When was the last time you tried one of the 100 diets on the dietary theory roulette? Researched and read what felt like pages of facts and figures but still couldn’t work out some of the biggies – is dairy good or bad? Is Paleo too much protein? Is raw the new way forward? Which is the best diet? Vegetarianism? Blood Type? Is it all about the Superfoods??
Nutrition is a complex saturated market with every man, woman and their dog giving an opinion about what they deem to be the most effective solution. Well here is the GOLD – they are probably ALL spot on. Nutrition is one of the only fields were two conflicting diets can both be scientifically proven.
So let me fill you in on a little secret – we are ALL different, one diet will NOT work for everyone. So instead of thinking like a micro manager of your body – think bigger! Think habits, lifestyle changes all wrapped up in enjoyment and balance.
My tips for a healthy diet:
- Don’t strive for perfection. It’s boring and will lead to guilt. Strive for balance, moderation and HAPPINESS
- Eat wholefoods – if you can pick it and eat it, then it’s the way nature intended. These foods will be packed will all the delicious micronutrients, antioxidants and goodness you need
- Reduce processed foods and refined sugar
- Listen to your body, it KNOWS what you need. It gives you all the clues to maintain a healthy diet. How does your body feel when you eat dairy, gluten or animal protein? Energised, bloated, sore, fine, lethargic? We are all different so don’t compare or assume. Experiment with food groups, journal this process. Seek advice/support if you need it
- When you feel good about yourself, you want to nurture your body and give it what it needs to function beautifully. Do more of that!!!!
The moral of the story – stop looking externally for the answers. Your body knows best – you just need to fine tune your listening skills.