Welcome to your second step in becoming a mindful, motivated minimalist.
This is a daily exercise that takes considerable energy and time however it will change your body and mind forever. It is worth it…
Firstly, find a quiet spot to meditate and be still. It may be with a cup of tea in the garden, before you fall asleep at night or as you wake, in the shower or on the bus on your way to work.
Simply, close your eyes and honestly ask yourself am I of healthy body and mind? What are my beliefs and values towards food? What foods make my body feel good? What foods makes my body feel bloated, tired and unwell? Quickly note these foods, good and bad on your phone or jot them down on paper.
Secondly, watch documentaries and read blogs, articles and books on the benefits of a vegetarian diet and organic food/groceries. Now please don’t just read the few I will link here on my blog, invest your own time researching such an important life choice. As I mentioned in my last post it was a major health scare that motivated me and I spent weeks researching and discussing with my neighbour and good friend L. We had so many chats on my driveway about vegan vs. vegetarian and organic vs. chemicals.
I am also interested in learning more so please leave me a message if you have any great books, podcasts, blogs or sites you would like to share?
Here are a few links, books, documentaries that I have found informative and that motivated me.
- What Am I Supposed To Eat? by Dr Libby Weaver is a fantastic read and her website is helpful and informative. Visit her website at https://www.drlibby.com/shop/what-am-i-supposed-to-eat/#australia
- Dr M Greger has a fantastic, free, easy to use app called ‘The Daily Dozen’ that tracks and guide your daily nutrition choices and he has a great website too. Check it out https://nutritionfacts.org/
Dr Weaver’s book and Dr Greger’s app.
- Here are my top four Netflix Documentaries worth checking out, I have included links to their trailers to get you started. 1. ‘Forks over Knives’ 2. ‘Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret’ and 3. ‘In Defense of Food’ and 4. ‘Food Matters‘.
- Here are two blog sites that I am following at the moment but there are so many more. Check out Tinned Tomatoes , The Veg Space , Naturally Ella , Don’t Mess with Mama , Our Better Health and The Difference between Organic and Non-Organic Coffee
*Daily Life Example: L and I are neighbours and we both made a decision to change our family’s eating habits at similar times. L spoke to a nutritionist about her families needs and choices (a fantastic life choice) and I was lucky to speak to another neighbour V who is studying nutrition at university (I saved some money!). When we began cooking vegetarian meals we began taste testing each others vegetarian dishes, exposing ourselves to new recipes and harsh food critics (both L & I have young children!). This kept us both motivated in finding nutritious, family friendly meals. And when we get tired and start adding some junk food back into our daily snacks we keep each other on track. So tell a friend about your new journey and ask them to join you.