Health begins in your mind – not your mouth. Each week I ask the same 5 questions and shine a spotlight on how different people think about health.
Hannah Marcotti is a quietly impassioned motivator who serves as your guide to your gorgeous life and business of the heart. She is a highly sensitive mama who wishes to help you dream and seek out the truth of your purpose and help you celebrate life. She is often found tattooing joy on the spirits of those in her community.
What does ‘healthy’ mean to you?
Healthy is a thought, a mantra. It is stepping into my best self, treating myself with love and time and nurture. When my mind is open and my body has moved I am able to feed myself with love, to treat others with compassion and to take time to honor the world I live in.
What are your specific reasons for wanting to stay healthy?
I think of healthy sort of like I do balance. We are moving in and out of it. I eat cookies, I make them myself so I know what is in them and I enjoy them with a cup of hot tea. I eat lots of kale. I am committed to never dieting again. I lived in a frantic state of never being happy, always depriving myself and living inside of rules. Now I try to simply live with calm and pleasure.
What is a simple healthy habit that you practice every day?
I drink lemon water each day, it is cleansing to the body and helps me feel hydrated. I am one of those people who does not like water so I have to trick myself to drink it. Herbal tea and lemon water does that for me. And lots of soups and broths.
How do you handle ‘cravings’ – or those challenging moments when you don’t feel like making a healthy choice?
I am OK with it, rather than abusing myself. So when I go into the less healthy choice in acceptance rather than with abusive thoughts, I eat less of it, I drink less of it. I give myself time to feel the truth in the situation and that means a handful of corn chips not the whole bag. When you push against anything, you get the resistance, so I now try to flow rather than push.
Name one ‘health’ food that you used to think was weird – but now you love it!
All of them! I thought kale was a garnish, parsley too. I thought it sat on the slice of orange on your plate. I love to add both of those into smoothies and soups now. The more green I can get in, the happier I am. Parsley makes a great pesto, if you add some olive oil, lemon, walnuts and sea salt and process it all together it is divine! Just keep in mind nursing moms should not eat too much parsley as it can decrease milk supply.