One of the most controversial topics is what is healthy and what is not. New diets will always be a thing but learning to trust yourself and ‘why’ you are eating those foods is a big key to your own food concerns.
The main reason why it is so difficult to say that every single healthy food is right for every person is because of all the studies, opinions, and nutritionists that have their own set of standards. This can create a huge overwhelm on the internet where everyone can speak their mind and share information whether it is true or not.
The tips I share below are to help yourself begin to trust your own personal journey when it comes to health and nutrition. Weight loss or health can come in many forms but learning why you’re choosing these foods is a big missing link to your personal health!
- There is no good or bad food
This might come to a surprise but labeling foods as ‘good or bad’ can cause more harm than good. Instead, think about what the majority of your diet can be without saying, “I can’t ever eat this again!” This will give you peace of mind as well as giving yourself room to learn what will work for you. This doesn’t mean you can eat cake for every meal, either but does give you room to eat cake if you would like this occasionally.
- Eat Protein Throughout Your Day
Most people are eating plenty of protein especially in the Western world. The key here is eating your protein throughout your day and not all at once. This can cause digestion issues and cramping from protein overload.
- Don’t Fear Carbs
Even though carbs have been on the record as a “bad” food lately, know that your body runs largely on carbohydrates. Carbohydrates give you energy to thrive and have more energy. Most people who are giving up carbs are most likely also giving up other foods such as processed foods like crackers, chips, candy, soda, and other foods that we all know is not your body’s best friend. The carbohydrates to load up on are real foods! Think fruits, brown rice, quinoa, or beans for the high nutrition foods that will give you loads of energy.
- Listen To Your Body
Every person is different. This is simply why all diets are not going to be right for every person. A good way to begin learning to listen is to have no distractions when you are eating. You can then eat slowly and try to see how you feel after you are done eating. Are you feeling tired? Are you feeling more energized? Are you eating because you are stressed? Cravings? Do you feel gassy or stomach cramping?
There are many things to ask yourself but taking roughly 10 minutes to check in with yourself can help keep your health in check. Even better, keep a journal close by to write down those feelings and notice any patterns that begin to occur.
- Remember Not Everything Is True On Google
Overwhelmed with information? Yes, I have been there too. Let’s face it, Google is amazing. We have so much information at our fingertips. If we don’t have the answer we can always Google it! But when it comes to your health or weight loss, knowing what to do can be even more difficult with so many diets and people telling you to do this or that. It is much better to circle back to listening to your body and learning this skill to know how foods effect your mood or feelings surrounded by food.
I would love to hear what things you have learned after reading. Leave a comment below to chat or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can become a healthier version of yourself!