Welcome to part four of my REAL Stories series! Today I have the pleasure of introducing the lovely Sarah from The Balanced Babe. I met Sarah earlier this year when she interviewed me for a feature on her site. I was immediately drawn to her positivity, healthy outlook and passion for helping people. This excerpt is taken from Sarah’s blog and it fits right in to what the REAL Stories series is all about!
“One of Sarah’s missions is to help inspire women to ditch the unhealthy way to “skinny” and work hard to keep a glowing and healthy figure by following an invigorating, equitable, and healthy lifestyle. Her central passion is to help others feel beautiful in their own skin and influence clients of all ages to achieve their wellness goals with the help of delicious, nutritious recipes, and advice on achieving a balanced, glowing life.”
You can see why I wanted to include Sarah in this series! She understands the importance of balance when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. I know you’ll all enjoy her post and tips for eating healthy without dieting. Here we go!
Guest Post by Sarah Baker from The Balanced Babe
Hi all! My name is Sarah Baker, and I am the sole writer behind the holistic health and wellness blog, BalancedBabe.com. I just launched Balanced Babe in January and have been hustling every day to bring readers nutritious and quick recipes that are specific to dietary lifestyles such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
I also write about holistic health trends, wellness tips, I interview inspiring women from all different industries to share their wellness stories and how they maintain the Balanced Babe lifestyle!
I also launched a health, hospitality, and image consultant called Style Body Soul LLC. The SBS mission is to balance every aspect of your being starting with nutritional and health coaching, bringing other practitioners such as acupuncturists and herbalists to your doorstep to implement special self care services, and ending with wardrobe and image consulting services. I usually end a package with wardrobe consulting because once you feel amazing and vibrant on the inside, you will want to feel great on the outside!
Some of you may also be thinking “hmmm, what’s a hospitality consultant?” If you don’t live in Chicago, you may not be aware of how much Chicago favors savory meats and comfort foods in their restaurants. It is my goal to bring more plant-based entrees to our dining spots, so I can work with restaurant owners and chefs to invent their own plant-based dishes, or I help them create a separate vegetarian or vegan menu. The possibilities are endless when it comes to plant-based dining!
As for healthy eating, one of my philosophies is to NOT follow diets. If someone comes to me and they say they have started a special diet from a book they found at Barnes & Noble, I tell them to stop. One diet never works for everyone. All of our bodies are different, and we all metabolize different foods and nutrients in other ways than our peers.
I aim to help clients tailor their own dietary lifestyle and to eat intuitively rather than setting strict meal plans that they have to follow to the T. If someone has a food sensitivity, we find ways to avoid the foods that irritate the digestive tract without “dieting” by incorporating more foods that nourish them and still fit within their boundaries.
The “diet mindset” always leads to failure at some point and deprivation can often end in overeating. It can make us frustrated and leave us with cravings, which are extremely hard to kick!
To help you maintain healthy eating for life, I’ve put together five ways to eat healthy without dieting!
1. Incorporate more veggies with every meal.
Try starting out each meal with some greens. This is also a great starting point if you are trying to transition to a plant based eating lifestyle. I recently wrote another article on incorporating more plant based foods into your diet here. If you take note of everything you have been eating for a week and realize that you are lacking on the veggie intake, try eating a salad or incorporate one veggie side into every dish. Since this world is so tech savvy, you shouldn’t be stuck on recipe ideas with the internet at your fingertips!
2. The deal with sweets.
Don’t keep sweets in the house, but if you are dining out and are craving dessert, have that dessert! Having sweets every once in a while is completely different than having sweets in small amounts every day. When we know that those cookies are in the cabinet, we are more likely to take a cookie here and there. Therefore, in total we are increasing our sugar intake, which is a no no! Eating sweets every day will always keep your body wanting sugar, but this doesn’t mean you have to cut them out completely! A baby step towards cutting sweets without deprivation? Having dessert only while dining out, or for special occasions, ends up being a much smarter choice.
3. Be prepared.
Prep your meals on a day you have off. This way, you are cutting down on cooking time during the week, and you are already being mindful of what you will be eating instead of worrying what you can’t eat. Start with a grain that you can keep in the fridge all week, such as quinoa. Quinoa can be prepared as a cold salad, a warm risotto, or an addition to a stir-fry. Again, the options are endless when you do some research on different recipes! Also chop your veggies and prepare some healthy sauces so that you cut down on prepping time during the week.
4. Experiment with various recipes, and keep your favorites.
People tend to eat more of what satisfies their taste buds, rather than something that can improve their health, but tastes bland. This means you need to start experimenting with more spices and seasonings. Any vegetable can taste scrumptious if seasoned creatively! Once you eat a healthy dish that you love, you will be more inclined to make it over and over again. Your cravings will transition from junk food, to more nutritious and healthful food.
5. Keep healthy “indulgences” nearby when cravings strike.
The craving I battle with the most is for sugar, and the worst thing I can do is deprive myself of sugar until I can’t stand it anymore. So for my sweet “indulgence”, I will make greek yogurt with cacao nibs, chia seeds, and raw honey. Sometimes I will also make vegan banana chocolate ice cream or if I really want to indulge: vegan peppermint squares. Even though you are still consuming sugar, it’s unrefined and doesn’t come from empty carbs like white cake and flour.
With these five little tips on how to eat healthy without dieting, you are focused on what to incorporate into your diet instead of what you have to take out.
Thank you so much for the contribution to the REAL Stories series, Sarah! Wow, can you guys believe it!? We’ve already been through 4 weeks of my series. There are two more post to go and I’m so excited to share the last two! Next week, don’t miss Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean and for the final week, the incredible weight loss journey of Courtney from Treadmill Runway.
If you need to catch up on what’s happened so far, check it out:
Part One – Amy from The Little Honey Bee
Part Two – Christal from Nutritionist in the Kitch
Part Three – Angela from Eat Spin Run Repeat
REAL Stories: Weight, Body Image and Food Freedom on The Little Honey Bee
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What does REAL HEALTH mean to you?
Images Courtesy of Sarah Baker.