Have you ever heard a friend or neighbor mention their success with a vegan, keto, intermittent fasting , or gluten free diet? Maybe they used Weight Watchers points and can’t stop raving about the program. All of the sudden you feel helpless, and question if you should be doing exactly what they did to get results you’ve been longing for.
There are so many options when it comes to dieting and it’s hard to find a diet that doesn’t contradict another. Vegans don’t eat bacon but someone on keto has never felt better eating bacon. We all know what It’s like to FEEL GOOD, but how we each get there is very individual. Just because keto changed your friend’s life, doesn’t mean it is going to change yours.
News flash: your body is already trying to tell you what it wants! We need to start LISTENING to our bodies and forget diet culture! Your age, culture, gender, and environment all come into play when it comes to individual needs. Trying to fit into a mold that wasn’t made for you doesn’t work.
You can do this. Blaze your own trail, but be mindful. The cold hard truth is that you’re never going to feel GREAT or reach your goals eating fried food, tons of sugar or takeout every night. Our bodies need protein, fiber, fat and veggies to stay healthy!
Here’s the one guideline I try to use when making food choices: eat whole foods. This WILL change your health. There is no stress about calories or carbs, whole food is what God gave us- let’s enjoy it. If you can build a plate based upon this mindset, there is no need to use a “diet label” to guide your choices. Meat sounds good today? Awesome, go for it! Potatoes on the grill at a BBQ? No problem. Of course, there are ultra-palatable foods that will be tough to kiss goodbye (hello Doritos), but your body will thank you.
Start listening to your body and see the stress over meal time melt away. Here’s a few of my best tips to get started with whole foods:
- Stay hydrated! Many ugly food cravings stem from dehydration.
- Eat Seasonally. Since the beginning of time, humans have always eaten with the season as it was available. Spring brings leafy lighter foods, and winter brings heat producing foods like meat, oil, and fat.
- Focus on fiber! Fiber helps to control your blood sugar and appetite by slowing down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream.
As a health coach, I help my clients step away from diet culture and into their own whole food revolution. If this is something you want to chat more about, contact me!