Take it from me, Wendy Battles, the Clean Eating Coach, that cleaning up your diet by eating more whole, unprocessed foods and cleaning up your home, by throwing away old things that no longer serve you, both contribute to better health.
Although I’ve been practicing clean eating for quite some time, and find it easy to make the time to plan, shop for and prepare healthy meals made with fresh, whole foods, keeping things organized at home has been another story. For years, I’ve been in varying levels of disorganization that have left me feeling anxious, overwhelmed and less than healthy. I would spend my fair share of time thinking about my piles of paper and clutter, I’d obsess over how I could get on top of it once and for all, and I’d easily fall into a state of overwhelm.
I’ve had clients like this before who struggled with eating cleaner foods but found the task so overwhelming that they never progressed very far. Together, however, we’d find ways to simplify the process and break down the steps to creating a clean eating lifestyle that sticks.
It was the same thing for me with getting organized. First I had to decide that I was ready, willing and able to make some changes. Then I hired an organizer who helped me create simple systems that work for my life. And after consulting with someone who built me a proper desk, cabinets and workspace, I’m finally unearthing, throwing away and organizing years worth of clutter. This is all about a clean working space that helps me be more productive, focused and ultimately, healthier. What a concept! My whole life feels lighter and less burdened by the combination of clean eating and a clean workspace.
And you know what else? All the worrying and anxiety that kept me focused on what wasn’t working, has freed me up to be a lot more creative in the kitchen. I’m having big fun creating delicious clean eating recipes that are feeding my body and soul. Who knew that cleaning up one’s space could have such an impact on other parts of one’s life.
What about you, what parallels do you see between clean eating and de-cluttering your own space? How do both of these initiatives help you to create a healthier lifestyle?