15 May What Should I Eat?
Do you ever wonder what the heck you should be eating? Are you mixed up and confused about what healthy looks like? The sad truth is that much of what we eat has been processed within an inch of its life we may as well not even call it food!
The food we eat has a huge impact on our body and minds. A healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of illness, improved mood, raised energy levels, increased productivity as well as better quality sleep. But you know all of that right? So why is it that we do what we do when we know what we know?
Well because in the busy lives we all lead, we are looking for a quick fix. The problem is we are being bombarded with the latest and greatest diet trends and this is confusing for people. Paleo, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Dukan, 5:2, Vegan, Flexitarian…People don’t know what they should be eating! Then there is the healthy heart ticks of approval and claims on food labelling of being 99% fat free, low fat, high protein, no sugar….No wonder our heads are spinning!
I enjoy coaching people around nourishing their bodies with real, whole, colourful, simple food. I like a diet that comprises of lots of fresh fruit and vegies, legumes, wholegrains, seafood, a little meat, nuts and seeds. I hate the idea of people depriving themselves, having a blow-out then resentfully chomping on celery for the next two days. This is total craziness! Eating for good health can be simple and easy. It does not need to feel like rocket science.
Below are some really basic guidelines that are easy to follow when it comes to food;
Variety – Mix it up with different flavours, colours and textures. Aim to have a rainbow coloured plate at each meal.
Seasonal – Buy fresh locally produced fruit and vegetables. It is always the best choice for your health and your wallet.
Eat Unprocessed – Aim to buy the majority of your food fresh. Eat food the way it comes from nature as often as you can.
Watch Portion Size – Many of us simply put too much on our plate!
Hydrate Regularly – Drink plenty of water. Limit juice and soft drinks.
Don’t Skip Meals – Especially breakfast. Aim for three meals each day and a morning and afternoon snack to keep energy levels high.
Remove Temptations – Save party food for the party!
Buy Healthy Snacks – If we have our fridge full and our pantry stocked with nourishing food, we will eat nourishing food.
Relax – If you have a blow out and happen to eat the entire tub of ice cream (or whatever might be your vice) – don’t worry too much about it, just work towards getting back on track the next day. It suits me to be fairly disciplined throughout the week and then relax a bit on weekends.
For a busy woman who is time poor, preparing healthy meals for a family can be overwhelming and just another thing on our already ‘epic’ to do lists. If you are interested in learning how to create quick, simple, nourishing meals for you and your family please reach out and contact me here.
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Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any queries, questions or just need a little support. I’d love to connect with you.
In the meantime, take great care.