At Wholesome Chick Naturopathy one of our underpinning beliefs is that true Health and Wellness is achievable for everyone when it’s broken down into simple steps. Couple this with inspiring motivation and information that empowers you, and you have a great starting point for exciting change to occur.
One of the main areas that people REALLY struggle with when starting on their health and wellness journey is food! It can seem overwhelming when you realise that to really nourish your body you need to change the way you are eating, change the food you are buying and the way you are cooking it. That’s why this blog post series has come about. It’s here to show you how to make food and nourishment changes with simplicity, ease and excitement. This first post in the series looks at our snack foods, and simple ideas to make more nourishing choices.
The very first step on the road to change is Awareness! So grab a sheet of paper right now, and jot down on it everything that you have eaten, drank and swallowed in the last 24 hours. You may be surprised when you realise what you are actually putting into your body, because a lot of our eating is quite mindless and occurs out of habit. This is especially so for what we eat between meals! I have been guilty of this too, and doing a diet diary is a real eye opener.
With this list that you’ve just written down, have a really honest good look at it. Ask yourself, how many of these foods are made from fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds? How many of them are pre.packaged, processed or convenience foods? When we are super busy, which seems to be the way of life these days, it’s easy to go for pre.packaged and convenience foods, and becoming aware of how much we may be doing this is the starting point for change.
So you guessed it. The simple next step is to pick 1 snack per day that is not made from fresh vegetables, fruits, or nuts and seeds; and swap it for something that is. That’s it! It can be as easy as swapping that brought muffin that you usually have for morning tea for a fresh green apple and a handful of walnuts. Commit to this change for 1 week, just 1 week to start with. When you reach this goal you have a right to feel proud of your achievement. Although it may seem small, it will pay big dividends to your health and energy, and is the catalyst for you to continue making further changes.
Here is a list of easy to make wholefood snacks that you can make at home and use to nourish your body with this week, in replace of pre.packaged convenience foods, bakery goods, chocolates and sweets etc. Pick 1 to try for the week, or a different one each day. It’s up to you!
Chia pudding Recipe - makes 2 to 4 serves
That's it. Nothing fancy, nothing hard, just awareness coupled with pure simple good food and recipes that are some of the easiest you will ever make.
Do you have any healthy snacks that you make regularly to keep your health on track and stop you reaching for chocolate or muffins? We would love for you to share in the comments below! Stay tuned for more simple ideas to nourish your body, and let us know your thoughts on this blog series and what you'd like to see in our future posts.
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I'm Ally Chick, founder and head Naturopath here at Alysia Chick Health.