The Simple First Step To Start Eating Healthier

Melissa Charlana
Melissa Charlana is a certified holistic health coach who has been exploring the worlds of wellness, nutrition and bliss as long as she can remember. Learn more at

Since you are gracing the pages of with your glorious presence, I am going to assume that you, dear reader, are in your twenties and, like me, familiar with the extraordinary crises that we experience in the Decade of Discovery.

Today is my 27th birthday. I am not married. I have no children. My career is rather unconventional. You probably should not trust me to pet-sit your dog.

Crisis?! ::insert nervous laughter here::


But despite all of this, I’m sexy.

Wait a minute. Hear me out.

I am in the best physical condition of my life. The most valuable thing that I have tuned in to these past few years has been myself. I know how to heal my body, I am building my strength and my main health concern is burning up my abundant energy. Life is good.

Sure, as a teenager you were stronger than an ox, and smellier than one too, but now your body is truly grown up. You’re an adult, my friend. Puberty is over. You should know what foods/activities trigger pain or discomfort in your body and how to get back on track when you just couldn’t say no to that slice of pizza, cake and/or pie… Do you?

Well, now is the perfect time to learn. My favorite coaching tool is the food journal. I start off each of my health coaching clients by having them fill out the following:

  • What did I eat/drink?
  • How much?
  • At what time?

Sounds simple, I know, but try it out! You’d be surprised at how clueless you are about what actually goes into your body.

Too easy for you, Master Flex? Try this: keep a food journal as described above and add the following line: How did this meal make me feel? Ah! There it is. We are all guilty of eating things that make us feel like garbage. It’s okay, it happens! Your food journal is where you discover that it happened just about every day last week, not once or twice a month like you thought.

Now don’t beat yourself up. It happens to the very best of us. But it’s time to clean your act up. You’re a 20something. You’re supposed to be the sexiest beast that you can be. Don’t wait until your birthday to realize it. Start your journal tomorrow, and discover the foods that make you feel like the best you ever.

You got this! I believe in you.


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