Who doesn’t want to feel amazing?

We all do, but sometimes, we don’t always know where to start…sometimes we have to just pick a place and begin there.

I choose to start this series with food—because we can’t have an amazing life if we don’t feel amazing and feeling amazing starts with eating great food (If you’d rather watch this as a video click here).

The 1st tip I shared 1 we talked about choosing food that has been touched by soil, water, and sun.

For tip #2 I talked about calories and how calories don’t count—that if we want to feel amazing we need to focus on nutrients and whole foods.

That naturally leads to the question —“Heather, what the heck do I eat then? Am I supposed to be vegan or Paleo? Gluten or no gluten? It’s too confusing!”

There are so many different theories out there on how to it—It’s so confusing and we often feel like we have to make a HUGE shift in our diet, which then causes us to feel overwhelmed…

… stops us from taking any kind of action.

And I get it, I was the same way.

When I was growing up, If it wasn’t boxed mac-n-cheese, Reese’s peanut butter cups, ice-cream, candy or cereal, it wasn’t food.

It took me until I was in my 30’s to try things like Kale and Quinoa…..

For me, the change happened because it was literally a choice between changing my life or die.

So, I started with baby steps….

And, this is what I want to encourage you to do. Let’s not think yet about vegan or Paleo….

Think about the things that you love the most and ask how you can upgrade them.

For example, if it’s boxed mac-n-cheese, look for one that is a healthier version or make it yourself (anything home-made is better!)

Love Peanut butter cups? Find ones that are made with real sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (if I’m not making my own, I love Justin’s Brand).

And, when it comes to veggies—If you have said like I used to, “but I hate vegetables”, think about how you’ve eaten them and they are made and try them a different way.

My mom used to steam veggies in the microwave.

I HATED them.

When I tried them sautéed with garlic and olive oil, it was a game changer. I realized that it wasn’t the food that I disliked, it was how the food was prepared that I didn’t like.

I will admit, this takes becoming a little bit adventurous but I can assure you when you are eating the best version of the things you love, your body will thank you!

Here are 2 books I recommend when people are asking me how to eat:

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?—Dr. Mark Hyman

Your Body Knows Best—Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S.

Both of these have great info on how to figure out what works best for you…which, is what I’ll be talking about tomorrow!

Before I leave you with today’s tip, I want to share this quote from Dr. Mark Hyman:

“Food is the doorway to living well and loving well—and to fixing much of what’s wrong with our world.”

Today’s Tip: Upgrading the quality of the foods you love will upgrade the quality of your life.