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?

Greens Are Still Good For You—Just Wash Them First

Take a peek at my produce.
Take a peek at my produce.

There’s a lot of buzz in the health world about a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that finds produce, including leafy vegetables, responsible for making more than 4 million people sick each year. Nutritionists everywhere are concerned this kind of news will scare you away from putting fruits and veggies on your plate.

Listeria, salmonella, norovirus, and e. coli, are all pathogens that can wreak havoc on your digestive track—causing stomach pains, vomiting, gas, diarrhea, and in really severe cases death. They’re worthy of being feared, and they’ve all been found on your favorite fresh foods, including cantaloupe, spinach, and peanuts.

One snapshot inside my refrigerator proves those nutritionists don’t have to worry about me. Still, the thought of spending the night in the bathroom after enjoying a big salad isn’t exactly appealing. So you can imagine my elation upon discovering a super-secret, super-easy way to cut the risk of food-borne illness: Wash everything before it goes into your mouth.

It’s really that simple. Soap up your own hands first. Then take a few minutes to soak and rinse your veggies in cool water. (Even the “pre-washed” stuff!) Wipe them down with a clean cloth and you’re good to go. Now, who wants kale for dinner?

Are you afraid veggies will make you sick? You’re planning to eat them anyway, right?