March’s Tiny Change: Notice Your Subconscious Thoughts About Food

*This post is part of Kale and Chocolate’s year-long #12tinychanges challenge. Each month, we’re implementing one small, super doable change-over a year it really adds up! Read about all changes here and share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #12tinychanges. (Did I mention that there are lots of theme-related GIVEAWAYS each month?! Read on!)

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For the last six months, we’ve been making teeny, tiny, totally doable changes in the direction of creating and sustaining healthier lives. So far, we’ve talked about how we fuel our bodies (eating breakfast every day, trying plant-based foods, cooking at home, and moving and resting our bodies.) But a perfectly fueled, well-rested body won’t do us any good if it’s home to a negative, pessimistic, self-critical mind.

Have you ever found yourself having unkind thoughts like these?

“I can’t believe I ate all that pasta. Gross. I’m so weak.”

“How do I keep screwing this up? I told myself I wasn’t going to overeat and here I am, stuffed, unhappy, and guilty. I should be better than this.”

“I know that dairy upsets my stomach, but I just ate half a pint of ice cream. I’m so bad.”

I recognize them myself because this is something that I struggled with for ages. If I ate too much, I’d say mean things to myself. If I didn’t eat enough vegetables, ate mindlessly, or if told myself that I wasn’t going to finish the rest of the hummus and then when I did—I’d berate myself.

This food-related stress and anxiety isn’t just emotionally unhealthy: it’s physically unhealthy. Marc David, my mentor and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains that our thoughts quite literally affect how our bodies function. Guilt and other negative, stress-related emotions trigger the release of cortisol, which can cause us to store more calories as body fat.

Thinking negative, stress-inducing thoughts after a meal impacts our digestion and nutrient assimilation and removes any pleasure we might have experienced while eating the food. To put it simply: the thoughts we think about the food we eat instantly become the reality in our bodies via the central nervous system.

By now, we’ve heard “you are what you eat,” but you are also what you think! This month, let’s commit to stopping unkind thoughts before they even start. We can rewire our mind to be more positive. Here are three steps to help you release negative food and body chatter, once and for all:

1. Take note of when and how you say these things to yourself.
For many of us, these unkind thoughts are mental background noise. We’ve heard them so many times, playing on repeat in our heads, that we don’t even notice them anymore. Whether we are aware of them or not, they affect our self-esteem, our choices, and the chemicals in our bodies. Noticing these thoughts is the first step to healing our relationships with food and our bodies.

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2. Speak to yourself the way you’d speak to a young child or a dear friend.
We would never, ever tell a friend that she was “weak” for having a second serving of brownies, but for years I’d say things like this—and worse!—to myself. When I finally realized that my negative self-talk was a problem, I struggled to find positive, supportive things to say to myself. If you’re in the same boat, talk to yourself the way you’d talk to a dear friend or a young child.

“You’re doing your best.”

“You made the most of a tough situation.”

“You’re doing a great job—keep it up!”

“I’m proud of you.”

When we give ourselves the same amount of love and attention that we give other people, our internal dialogue begins to shift. This can feel a little awkward at first, but keep the conversation going! Training a new behavior takes time, and once it’s ingrained, you’ll have swapped a harmful, unhealthy, and counter-productive habit for a positive, uplifting, healthy one. Using kind, supportive language in your conversations with yourself will help ease the food stress—and more!

3. Remember that you are the creator of your thoughts, so you can change them.
When we tune into our inner dialogue, it’s easy to feel out of control. It can seem as though we’re being forced to listen to a radio station where a mean (or even spiteful!) DJ isn’t taking requests.

But it’s important to remember that our thoughts—both good and bad—originate from us. We are the creators of our thoughts, so we are capable of changing them. I can say to myself, “That’s how I was for the last XX years, but I don’t want to be like that any more. This changes now.”

Your mind is a one-person radio station—and you are the only one who gets to choose the playlist. Believe it or not, it’s all up to you! You can even try this trick for re-routing your internal monologue: The next time you start to hear the same unkind chatter that plays on repeat, I want you to actually think (or say!) the words: “Stop. Change the station.”

Imagine reaching out toward the knob on your car radio and turning the dial. Or imagine pulling the headphones out of your iPhone and being greeted with glorious (and peaceful!) silence. Try it. You won’t believe how effective this can be!

Changing the way you think is a journey that requires a lot of focus and effort. Be gentle with yourself during this process and try not to get down on yourself when and if you have those negative thoughts again. They’re bound to resurface occasionally. Awareness is the first step here!

To help you have kinder & more loving thoughts, I’ve teamed up with some incredible partners to give you awesome and supportive tools for this month’s challenge. Simply join the conversation #12tinychanges on instragam and tag @kaleandchocolate and @hamptonskiley.

One Healthy Breakdown: What you think is just as important as what you eat. And the only person who can change your mind is YOU.

Reach (for Spring) March Challenge

Happy March (rabbit rabbit!) Let’s hope that Spring weather is just around the corner, but until then, let’s reach for it! This unique move works your core like no other and requires zero equipment. From all fours, reach your right arm out straight ahead and your left leg straight behind you. This requires core strength and balance to keep your body stable. Bend your right arm and your left leg in towards your center to touch (or as close as they come) to further engage your abs. Reach them back out straight and then place them back down on the ground. Repeat with the left arm and right leg. This is one repetition. Alternate and follow the calendar below. Just save, print, or pin the image below and reach for spring. By the time bikini season arrives, you’ll be glad that you took on this challenge!

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One Healthy Breakdown: spring into spring…with a stronger core!

One Healthy Shamrock Shake

Let’s forgo the fast food, skip the drive thru, hold the corned beef, and head straight for the shake. We’re talking a Shamrock Shake, yum yum. After all, a large shake at McDonalds will cost ya almost a day of calories, well over 100 grams of sugar, and a whole lotta other crap that is far from lean or green. This healthy version is delicious and nutritious enough to have for…breakfast! Lucky you!

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One Healthy Shamrock Shake:

In a blender, combine:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large handful spinach or romaine (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • A bunch of fresh mint leaves and/or one drop of peppermint extract (a little bit goes a long way)
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • handful of ice cubes

Pour into a large glass. Top with extra nibs or chocolate chips and go to town!

One Healthy Breakdown: it’s a wish come true!

Celebrating Nutrition Month in a BIG WAY!

March is National Nutrition Month and timing couldn’t be more perfect!

image(35)See here for why! Wahoo! Couldn’t wait another day to announce this news!

If you’re considering some nutritional support, I’m your girl! Reach out now because I’m happily offering an introductory rate until the end of April. Until then, we’re springing into spring serving up some serious healthy goodness to nibble on:

Here you have OHH’s top 10 nutrition tips to incorporate into your life because YOU deserve to enjoy the taste of eating right and flourish through food. Let’s live that high vibe life full of whole foods and no guilt! Speaking of whole foods, read all about the Whole30 program and why OHH is hopping on board too! No matter if you’re paleo or pale-no, it’s all about the whole foods, leans and greens, and listening to YOUR body.

So, there you have it, lots of yummy links and nutrition tips to crunch on! Now pay it forward. If any of your friends, family, or coworkers could use a little help developing a healthier, happier lifestyle, point them in my direction. Send them a link, suggest they sign up for OHH’s free e-magazine, or let them know to contact kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com for one-on-one support. Happy March, indeed!

One Healthy Breakdown: get your nutrition on all month long!

March Madness – Lucky Lunges!

Guess what…we’re lunging right thru March and stepping into spring! Here’s how to lunge: Stand up tall. Keeping your upper body straight, take a big step forward with one foot. Lower hips and bend front knee to a 90-degree angle. Repeat on the other side. Lunges work the entire leg and core, especially the glutes, hamstrings, and abdominals. Focus on these muscles when executing each lunge to maximize benefits. Some people like to place their hands on their hips and others like to hold them in front of them for balance. Commit today and print or pin the calendar below. Complete each set on BOTH legs (so, when it says 3 lunges, that’s three lunges each side for six total!)

Lucky Lunges Monthy CalOne Healthy Breakdown: Happy March, let the madness begin!

SUPER SPRING CLEANSE

It’s happening: spring is in the air! It’s time to ditch those layers, say goodbye to the snow boots, and…get ready to spring into spring feeling SUPER, confident, healthy, and happy!

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Beach days (and bikinis) are right around the corner! Don’t worry, take a deep breath, and relax. OHH has you covered with this Super Spring Cleanse to help you SPRING into spring!

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This program includes all of the steps you’ll need to cleanse, including a 5 day meal plan full of seasonal recipes and whole foods. Focusing on fresh, in-season produce, manageable changes, convenience, and taste, you’re sure to love this plan. Let’s get out of hibernation and back on track in the healthiest, most affordable way possible! Just add to cart below for just $30 or email kiley@onehealthyhamptons.com for your instant download and get started!

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You’ll get the Super Spring Cleanse program (delicious recipes for every meal, a full grocery list, and pages of tips on mindful eating, exercise, and detoxing) within hours to start whenever YOU’RE ready. This five-day program is flexible, fun, fresh, and easy to incorporate into any type of lifestyle. One Healthy Hamptons’ Spring Cleanse plan costs just $30, so sign on now for the boost you need and bring on the sunshine!

One Healthy Breakdown: we’re springing into a healthy, happy spring!

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

Happy March! What a great month. We’re over the winter hump (better be) and counting down to the first day of spring. We’ll soon trade in our down jackets for spring coats and hot soups for cool smoothies. March also happens to be National Nutrition Month, a nationwide campaign initiated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to educate and celebrate eating right.

Woman Eating Fruit OutdoorsThis year’s theme is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. This could be my motto and I’ll tell you why. Yes, eating healthy is incredibly important, I practice and preach this daily. Food has superpowers, it can literally improve our health, energy, sleep, skin, hair, strength, mood, and so much more…all while preventing disease and feeling better, inside and out. Yes, nutrition is hugely important. But…

What’s the point of eating healthy if we don’t enjoy it? Life’s just too short. Not only do we eat to survive and fuel our bodies, but humans are programmed to eat largely for pleasure. Taste drives our food choices. We all crave certain foods, we all have our favorite restaurants, and we rotate our staple recipes. Pleasurable food is associated with celebration, memories, family, heritage, feelings, etc. We need food and we deserve to enjoy it. National Nutrition Month is all about combining taste and nutrition so that, as individuals and a nation, we’re eating better and enjoying it.

So, how do we do that? Through education, change, awareness, and balance. People ask me all of the time how do you always eat so healthy? I honestly don’t think twice about my lifestyle anymore, I actually crave fruits and vegetables. Seriously! I enjoy educating myself about nutrition, eating what I know is good for my body, stocking my kitchen with fresh, whole foods, cooking from scratch, listening to my body, feeding my cravings, experimenting in the kitchen, and even choosing broccoli over french fries and beans over burgers. Some people get it, others think I’m full of it.

I can understand why lots of people shake their heads because I didn’t always love eating healthy. Ten years ago, I probably wouldn’t have tried a green juice if you paid me. Now, I have one almost everyday and my body craves green juice. Why and how did this happen? Through education, change, awareness, and balance. With awareness of what we put in our mouth, how it makes us feel, and what food can do for our health, things will click. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advocates for education, change, awareness, and balance because these things can make our society drastically healthier.

So, let’s celebrate! National Nutrition Month isn’t about going on a month-long diet, it’s about finding pleasure in eating healthy. Step one is education. In order to know what ‘eating healthy’ means, looks likes, and tastes like, it takes learning, learning facts about nutrition and learning to question what we’re told by the FDA daily. Contact a nutritionist or self-educate through research. There are endless resources right at our fingertips, for free! Check out eatright.org and please come back to One Healthy Hamptons for tips, recipes, and making food FUN.

A little change here and there is a really big reason to celebrate. Learn what’s in the foods that you’re eating. Trust the signals that your body is giving you. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Fuel your body and your mind with superfoods. Be aware of how you feel. Note what you ate when you feel energetic, happy, powerful, mobile, strong, and light. Note when you feel sluggish, deflated, unmotivated, depressed, jittery or unfulfilled. Try new things. Lessen salt and sugar. Use herbs, spices, and citrus for flavor. Trade processed foods for whole foods. There are a million changes you can make, start with one today and make March your month for healthier food choices. Your taste buds will adapt to crave healthier foods, you’ll feel fabulous heading into spring, and you’ll learn to celebrate the healthier you.

One Healthy Breakdown: Eat what you love. Love what you eat. Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.

March Wall Sit Challenge

Mark your calendar! March is wall sit month, so wahoo get excited and get ready to tone that tush and those thighs! Wall sits are exactly as they sound. Lean back against a wall, knees bent at 90 degrees. And…hold. Engage your core for double results. Print, pin, or save this calendar and follow the times to work yourself up to two whole minutes! Wall sits are great to do as you watch TV, so no excuses because summer is coming!

March Wall Sit Calendar

One Healthy Breakdown: everyone has a wall nearby, get sitting!