On the eve of Thanksgiving, 2014, I wanted to share a tip that has been very beneficial for many of my clients. We want to enjoy the holiday, but we do not want to loose ground on our wellness lifestyle.
The tip is quite simple:
“It is not want you do once-in-awhile that counts, it is want you do everyday. ” –– Surina Ann Jordan
The once-in-awhile diet encourages us to eat poor meals less and eat healthy meals every day. If we eat these nutrient-rich meals and snacks every day, then Thanksgiving day fits the once-in-awhile category, affording us the opportunity to eat some of whatever we choose. Knowing full well that we do not eat like this everyday, our discipline should help us not gorge or stuff ourselves and select small portions of “whatever”. It also means that tomorrow we return to our normal healthy choices and decisions around food. So doggy bags and left-overs do not come home with you! Clear them out!
The following day, we return to our plant-based diet, exercising the principals in Discipline Seven, which is: to Eat and Drink Real Food.
Order book: The Seven Disciplines of Wellness, The Spiritual Connection to Good Health
Related Article: Surviving Holiday Feasts
What is a food philosophy? A food philosophy is how we see food and the value we place on it everyday. What is the purpose of food in your life? Is it a multi use item? It is the friend that won’ t talk back or criticize you? Is food something you use when you are bored? Is it for nourishment and building a strong body or is it the necessary burden that drains your time, money and other resources?
Knowing the answers to these questions will allow us to begin the process of putting food in prospective and using it to restore the body and sustain overall wellness. How do you do food? When do you eat? Who prepares your food and how much food do you eat everyday? What triggers your need for food and how often?
A Healthy Food Philosophy
My personal food philosophy began to shape the day I realized that there is a connection between what I eat and how I feel. You can read more of my food journey on this link. (Food Journey). I was basically killing myself with the fork. Today if I had to boil it down to three words, it would be “FOOD IS POWER”. Whoever does your food has power over you!
The original diet as outlined in scripture helps us realize that food is power. It is our first line of defense against disease. The Seventh Discipline of the book The Seven Disciplines of Wellness helps us with making the permanent change needed in order to be well.