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If Your Body Could Talk

I’ve tried the whole green juice thing. I’ve bought the fancy $10 drinks. I’ve made it myself. Heck, I even helped a juice company design a series of juices with various nutritional benefits (including, of course, an obligatory green juice).

But the truth is, I don’t like green juice.

Unless it’s loaded with fruit, it doesn’t taste good. And with or without all that fruit, it doesn’t make me feel good. Nothing against green juice. It’s just not for me.

Am I doomed to a life of cancer and ill health? Of course not!

If I’ve learned anything from my work with food sensitivities, it’s this:

What’s healthy for one person isn’t healthy for another. What makes you feel fantastic, might make me feel worn down.

So why are we punishing ourselves to adopt so-called “healthy habits” that make us feel this way?

Good question.

Did you ever stop and think: If my body could talk, what would it say?

Since my approach to Pilates and nutrition is all about mindfulness and respecting your body’s inner cues, I was really drawn to the book If Your Body Could Talk and read the whole thing in one sitting!

So it’s with great pleasure that I share with you a guest post I’ve written for the author, Jacquie Sharples, where I explore how to choose healthy habits that don’t feel like punishment.

Read the full post HERE.

I truly believe health transformations should start with the intention to feel good, not to punish yourself.

That’s my secret to staying healthy while balancing real food and real life. What’s yours?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

Until next week,

PS – Jacquie has agreed to share an excerpt from the book right here on Pilates Nutritionist. Stay tuned for that in a future post!

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Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.


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  1. My secret is being mindful of what I’m eating. I’ve changed a lot of eating habits just by thinking about what it is I’m about to consume. It’s getting easier for me to walk away if it’s not something that serves my body.

    Headed over to read the guest post now. 🙂

    • You and me both, Camesha! Mindfulness also helps us from falling into the nutritionism trap!

  2. Amen, sister! I am not a green juice/smoothie fan, either, although I tried it for a while. It feels good to come out of the closet and admit it: I prefer to chew my greens! Thanks for showing that there is more than one path to good health!

    • Yep! No harm in trying these things out for ourselves and seeing if they jive or not. Like you, I’d much rather nosh on kale chips, pesto, and sauteed greens.

  3. Lily!
    This post really resonates with me as I have watched too many people (including myself) follow a health trend while feeling not so great. If we all tuned in and listened to the messages our bodies send us, we would start to realize that it’s not that complicated. My secret is that I need to slow down so that I can hear what my body is saying:). Great post!

    • And it’s so freeing to know that it’s not complicated, Elise. Thanks for sharing your secret to balancing real food & real life. It’s a great one!

  4. I’m going to admit, I love green juices….BUT, with sweet fruit blended in with them, of course and little bit of peanut butter. I completely agree in listening to your body’s needs and not forcing yourself into a habit that just isn’t jiving with you. Great reminder!

    • You bet, Desiree. Forcing a habit that doesn’t feel right is unsustainable and mentally draining. No bueno!

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