When I was first diagnosed with cancer, it was a huge wake up call for me to evaluate my lifestyle and made me aware of how unhealthy I was living. Because I was so scared that cancer would get the best of me, I was hugely motivated and changed my eating habits instantly.
I would juice a few times a day, eat all the cruciferous vegetables, minimised my meat consumption and avoided dairy and sugar. It was easy peasy because at that point in my life, fear was driving me to eat healthy in a way I had never done before.
However, it’s now been six years from diagnosis. The anxiety and fear of a cancer recurrence has somewhat dissipated and frankly so has my motivation for healthy eating.
My life also looks different now. Busier. (Who's life isn't?).
I'm now focused on caring for my daughter. And it's hard work, taking up all my time and energy.
I've finally managed to get her to love broccoli.
Ok, I lie.
She's finally developed a taste for the green florets. The stem? Not so much.
She's only 18 months, so she hasn't gotten to the stage where she is super picky.
But what about when she gets older?
Healthy eating or lack thereof starts when we're young.
The dishes she grows up eating will most likely be her favourite foods in the future. Think about your favourite foods? Most likely these dishes were the ones your mum cooked for you.
So I wonder, how else am I shaping her beliefs towards eating and food?
We don't think about it much, but food has powerful emotional, social and cultural associations.
The foods that we eat can be driven by these influences, so I'm not surprised that eating habits are hard to change.
For me, everyday is a battle of priorities. Take care of my daughter or take care of me.
Often I put her priorities ahead of mine. But isn't that what moms do?
We want the best for our kids, but I have to gently remind myself that my health is a priority above anything else in my life.
If my health declines, the people that will suffer most are my family.
It's hard to find a healthy balance. But at least I must try.
I could eat healthy before, so I know I can do it again!
Unlike last time, I want this change to be permanent. If I'm going to make an impact on my longevity, then I need to be consistent. Not just for a month, 2 months, not even a year. I need to do this for the rest of my life.
This time I won't be driven by fear, but by love. Love for my body, health, and family. I'm a mother now, so I need to be an example for my little girl.
So to get started and get back on the right path, I wanted to gain some insights into other people's healthy lifestyle.
I asked nine amazing women bloggers in the health & wellness field, what their tips are for busy people who want to eat healthy and avoid the junk food and take-out.
Check out their responses below. I'm sure they'll be as helpful to you as they are to me.
Before you read their responses below, think about what's stopping you from eating healthy?
Which tip would be most helpful to you? Do you have any tips to share? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.