In the past week, three women - all different ages - told me some version of, "I forget to eat."
My first thought is, 'How the heck do you forget to eat?! I never forget to eat.' Every once in a while I don't eat in my usual rhythm because something in my day throws me off, but forgetting to eat, nope, that just doesn't happen for me.
While I'm actually a proponent of intentionally choosing to give your digestive system a break with some well-planned and nourishing liquid days like in our 14-Day Reset, one thing I'm not a fan of is leaving your eating to chance.
Here's the tough love part: You need to prioritize your eating.
You need to be nourished. Fueled. Fed.
Whatever you want to call it, you need to make time to sit down and eat every day. Ideally in a way that aligns with your body's natural rhythm, especially if you want to lose weight!
You need to prioritize eating because what and when you eat has a profound impact on how you think and feel. What and when you eat impacts your energy and mood, sometimes within in minutes.
There are no shortage of recipes thanks to Pinterest. What there is a shortage of is women who understand and are willing to prioritize their own eating and self-care.
Here's what you also need to know: I didn't always prioritize what and when I ate. In fact I used to graze throughout the day, skip meals, eat late at night and live on sugar and refined grains. I learned the hard way that what and when I ate had a profound impact on not only my energy and mood but also my overall health and wellbeing.
Women have said to me often over the years that it must be nice that it comes so naturally for me to eat healthy and that it's so easy for me. I wish! It's definitely become much easier over time, but I've actually had to decide over and over and over every day, day-after-day that this is just what I do.
I've had to make the commitment to prioritize eating healthy and it isn't always easy, especially in the beginning (Sugar is a real addiction!). There have been plenty of times that I would not honor my commitment because my sugar cravings were strong or I was overly tired or bored or stressed out or I didn't feel like it.
I just had to keep showing up for myself, get back on track regularly and accept that prioritizing what and when I eat isn't necessarily easy. After all these years it still takes commitment every day, every week.
But, it doesn't have to be a drag. I eat way more delicious food than I ever did when I didn't prioritize my eating. It took my taste buds a little time to adjust to eating healthier but not as long as you might think.
If you are a woman who does not prioritize your eating every day, I want to invite you to be more intentional about what and when you eat. Make the commitment over and over as many times as it takes until it becomes your norm and you too can say, "This is just what I do."
Start by eating a good-sized meal between 11 and 2 p.m. every single day because this will help you become more aligned with the natural hormonal and digestive rhythm of your body (and keep your mind clear, your energy up and the mood monster calm mid afternoon!!).
There's actually science to this but the best way to find out is to do your own experimental research and just try it every day over the next week.
To help you with this, here are a few of Chef Jackie's delicious salads that you can make and enjoy. A little trick that makes eating a delicious lunch easier is to cook extra chicken for dinner early in the week and set some aside for your lunches.
What do you think - are you ready to prioritize eating lunch each day for the next week? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments here or over on our Facebook page.
AND, if you really want to experience what it feels like to prioritize your eating every day we've got an amazing 14-day menu plan for you in our upcoming Fall Reset.
(For those of you who have done the Fall Reset before, you'll be happy to know we're adding in a handful of new recipes so you can switch up your menu plan if you'd like or just have the bonus recipes to keep going beyond the 14 days.)
We also accept Health Savings Account credit cards! And when you join us for the September session, you get to join us for the October session at no additional cost to you so you get a whole month of coaching and support! How awesome is that?!