Changing Your Relationship with Food

What’s the perfect diet?

What can and can’t you eat?

How many calories are in that?

Our relationship with food has become exhausting. We constantly beat ourselves up for not being perfect and punish ourselves as a result.

I’m not an expert on the perfect diet, by any means, but I have found a few people who have inspired me to think about food in a new way:

The first is Michael Pollan.

I discovered him on the Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast.

The episode is “Conscious Eating”Β 

Michael Pollan’s philosophy is that, “three times a day we get to express our values through food.” He believes that we have let convenient foods take over our diets and that this is making us unhealthy. He talks about the power of cooking your own food and knowing exactly what you put into your body.

Read: Michael Cohen’s 7 Rules for Eating.

If you don’t have the podcast app, here’s the audio from it

The second is Mel Wells.

I discovered her on the Earn Your Happy podcast.

The episode is “231: How Healing Your Relationship with FOOD Can Help You LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE”Β 

Mel’s philosophy is that releasing our need for control around food is the key to having a better life. She emphasizes the importance of listening to your body, letting go of strict rules, and understanding that sometimes our cravings are not actually for the food itself but for some kind of change in our lives.

I summarized her ideas quite a bit, but the podcast I shared with you will do a good job of filling in the gaps and make more sense of the philosophy.

Here website is linked here.

Highly recommend her video as well-

 

Let me know what you think. Thanks πŸ™‚

A Few Words for (almost) Every Place I’ve Traveled To (so far)

Seattle, Washington: genuine people, rain, street art.

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Las Vegas: another world, extreme heat, futuristic.

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Liverpool, England: good friends, english breakfast, live music.

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Huntington Beach, California: light blue, lively, outdoor malls.

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Ireland: green, cold water, cows.

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New England: family, Rhode Island, Massachusetts.

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New York: expensive, diverse, trains.

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Italy: brick roads, Julius Caesar, fountains.

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I recommend you try this exercise- write down every place you’ve been to and then write down the first few words that come to mind when you remember your experience in that place.

Why You Should Take a Weekend Vacation

It’s winter. What do you do? Go somewhere! You plan weeks in advance what you are going to do on your week-long vacation. Planning is fun, but it can feel like a chore. What if you could vacation without having to do as much planning and preparation?

Last year, one of my best friends moved to California. Even though I was in school, I decided to look at flights to visit her. She and I are so close- mainly because we can be a little impulsive. So, the first time I brought up that I wanted to visit her, we face-timed and- just like that- I booked a flight to see her two weeks after, but just for the weekend because.. I had school lol.

Mind you, this was my first ever “weekend vacation”. We didn’t plan too much beyond eating good food and going to the beach. It ended up being one of the best weekends of my life.

And since this trip, I’ve taken four other “weekend vacations”.

You might think “um why” well.. I will tell you!

First, it’s cheaper.

I eat a few good meals, do a little bit of shopping, order a few Lyfts, and I don’t break my (entire) bank.

Second, I don’t need to do much planning.

It’s fun to be spontaneous and in two/three days there’s plenty to do, so I’m guaranteed to be entertained throughout the entire trip.

Third, short trips allow me to go on more trips.

There is so much to learn from people, new places, and new experiences- and knowing my trip is short pushes me to do more in the time that I’m there. The less time and money I spend in one place-the more I have for the next place.