Jordanna Levin talks balance and indulgence
This week (Feb 15-21) is Healthy Weight Week, a national initiative that looks to encourage Australians to consider their diet and exercise habits. According to new research by the National Heart Foundation, less than one in four Aussies will be of a healthy weight by the year 2031, which has us kinda worried.
We spoke to holistic lifestyle coach, Jordanna Levin, during Healthy Weight Week about her advice for leading a healthier and more wholesome lifestyle. Her ideas don’t involve crash diets, they don’t involve drastically changing your habits and most importantly, there’s no anxiety or guilt if you were to falter.
In fact, Levin thinks the key to leading a healthier lifestyle means never dieting again. Here are her five pieces of advice.
Fill up on the right stuff
Sounds simple enough, but the trick is to shift your focus. Instead of removing all of the ‘bad’ foods from your diet, focus on filling up on nutrient-dense whole foods like vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Invest in a good quality protein to add to your smoothie bowls and smoothies. The IsoWhey Wholefoods Organic Bio-fermented Pea + Brown Rice Protein Powder is naturally filling and provides a source of energy.
Practice mindful eating
When you sit down to a meal, put away your phone and tablet, turn off the TV and computer, and step away from your desk. Being present with your food and being consciously aware of what and how much you’re eating is only possible when you’re free from distractions.
Make indulgence a part of healthy eating
Every healthy and balanced eating plan should include room for a little indulgence. But here’s the trick… you have to be able to enjoy it without the guilt. The only way to turn healthy eating into an effortless exercise is to ensure you never feel like you’re going without.
Quit punishing yourself
Many of us fall into the trap of coming down on ourselves every time we stray from the healthy eating path. Often this can lead to a hands-up-in-the-air defeat and we end up bingeing and telling ourselves we’ll start again on Monday. But how about instead of punishing yourself every time you fall off the wagon, you start measuring how fast you hop back on? I call this measuring your comeback rate and it’s about allowing yourself to be human for a moment and then getting back on track.
Have an affair with your kitchen
If you find cooking a chore, you’re doing it wrong! If you want to eat well, be well and live well you need to be able to prepare your own food. There is only so long you can survive on store bought cold-press juices, ready-made salads and protein balls. The key to falling in love with cooking is being realistic about what works for you and your skill set, budget and timeframe, and then harnessing that. There are lots of things you can prepare for yourself that doesn’t even require turning on the stove!
Jordanna Levin, creator of The Inspired Table, is a holistic lifestyle coach whose focus is to heal people’s ‘complicated’ relationship with food. She believes food should inspire and nourish, not be a source of stress and anxiety. Through her coaching programs, cooking workshops, inspiring speaking gigs and popular food blog she’s rewriting decades worth of misleading messaging and creating a new movement of mindful and inspired eating.