STATĒRA – The Balanced Life
What is the key to a healthy balanced life? How to loose weight the healthy way? How to tech a child healthy habits for life? I was fortunate enough to meet one of the healthiest and most balanced people out there – Ani who is the author of the amazing lifestyle blog Statera.Life. She was so very kind to answer my questions and share some of her wisdom and recipes in the blog posts to follow. The good vibes and energy that radiates from Annie when meeting her in person is the reason I am so glad to share her advice on the blog.
Please tell us more about Statera.Life – who stands behind it and what is it about?
Statēra is the Latin word for balance. I came up with the idea more than a year ago. I was still studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where i learned about two very interesting concepts — the bio-individuality and the primary food. They inspired me to name my project Statēra Life.
The first concept, the bio-individuality, says that there is no one-size-fits-all diet – each person is a unique individual with highly individualized nutritional needs. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best. That’s why no single way of eating works for everyone. The food that is perfect for my body, age, and lifestyle may not be so perfect for another person.
The second concept is about the so-called Primary food. Primary foods are all those “foods” that give us the joy, meaning or fulfillment, those that make our life worth living — the things that feed us beyond the plate — our spirituality, jobs, relationships, recreational and physical activities. As the Institute for Integrative Nutrition teaches, “When primary food is balanced and satiated, your life feeds you, making what you actually eat secondary.” Essentially you need both (the primary and secondary food) to feel great!
Those concepts made me think a lot about the missing parts in people’s life. After a successful brainstorming with a friend of mine, the idea was born — Statēra.
Balance is everywhere — in nature, in the human body, relationships, work and rest, nutrition, even accounting. The examples are countless, but in general we often forget our own balance. Balance is often the missing part in people’s life. The balance theme is endless, there is so much to say about it. That’s why love it…
Behind the whole project is me, myself and I.
As a certified health coach what would you say is the most important aspect in an individual’s diet?
From my perspective, one of the most important aspect is to keep your diet balanced and to stick to real food.
Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University said:
“The basic principles of good diets are so simple that I can summarize them in just ten words: eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. For additional clarification, a five-word modifier helps: go easy on junk foods.”
That pretty much sums it up.
And if you ask me what is a balanced diet, it is quite simple. A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. It comprises of macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fat along with micronutrients which include vitamins and minerals. Each of them has a different role to play in maintaining various body functions.
As i mentioned above the so-called balanced diet will not be the same for everyone. Individuals will require a different amount and type of nutrients.
And if you feel a need to indulge, allow yourself to indulge once in a while.
Dance your way into your own little balance that works for you. Find that place where you are eating healthy most of the time, but that you are not feeling deprived of the foods you love. Learn to listen to your body. Even your cravings have a lot to say.
Any weight loss tips and tricks? What would you advice anyone who wants to lose weight?
Consistency is definitely the key for weight loss. Studies show that slowly but steadily shedding kilos each week can be more beneficial for long-term weight loss than seeing your weight drastically drop, only to rise again… Planning ahead might help for some people. Developing a stable schedule of healthy eating and exercise can help with keeping your weight.
Also track your food. Some people tend to forget what they ate. Tracking your food definitely helps.
Work out. It is important to remember that every body is different. We all have different genetic and cultural traits. And that’s beautiful. Your body will definitely changes when you start exercising. It will not become the body of somebody else but it will become the best version of your own body.
Choose a workout routine to match your personality. Remember the concept of bio-individuality. Choose something that you like doing and get addicted to the post-exercise endorphin rush. Physical activity will definitely help you lose weight and it will tone and sculpt your body.
Last but not least, love it. Love your body.
When it comes to nutrition you follow the 80/20 rule – what does that mean?
The principle behind the 80/20 rule is simple: Eat nutritious foods 80 percent of the time and allow yourself to indulge the other 20 percent of the time. It is not a diet, it’s more like building a lifestyle. I believe that diets aren’t sustainable. They don’t work in the long-term. Most people who start dieting inevitably fail.
You are the ultimate mum, who wants to educate her child healthy habits – how do you manage in this fast food world we live in?
Thank you so much! It is not that easy but teaching your children about healthy eating is so important so they have a good relationship with food for life. I think that the most important thing to do is to set a good example.
Children learn a lot by watching what you do. If you don’t want your child to eat junk food, avoid eating a lot of junk food yourself. Allow your child to explore and taste different foods. Children naturally look for adventure and want to explore.
Serve them mainly healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables or whole-grain crackers. Let them try the taste of real food. Let them explore. It is so important.
Don’t keep junk food at home. It is certainly not good for you and for your children.
If you don’t want your child to eat a particular food, just keep it out of the house. They can’t eat foods that aren’t there.
But don’t completely ban junk food. The 80/20 rule and the balance are totally applicable.
While you probably don’t want them to eat a lot of junk food, you shouldn’t ban it completely. This just makes it more attractive and more likely your child will overindulge when he gets an opportunity to eat these foods at a friend’s house, a birthday party or in the kindergarten. Teach moderation and permit your children to eat small amounts of these foods from time to time, perhaps allowing them to eat them at a friend’s house or a birthday party, but not at home. And talk to them about food. I actually explain everything to my son.