When you’re thinking about your diet, especially in a “weight loss phase”, it’s important to think about it with an abundance mindset.
Bri, what the hell are you talking about? Abundance mindset? I know, I know. It sounds like some hippy dippy nonsense. But hear me out!
If you are setting out on a weightless journey, it’s easy to look at your food and think it’s not enough. It’s not satisfying. It’s not flavorful. It’s not interesting. There’s no variety.
But this is COMPLETELY the wrong way to view your diet (or anything in life for that matter). You have to have an abundance mindset. You have to look at what’s in front of you and see that there is abundance in whatever it is (even when maybe there isn’t as much as you would like right now). Your thoughts manifest into your reality. The things that you are thinking about the most will come to you. So if you’re thinking, “there’s not enough” then that’s what you’ll have – not enough.
Law of Attraction. True story.
Going back to food (this is after all, a food blog). If you are trying to lose a bit of weight or a lot of weight, you will never be able to lose AND maintain the weight loss if you look at food and have those scarcity thoughts (it’s not enough, etc.). You have to be able to look at your plate and think, “Wow. Look at all of this beautiful food. I’m going to feel so satisfied and nourished after I eat this.”
Let me show you what I mean.
Walnuts are one of the ultimate health foods. They’re rich in protein, omega-3s, vitamin E, folate, and antioxidants. There is sound research out there showing that people who add a handful of walnuts to their diet daily tend to have lower weights and lower risk for cardiovascular disease. Pretty amazing little nut!
Walnuts are extremely calorically dense though. The key is only having a handful of them at a time (and not a heaping handful, either!). So if that’s the case, then walnuts may not be the best snack to have if you’re trying to lose weight. Instead, you could eat a whole sweet potato with some cannellini beans and salsa. That would be so much more filling and offer a wider variety of vitamins and minerals than just the handful of walnuts alone.
You have to choose foods that you can eat in abundance. Those foods are vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes, and whole grains. When you choose less calorically dense fruits and vegetables you’ll be able to eat so much more of them than walnuts or cheese or beef. You’ll be able to look at your plate and think, “Wow. Look at all of this beautiful food. I’m going to feel so satisfied and nourished after I eat this.”
That’s having an abundance mindset.
That will help you to achieve and maintain any amount of weight loss.
So what’s the takeaway here?
Choose foods that you know without a doubt, can be eaten in abundance. Vegetables, fresh fruit, legumes and whole grains are going to be your go-to abundance foods. Choose foods that when you look at them you know you’re only enhancing your health.