There is so much conflicting dietary advice out there. Is fat bad for you? Should I go gluten free? What about cutting out dairy? Does Diet Coke count as healthy because it’s less calories? It can be overwhelming and contradictory, making it seemingly impossible to answer the simple question, what should I eat today?
The media offers up inconsistent evidence on what we should eat based on the latest (read: does not mean best) scientific finding. We hear that low fat is good for us and is the way to lose weight, then we’re told that sugar is really the culprit, and fat is okay. They continue to declare carbs as evil, but that whole grains might be a healthy option. A “report” says that drinking coffee can cause cancer, but another they swear it’s harmless and can be beneficial to your overall health. UGH, could it be more confusing?
The truth is, it is SO much more simple than all that.
Instead of listening to what “they” say, it’s a good idea to start looking within. We innately know what makes us feel good and what makes us bloated. You know, those deliciously damaging foods that deplete our energy and give us acne. The problem is, we have lost our ability to really tune in to what our bodies are trying to tell us, and don’t trust that we have any answers ourselves. But I have some good news, we can learn how to get back to understanding all that is happening inside of us! In the meantime, I’ll give you some clues…
Eat real, whole foods, and lots of vegetables.
By real, whole foods, I mean food in its most natural state. This means foods from nature. Fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, beans, meats and fish, and not foods that are refined, processed, or that contain added ingredients. A variety of fresh vegetables should be consumed on a daily basis because of their amazing nutritional benefits. Check out Nicole’s ideas here.
It’s very empowering to realize that we do not need to rely on the media, or outside sources to tell us what real, whole foods are. We treat nutrition as a medical specialty and we are highly vulnerable to every study that comes along since we’re relying on others to tell us what to eat. We believe that you have to be nothing short of a genius to figure out what to put in your own body. And that’s a lot of pressure!
The thing is, our bodies already intuitively know what these foods are and naturally thrive off of their fuel. And guess what, you already are an intuitive genius! Cool, right?! All we have to do is retrain ourselves to start listening to what our gut is telling us.
And right now you’re all, “No, I really don’t know what to eat, help me.”
One really helpful way to start the process of tuning in to understand what your body is telling you is to do a three day food log. Write down what you had for every meal and snack, and what symptoms (if any) you had afterwards. It’s a great way to start to pay attention to things you usually ignore like bloating, nausea, cramping, excess gas, or pain. This is a great first step into strengthening the connection between what we put into our bodies and how we feel. And we go from there! It’s a total journey, so be patient with yourself! 🙂