It's all so confusing. I know first hand. I've come to realize there is no ONE way to eat. There is no one-size-fits-all dietary guideline...
Every human body is different on any given day.
I've come up with a broad-stroke way for myself and any other person to figure out how, what and when to eat in line with what is good for YOUR body on any given day.
Do your research and keep an open mind as you read, listen and gather info.
Use your noodle and set aside some designated time to read all the perspectives, opinions and information that are out there. Here are a few articles with varying views:
- Reasons eating vegetarian is a good idea
- Reasons eating vegetarian is not a good idea
- Reasons to eat grain free
- Reasons you should eat grains
- Why you should eat according to the food pyramid
- Why the food pyramid is all wrong
- Reasons very low calorie diets don't work to release weight
- When fasting (very low calorie intake) is good for you
- Why very low calorie diets are bad for you
- Reasons to give up meat and eat only plant
- Reasons you should eat meal
Okay, you get the idea, right? You know what they say about opinions.... everybody has one. And the problem is, when it comes to how, when and what to eat, most people fall into a particular camp and then believe it is, therefore, right for everyone.
But here's why I'm coming to you with this today: I've done 'em all.
I've been in every camp at different times of my life. When I first created this website I was having tremendous success having done a very low calorie program that provided an effective cleanse and reset for my body that contained mostly meat and veggies along with some great supplements. I was very overweight and it is what I needed a year ago.
And this week, my body is telling me I need to be vegan for a while. I'm feeling fantastic as I write this on day 5 of my personal vegan challenge. Does this mean I will stay vegan forever? Probably not... Which brings me to the next step in this plan:
Tune into YOUR body's wisdom every given day.
This is probably the MOST important step. Try this mindfulness technique:
- Sit where you are. Look up from your computer or device and gaze around you. Try tojust notice.
- Pay close attention to the objects and sounds in and around the room you're in without labeling anything. Without analyzing. Without judging anything as good, bad, pretty, ugly. Just notice it.
- Now, close your eyes. Feel the seat underneath you, the floor under your feet. Allow your body to sink into the support there.
- Notice sounds in and around the room. Don’t react. Just notice.
- Begin to notice your breath. Notice how it comes in and out of the body on its own accord. Feel the sensation.
When you practice this non-judgmental noticing with a healthy dose of deep reverence for the wisdom your body is eager to share with you, you will begin to hear guiding messages from your body.
If you eat something... say... a big hunk of bread... and you notice 10 minutes later your belly is really bloated... there might be some information to notice there.
If you notice your lips are cracked and dry no matter how much moisturizer you put on them... there is likely a message there to uncover.
Many times we need a health practitioner to help us figure out what messages our body is sending us. Sometimes we need supplementation of particular vitamins or minerals. And sometimes if we listen, pay close enough attention without giving way to frustration with the messages (a.k.a. symptoms) we might just feel our way to a new direction.
If our bodies feel stiff and tight from sitting all day, some stretching and moving is in order. But how often do we continue to sit and sit and sit because we have a work deadline or we just ignore the body's signals?
Consult with open-minded experts and find a health coach or a wellness coach to help you develop a plan for you.
I am currently scheduling free 45 minute Connection Sessions with limited availability! I am happy to speak with you personally about what is happening for you in order to help you connect to yourself and your own body and discuss whether further coaching with me may be benefical.
Contact me personally and let's set up your free session!
You may also wish to find a certified health coach. I recommend my colleague Kate Martin who is working toward certification but has vast knowledge and experience with nutrition and fitness from a base of mindfulness practice.
If you need more of a medical approach to assessing what you need from your diet, you might see a naturopath or an integrative medicine doctor or a registered dietitian in your area.