A healthier life starts in your mind.

Have you come across a meditation guru telling you miracles you can do with your mind? Yes? No?

Your mind is a powerful tool, no doubt. And just like everything else, even with your health, your mindset really does matter. In fact, your health journey will most likely begin in your mind. 

This is what it looks like: 

So, the real question should be: How do we develop a healthy mindset?

It can be overwhelming sometimes, and make you feel clueless or helpless, with questions like “but, where do I start?”

A change in your mindset is itself shows that you’re willing to change your life for the better and for the benefits of the longer term. 

Your body wants to be healthy. It is only after a change in your mindset that change in your behaviour will occur.

If we continue to prioritise everything else above our health, it will begin to take a toll on the quality of our day to day life because we will operate being sluggish, sick and moody.

I’m going to tell you that living a healthy lifestyle is not impossible, no matter how busy you claim to be.

Just simple mindset shifts will make you think differently from the usual scams you’re often barraged with, which are a complete waste of time. Here are some mindset shift examples that could encourage you to choose better for yourself;

Create a “Why” in your head.

Nothing can beat a strong why in your head. Trust me, a strong why creates just the right amount of determination it takes to make any change.

Sit down and think hard about your ultimate goal with your health and understand and acknowledge your own why.

Once you acknowledge your why, it’s time to bring it to action. Act accordingly. Learn about things that align with your why and things that don’t. Engage yourself with things that benefit and add meaning to your why.

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When I went vegan, my why was “do I choose to be part of the suffering and torture these animals have to go through? Just for the satisfaction of my taste buds?” The answer always remained no. No food or product was more important to me that the life of a living being. My why remains so strong in my head that no one can make me change my mind. And my strong why also motivates me to say “no” even in situations I would not have been able to.

It’s just a matter of time and you’ll develop a sense of love for your beliefs and be proud of them. Choose the right why and work on it endlessly.

This tactic works not only to develop a healthy lifestyle but also in other aspects of your life like career, relationships etc.

Learn to have patience. Practice patience.

It’s simple. Just like everything else, developing a healthier lifestyle is a process, it’s not an overnight change. Learn how to be patient with yourself, your body and your mind. Know that it will take time but will be rewarding in the longer term.

Always remember in your mind that it a process. This will allow you to give yourself time to heal and to develop a new habit. Meditation and yoga are great ways to develop patience and can help keep your mind calm.

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Love your daily movement/exercise. 

Don’t exercise or workout because you have to do it, look at it as something that you love doing, think of how it changes your mood, brings movement into your day to day life and keeps you active and productive.

Exercise secretes endorphins and endorphins make you really happy. Have a positive attitude towards movement, make it fun and exciting or just something that fits with your style. Don’t do cardio or pilates just because its the new trend on social media. Do what you love, or try out something completely new.

Most importantly, be grateful that you’re to move today :)

My body is strong and incredible, no matter what.

Let’s face it, with TikTok and Instagram raving on and on about modals who are skinny or have that poppin’ booty, we’ve all struggled with our body image at some point. At least, I have. 

Whether it’s not been thin enough, or not having enough gains, or not having a bigger butt, or not being tall enough, we’ve all been down the self-judgement spiral. When you start comparing yourself with other people you barely know, you begin to hate yourself, for not being them.

These thoughts manifest a bunch of negative thoughts in your mind. Think about this, your body is the only place you’ll live in forever. Pause for 2 mins, and think about it. Be kind to yourself and to your body.

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Your body might not be flexible enough to do a yoga asana, but it might be strong enough to do a 10kg deadlift. Appreciate it, no matter what.

Manifest positive and joyful thoughts in your mind, they will definitely cultivate into a change in your behaviour.

Accept change and let go what you can’t control.

The biggest gift you can give your mind is peace. Your mind will be able to make clearer and wiser choices if it is at peace. Nobody likes change and it can often be overwhelming, and some changes are good while others aren’t. 

Simply accept what comes your way with a calm mind and a kind heart. Simply accept. If it’s too hard, go into an empty room, sit on the floor upright and lay your palms facing outward on your legs and say to yourself: “I am strong enough to cope with change, and I will humbly welcome it into my life, I accept everything life has in store for me, and I will try to make the best out of this situation”.

What’s the point of stressing over what you can’t control? That’s right, there is no point. Despite that, all of us stress over things we can’t control. This only gives us more anxiety and stress, which in turn affects our health. Just let go, of what’s not on your hand. Just let it go.

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That’s about it from me, folks. Spread love and kindness. 

With light, 

Vishva


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How you should actually breakfast while following a whole-food plant-based diet.

Breakfast has been a controversial topic in the health industry, so many health specialists claim it the “most important meal of your day” while others claim you need to “skip it”.

What is a flexible solution to this?

Let’s understand this first: everyone has different bodies, and what works for you might not work for someone else.

But let’s also understand the science behind breakfast. Breakfast simply means breaking your fast after a 7 – 8 hour sleep.

Several studies have shown us that people who go big on breakfasts tend to have healthy body weight and are able to keep this alive for the longer term, compared to the ones who skip.

Skipping breakfast might look like a quick way to consume fewer calories, but it naturally leads to guilty snacking, and overeating later in the day. 

Eating in the A.M can bring several changes to your daily lifestyle, it sure did change for me. Benefits such as faster metabolism, keeping you full until your next meal, increase your intake of healthier nutrients your body needs to function well throughout the day.

Okay, so Breakfast is important, but that doesn’t mean muffins and coffee only, having a healthy and wholesome breakfast is equally important. Actually, it makes all the difference.

It’s crucial to break your fast with a wholesome nutritious foods filled with vitamins, minerals, fibres like whole grains, lean protein, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies to keep you full and kickstart your morning.

So, what should you include in your breakfast?

A whole-food plant-based breakfast is more likely to give you all the healthy nutrients your body deserves. Here we are focusing more on skipping processed and refined foods and focusing on natural and hearty foods. Here are a few to name and that is super easy to include in your diet:

Whole Grains

Whole grains add a great nutritious value to your breakfast. They not only keep you full for a longer period but are also important sources of nutrients like zinc, magnesium, B vitamins and fibre.

However, you need to be mindful while choosing your whole-grains, look for ingredients such as whole oats, whole-wheat flour, whole-grain, whole-grain brown rice, whole rye etc. Look out for foods that say “multi-grain,” “100% wheat,” “high fibre,” or are brown in colour may not be a whole-grain product.

Also, keep an eye out for food choices lower in sodium, saturated (solid) fat, and added sugar.

Whole grains are also found to reduce the risk of heart disease and help you manage your weight. That’s why I always recommend a whole food plant-based diet, it really does wonders to your body.

Lean Protein

Protein is essential as it provides the body with energy, maintains your blood sugar and keeps you full and away from unnecessary snacking.

Sometimes, store-bought foods that claim to be ‘high’ in protein are also packed with artificial sugars, saturated fat and cholesterol. Opt for natural sources of protein like nuts, seeds which by the way are also full of healthy oils.

If you find yourself peaking in your cabinets or fridge for snacks after breakfast, you might not be eating enough protein.

Some examples of natural foods packed with protein are oats, tofu, chickpea pancakes, plant-based yogurt, and quinoa. Mix them up with a few veggies and a side of fruit to add vitamins and minerals.

More so, if you’re not consuming dairy, soy and oat milk are loaded with protein and have way less cholesterol than cows milk.

Calcium

Everyone, even a 5-year-old knows that Calcium helps build stronger bones and teeth. It also keeps our nerves and muscles working fine.

Did you know? Better calcium actually comes from plants and is also easily absorbed into our bloodstreams than milk.

Dark leafy greens such as broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage and watercress are great sources of calcium, along with dried fruits, nuts, seeds and pulses.

High-Fibre Carbs

A fibre-full meal is satisfying! Fibre is a type of carbohydrate, which when consumed early in the day can stop your blood sugar levels from increasing and decreasing throughout the day which can make you hungry more quickly.

Fibre also keeps your digestive system running smoothly for the whole day. By that I mean, it keeps your colon and bowels clean and regulated.

Whole plant-based foods are an excellent source of fibre and can be found in grains, legumes, citrus fruits, apples and veggies. They are also known to keep your cholesterol low.

Examples include oatmeal, which is high in fibre, or just by adding a few berries or chopping some veggies could not only help you get fibre but also boost your vitamins and minerals intake.

Healthy Fats

If you’ve been eating your English muffin and bacon for breakfast, it’s time to change. You’ve been eating the wrong kind of fat. Bacon is 14g of saturated fat, for which your arteries will not be happy.

Trust me, I thought all fat was bad. But I was wrong. Healthy fats make your meals more wholesome and nutritious, and also help to break down bad cholesterol.

Increase your intake of healthy fats by adding avocado to your breakfast (but let’s face it, avo toast can be part of any meal), cooking in a dash of olive oil instead of butter, adding some nuts to munch on.

Specific fat, omega-3 fatty acids are known to improve your mood, these are usually found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, seaweed, and edamame.

Be wary of foods that claim to be healthy

A lot of peoples’ daily breakfast would include cereal. But not all cereal is the same. 85% of all cereals in your grocery store are packed with sugar, saturated fat and cholesterol.

Yeah, fruit loops and reese’s puffs are delicious but they are also packed with sugar, and that sure might spike your energy level for a while but then leave you feeling drowsy. Also, so much sugar in cereal is not really ideal.

Always. Always. Always, look at the nutritional label while buying cereal.

– Look for at least 3–5mg of fibre per serving

– No added sugar or that the sugar is not mentioned at the top of the ingredient list or a list of multiple sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup, honey, brown sugar and dextrose.

– Look for any whole-grain added, such as whole oats, whole barley, whole wheat, whole rye, whole grain of any kind. You get what I mean. 

– Look for ones with less or no saturated fat and a minimum of 160 calories per serving.

Also, cereal and granola bars that are processed claim to be ‘healthy’ but actually they aren’t, you can make your own granola at home. But I do understand that sometimes all of us are in a rush, but just look for bars that are made with wholesome ingredients, such as dried fruit, and whole grains like oats. And, don’t forget to read the nutritional label.

Remember to treat and listen to your body properly. Think about it this way: the first thing you want to put into your mouth should be beneficial to your body.

Load up on fibres, protein and low-carbs and on healthy fats to keep you fuller for longer and kick start your metabolism for the day.

With love and light,

Vishva

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Why you should worry about your Gut Health and how to improve it?

We are surrounded by thousands of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Some of them living outside our bodies and some of them inside.

A fun fact is, we have more bacteria cells in our body than human cells. Roughly we have about 40 trillion bacteria cells in our body and about 30 trillion human cells, which means you’re more of a bacteria than human.

For those of you living under a rock, the gut (gastrointestinal tract) is the long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the back passage (anus).

So this gut it’s really important. It looks something like this.

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When you think of bacteria, you would immediately think “disease”, however, some bacteria are very important for your immune system, heart health, weight, skin, etc

The bacteria that live in your gut is really essential towards your healthy wellbeing. I’m sure you must’ve heard of dieticians raving about gut health and why it’s so important.

The bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live inside our body are microorganisms, also known as microbes.

Millions of these microbes exist mostly inside our intestine and our skin.

Most of these microbes are present in your intestines, specifically in a pocket of your large intestine called the cecum, this is what is known as the gut microbiome.

The gut microbiome affects the body from birth and throughout life by controlling the digestion of food, immune system, central nervous system, and other bodily processes.

The gut microbiome has a major effect on your body throughout your entire life from birth by controlling your digestion, immune system, central nervous system, and other bodily processes.

So, now that you know what a gut microbiome is, what makes it unhealthy?

Our modern life is so busy and so fast, we usually incorporate less sleep, more stress, more processed and high-sugar foods, and take antibiotics that can damage our gut microbiome. Unknowingly, an unhealthy gut might manifest itself, because of what it’s being fed.

You are truly what you eat.

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Here are the most common signs of an unhealthy gut:

There are a number of ways an unhealthy gut might manifest itself. Here are six of the most common signs:

  1. Unintentional Weight Change: When you gain and lose weight without making any changes to your eating or exercising habits might be a sign of an unhealthy gut. This makes your gut imbalanced, and impair your body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.
  2. Upset Stomach: Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn can all be signs of an unhealthy gut. A healthy gut has lesser difficulty in processing food.
  3. Skin Irritations: When your gut is unhealthy, it means it’s inflamed. An inflamed gut caused by a poor diet or a food allergy causes leaking of certain proteins out into the body, which can irritate the skin and cause breakouts.
  4. High-Sugar Intake: Excess sugar can decrease the number of good bacteria in your gut. All that sugar you crave is caused because of that imbalance. The more the amount of sugar the more inflammation caused.
  5. Lack of sleep: Sleep disturbances such as insomnia could be a sign of an unhealthy gut which can further lead to chronic fatigue. Serotonin is a hormone that is in charge of your mood and sleep, and it is produced in the gut. It’s simple, an unhealthy gut produces less serotonin and impairs your ability to sleep.
  6. Food Intolerances: This occurs when your body faces difficulty in digesting certain foods. These are thought to be caused by the poor quality of bacteria in our gut, which can lead to difficulty in digesting some foods and result in unpleasant symptoms like gas, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea.

Basically, the food we eat is broken down in the gut to a simpler form, such that it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and can be delivered as nutrients throughout our bodies. 

Think about it this way, our heart also needs nutrients to function, and the gut plays a major role in promoting heart health. However, a healthy heart is only possible with a healthy digestive system.

But hey, what can I do to improve my gut microbiome? 

There are several things you can do for your gut health.

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Some of them include:

Eat various ranges of foods

What exactly happens when you stick to a particular diet or follow a very restrictive diet, this makes your gut microbiome familiar with all the bacteria that we feed it. Eating a diverse range of foods can lead to diverse microbiome, which indicates good gut health. Foods containing lots of fiber such as legumes, beans, and fruits can promote a healthy gut.

Say No to Artificial Sweeteners

According to scientific research, artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame increases blood sugar by promoting the growth of bad (unhealthy) bacteria in your gut microbiome. 

Soda literally increases your blood sugar levels rapidly and affects the pleasure centers of the brain in a similar way as heroin. Skip it, seriously. 

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Add prebiotic and probiotic foods in your meals

Prebiotics are a type of fiber that helps in the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut, prebiotic-rich foods include oats, bananas, asparagus. Probiotics, on the other hand, are live bacteria and yeasts which also keep your gut healthy, probiotic-rich foods include yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut. 

Always choose whole grains

Whole grains are filled with fibers and bacterial carbs that are often digested by gut bacteria to look out for weight, cancer risk, and diabetes.

Go plant-based

A plant-based diet may help reduce levels of disease-causing bacteria such as E.coli, as well as inflammation and cholesterol.

Add some Polyphenols to your diet

I know!! Even I didn’t know what polyphenols were until I read a whole book about it. Polyphenols are plant compounds found in green tea, coffee, dark chocolate, olive oil. According to research, they stimulate healthy bacterial growth. 

Only take antibiotics whenever necessary

I’m not telling you to not take your prescribed medicine. Do it if you need to. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria in the gut, and can also lead to antibiotic resistance. These illnesses are usually due to viral infections that do not respond to antibiotics anyway. Always listen to an expert when your symptoms persist for more than 3 days.

These are just a few ways to how you can improve your gut, and your health. 

The good news is that our gut microbiome responds quickly to positive healthy habits like diet, exercise, supplementation, and body-mind practices.

Any small changes you make will have a positive effect.

With love and light,

Vishva x


Power of Chia Seeds

These tiny seeds are packed with nutrients. Due to their extraordinary ability to absorb water, they increase the volume of food in your digestive tract, leading to increased fullness and decreased food intake. 

What’s more, they’re particularly high in insoluble fibres, which have been linked to a decreased risk of diabetes, increased stool bulk, and reduced constipation

This writeup explains the benefits of chia seeds and how to take them.

they strengthen the immune system

Chia seeds have high antioxidant vitamin components. Antioxidants are proven to be beneficial because of their anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent and stop damage to our cells. Chia seeds have great antioxidant qualities that may reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer.

keep you full for long

Protein is an important nutrient in one’s diet and at most times mandatory. They are not only known to keep one healthy but are also known to help hungry bellies feel full and reduce cravings between meals. Fibre has similar properties, while also cleansing your digestive system. Since chia seeds are rich in both protein and fibre, they give many dishes a healthy, satisfying boost. 

overloaded with essential vitamins and minerals

Did you know, a serving of chia seeds actually contains more calcium than many dairy products by weight. Healthy levels of calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous, among other important nutrients are jam-packed in chia seeds. 

they have the “good ” fat

It is often known that fat is not good for the human body. However, not all fats were created equal, and some of the healthiest fats are omega-3 fatty acids, which have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and which have been linked to a lowered risk of cancer due to protection from free radical damage. Chia seeds are a good source of these important fatty acids, containing around 5 gms in a mere 1-ounce serving.

improved gut health

Trust me, your gut will thank you for this. Chia seeds are easy on your digestive tract because they are extremely soluble in water. They soak up 10–12 times their own weight in water and form a gel-like substance that is east for the body to break down. They feed healthy bacteria in your gut that are so important to digestion and overall health.

help you lose weight

Just relying on chia seeds will obviously not magically shed those extra pounds but if this addition is made to a lifestyle based on a healthy diet and regular exercise, it can make a difference in achieving a healthy body weight. This is because chia seeds are nutrient-dense and low in calories and have the ability to keep you full for longer, thus making you crave less food. 

how you can add them to your diet? 

  • Blend a tablespoon or two with any smoothie you make. They don’t add any extra taste nor manipulate with the taste of your smoothie at all. 
  • Add a tablespoon to salad dressing, they give your dressing a thick texture and make your salad for nutritious. 
  • Make Chia Pudding. It’s simple enough to make for breakfast yet elegant enough to serve for dessert at your next dinner party. If you don’t want to get fancy all you need is plant-based milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon. Soak overnight for amazing texture.
  • Substitute one whole egg in a recipe for 1 tablespoon of chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water.
  • Chia seeds give homemade granola, energy, or protein bars a fibre boost.
  • Make chia seed infused fruit water. Very healthy. Very tasty. To keep it simple, add chia seeds to water and 4-5 slices of lemon.
  • Add them to homemade popsicles!

With love and light,

Vishva x


Why you should add Antioxidants to your meals

I am driven by the belief that most diseases can be prevented and even reversed if we’re aware of the essential nutrients we can consume from solely a plant-based diet.

I was inspired to write this because of a painful autoimmune disease my mother faced, which I believe she could’ve cured by just following a plant-based diet.

In case you don’t know what autoimmune diseases are, here’s a brief: these are diseases that generally cannot be cured but can be controlled, wherein your immune system attacks your healthy cells. So basically, your immune system is being a jerk.

My mother has Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), she went through agonizing pain, wherein even just picking a spoon was intolerable. I only wish I knew about plant-based living before I could’ve helped my mother. The effects of RA are inflammation in your joints. This inflammation can be reduced by increasing the intake of anti-inflammatory foods. Out of which, antioxidants are rich.

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what exactly are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals.

Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body. They’re linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Your body has its antioxidant defences to keep free radicals in check.

However, antioxidants are also found in food, especially in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based, whole foods. Several vitamins, such as vitamins E and C, are effective antioxidants.

free radicals are continually being formed in your body.

Without antioxidants, free radicals would cause serious harm very quickly, eventually resulting in death.

Despite the harm, free radicals are essential for health; for example, your immune system uses these free radicals to fight infections. For this reason, your body needs to maintain just the right amount of balance between free radicals and antioxidants.

Several lifestyles can promote excessive free radical formation, stress, and environmental factors as little as air pollution, smoking, alcohol intake, excessive radiation, infections, etc. These are the few factors that promote cell damage. Antioxidants help reduce the risk of the effects these are likely to cause.

antioxidants in your diet

The reason a diet rich in plants is associated with a healthy lifestyle is partially due to the antioxidants they provide.

As a plant-based diet promoter, some of the foods I would highly recommend to add to your diet and are packed with antioxidants are all kinds of berries, broccoli, spinach, lentils, beans, green and black tea, pecans, coffee, and (unsweetened) dark chocolate. Here’s an entire list.

how you can add antioxidants to your diet

The following tips could help increase your antioxidant intake:

  • Include a fruit or a vegetable every time you eat, meals, and snacks included.
  • Have a cup of green or matcha tea every day.
  • Look at the colours on your plate. If your food is mostly brown or beige, the antioxidant levels are likely to below. Add in foods with vibrant colours, such as kale, beets, sweet potato, and berries.
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  • Use turmeric, cumin, oregano, ginger, clove, and cinnamon to spice up the flavour and antioxidant content of your meals.
  • Snack on nuts, seeds, especially Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried fruit, but choose those with no added sugar or salt.
  • Substitute vegetable or palm oil with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add a handful of spinach in your curries. They taste good and increases the nutritional value of your meal.

that’s it from me

I came across this article about how this woman tackled RA with the help of anti-inflammatory foods. I could correlate the pain she talks about in the report with what my mother went through. She says:

“It requires consistency. It has to be a process.”

If you don’t make time for your wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness. Be mindful of what you eat, and your body will be thankful.

All the information I share here is scientifically based, researched thoroughly, or proved medically. As much as I wish I studied nutrition, and it’s benefits, I am not an expert, I am just a girl who thinks this information could help more and more people live a happy, healthy and wholesome life.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

With Love and Light,

Vishva x


Developing a healthy relationship with food.

 I’m about to ask you a notoriously unconventional question; do you have a healthy relationship with food? I am not asking you to romanticize your meals. If you’re someone who has switched your diet multiple times in order to find the “right one”, or have questioned your eating habits at least once in your life.

Let’s face it, all of us have been there.

There’s a really fine line between thinking carefully about what we put in our bodies, and religiously following it or even restricting it dangerously.

We all have that inner voice inside our heads and for most of us, it dictates us how we choose our food, and sometimes it’s very loud. It’s almost like a bully that screams “you are not good enough”.

We need to get rid of that voice to start developing a healthy relationship with food. Ask yourself what you really want and what you would really enjoy that day.

Forming a healthy relationship with food takes conscious effort, but it is possible. I know we all want it, and trust me, you’ll thank yourself for not only nourishing your body but also your soul.

Always think about “Moderation”

Let’s be real here: we need to eat healthy as much as possible whenever you can and as little unhealthy garbage as you can.

Harris-Pincus recommends eating the foods your body truly needs — fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein — 80 to 90 percent of the time.

The less-healthy foods you love — pillowy doughnuts, freshly baked cookies, crispy french fries, pepperoni pizza — are fine to eat, but should only account for 10 to 20 percent of your overall diet.

No one worries about eating fruits and vegetables in moderation. So, the moderation we’re talking about here is moderating an indulgence.

Let’s be clear: You should indulge. Eating things you love should be a normal, regular part of life. But relying on the nebulous concept of eating everything in moderation can give way to overindulging in a way that obstructs your goals.

Be kind to yourself to not only give yourself permission to indulge but also permission to not restrict yourself. So, what happens when you ask a child not do something, they’ll do it even more when no ones looking. 

If you strictly restrict yourself, then you’ll overindulge when you get a chance and that’s not pleasant, you’re lying to yourself if you didn’t overindulge before going on a sugar-free diet. Don’t do that to yourself. It’s not enjoyable to live like that. 

That’s the kind of moderation, we’re looking to follow.

Listen to your body

When you’re about to buy something that you know is going to cause you harm, ask yourself repeatedly, “am I doing this because my body needs it, or am I just looking for instant gratification”.

Be aware of how you feel after eating certain foods. Try to balance out the meals that make you feel good, without restricting it. Be selfish when it comes to taking care of your body.

Be conscious about the signs your body gives you when it’s almost full, that’s when you know you need to stop eating. Eat only until you are satisfied. Being attentive to your body during the eating can help avoid overeating and provide the nourishment your body needs.

When you just eat because you’re bored or because food is near you, you might not be listening to your body’s cues. 

It’s vital to learn how to listen to your body when it tells you that you are hungry and when you are hungry.

Don’t bound yourself to use the scale

I’m not gonna lie, there was a phase in my life where I would always judge myself based on a weighing scale.

Society always misinterprets being healthy to having a slim body and it most often comes up with a very irksome question, “how much do you weigh?”

Let’s take a plant-based diet, for instance, it’s proven by major health experts to improve health and vitality, but this is a small change that cannot be measured on a weighing scale, at least not instantly.

It’s imbecile to think that scales are a marker of health. How can how you look on the outside reflect on how you feel and are functioning on the inside?

Starving yourself just to get a few grams off of the weighing scale is ridiculous.

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The small steps you’ll take to improve your health will not show on the weighing scale, which if you keep doing will only demotivate you.

Don’t bound yourself to reach a specific number. Focus on being mindful instead.

Focus on the long-term not short-term

Following obscure new modern diets that come up in your feed every single day or just because they are a trend is not the way. It’s not about how you feel weeks or months later but how you feel years later.

Don’t you think if a diet worked then we would all be following it? Why are people coming up with new ones every single day? 

You shouldn’t focus on changing your diet, but instead your lifestyle. Focus on nourishing your mind and your body.

Invest in your body for a return of investment later. Always remember its a process.

Eat mindfully

Several food bloggers and supposedly foodies claim they “live to eat”, which I think is wrong on so many levels.

“One should eat to live, not live to eat” — Benjamin Franklin 

I was watching a Ted Talk once and a scientist beautifully explained how we get our food from plants, and they make food with the help of sunlight. He said, “when we eat the energy is sunlight”. I think it’s so amazing to think that the energy we get from our food is literally sunlight.

Think of your body as a safe haven, and only allow foods that are good for you, and that you feel are right for your body.

Being mindful about treating your body right, it will thank you later. 

Be Practical

Come on, let’s be practical here now, avoid trigger foods. These are the foods that you eat in large portions just to make yourself feel good.

Out of sight, out of mind actually works.

If you don’t have a stash of your favorite chocolate bars, you can’t grab one to distract you when you’re bored, comfort you when you’re stressed, or do anything other than satisfy a true craving for that exact chocolate bar. More so, if you want it so bad, you’re going to go out and get it. So, just don’t bring anything that you think might be a trigger inside your house.

Your body is a home, you’ll live in forever. Respect it and nourish it.

Let me know what you think about it in the comment section below!

Love and light,

Vishva x