I am very into healthy young people and often use Monday’s to post about health tips and tricks. Today’s guest post is by Susan Marque who is a food and life coach based in Santa Monica, California. After a passionate quest to heal herself, she found many answers within a whole foods based diet that led to teaching others to be happier and healthier and looking better than ever. She does private coaching both in person and by telephone, leads seminars, classes and writes for various publications. www.SusanMarque.com
I’m vain. I will admit that to you. I also really want things to be easy. When food gets too complicated with counting calories, fat grams or this odd new twist of sneaking pureed vegetables, beans or fruits into things like brownies, then I don’t want any part of it.
Sneaking sounds like it’s medicine or something or at least gives the message that it’s undesirable, and wonderful whole foods can taste great if you know fun things to do with them. Meals can be a joy and so fulfilling that you won’t want to snack or use food when you’re bored, depressed or looking for a fix. There won’t be anything to fix. You’ll look fantastic and be so much more attractive to everyone around you. Eating a whole foods based diet stabilizes moods and gives you the brainpower advantage to get your work done easier with enhanced memory, focus and clarity. Not bad for doing something we are designed to do several times a day – eat meals that consist of whole grains (no you can’t plant a loaf of bread and watch it grow so it doesn’t count as a whole grain, it’s a grain product.), legumes, vegetables, fruits as well as other healthful additions.
I suggest you just start tying a few new things. Both Guys and Girls, I bet you would love to date someone who cooks as well as knowing how yourself. You might learn to make some healthy sushi rolls and have a party where you teach your friends. Have several fun fillings prepped ahead of time, along with condiments and maybe some miso soup for all. Demonstrate the first roll and cut into pieces for everyone to sample as they take turns rolling their own. It’s fun to watch how each has their own flair and sampling how the bites taste can sometimes be hilarious to empowering, and always a great time.
Make a game out of trying a new vegetable or seeing how many ways you can fix one you already like. I like carrots for example but raw carrot sticks don’t entice me. I really enjoy pureed carrot soup, dry roasted carrots, sautéed carrots with thyme, carrot salsa, shredded carrot salad, etc. All only taking just minutes to prepare.
If you are cooking for your family you might like to have theme nights where you eat the food of a different culture than your own. Most cultures incorporate plenty of whole foods into the diet and many dishes are fast and easy to put together.
I love that I can enjoy desserts without guilt since I make them with less refined sweeteners and better oils. Quality over quantity keeps my skin clear and my waist slender and it will for you too! Switching to better quality sweets also keeps the moodiness away and the immune system stronger. So scrap the cane and embrace the agave, rice syrup, maple syrup or barley malt in small amounts.
The more you learn about whole foods and the endless ways to enjoy them, the better they look and then the better we get to look too.
Susan Marque is a food and life coach based in Santa Monica, California. After a passionate quest to heal herself, she found many answers within a whole foods based diet that led to teaching others to be happier and healthier and looking better than ever. She does private coaching both in person and by telephone, leads seminars, classes and writes for various publications. www.SusanMarque.com