Yesterday a batch of Loving Earth raw vegan chocolate arrived at my house and I was toe-curlingly, disturbingly excited. Coupled with a full day in clinic, and followed by a visit to a local fashion show where Palasis and the other chefs were swapping delicious morsels of food (read: japanese dumplings and vegetarian nachos) and of course I had to try a bit of everything!
This was followed by an ecstatic yoga rave at lululemon athletica and delicious post-rave peanut butter goodie balls! Finally when I got home for dinner I enjoyed some nori rolls with veggies, Japanese guacamole, greens from the garden... and more of that chocolate :)
I didn't overeat but I sometimes overindulge in some of my favourite treats: mostly dark chocolate, coconut ice cream and guacamole nori rolls, three things I haven't been eating as much of recently.
I hope this will show you that NOBODY IS PERFECT - even those of us who provide this guidance to others professionally!
Today I realised there is much to be said for planning. As much as I love eating whatever I feel like in that moment, I also need to prepare in order to ensure I’ll actually have food that I’m desiring in the house. I'm a huge advocate of intuitive eating, but we can’t be very intuitive with our meals unless we have prepped and planned a little bit, right? When I am best prepared for eating in an energising way, here is what I have on hand:
- Avocados – both ripe and and unripe
- Ripe fruits in the fridge (watermelon and organic Fuji apples are my favourite, followed by a killer organic pear), I also usually have frozen berries, some ripe bananas sliced into chunks in plastic bags in the freezer, and unripe bananas ripening on the counter
- Plenty of wholegrain mustard and lemon and limes because this is how I love to dress my salads
- Plenty of garden greens such as kale, rocket and silverbeet, and other vegetables such as corn, tomatoes, beets, carrots, cabbage and big juicy olives for salads
- Potato, sweet potato and pumpkin for epic roasted wedges
- Organic eggs and wild salmon (when I crave an omelette or a piece of fish, nothing else will do)
- Dark chocolate bars
So what is your most common slip up or indulgence that you easily overdo? Most importantly, how do you tell yourself that it's NOT that big of a deal (because it's not) and pick yourself up and brush yourself off the next day?
By the way, the Yoga Rave was ridiculously fun. Thanks Gregory Dunn for a super-pumped class full of ground-thumping laughter, glo-sticks and sweat! I'm lucky enough to be an ambassador for lululemon athletica and together with chef Palasis, we'll be holding a Raw Chocolate and Guilt-Free Dessert workshop at the Robina store on October 15th - see lululemon athletica Robina's facebook page for details and to book your complementary seat. As you can understand places are limited so get in sooner rather than later :)