My Self Loving 1-Day Meal Plan is a snapshot of the food that I typically eat over a 12 hour period.
So what does a "self love" meal plan look like?
Quite simply, it's clean eating made up of the right balance and combo of nutritional foods to keep blood sugar stable and our bodies running on optimal. I like to think of it as a diet bursting with whole foods, nutrition and flavour.
When I say diet, I mean the way that we eat, not dieting as in deprivation. So there's no calorie counting. Not at all!
And Wikipedia define whole foods “as foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed.”
Here's the thing, when we eat like we love ourselves, we're less likely to self-sabotage. And this is exactly what we want!
When we replace guilt and other negative emotions as a consequence of poor eating habits, with sparkly health and vitality vibes from making the right food choices, we're giving our bodies just what they crave - love.
This means prepping healthy meals in advance so that when you get to the end of a long day, followed by possibly a workout at the gym, you can sit down and enjoy a self-loving meal in minutes. Or if you're cooking from fresh you can pull something together within about 30 minutes.
I'm not into trading my workout for a healthy meal either. Of course, I'm not dismissing exercise. I love it! But diet is a higher priority for me, as our health and wellness is influenced by absolutely everything we eat.
I love this quote by Dr Mark Hyman, who sums it up so well:
"THE BIGGEST SINGLE INPUT THAT YOU HAVE EVERYDAY IN YOUR HEALTH BY FAR, IS WHAT YOU EAT." - Dr Mark Hyman
This is my WHY for classifying food and nutrition as the number one self-loving, healthy way to care for my body.
Food literally acts as instructions - telling our bodies how to look, feel and function. Should it switch on unhealthy processes or healthy processes, based on what we've just eaten. For example, slow down metabolism or speed up metabolism.
I'm passionate about creating self loving meals, in that they're deliciously nutritious. If you're already taking this approach with your diet or you try it in the future, I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
And here's "MY SELF LOVING 1-DAY MEAL PLAN" bursting with whole foods, nutrition and flavour:
AM SNACK: Small Handful Of Nuts
PM SNACK: MySMART Nutrition Bar
DINNER: Chicken With Steamed Fresh Veggies, Baked Sweet Potato & Homemade Oil Dressing or Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew (Vegetarian option)