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This Isn’t Your Practice Life. (Stop Eating Like It Is!)

This meal took time to prepare (15 whole minutes), but investing in my life makes me smile.

This meal took time to prepare (15 whole minutes), but investing in my life makes me smile.

This isn’t your practice life. I stole that line from a friend’s Facebook status update. She heard an acquaintance say it. He picked it up from a former coworker. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d seen it or heard it somewhere, too. Good advice, packaged nicely into a single-sentence sound-byte, travels fast. But how many of us are actually living this advice?

I spent my last trail run mulling this over. It’s so easy in our work-a-day world to get bogged down with the daily stress of life, to forget about being passionate, and to simply go through the motions. I see clients do it all the time—and I’ve noticed it’s being fed by their eating habits.

They are bypassing the produce department in the grocery store, filling their carts with 300-calorie boxed meals, and thinking they’re making the healthy choice, one that will make their lives easier (and, therefore, happier). But instead of filling up on bliss, they’re feeding into a dull, drab existence. That box—loaded with sodium, colorants, flavorings, and artificial preservatives—isn’t nourishing a bright, positive life, because the ingredients inside are merely pretending to be food.

Many of us sit around and think the world is happening to us. In reality, we are creating our own existence. If you want joy, if you want passion, you need to nourish your body with the most vibrant foods you can buy (I’m talking about vegetables, people!), and create a happy existence from the inside out.

Despite what all those clever marketers want you to believe, there aren’t nearly as many nutrients in packaged, processed items as there are in fresh, whole foods. And there certainly isn’t any joy in nuking your dinner. Just imagine how depressing Thanksgiving would be if the family simply waited 3 minutes for the turkey dinner and then scurried off to the next conference call.

Whole foods take time to prepare. But I believe what you spend in the kitchen will multiply in your soul. You are sending a message to your body that you deserve to be cared for; you deserve to be well fed. In order to go out and do great things, you need to feel great—and that feeling begins by fueling your body with the most nourishing foods possible. This isn’t a practice life, so why are you eating like it is.

How will you nourish your life today?

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2 Responses to “This Isn’t Your Practice Life. (Stop Eating Like It Is!)”

  1. Jennifer Twardowski

    I actually haven’t heard that line “this isn’t your practice life before” but that is very true. I think I’ll start using it!

    In terms of nutrition… I generally do well with eating more whole foods lately (going gluten free and dairy free in itself kind of forces me to), but it is really difficult sometimes. I get tired of dinner taking so much time to make… nearly every day. This past week I’ve just gotten really tired of it and, as a result, I’ve cheated a bit more than I should have.

    Do you have any tips on how to deal with this?

    Reply
    • Kimberly A. Daly

      Great question, Jennifer! Cook once and eat twice! :) I make enough whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, etc.) to last several meals, so all I have to do is reheat as needed. Same goes for prepping veggies. Clean and chop everything you’ve got, and then simply plop them into your meals during the week.

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