Here are the 5 facets to my food philosophy:
1. Everyone is different!
We all know that there is no one else on this earth quite like us. So why do we think we all need to eat the same way? Each person’s body responds differently to the foods they eat. I believe in experimenting with different foods, and listening to your gut (literally and figuratively) to discover what foods make you feel the most vibrant, and what foods make you feel “blah” or even terrible. I will never tell anyone to eat exactly what I eat because it’s “the best” diet for you. It’s not. It’s the best diet for me.
2. Everything in moderation.
Some people resist reaching their optimal health because they believe they will have to give up their “vice” foods such as chocolate, alcohol, and sweets. In truth, our bodies are amazing machines that can process almost any food we eat. The key is to allow yourself the goodies in moderation. Get rid of the guilt. Enjoy everything that goes in your mouth. As long as you are eating healthy foods like whole grains and vegetables as well, that brownie won’t hurt you (unless it has gluten and you have Celiac’s, of course!)
3. Add in the good, crowd out the bad.
This one is simple: the more healthy foods you eat, the more full you will be, and therefore, there will be less room for “bad”, unhealthy foods. I always recommend finding ways to add in greens and vegetables to the foods you are already eating.
4. Examine emotional eating triggers.
Often, it’s emotional eating that makes us over eat, crave heavy “comfort” foods, or reach for the treats. Emotional ties to food may also cause us to under eat or have problems digesting our food. As irrational as it sounds, I’ve used eating food to feel productive, to avoid responsibility, and to feel less lonely. When you spend time talking with somebody else about when you eat emotionally, what types of foods you eat emotionally and what may be causing the behavior, you can begin to alleviate these behaviors. Examining your emotional eating triggers can be very eye opening. Often the result is an alleviation of past trauma and guilt, and the fostering of self-love.
5. Eat healthy. Don’t break the bank!
I hear people say that they would like to eat healthy, but can’t afford it all the time. It simply isn’t true! With a little creativity and guidance, healthier food can be extremely affordable, and sometimes even less expensive. Having lived on a budget my entire life, and eaten a healthy, vegetarian (!) diet for the past 12 years, I have lots of experience finding the best bang for my buck. You can feed yourself and your family healthier food and not spend any more money than you are now. I promise.