So... this is sort of a long post, you've been warned, lol.
Earlier this year when I participated in the Whole Living Action Plan I felt great. I was eating cleaner, exercising more, and sleeping better, but somewhere around February there was a lot going on and I sort of fell off track. Recently though, I came to the conclusion that those type of healthy habits I learned from the Action Plan should really be a lifestyle change, not just a one-month cleanse.
I've been looking at all my meals now and asking, how can this be more nutritional? Is there something I could add like nuts, seeds, or greens? Or is there something I can take away, like dairy, sugar, salt? Its really helped me get back on track this week with eating healthy, whole foods, and avoiding anything that's not going to do me any good nutrition-wise. I'm exercising and inspired again, and I love that feeling!
Frankly, i've liked the whole topic of holistic nutrition for a while now, and learning about what things I can do to lead a healthier lifestyle has always been interesting to me, it's just a matter of follow-through. I came across two blogs this week, "The Healthy Ginger" and "Hol-Fit" which really helped with the whole motivation and inspiration thing. If your looking for the same, i'd definitely recommend checking these two out. Lots of great information and recipes from these gals!
I've also decided to mix in some Instagram photos with my film shots here on the blog, so I can post a little more often, and also share healthy tidbits or bursts of inspiration on the go. I know what you're thinking... it's the totally opposite of film, lol... but for some odd reason I like my Instagram shots better than using my digital camera right now. Either way, I hope you'll like the mix.
Today I decided it was time to kick the ol' package of instant apple cinnamon (and sugar) oatmeal, and start making steel cut oats for breakfast with real, fresh ingredients. Steel cut oats are way less processed than instant/rolled oats (which is why they take longer to cook), as they include the whole grain groat (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which is cut into pieces. They're rich in B-vitamins, calcium, protein, magnesium, and fiber, and because they're less processed they take longer to digest, helping you feel fuller, longer. There seems to be quite a few ways to make them, including soaking them overnight or cooking them in the crockpot, but today I just cooked them the regular way, adding some simmered, softened apple, almonds for crunch, a teaspoon or two of cinnamon, and a little organic maple syrup to slightly sweeten. Pretty delicious if you ask me!
Hope you all have a happy and healthy weekend... and have a great Easter too!
Photos: My own, using Instagram (@daniellamz)