Well... this is awkward.
This is the second time that I am writing here this year even though I said I was going to start writing more again. Also, I haven't really worked out that much since I got back to school.
I am no less motivated to achieve my goals, but you know, life doesn't always work out the way you want it to. I have to refocus after a semi-hectic start to the semester. I went to a week of 10-hour days of RA training. Then, I got sick. And then I don't have much of an excuse for the two weeks after that except that I was tired and had homework to do. In addition to strengthening my body, I clearly need to work on strengthening my mind.
But that's okay. I'm only human.
That's why it's special when ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. While it might be scary to fathom achieving big goals, anyone who has made it is just like you and me. (Of course, there are some people who are set back in life of no fault of their own, but that's a different story. Still, they are also capable of achieving greatness.)
So let's fight the good fight together and endure the struggle together. The path to success doesn't have to be linear, and everyone has bad days. What matters is that you keep the positive momentum and don't stop, even when you mess up. It's okay, and it will be okay. At least that's what I choose to believe because if you give up on yourself, you won't achieve your goals anyway. I choose to give myself a fighting chance.
So today, I will provide a list of healthy snacks that I enjoy. I'm still trying to develop healthier eating habits again. Every repetition of a habit makes it easier to do it again the next time so maybe if I make a list of go-to snacks, then it will be easier to choose one of them instead of a bag of chocolate chips, for example. (However, you could argue there's a time and place for that. You might not feel too well afterwards though.) And maybe it will help you too!
Also recently, a guest speaker (a registered dietitian) came to my Lifetime Health & Fitness class and talked about how nourishment is more than just the foods we eat. We nourish ourselves with positive relationships, sleep, exercise, stress management, and more, and that helps us to absorb all of the nutrients in food. And when we nourish ourselves in these alternative ways, we end up making healthier, balanced food choices as well. I thought that was a wonderful way to think about wellness, and I'm trying to keep that in mind too.
*Note: I am not a doctor. These foods work for me, but you do you boo.
- Guacamole + carrots (or other raw veggies)
- Hummus + carrots (or other raw veggies)
- Plain fruit (especially apples, oranges, and berries)
- Apple or Banana and 2 tbsp. nut butter
- Nuts or seeds
- 1 serving of lightly oiled/salted popcorn (Some options I like are Angie's Boom Chicka Pop, Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl Popcorn, or the Whole Foods Reduced Salt and Fat Popcorn. Or of course, there's homemade.)
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Kale chips
- Granola or energy bars (preferably homemade with minimal added sugar... or maybe Larabars or Rawxies)
- Baked (sweet) potato (maybe with a little guac, hummus, or nut butter)
- Baked root veggie fries
- Fruit/veggie chips (potato, carrot, beet, apple, banana... preferably homemade)
- Maybe a little bowl of oatmeal or a veggie-packed soup
- Snack-sized smoothie
Do you have any healthy snacks that you enjoy? Share them in the comments!
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