I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how living in a deliberate way can quite literally transform your life. What exactly do I mean by deliberate living? Deliberate living means focusing on creating your life instead of simply responding to your physical surroundings.
What in the world does this have to do with clean eating? Clean eating, for me, has always been about making choices which enhance my life. Eating in a healthy way not only helps you to feel and look better, it is also a way to honor your higher self. It means making choices based on respect of self. Many people begin the journey of wellness by eating clean and then broaden their journey to include general wellness (as in yoga and meditation), exercise, and holistic healing. It’s all part of the journey toward living in optimal health for the rest of your life.
I encourage you to begin eating foods that will keep your body functioning in the best possible way. That includes LOTS of vegetables (especially green ones), fruits and lean protein. Choose organic when possible. Definitely buy local. Eating in a deliberate way takes time and attention. It means taking the time to prepare your food yourself instead of hitting the drive through. It means actually SITTING DOWN at a TABLE to eat – not eating standing in the kitchen over the sink or at the kitchen counter. (I’ve done both of those way too many times!) Eating is supposed to be a sacred act. It’s a time to slow down and nourish your body and appreciate what you are eating. It is a way to respect your body. Eating out of a bag in your car is not what I would call a spiritual experience.
This may seem a little hippie-ish to some. I’ve been playfully teased plenty of times by people who see me as a “hippie”. I take it as a compliment. By the way, do you know what the definition of a hippie used to mean? Back in the 60′s it meant someone who meditates, attends outdoor concerts and eats organic food. All of those things are mainstream today.
Today practice being a deliberate eater. Eat clean. Purchase from local farmers and farmer’s markets. Incorporate lots of fresh, whole foods into your everyday life. SIT DOWN when you eat. Smile and say thank you when people call you a hippie.