are always my own.