Habit #4: Enjoy!
Do you believe life is short or a really long time? We think it is both, long and short, and both call for you to enjoy your life! We want food and fashion to add to your enjoyment, not detract from it.
We work to find food and beauty that satisfies your body and mind. No pain—no gain is not our mantra. We want everyone to enjoy health and beauty and we make it a priority for our clients.
You feel better when you like your food and it nourishes and satisfies you. If you don’t enjoy your food, you will always be hungry for something.
If you hate kale, but eat it every day, you won’t get all the benefits kale has to offer. You will feel punished and deprived, you will be more likely to rebel, and you may undo any progress you have made from the punishment you endured—that is not enjoyable.
Fashion should feel comfortable, literally and figuratively. If your clothes are too tight you will be uncomfortable. If you are over-dressed or under-dressed, you will feel out of place. Both add stress and decrease your enjoyment in most situations. Additionally, you want to have pieces in your closet that make you happy and excited to get dressed every day!
Natalie’s HABIT: Add some frosting
While you probably won’t be eating frosting daily, you can add frosting to your outfits with a patterned scarf, a fun necklace, a pair of vintage earrings—anything that makes you happy and tells others a little about you. Accessories can be inexpensive, and, if you’ve simplified your wardrobe, mix and match with what you have to make outfits more interesting, versatile, and unique—just like you!
Becky’s HABIT: Limit the frost but not the flavor
Our last HABIT, progress NOT perfection ties into enjoyment, as it does with much of life. You cannot love everything you eat and everything you eat might not be the healthiest. When you work toward making food choices that are healthy, you want them to be tasty too. If your healthy choices taste good you will make PROGRESS that you can sustain to reap benefits today and in the future.
Have you heard of the 80/20 rule for eating? (This is not to be confused with Pareto 80/20 business rules.) When it comes to food, what you put in your mouth most days matters more than what you do once in awhile.
I learned about 80/20 for food at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Eat healthy meals 80 percent of the time and splurge 20 percent of the time with “unhealthy/junk food.” This a common approach but I have taken it one step further to help you succeed, I added enjoyment to the equation! If your food is healthy but you don’t enjoy it, you might have short-term progress but it will be hard to sustain.
Does the chart seem too technical or too hard? It is actually simpler than it looks. It is designed to help you categorize your food to make better food choices. Think of the chart as “training wheels” to develop a new habit. With a little practice considering what food tastes good AND is good for you, making better choices will become second nature.
The goal is to make progress making healthier choices that are not punishment. Life is too short to not enjoy your food and too long to risk the consequences of unhealthy eating.
Thanks for following our series. We completed the basic foundation for creating successful and sustaining HABITs, personalize, simplify, progress, and enjoy. Stay tuned, we will continue to build on this foundation weekly to help you get where you want to go. ENJOY the trip!
May you always feel great & look great,
Natalie & Becky
Natalie Tincher, owner and personal wardrobe stylist at Buttoned Up in New York City, desires to help others gain an added measure of confidence through cultivating a style that complements their unique personality, lifestyle, and physical attributes.
Becky Nagle, owner and health coach at getting2well in Bergen County, NJ, works with clients to make small changes to reduce stress and improve nutrition that fit their lifestyle to reach healthy weights and wellness goals.