Well, simply put, keep NOT eating crap. Keep eating real foods. Keep taking care of yourself. Let some of the things you discovered become a habit. If you really do not want to read this whole post (no worries, I get it, thankful you are here now) just read this:
The single most important and wonderful thing you can do for yourself, and possibly your family is to cook your meals. Cook your meals with real ingredients. As many of them as you can. I literally do not care what you cook so long as you have to cut shit up and throw them in a pan, or a crockpot, or the oven, or some lard to fry. Good lard. A good source of lard, is actually a wonderful thing.If you are just warming something up, it is possibly not real food, you likely should just toss it. Cook your meals my friend. You will cook real food. You will grow to love more and more real foods.Cook it. Eat it. Don’t over think it. Just find the kitchen.
“Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being.” Michael Pollan
If you are not familiar with Michael Pollan, get familiar. The man is wonderful and has such an amazing point of view when it comes to food. I love people who preach real food without banging their chest and making you feel like if you eat bread you will shrivel up and die.
Anyways, I digressed, HERE are my tips for coming out of your cleanse gently. If you followed my Feel Less Shitty Cleanse, thank you! I really hope you fell a little bit in love with just taking care of yourself. If you did, keep going, but do not drive yourself insane.
I know you want to make it rain at the taco shop, but can we just make some good tacos at home? Can we just go get a good organic brand of ice cream that only has a handful of ingredients and really enjoy that? Then move on. Do something naughty if you must, then eat something good at your next meal.
Meal prep every Sunday.
For me that means:
- Roasting or baking chicken
- Sometimes cooking hamburger patties if we have Sunday night burger night and I will have my hubs grill a couple of extra patties so I have them for the week
- Making or ordering bone broth (usually once a month)
- Cooking sides like sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, baked kale (or whatever starchy vegetable that is currently my jam)
- Cooking some sort of green side or SOUP for the week
- Hard boiling eggs
- Soaking nuts (usually cashews)
- Stocking my fridge with veggies, fruits, yogurt and cheeses that I can snack on or throw together a hearty salad with
Keep eating the foods you were eating!
If you enjoyed any of the recipes on your cleanse, keep incorporating them into your weekly meals! Love the soup? Make the soup! Eat the soup!
Eat a big salad everyday.
Make it a great salad and for me that means
- Good base of spinach, kale or arugula if I am having eggs with my salad
- Protein – I love hard boiled eggs chopped up, chicken and sometimes ground beef
- Fruit – THIS is the money maker, this makes my salads come to life. Right now I love persimmons in my salad, but I usually just slice up whatever I have on hand (except bananas)
- Crunch – I need a little crunch so I love adding a handful of my sprouted nuts, or chia seeds or hemp seeds (or all of the above if I am being honest)
- Fats – Grass-fed or raw cheese, avocados
Put your favorite meals on repeat.
Repeat the same meals each week as you begin changing your lifestyle for the better and experiment with new recipes overtime. Yes, I want you to eat MORE real foods, but initially I want you to fall in love with good foods, and that means you need to eat foods that you know you like. Because, you will EAT them enjoyably and keep repeating that behavior.
Don’t worry about what you SHOULD not eat.
Don’t overthink it anymore. Stop dieting. Focus on the good foods you enjoy, and eat them. If you have some ice cream, AWESOME. I actually think it is a wholesome treat. Stop measuring your portions and stop weighing yourself. Really, just stop.
Let go of that which no longer serves you.
In both consumption and emotion, let go of the shit you really do not need. For me, that means not showering in coffee and wine everyday. Le sigh. Is it a need or a want? Can we save “wants” as treats? When it comes to caffeine in particular, we are FIERCELY protective of it. We try so hard to make a case for coffee, and really it is amazing, but is it taking away from you in anyway? For me, I found I would drink too much caffeine and ignore the other nutrient needs I had, because the coffee covered up my real deal cravings. So now, cappuccino at brunch, absolutely. Everyday, I’m gonna have to just say no. (I reserve the right to change my mind on this.)
Kombucha + Beet Kvass in a wine glass
Eat something fermented or probiotic rich every single day.
Kombucha in a wine glass! MY FAVE! Or yogurt. Real yogurt, not the shit you pile all of the things on. That’s not real yogurt. Go to the farmers markets in your area and find someone who makes delicious and nutritious fermented foods. In San Diego, we are blessed with The Happy Pantry. Go find Mark.
Do one thing a week that TAKES CARE OF YOU.
Well, ideally you are doing more than one thing a week. But start with one. Like taking that yoga class by the ocean at 9am. Or demanding that your hubs watches the kids for a couple hours while you go get a pedicure, or sweat or hike or sleep. Anything. Take a detox bath. Do something for you, and do NOT apologize for it.
Make friends. Outsource whatever you can. Become a real foodist.
No but really. Want bone broth in your life but cannot find the time or enjoyment to make it? Order it. I LOVE Bare Bones Broth. Go the farmers markets in your area and make friends. THOSE people know what is going on with real foods. Become a part of the real food community. Fact: I have a wonderful mama friend who lovingly picks up my raw milk and goods from the Real Food Club we belong to because I simply cannot make the drive as it always conflicts with my working schedule. One day I will find a way to repay her.
Nourish. Not punish.
And finally, nourish yourself, don’t punish yourself. Don’t starve yourself after a rough go of a weekend. Just keep eating food that is real. Food that can rot. And if you do fuck up, that’s fine! You KNEW deep down that the 7 days you spent eating green shit was not going to change every bad habit you ever had, but, it was a start! Good for you. Keep making better choices and find the joy in nourishment.
That’s it folks!
x to the ohhhh, Whitters
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