When it comes to food, I’ve found that keeping things simple and fun is the way to go, both for me and my family.
When I was younger, I'd say things like, "I don’t eat bread. I don’t eat pasta."
I don’t, I don’t, I don’t….
But in my 30s, I realized how long life is. Was I really going to deprive myself of those things for the rest of my life? So these days, I strive to find a balance between eating healthy foods, and enjoying my life.
What works for me is to keep it pretty basic. If you open my refrigerator, you’ll find anything I can use to make a salad: kale, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. I love artichoke hearts, too—you can throw them in a salad or put them on chicken. I also make wheat-free and gluten-free pizza, using olive tapenade, artichoke hearts, and raw cheese. Then I put a salad on top.
As for coffee, it’s not for me. I don’t have a health issue with it. (My husband is a religious coffee-drinker.) But I used to make coffee for my parents when I was very young and I remember thinking that I didn’t want to get to the point where I couldn't get out of bed without a certain drink.
I don’t eat fast food or fried things, but if I’m at a restaurant that offers something unique, like homemade bread or a special dessert, I won't restrict myself. I find that the minute we feel like we can’t have something, we start to obsess about it and want to eat everything. So I allow myself those treats.
If I notice that a particular indulgence is becoming a habit, I just pull the reins a bit and eat more healthy foods that make me feel great. I tell myself, “I’m not *not* allowed to eat things. I’m just choosing to eat other things.”
It's a pretty easy rule to live by.
All in all, the food I put into my body is beautiful and tastes good, which supports my body, mind, and spirit. I enjoy life, and food is one way to help me do that.