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Erin Parekh

Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach and Culinary Nutrition Expert
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Why I Make Every Meal a Moment

Posted by Erin Parekh on Sep 27, 2018 8:08:46 AM

I’m a firm believer in getting the most nutritional bang for your buck when it comes to making food choices. It’s one of the reasons I love superfoods so much!

I also believe in making every meal a moment. And it’s a key component in how I coach my clients — understanding that how we eat is just as important as what we eat. Because having a green smoothie and kale salad everyday is great, but not when we’re gulping them down in the car or at our desk in front of a pile of unanswered emails.

Digestion is a complex process that functions best when we’re calm and relaxed — when we take a few deep breaths, look at our food, smell it and truly taste each bite. If we’re stressed, anxious and distracted, we’re not allowing our body to properly break down our meal — which not only leads to less nutrient absorption, but also increased digestive distress, gas and bloating. Not fun!

So, how do I personally make mealtime more mindful? Here are a few insights and ideas to get you started:

Breakfast: My morning coffee ritual is non-negotiable. I’ll get up earlier if I have to — just to sit and be with my thoughts (no phone!) for five minutes while I sip from my favorite mug. If I’m having a smoothie later, I always make sure to CHEW it. So often we gulp them down and end up with a stomachache because we didn’t take the time to prime our digestion and let it know food was coming.

Lunch: When it’s time to break out my salad, I take a few deep breaths and close my laptop first. Without the distractions, you’ll be surprised and how much chewing it actually takes to break down those raw, fibrous veggies. For clients, I’ll tell them to set a timer and consciously take 10 minutes from first bite to last bite.

Dinner: Growing up, my mom was always adamant about the "no TV at dinner" rule, and now I uphold the policy in my own home. My husband and I also say a simple grace as a way to pause and reflect on the day — to shift the momentum, slow down and reconnect with both each other and our food.

It took me a while to put these practices consistently into place. My advice is to be kind to yourself and pick one meal each day as a starting point. Turn off your phone, computer and TV for a good five minutes. Then pause, take a few deep breaths, be thankful for the nourishing food you’re about to eat and chew — putting your fork down between bites helps. Try it out, then head over to @erinparekh_ and message me how you felt afterwards or share in comments below.

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Topics: goals, mindfulness, health, tips, Live Life Positive, positive vibes, healthy living, healthy choices

Real Food. Real Life. Made Simple.

Posted by Erin Parekh on Sep 5, 2018 10:03:51 AM

Hi! I’m Erin Parekh, Holistic Health Coach, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and plant-based recipe developer.

My Philosophy
I believe that being healthy doesn’t have to be hard or complicated — that living a fulfilling life and eating the most beautiful, delicious, nourishing food is well within reach for all of us.

But, in order to do this, we have to cut through the noise (there’s a lot of it) and get back to basics. No diets or programs. No hours spent in the kitchen. No killing it at the gym every day.

Just Real Food. Real Life. Made Simple.

This little mantra is what I strive for personally. It’s how I develop recipes and how I coach my clients. Because at the end of the day, no one (not even a health coach!) is going to stick with healthy habits long-term if they aren’t enjoyable or easy.

My Story
I spent the majority of my early adult life struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, disordered eating, and a 50-pound weight fluctuation. I tried every diet book, workout video, and weight-loss supplement available — thinking that if I could just maintain a certain number on the scale, everything would fall magically into place. But as I’m sure you can guess, that wasn’t the case at all.

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Topics: wellness, happiness, health, Live Life Positive, positive vibes, plant based, healthy living, food blogger

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