“Simple is best. Don’t over complicate it.” – Shanique Allen.
Healthy eating to ensure that you are getting the nutrition that you need is not as complicated as it may seem. The first step to improving your nutrition is understanding what you eat, how you eat, and why you eat. Awareness of your cravings is imperative before you can get to the root of why you crave certain foods. Understanding the root of your cravings will naturally reveal how you can curb those cravings. Oftentimes, eating more well-balanced meals throughout the day is enough to curb those cravings.
What is a well-balanced meal? Shanique makes it easy to understand and execute via what she calls “Leftover makeover.” She shares 4 ways to repurpose food to create different meals.
If your goal is to get in shape by exercising more, Shanique shares a healthy approach to exercise as well. The key is to identify one activity that you are comfortable with and start doing that for 10 minutes every day. Listen in to dive deeper into Shanique’s tips for improving your nutrition and overall health.
What’s in this episode?
0:00 Meet Shanique Allen
1:29 Shanique’s journey to becoming a health coach
2:19 Institute of Integrative Nutrition
2:59 Prescriptive diets
3:48 Cornerstone of how to eat & work
4:00 How culture and geographic location affect what we eat
5:00 One size does not fit all
5:51 Understanding yourself and what is doable
6:15 Villainizing food
8:48 Crowding out
11:03 Cravings and what to do about it
14:00 Awareness about cravings
17:58 Recommendations for improving your health
18:38 How to get into shape
19:48 Improving quality of sleep
20:44 Leftover makeover
24:22 Shanique’s salad hack
27:50 Best sources of carbohydrates
29:40 Using your hand as a portion size guideline
What you will learn:
- How culture and geographic location affects what we eat
- How to understand yourself in terms of cravings and the root of those cravings
- How to be more aware of your cravings and how to address your cravings
- How to get into shape by increasing exercising
- How to create a balanced and nutritious meal
- How to repurpose leftover food
About Shanique Allen
Health and nutrition coach. Jamaican. Wife. Dog mom. Sun lover. Outdoor adventurer. Lover of being strong. Confident. Risk taker. Teacher of simplicity. I am on a mission to help people embrace themselves right where they are, and use that life lessoned experience to build a wellness blueprint they can thrive on, in any situation and for life. That means freeing themselves of rigid food and movement rules, and instead learning all the ways they can eat, move and live to nourish their whole being – mind, body and soul. You won’t find me recommending quick diets, one way to workout, or shaming you for starting over for the 100th time. Instead, you will find repeated calls to show yourself grace when things go off rails, as much as you will find me asking you the tough questions to get you out of your own way. I am a health and nutrition coach, but I am also a person. And like you and many of my clients, I’ve walked through various life transitions, fumbled a ton, made cringeworthy mistakes and experienced joy as equally as dark sadness. So, my hope is that you leave here that much more empowered to make simple but long lasting changes in your life without sacrificing your joy, peace of mind and long term health.