Forgiveness, balance, challenging.
2. When do you feel the most happyhealthy?
I feel the most happyhealthy when I am not over thinking if I ate healthfully or worked out enough. Happyhealthy to me is about trying to eat healthfully and have a few good workouts, but also understanding that I am allowed to treat myself to ice cream or cookies when I feel like it. A perfect day to me would be eating a healthy, balanced meal, enjoyed a good workout (so I feel a little sore!) and meeting up with friends for a glass of wine at the end of the day.
3. What strategies, both formal and informal, do you use to live a happyhealthy lifestyle?
One strategy I really use is to remember to live one day at a time. This pretty much applies to any stress I have in my life. If I feel like I ate too much junk food and don’t have time to work out, I just reassure myself that I have the next day to eat a salad and go for a run. If I am stressed at work, I try to remind myself to get as much accomplished as I can. The world is not going to stop if I can’t finish everything.
I also try to remember to think of balance and portions throughout the day. We are allowed to eat pizza for every meal if we wanted to. But you have to keep in mind how big your portions are and maybe have a side salad to get your veggies in too.
One thing my nutritionist tells me is that it doesn’t necessarily matter what you are eating. Yes some food has more nutrients than others, but a calorie is a calorie. We have to get out of the mindset that “junk” food will make you fat. As long as your portion is adequate then you are fine.
4. Is there a quote or mantra that you use to help put you in a happyhealthy mind frame?
“It is safe to be me. I am wonderful just as I am. I choose to live. I choose joy and self-acceptance”.
"You have permission to eat. Even if you:
- haven’t exercised
- eaten too much yesterday
- eaten to much today
- don’t know the exact nutritional value of the meal
- have gained weight
- aren’t feeling hungry ‘enough’
- feel like you don’t deserve it."
5. Can you recommend any resources that you've found particularly helpful on your happyhealthy journey?
For those that may be struggling with body image I suggest looking at some Instagram handles. I find that even though they may have had a different experience than I have, their feelings and fears are the same as mine but they keep pushing through the “ED (eating disorder) wall”. I personally like “nourishandeat” and “bodyposipanda."