Recently we decided that we needed to hear more from those inspiring women that live harmonious lives every single day.
People who inspire us and motivate us to find happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
We want to know how they do it and what advice they can offer us.
This time we had a chat with Cassy Joy Garcia from Fed & Fit
Cassy Joy Garcia is an inspiration to many and has quite a lot on her plate (pun intended). Between her first book, ‘Fed & Fit’ launching this Summer, a weekly 30-minute Fed & Fit podcast, and her healthy lifestyle blog FedandFit.com.
What are some of the ways you make your day-to-day life more harmonious?
I’m actually a big plan of mapping out my day with a list of what I want to do and when (like workout, blog, cook, grocery shop) …but I map it out in a way that is actually doable. I think it’s easy to slip into stress if we feel that we MUST accomplish everything on a too-long to-do list. Keeping my list manageable helps me manage my expectations of myself. Additionally, I like to make sure that I get a good breakfast and workout in early in the day, if possible. Starting the day off this way sets my mind at ease and feel more harmonious overall.
How do you stay creative and inspired about the things you do every day?
I like to ask readers questions! My readers have the BEST ideas. If they have a request for a new recipe or new kind of recipe (like slow cooker or pressure cooker, for example), then I’ll put my thinking cap on and come up with something delicious. I also use readers’ questions as fuel for my podcast and Fed & Fit Project content. Overall, I aim to answer as many questions and solve as many problems as possible with my various content channels.
What was your biggest learning/growth experience in the past year?
That I actually can’t do it it all! It sounds like a joke, but it was a game-changer for me. While I was writing my ‘Fed & Fit’ book, I had to dial back my creating content for the blog. I pursued less stressful workouts (trading yoga in for CrossFit more often than just a couple times a week) and did my best to get plenty of sleep. It was important for me to be able to stay healthy while I was working on this long, intense timeline. Some things had to be pushed to the back burner and that was OKAY! Now that the book is out, I’m happily blogging more often again and getting my ‘Fed & Fit Project Online’ up for a big launch this Fall.
What would be your advice to people who struggle with making healthy and whole food a staple in their life?
If it’s a struggle for you (meaning that you’re not someone who can just read a protocol, rip the bandaid off, and apply yourself), then I recommend taking baby steps – celebrating each one. Choose one food group (inflammatory oils like canola, vegetable, and hydrogenated oils are the worst) to eliminate. Once you feel confident in that transition, then move onto the next one (glutenous grains, artificial sweeteners, conventional dairy, etc.). A total overhaul can be intimidating and I think it’s important to acknowledge your limits. I talk about this a lot in the Project Online, but I think self-reflection is key!
What’s the easiest thing that people can do right now to improve their cooking and eating habits?
Ditch the oils! Go through your cabinet and toss any canola, vegetable, and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil. Let’s cook instead with high quality butter (from grass-fed cows), ghee, coconut oil, and high-quality olive oil. After that, I think ditching “diet” foods is important. Let’s swap diet soda for unflavored (and unsweetened) sparkling water!
What are your goals for the future? What have you got planned for this year?
One of my main goals is to keep building the Fed & Fit Project Online! The members of the Project Online are going to be my new focus and I can’t wait to continually spoil them with new, really high quality content on a regular basis. I’m really looking forward to building this community and providing members with the reference documents they really need! After that, I’ll spend a good amount of time on my blog (with new recipes weekly), weekly 30-minute “Fed & Fit” podcast, and touring to speak about and sign my ‘Fed & Fit’ book.
You can find her book on Amazon right here: http://bit.ly/fedandfitbook and you can read more about Cassy on her site: http://fedandfit.com/
You can also find her on social media: