The word diet has turn into a bit of dirty word. It now means what fad you are on, which method you are using to restrict or torture yourself, short term fix or simply messing with your head.
I use to be a body builder and went through a faze in my life where I was completely obsessed with food. I thought about it every second of the day. I would literally dream about my ‘cheat meals’. It made it incredibly hard to focus on anything else in my life. It was a pretty crappy spot to be in and negatively changed my relationship with food.
I have women ask me all the time. What about this diet, my friends lost 20kg on this, how about shakes… paleo, vegan, juice diets, gluten free, fat free, sugar free?? The list goes on and on. No wonder people feel confused. It has completely over complicated food and left people completely guilty & unsure about their food choices.
These are my 5 Key Simplified Food Philosophy’s to take the overwhelm out of diet/food/nutrition. They are not hard & fast rules, but I always come back to these core points.
- Mindful eating
‘If not dieting, then what?’ by Rick Kausman is an excellent book to wrap your head around mindful eating. A simple questions to ask yourself when you are eating is. ‘I can have it if I want it, but do I really feel like it?’. There is actually no right or wrong answer!
Mindful eating really challenges to listen to your body. What does you body want, how does your body react (positive or negative) to certain foods. Choose to eat with the intention of caring for your body, with the attention to the affects on your body.
- What are your beliefs?
It is totally a fair question to take your beliefs & values into account when choosing how you nourish your body. Do you care for sustainability, eating local, vegetarian, organic, cheapest/budget friendly, religious considerations? This may change for you several times over your life time and shouldn’t be something you feel guilty about.
- Educate yourself
There is always new research coming through, so be wary of jumping down the rabbit hole of the latest super food taking Hollywood by storm. Don’t be ignorant to what you are putting in your body. What is really in for your food? Get some basic understanding of how your body works, how food works so you know how to care for your body better.
- Keep is simple
Think fresh, unprocessed, unrefined, few ingredients & ingredient labels you can read. All makes sense right! If it isn’t food – don’t eat it! You know all those logical things your grandmother and earlier generations would have been teaching us. Eat the ‘rainbow’ (colourful range of food) & eat in season.
- Don’t restrict yourself.
Weather it be full food groups or avoiding social situations because of the ‘temptation’ you may be presented with. It’s ok to indulge (just listen to your body, have you had enough, how do you feel afterwards?). Food is fuel but it is also a wonderful cultural & social ritual that should be enjoyed.
I trust this have given you some food for thought (pun intended!) & I would love to hear what guides your nutritional decisions. Please share with me on facebook or Instagram.
Please note, Body image issues & eat disorders very rarely getting better on their own. So if you are experiencing either of these, please reach out for professional help
Founder of Nurtured Fitness & Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert