People are really confused about food these days, wouldn’t you agree? There is so much controversy over what diet is best or what foods should be eliminated.
The average person shouldn’t need a nutrition certification to feel confident about eating, should they?
I have a very SIMPLE strategy to having a world-class diet that makes you feel incredible. You won’t have to keep searching for the next diet book or nutrition plan, you’ll be able to create your own.
Adopting these SIMPLE habits and behaviors that help us feel our strongest and most energized will save you a lifetime of confusion and frustration that most people have about food.
Every diet is saying it’s the best, what’s true?
The truth is, it depends on you!
The best diet is the one that makes you feel your best.
We have to become conscious of how food makes us feel, how our body is responding to its fuel. Otherwise we’ll always be second-guessing ourselves.
We have to become ‘conscious eaters’
Some people are so disconnected to how they feel after they eat.
- Have you taken the time to evaluate your physical and mental energy after having a snack or meal?
- After you eat, are you stuffed or satisfied?
- Are you tired or energized?
- Are you bloated or feel settled?
This self-awareness is a MUST if you want to feel your best, have incredible energy and maintain a healthy weight.
NOTE: some people get ahead and take a food allergy test! Do this! Get a clear understanding of what foods are good for your body or cause inflammation in your body. If you have been having digestive, skin or other food related problems and haven’t been tested yet, it’s time for an early birthday present to yourself. You won’t regret it.
Calories Have Become The Second Leading Mystery
We all look to calorie counting apps to tell us HOW MUCH to eat for our size, shape and fitness level. Some people will even skip lunch in order to have dessert at night because they want to stay within the calorie count for the day.
This is a dangerous game to play with our body.
Trading lunch for dessert might be an even calorie trade but it’s not an even energy or health
I probably don’t need to tell you why in order for you to agree but I’ll give you one major reason why.
Our Body Thrives From Nutrients Not Numbers
In other words, we need quality of calories over quantity of calories to thrive and operate at our best.
- Meal A: nutrient dense meal containing 6 ounces of Salmon, 4 cups of Kale, and a sweet potato would equal about 500 calories.
- Meal B: nutrient deficient meal containing 10 fried chicken wings, small French fry and a side salad with ranch dressing would equal about 800 calories but with less than half the nutrient supply for the body.
Without putting anything into a calorie counting app, we all know what meal is going to provide us with better health and energy, right?
I’m not against calorie counting apps but it shouldn’t replace our personal responsibility for WHAT and HOW MUCH we eat.
Relying on an app doesn’t allow us to become more conscious eaters because we begin to rely on that tool to tell us we are doing well versus evaluating how energized, settled and satisfied our food from the day made us feel to determine how well we’re doing.
Apps are great to give us objective feedback about what we’re doing but it can’t measure your energy or digestive health, that’s up to us.
When was the last time you consciously evaluated how you felt after a meal?
- Do this throughout the day today and make note of what you ate.
- How did your body respond?
- Do you think that is a good item for you to consume again?
Our Relationship With Food
Our life depends primarily on food, air and water. If we have a bad relationship with any 3, our body will deteriorate.
But let’s face it; our relationship with food is so much more complex than any other vital resource. That might be why it’s so temperamental and hard to master.
It’s hard enough to sustain a healthy loving marriage with another person, probably the second most complex relationship we’ll have in our lives but at least we get help from the other party. Food can’t talk back, bring reason or deny us what we want.
We can use it, abuse it and it will always be there for us. We have to decide what we want our relationship to be like and be loyal and loving to ourselves.
I don’t want to take this lightly because I know there are many out there who are suffering from eating disorders, recovering or who struggle with food temptations and frustrations daily.
But even someone who is simply trying to lose 10lbs or is trying to maintain a healthy weight will struggle with this ‘food relationship’.
Why is it so complicated?
Food impacts almost everything in our life.
- It’s a big chunk of how we spend our time and what we’re thinking about at least 3-5 times a day.
- It effects how we spend time with friends and family.
- It affects our day-to-day mental and physical energy, sleep and productivity.
- It’s affiliated with celebrations and gatherings
- We need it whether we are happy, stressed, anxious or enlightened meaning it’s with us no matter what stage of life.
This is why choosing to get connected with our food is so critical.
We have to make sure our relationship is good. We have to be conscious of what we put in our mouth and how it makes us feel.
Otherwise, you’ll always be influenced by others, convinced you’re doing things wrong, eating the wrong foods, or using the wrong diet plan. In reality, it’s a personal relationship you have with food and nobody gets it like you do.
How Did You Eat As A Kid?
When I was a kid, my mom always bought the generic brand of everything because it was cheaper.
We never got the Honey Nut Cheerios, we got Honey O’s.
We never got Coca Cola, we got Cola.
Even our soap and shampoo was the generic brand but it was all we could afford.
When I graduated from college and started making more money, I’d treat myself to more expensive groceries and food items because I had always dreamed about having that ability when I was a kid.
I would also find myself overeating whenever I’d be somewhere with FREE delicious foods like at company parties, weddings or bridal showers. To this day, I’ll see a buffet table of desserts at a luncheon and this rush will come over me to grab some!
My inner child bursts through me and says, “get some of that, we might never get this chance again, fill up while you can”!
It’s crazy how being deprived of the finer foods growing up started to effect how I ate as an adult. I had to mend that feeling of scarcity and going without so that I could make a better decision for myself in the present moment.
Do I need a plate of desserts at this luncheon? No.
Will those cookies give me energy to crush the rest of the event? No.
Will my body feel ok after having just one Italian wedding cookie? YES!
Our relationship with food can change at any stage of our life. Which makes me confident that we can improve this relationship if we choose to.
Becoming a ‘conscious eater’ is my #1 SIMPLE strategy to having world-class nutrition.
I’d also like to share a few additional SIMPLE habits and behaviors to fuel your mental and physical energy each day!
#1. Become a Conscious Eater!
You can do this. Start now!
#2. Create A Powerhouse Grocery List
Do you shop with a grocery list? I’ve got mine memorized so I no longer need to have it with me.
What about you?
If you took 10 minutes to write down all the healthiest food items you enjoy eating that make you feel your best, you would create a powerhouse grocery list.
It’s so SIMPLE yet so powerful.
This is so important because we often get sold by brilliant marketing in the stores when we aren’t focused on our list. It’s great to try new items as long as they would be a powerhouse ingredient.
The very first step in having a nutrient dense diet is buying the right ingredients. If we stock our kitchen with the wrong items, we are setting ourselves up for struggle right from the start.
#3. Create 5 Sexy Plates
At a bare minimum you should have 5 meals that you consider “sexy plates”.
A sexy plate is a meal that’s packed with nutrients, provides the body with energy and keeps you feeling strong!
These meals become staples in your diet!
You can pick these meals out of a recipe book or online but they need to pass your conscious eating test don’t forget.
Write down at least 5 healthy staple meals that you can enjoy often and then keep adding to this list as you acquire new ones.
Soon you’ll have an entire meal plan suited just for you!
Empower Yourself Around Food
We tend to rely on other people or resources to tell us what to do when we are uncertain or unclear about a topic such as food.
However, you can empower yourself and learn so much by taking action on these SIMPLE habits mentioned above. Try and keep nutrition and food SIMPLE instead of more complicated by blocking out all the noise and listening to your body.
- Take a few minutes after each meal to evaluate how you feel? Energized, tired, bloated, settled, etc. Make note of whether or not that meal should stay or go for next time.
- Create a Powerhouse Grocery List
- Create a list of 5 ‘Sexy Plates’ to become staple meals
- Focus on Quality of Calories over Quantity when choosing food items.
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