Going Whole: The Simple Guide to Healthy Eating
Should I take the bus or drive to work today? What should I wear to work? Maybe my blue dress? But what is the weather like? Will it be cold? What should I eat for breakfast?
I don’t know about you but I find I am asking a lot of questions and trying to make a range of decisions from the very point of waking up. It is said that each day the average adult makes 35,000 decisions a day. That sounds pretty massive to me, but to be honest I am not going to question it…That will just add another question to my list.
One huge decision we all make on a daily basis is what we eat. Something I find really helps with this is planning my meals for the week ahead. I think you can be as flexible as you want with this. If you’re trying to lose weight you may find it helpful to stick to a diet plan with all of your meals and snacks planned out for the week. I have done this previously and found it really helpful in my initial stages of my health journey but long term it isn’t really sustainable.
Nowadays I find it really helpful to put together rough plan for the week where I write down a range of meals I would like to make for the week and then write a shopping list. That way you can be flexible and choose your meals when you feel like it, while having the benefit of the ingredients at hand because you’ve done the food shop based on those meals. I do this every week and have for about the past five years now. I find it really reduces the stress around what to cook for dinner and also makes me more likely to cook at home than grab takeout.
“Okay that’s great, but what do I cook?” I hear you mutter at the computer. I know when I started my health journey I wasn't really sure where to start and had limited understanding of what constituted a healthy meal. I didn't want to resort to ready made meals because I didn't really feel that was benefiting me in the long run. I wanted to learn how to cook nutritious meals and be responsible for what I put in my mouth, and more so know what was in the food I was eating. So I used a plan that was based around "clean eating". It was a good start but was pretty restrictive and I wouldn't recommend it. Luckily at the same time I was also studying health promotion and did a few nutrition units that really helped me to understand what a balanced and healthy meal looked like.
Not everyone is going to study a nutrition unit just to get that basis though. Luckily since then there has been a lot of advancements in meal plans and a lot more information created about putting together a healthy balanced meal. I must say I was really excited when Goodness Me Box founder, Peta Shulman created the Going Whole program and asked me to be an affiliate.
Going Whole is a 6 week guide to transform your health, one wholefood meal at a time. The thing I like about Going Whole is it starts off slow. The first week provides you with breakfast recipes alongside a range of nutrition advice, and a prep kit then the next week introduces lunch and so on. It is great if you just don't know where to start and don't want to throw yourself into a program that is too demanding. There is also a facebook support group to keep you going when motivation is low. Also the meals are freaking delicious.
Below are some of the meals I made from the program.
If you're interested you can access the program here
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!